JamCam Review and MS PictureIt Tutorial
JamCam is not a GREAT camera. But, for what it does and how it can be
used, it is a good camera. If you are just getting into the world of
digital photography or even have been around for a while, you will enjoy
this nice little toy. This is a camera that can take pictures at an
office party or a picnic. With this camera you won't be afraid to hand
it to a 5 year old. There are disadvantages to it, but it is low cost
and it's available almost anywhere.
problem is.. I have noticed a
difference in color (hue) from one
image to the next. These images were taken within seconds of each
and are of almost the same exact
view. But the "hue" of the unprocessed images are very different.
the up side this camera has only 2 buttons. The yellow one on
the back turns it on and
the one on top (where it should be) to take the picture. If you
hold the yellow button down you can chose different resolutions or cycle
all the way through and clear all the pictures taken. (Hopefully
after you have downloaded all the images you want to keep.)
you understand the products limitations then you know what it is, and
is not, good for. You must also know that from time to time digital
products lose their data. This happens with everything. Even human error
can contribute to the lose of data. Don't worry about it, it's like
spilled milk, sometimes it happes, clean it up and go on.
of the problems is that the images are the wrong color. But they make
up for that by including Microsoft's Picture It!. Now I'm not one to
sing the praises of Microsoft, but this is a decent piece of software
that does the job. Here are some of the original images straight from
the camera, and images processed with Microsoft Picture it!.
on images to view full 640x480)
you can see sometimes the MS Picture it!99 does a better job than others
but overall you have some good easy to make choices. You can also see
that for the level of quality (especially at 320x240) it is acceptable
for use as content on the web or in email.
can store 8 Images at 640x480
It can store 26 Images at 320x240
It can store 48 Images at 240x180
type b interface
It comes with a USB type b interface
cable. And a serial cable. I had no trouble getting it to work with
the USB on a Win 98. I had some trouble getting it to work on a Win
95 system. But after going to their site and reading their FAQs I had
my resolution. If you are using Win 95 you must use the serial cable.
First I had to download the updated driver from KbGear/support and I
had to get the replacement file from FAQ 20. According to them "The
easiest way to update your JamCam Twain software is to replace the current
jamcamex.ds file with the new version which you can download here.
to "Fix" a picture with MS PictureIt!
(which is included with the camera)
I'm cleaning up a picture in MS Picture It, I start by going to "Touchup"
and then "Quick Touchup". Then
I choose "Correct Tint". Just click on
something that is supposed to be white in the picture and it adjusts
automatically. Then click "Done".
To adjust the brightness click "Brightness and
Contrast" and then click
"Smart Task Fix" and
"Done". Then "Done" one more time
and you are done. Now you can save it any way you like. Some times it
helps to process your pictures more than once.
tutorials that come built in to MS PictureIt!99 require the CD but are
suprisingly good. The pictures sometimes have a visable blue band at
the top and bottom of the image but it seems to happen mostly when there
is not enough light or if its just a dark area.
I have asked KBGear about this and they said they are working on a fix
and a fix for their occaisonal color problem.
I like the camera, and I recommend it as long as you understand
limitations of a low cost digital camera. If you want truly amazing
quality then expect to pay a truly amazing price.
I give this product 5 spaceships out of a possible 10.
(ok, I haven't come up with a rating system yet.)