05. 28. 2004
OptioMX: Flyweight or Featherweight?
I've been waiting for ages to see the full specs on the Pentax OptioMX Dualcam, the compact 3.2 megapixel camera that takes VGA mpeg4 video. Photoscala has the newest OptioMX press release, but no word on the weight of the thing, and it looks a lot bigger than I expected. An earlier press release said the Dualcam would be about 3" by 3" but it's hard to tell from the photo. It looks more like a traditional tape camera than the ultra compacts like the D-Snap or the truly teeny Philips Key ring camcorder.
Of course, the video quality from a digital camera isn't going to be as good as what you get with a dv camera, but I'm looking for something really small that will do both photos and video reasonably well. Another option is the Fisher FVD-C1, which I wrote about for ShinyShiny. The Fisher retails for $800 and the OptioMX will cost just half that. 10x optical zoom on the OptioMX, 5.8x on the Fisher.
I need a good travel camera so I'm going to take a closer look at the Fisher and will do the same with the OptioMX when it arrives sometime in June. And every time I see that Philips "wearable" camcorder, it seems to beckon me, damn it.