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Copyright (c) 2003, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. SiPix's PMA announcements: Full specs, photos
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 17, 2003 - 23:31 EST)

We told readers during the PMA Spring 2003 week about several new camera announcements from digicam brand SiPix, but at the time we didn't have access to product specifications for the new cameras.

That's now changed, and following are full specs for all three cameras, plus images of the Stylecam Groove and Blink II shot at the PMA Sneak Peek event just before the show opened. To quickly recap, the three cameras are as follows:

  • StyleCam Blink II: Successor to the StyleCam Blink, ultra-compact form-factor with 640 x 480 pixel 1/3" CMOS sensor, fixed-focus, fixed focal length lens, 8MB SDRAM memory, USB connectivity, and an impulse-buy price of just $40. There's no color LCD for image review / preview as the camera is too small, but it does have an LCD info display.
  • StyleCam Extreme: 2.1 megapixel resolution from a CMOS sensor paired with a fixed-focus, fixed focal length lens, 16MB flash memory, USB connectivity and a 1.6" LCD display. Available in April at a cost of $130, this camera looks identical to Vivitar's ViviCam 3695.
  • StyleCam Groove: 1.3 megapixels from a 1/2" CMOS sensor paired with a fixed-focus, fixed focal length lens, 16MB of SDRAM memory, USB connectivity, and as with the Blink II, no color LCD but an LCD info display. Available this month at a price of $70.

Without any further ado, specs for all three cameras follow. We're hoping to get some before and after images demonstrating the effect of SiPix's Picture Alive technology as used in the StyleCam Blink II and StyleCam Groove shortly, and will post a separate article when the samples arrive.

Sipix StyleCam Blink II
Image sensor 1/3" VGA CMOS
Memory Built-in 8MB SDRAM
Image resolution
640 x 480 320 x 240
Image capacity
70 300
Video resolution
320 x 240 160 x 120
Video length
80 sec. 160 sec.
Video frame Rate Up to 5 fps.
PC camera Up to 15 fps (320x240)
Focus Fixed focus
Focus range 19.7" (0.5m) ~ infinity
Focal length 43mm (equivalent on a 35mm camera)
Lens aperture F2.8
Shutter speed 1/4 ~ 1/1500 seconds (electronic)
Exposure Auto
White balance Auto
Status LCD Monochrome display
File format JPEG (still), AVI (streaming snapshots)
Interface USB v1.1
Power source
1 AAA alkaline battery
USB BUS-powered
Camera dimension 2.2" x 2.2" x 0.6" (56 x 56 x 15mm)
Camera weight 1.5 oz (without battery)
More Photos
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Sipix StyleCam Extreme
Image sensor 1/2" CMOS sensor with 2.1 million pixels
Internal memory 16MB flash memory
Expandable memory
Secure Digital or MultiMedia card (optional)
Super Fine Fine Standard Economy
Image resolution
2048 x 1536 1600 x 1200 1280 x 960 800 x 600
Image capacity
15 - 40 25 - 60 40 - 100 100 - 200
Video resolution 320 x 240
Video capacity 100 seconds
Video frame Rate Up to 15 fps.
PC camera Yes
Lens f = 7.5mm
Focus Fixed focus
Lens aperture F2.8
Focus range 39.0" (1.0m) - infinity
Zoom 4X ultra-smooth digital zoom
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/2000 seconds (electronic)
Exposure Auto, manual (+/-2EV at 0.5 step increment)
White balance Auto, manual (sunlight, tungsten, fluorescent)
File format JPEG (still), MPEG (video)
DPOF Yes
Mass Storage Yes
Date Stamp Yes
Power source 2 AA alkaline batteries or 1 CRV3, USB BUS-powered
Video output NTSC / PAL
Computer interface USB v1.1 (mini-B type)
Camera dimension 3.7" x 2.2" x 1.5" (93 x 56 x 38mm)
Camera weight 3.8 oz. (120g) without batteries
More Photos
Courtesy of SiPix, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
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Sipix StyleCam Groove
Image sensor 1/2" 1.3 Mega Pixels CMOS
Max. resolution 2 Mega Pixels enhanced resolution
Memory Built-in 16MB SDRAM
Image resolution
1600 x 1200 1280 x 1024 640 x 480
Image capacity
9 32 155
Video resolution 320 x 240
Video capacity Up to 55 seconds with audio
Video frame Rate Up to 15 fps
PC-cam 640 x 480
PC-cam frame rate Up to 15 fps
Focus Fixed
Focus range 43.3" (1.1m) - infinity
Focal length 8.5mm (43mm equivalent on a 35mm camera)
Lens aperture F3.5
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/1000 seconds (electronic)
White balance Auto
Exposure Auto
Flash Auto / Off
AE control Indoor / Outdoor
ISO sensitivity Auto
Status LCD Monochrome display
Self-timer 10 seconds
File format JPEG (still), AVI (video), WAV (audio)
Interface USB v1.1
Power source
2 AA alkaline batteries
USB BUS-powered
Auto power-off 60 seconds of inactivity
Camera dimension 3.5" x 2.4" x 0.9" (90 x 60 x 24mm)
Camera weight 2 oz (63g)
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(StyleCam Groove alongside print from an image taken with the camera)

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