This Pocket PC is for business use, and was obviously not intended to be a professional camera. It's meager 1.3 Megapixel sensor is definitely not on-par with today's digital cameras or camera phones. I never gave it a second thought, until my proper camera decided to break down during a camping trip, and I was (pleasantly) surprised with the photo quality this antiquity delivered. The camera lens is located on the back of the PocketPC, along with a mini mirror used for self portraits and a LED Flash.
The PocketLOOX 720 is capable of taking pictures with a maximum resolution of 1280x960 , jpeg or bmp. It can also film MPEG-4 or Motion-jpeg AVI movies with a maximum resolution of 352x288.
From the camera settings menu, you can adjust the capture mode (photo, video and picture theme), capture format, capture size and ambiance (daylight, incandescent, fluorescent, night, grayscale, sepia, cool and negative). Further settings are for contrast, brightness, saturation, hue, gamma and sharpness. There are also various settings such as shutter sound (on/off), flicker adjustment (for the display), picture save path and picture name format. The camera can add to the picture information such as owner, date, time and location (if a GPS expansion card is present).
The PDA comes with 128 Mb of main (volatile) memory used for storage and installed programs and 28 Mb of Flash memory. You can also add a Compact Flash Type II card, a SD/MMC card, and since it has USB-host capabilities, a USB memory stick or even a USB hard disk.
The Pocket PC connects easily to the PC with the included USB cable, without additional software. The computer will automatically detect the PDA, and you can then browse it just like another hard drive or memory stick. Alternatively, you cold connect to a Bluetooth-enabled printer and print directly from the device. Or, you could just use the integrated Wi-Fi network card, and upload the pictures directly to the Internet. The PDA also features a infrared port, so you can use it as a handy universal remote control.
All in all, the Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX 720 is a solid piece of hardware, with lots of nice features. It's only (major) drawbacks are the laughable 1.3 Megapixel sensor and the lack of zoom capabilities (physical or software).
Fri, 27 Feb 2009 14:58:17 +0000
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