Jason's photos -> 2002 -> StyleCam Blink Photos
A few photos from my nifty SiPix StyleCam Blink $40 digital camera.
Horrible dynamic range (less than even the pickiest slide films),
slow ISO equivalency (I'd guess around ISO50), horrid barrel
distortion, weak color fidelity, an auto-white-balance mechanism
on crack, severe blurring towards the edges of the lens (Rachel
says this is because of the spherical lens design, in which case
it would be like this on most Blink cameras). It waits a couple
seconds after you press the shutter before it does anything.
Questionable metering. Parallax distortion (or plain old viewfinder
inaccuracy) to the point where there's no real reason to bother
looking through the viewfinder. Shooting pictures indoors is
definitely not recommended--keep it in the sunlight if you want
In short, I love this camera. It is reminiscent of the delightful
Going by the Windows drivers files, the SiPix camera uses a
"DSC-06" camera-guts core from DXG Technologies.
DXG's web site has a lack of actual information on it, so I wouldn't
bet money on this or anything.
2002-06-17 update: My Blink called to me and told me it wanted
to be opened. I saw:
- A Winbond W986416CH 8Mbyte SRAM memory module
- A Winbond W27C520-212 64kbyte EEPROM.
- A big chip, probably some sort of CPU or ASIC containing a CPU core,
which probably does all the main camera control, labeled
- A small chip behind the CMOS sensor (handles the CMOS sensor I/O?),
The lens assembly has the plastic lens which is externally
exposed, then a thin piece of plastic or glass to filter IR
light, and then the CMOS sensor. There is no shutter. The
IR filter whispered to me that it wanted to be removed, so I did.
Reassembly was not difficult.
NB: You can easily move between photos by using the
"n" and "p" keys.
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