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SiPix's StyleCam DV100. Courtesy of Foxlink Peripherals Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sipix announces StyleCam DV100
(Thursday, June 5, 2003 - 15:46 EDT)

Foxlink Peripherals Inc., the company behind the SiPix brandname, has announced a new "multi-functional pocket-sized DV camera that captures motion pictures, still images and voice annotation."

With a resolution of 1.3 megapixels, the SiPix StyleCam DV100 captures still images at a resolution of up to 1280 x 1024 pixels from a CMOS imager. No zoom lens is provided - the DV100 has a 4-element glass fixed focus lens with a fixed aperture of F3.5 and a 2x digital zoom function which surprisingly doesn't operate in the highest video resolution even though this is far lower than the actual sensor resolution.

Video resolutions are 640 x 480, 320 x 240 or 160 x 120 pixels, but surprisingly for a device billed as a "digital video camera", the frame rates are rather low at only 8 frames per second for 640 x 480 video, or 15 fps for the other resolutions. These rates are about what you'd expect from a digital camera rather than a digital camcorder - indeed, many digital cameras are capable of much faster frame-rates (although less so at this price-point). At the end of the day, the specifications of the DV100 read more like a digital camera with video capabilities than a true DV camcorder with still-image capabilities.

Full specifications from SiPix follow:

SiPix StyleCam DV100
SiPix's StyleCam DV100. Courtesy of Foxlink Peripherals Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Image sensor 1/2" CMOS sensor with 1.3 million pixels
Internal memory 8MB flash memory
Expandable memory SD / MMC card slot (maximum 256MB)
Video resolution
Superfine Fine Economy
640 x 480 320 x 240 160 x 120
Video frame rate
8 fps 15 fps 15 fps
Video capacity*
40 sec. 60 sec. 180 sec.
Image resolution
Superfine Fine Economy
1280 x 1024 1280 x 1024 640 x 480
Image capacity*
14 34 82
Audio capacity* Up to 10 minutes
File format AVI (video), JPEG (still), WAV (audio)
Playback Video, still images
PC camera
640 x 480 @ 10 fps
320 x 240 @ 30 fps (default)
Slideshow Yes (thumbnail, play)
Self-timer 10 seconds (video and still image)
Date stamp Yes
Print format DPOF
Mass storage Yes
TV output NTSC / PAL
Lens Full glass, 4-element
Focal length f=8.5mm (43mm equivalent on a 35mm camera)
Focus range 43.3" (1.1m) - infinity
Lens aperture F3.5
Shutter speed 1/4 - 1/1000 sec (electronic)
White balance Auto
Sensitivity ISO 100
Exposure Auto
Zoom** 2X digital zoom
Microphone Built-in
LCD 1.6" TFT color display
Tripod mount Yes
Computer interface
USB v1.1 (standard mini-B type)
Support USB 2.0 full speed (standard mini-B type)
Power source 2 AA alkaline or Ni-MH batteries
Auto power off After 60 seconds of inactivity
Camera dimension 3.9" x 2.9" x 1.4" (100 x 74 x 36mm)
Camera weight
5 oz. (155g) without batteries
6.4 oz. (200g) with batteries
Package dimension 8.3" x 6.2" x 3.0" (212 x 158 x 76.5mm)
Package weight 1.25 lbs (466 g)
Master carton quantity 10 units / carton
Master carton dimension 15.6" x 12.8" x 8.9" (397 x 326 x 225mm)
Master carton weight 13.6 lbs (5.08 kg)
PID number PE-10U0
UPC code 815251000774
More Photos
SiPix's StyleCam DV100. Courtesy of Foxlink Peripherals Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
SiPix's StyleCam DV100. Courtesy of Foxlink Peripherals Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
SiPix's StyleCam DV100. Courtesy of Foxlink Peripherals Inc., with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins.
* For 8MB built-in memory. Image and video capacity varies.
** For 320x240 and 160x120 video modes, and still images only.

Original Source Press Release:

SiPix Introduces Compact Pocket Digital Video, Still Camera and Audio Recorder for $129

Versatile, tiny StyleCam DV100 captures high resolution video and audio,1.3 Mega Pixel stills and features a 1.6" color LCD, digital zoom, and SD memory expandability

FREMONT Calif., June 4, 2003 - SiPix today announced the StyleCam DV100, an incredibly small, affordable digital video, still camera and audio recorder for the consumer market. At only $129, the StyleCam DV100 is perfect for imaging enthusiasts, young adults and families, providing a compact, portable digital video camera for making movies, snapping digital pictures and recording audio at home, work, events or on the road. The StyleCam DV100 will be available in July online and via electronics and computer retail stores nationwide.

The fun, pocket-sized StyleCam DV100 combines a full-featured digital video camera with still capture capability providing crisp AVI video with sizes up to 640 x 480 at eight frames per second (fps) and vivid still pictures at up to 1.3 Mega Pixels. The video can also be captured at a resolution of 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 at 15 fps. Users can preview the video on the 1.6-inch color LCD screen or connect via the included A/V cable to a TV to view and share videos, pictures, and audio files. The camera features 2X digital zoom, USB connectivity, 8 Mega Bytes of flash memory, and mass storage. For even greater recording lengths or image capacity, the StyleCam DV100 includes a secure digital slot for memory expansion up to 256MB.

"SiPix is expanding its product line to provide a new class of affordable, cool, compact digital video cameras for anyone that wants to record video and stills anywhere, anytime," said Marie Wesson, director of marketing for SiPix. "The StyleCam DV100 is the company's first entry into this exciting new market. Its ease of use, combined with a low price and versatile features delivers a new and entertaining device for users to capture and share their experiences."

The StyleCam DV100 offers seamless mass storage connectivity, which allows users to easily drag and drop files without installing a TWAIN driver or using a third party application.

To help users get the most rewarding experience right out of the box, the StyleCam DV100 includes award-winning software from ArcSoft. PhotoImpression is ideal for editing, retouching and adding special effects to photos. VideoImpression creates video clips from still photos and edits AVI video so users can share creations with friends and family.

Package Contents, Support and Warranty
The StyleCam DV100 includes a USB cable, AV cable, hand strap, quick start guide, two AA batteries and a CD-ROM containing the mass storage driver, ArcSoft PhotoImpression, ArcSoft VideoImpression, Adobe Acrobat Reader and a PDF owner's manual.

The video camera is backed by a one-year limited warranty offered from time of purchase. Technical support is available for no additional charge at 510-651-9199 and is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST.

About SiPix
SiPix is a brand of products offered by Foxlink Peripherals, Inc, a leader in the manufacturing and delivery of digital imaging products for the consumer market. The company's portfolio of innovative and intuitive image capture products provides a complete product and service chain, through trend setting designs, thus enabling the sharing of images instantly and globally, at an affordable price for everyone. For more information, please visit www.sipixdigital.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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