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Today we will be looking at the Mitsuba DCT 5MP Digital Camera an extremely bare-boned entry level digital camera, one of the many cheap digital cameras mwnual, for sale at Geeks.
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Can a digital camera like this, stripped of most features most of us take for granted today in a digital camera, find a place in today’s market? That is what we will strive today to find out.
As usual, today’s review item is provided by Geeksour main site sponsor. The Mitsuba digital camera arrived safely, packed ueer by several air-pillows.
The Mitsuba digital camera itself was in an attractive retail, high gloss box, covered with lots of useful and some not so janual information see below. I was glad to see that the Mitsuba included a paper User’s manual, not only because I find them more convenient to use and easier to access which I dobut because I can’t find the Mitsuba DCT 5MP Digital Camera listed on their website. In uesr, I can’t find ANY digital cameras on their website at all.
Mitsuba has chosen to label this camera as being 12MP on several places on the box. Since the Mitsuba does this interpolation in the camera I suppose the 12MP figure is technically correct, but its use here is obviously meant to mislead the user into thinking they are getting a much higher end camera.
Slightly less troubling is the 4X Digital Zoom prominently uzer several places on the box, again seemingly labeled hoping to confuse users who don’t manuap the difference between Optical and Digital Iser, the former of which is entirely missing on the DCT.
It takes roughly three hours to charge the 3. In addition to the normal battery charge indicator which turns green when the battery is finished charging and at full power, the Mitsuba DCT also has a separate green charger indicator light in the base of the charger that indicates the charger itself is working.
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This is a nice extra touch I haven’t seen in other digital cameras before. Once charged the battery kanual the Mitsuba DCT is good for about shots with the flash on, after which time the Mitsuba DCT will fail to enable the flash but still take roughly another 35 flashless pictures before turning itself off.
Those are Energizer Bunny battery-like results. Neither of my Sony “Prosumer” digital cameras comes close to those results in battery life. Even though it is winter here, it probably is not manuap a coat pocket camera unless you have really big pockets. With this size camera Manua personally favor the stereotypical Japanese tourist dangle-from-my-neck carry position. While the Mitsuba DCT feels slightly small in my hands when taking photos, Usfr imagine for most people with non-freakishly large hands like myself it would be a better fit, possibly even a little large.
The Mitsuba DCT has a straight through optical viewfinder similar to the ones found on much maual end digital cameras. I was initially very excited about manuzl but Mitsuba has for some unknown reason handicapped its usage: The flash has to be deployed or it blocks access to the viewfinder. This is more frustrating than it sounds because the Mitsuba DCT default start up mode is no flash. So each time you want to use the optical viewfinder you have to enable the flash to get it to pop up, then disable the flash while keeping the flash in the pop-up position iser use the viewfinder.
Why Mitsuba would design the pop-up flash to block the viewfinder when not deployed remains a mystery to me. In addition to the awkward design of the pop-up flash, the flash itself is not very strong.
Indoor pictures were always much too dark, even when the subject was close up and augmented with overhead fluorescent lighting. Yes, some of this can be corrected in camera with the Exposure Value, and more still can be done post processing with photo editing software, but things shouldn’t have been this dark to begin with. I have taken pictures in my condo with at least six other digital cameras and none of them were anywhere near this dark.
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The flash on the Mitsuba DCT also takes a relatively long time to charge. When using the flash with a fully charged battery the quickest time I could manage between shots was eight seconds. Needless to say, don’t plan on shooting any sporting events with this camera. The Mitsuba DCT has a 2. The picture is relatively clear, color saturation is good, text is crisp and easily readable. While images on the LCD are too dark for my tastes indoors, things fare better outdoors where images are bright and colors are surprisingly vivid.
While not perfect overall the Mitsuba DCT has a fairly high quality display that, while a little grainy with pictures, is more than adequate for d500t budget digital camera.
The on-screen menu controls the Mitsuba DCT uses are the easiest to navigate of any digital camera I have ever used, making the Mitsuba DCT ideal for a newbie looking for a first digital camera.
Most of this simplicity, though, comes from the almost complete lack of advanced features present on most other current digital cameras. Readers already owning any reasonably modern digital camera will likely find the lack of sophistication here quite stifling, quickly relegating the Mitsuba DCT to the role of a beater or possibly a backup, should something happen to their primary digital camera. The Mitsuba DCT took a glacier-like ten seconds from power on until it was ready to shoot its first picture throw in another five if you are planning on using the flash.
With times like those let’s just say that I could have booted my PC to Express Gate Splashtop “instant on” Linux distribution bundled with many recent ASUS motherboardsand started to do some work, checked my e-mail, or played a flash-based game before I could have taken a picture with the Mitsuba DCT. There is no reason a digital camera should take longer to come on line than a PC.
That is plain unacceptable. I was pleased to note that I was wrong, very wrong. It is too bad that the Mitsuba DCT doesn’t have a Macro function because it seems it would go together like Peanut Butter and Chocolate with the Wide Angle Lens and the types of close up pics I take for these reviews.
Picture quality outdoors is fair, although focus is soft. In addition, since the Mitsuba DCT doesn’t have any sort of IS Image Stabilization it is also very prone to extreme blurriness with even a minute amount of camera shake. You either better have a rock steady shooting hand or plan on frequently using a tripod or some other sort of shooting brace for optimal results. Indoor picture quality is poor, the flash is weak, and even with the Exposure Value set to max, overhead fluorescent lighting, and some further post-shot tweaking in Photoshop Elements I struggled to obtain photos that weren’t too dark.
Overall the picture quality is not good enough IMO to warrant printing out any of the pictures I took, but would be fine for attaching in an email or posting to your favorite social networking site.
Try as I might I couldn’t get the flash to work while shooting video. Unless you happen to have access to an indoor environment that is lighted like a photography studio expect your indoor clips to be so dark they look like they were taken in a cave.
Video resolutions are x, and x, video format is. Videos taken outdoors are not of bad quality for a budget digital camera, superior to any cell phone movies I have taken; although with the low fps of the clips there was some scene tearing if the camera was moved too quickly. With a little more attention to details less clunky viewfinder, faster shots, slightly better feature set the Mitsuba DCT 5MP Digital Camera could have been a contender, it could have been somebody.
As is, though, it is hard to recommend this digital camera to the masses.
That isn’t to say, though, that it is entirely worthless and that nobody should bother with it. My father, for example, recently retired and he has been looking to get a digital camera to see what all the fuss is about.
His last camera was a Polaroid Instamatic. With its long battery life and easy-to-use menus, the Mitsuba DCT would be perfect for him. For anyone who has a high quality digital camera and frequently takes it places where they are worried it might be damaged, the Mitsuba DCT would be a perfect beater for that situation as well. You could leave your quality digital camera at home unharmed.
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