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Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box) USA

B&H # MIDSCS Mfr # 60666
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Tiny 3.38 x 1.18 x 0.82" Camera
  • Weighs Just 3.17 Oz (90 g)
  • 5.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • Included Flash Unit Has 1.5" Display
  • 9mm f/2.0 Lens (Equivalent to 43mm)
  • VGA Video Capability
  • 128MB Internal Memory

Are point-and-shoot digital cameras just too darn big and heavy for you? Want a camera that offers a little more romance? The Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Silver) may be what you're after (even if you can't tell the CIA from the KGB). This tiny digital update of the famous Minox spy camera of yore (the original was 007's favorite) features a 5.1MP CMOS sensor, a 9mm (43mm equivalent) f/2.0 lens, and VGA video capability in a camera that's just 3.38 x 1.18 x 0.82" (86 x 30 x 21mm) and weighs 3.17 oz (90 g). A detachable flash module is included which also features a 1.5" LCD display for viewing your images.  The camera and flash each operate on one rechargeable lithium-polymer battery (included) and it all fits into the stylish tin box which is included.

Tiny 3.38 x 1.18 x 0.82" camera
Weighs just 3.17 oz (90 g)
5.1MP CMOS sensor
Included flash unit is just 3.58 x 1.6 x 0.82" (91 x 41 x 21 mm) and includes a 1.5" LCD display
9mm f/2.0 lens (equivalent to 43mm)
VGA video capability
128MB internal memory, accepts SD cards up to 16GB
Imaging
Pixels 5.1 Megapixel
Sensor 5.1" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: AVI
Max Resolution 5.1MP: 2608 x 1956
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Optics
Lens EFL: 9-36 mm (35 mm equivalent: 43-172 mm)
Aperture: f/2.0
Zoom Digital: 4x
Focus Range Manual: 1.97' (0.6 m) - Infinity
Exposure Control
White Balance Modes Auto
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Built-in Flash No
Memory
Built-in Memory 128MB
Memory Card Type SD (up to 16GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Video
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Optical
Screen 1.5" LCD Rear Screen
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: ME, 2000, XPX
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.4 x 1.2 x 0.8" / 85.8 x 30.0 x 20.8 mm
Weight 2.11 oz / 60 g
Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box)
  • External Flash With LCD Display
  • 2 x Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • Mini USB Cable
  • Leather Case
  • User Manual
  • Tin Box
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    MinoxDSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box)
     
    3.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    3.0

    Software Workarounds

    By Adam Ansel

    from Yosemite

    Comments about Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box):

    A previous review mentioned the exposure tally reseting to zero after flushing out the batch of pictures to the computer, with the consequent filename conflicts with each new batch flushed to the computer. A simple fix would be to flush a session of exposures into a file folder on the computer's drive. One uniquely named file folder to each batch of exposures flushed per session will resolve filename conflicts. There are also filename renaming and re-dating features built into some image editing programs and also in free file management programs. Picture management programs are the key here in this instance. btw, Microsoft Windows does have a picture tagging feature to facilitate picture indexing when importing pictures. That being said, I hope Minox fixes the other sub-par features.

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    2.0

    Fun camera but unreliable

    By BobM

    from Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Very compact

    Cons

    • Image counter useless
    • No control of date
    • Unreliable electronics

    Best Uses

    • Point and Shoot
    • Unobtrusive photography
    • Very pocketable

    Comments about Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box):

    The first camera I purchased had to be returned because it kept freezing after only a few pictures. The second worked fine for about 3 months and a few hundred pictures then a few days ago it froze too. The problem is that there is no reset on the camera so if it freezes you have no way of getting it to work until the battery dies.

    Over all it has been a great little camera to use and meets exactly what I wanted in a very compact digital camera. Simple, very small, optical viewfinder, sharp fixed lens and manual focus. It is almost like using my other Minox cameras. It can produce very good images and is very unobtrusive to use.

    It comes with a detachable flash with a small screen. This part works quite well although its of limited use in practical terms. The flash has a very slow recycle rate so taking pictures quickly is impossible. The attachment for connecting it to the camera is reminiscent of an old fashioned audio jack and really needs a better less vulnerable type of fitting. The Minox designers could have done so much better here.

    Quality control in the electronics seems to be a real problem making it an unreliable and undependable camera. It is easily the worst digital camera I have owned in this context. This is a real disappointment given the long history of high quality products for which Minox is known. Given the reliability of any other quality brand camera there is simply no justification for this lapse in corporate integrity!

    If this line of cameras is to be really successful Minox needs to solve the problems of its unstable electronics and make its firmware customizable. For example, each time you empty the camera of images it resets the counter to 0, unlike any other digital camera. This means that when downloading to your computer the software sees a duplicate image rather than a new one unless you manually re-number each image. The firmware also does not allow the date to be set so all the images have the same odd date (mine is January 2009) which is frustrating and useless and causes problems when trying to build a date based library of images. These problems would be very simple to fix and would make the camera a much better product.

    I am disappointed with this camera because of its shaky reliability. When it works its exactly what I want- simplicity personified. If Minox were to decide to meet the quality standards and basic programming flexibility of any mainstream digital point & shoot camera firm they would have a singularly interesting product.

    Until they overcome the quality control and program limitations this will remain am expensive and marginally useful niche camera which is very unfortunate.

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    4.0

    cool camera, misleading description.

    By phuphuphnik

    from Chicago Il

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Nice Body Color
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Limited Zoom

    Best Uses

    • Snapshots
    • Travel

    Comments about Minox DSC Digital Spy Camera (Tin Box):

    This is a fine little camera for those who like the Minox, but don't want to deal with 8mm film. I wish to point out that the only miniature camera Bond ever used was a Minolta 16 in Dr. No. Same push pull cocking and film advance, but larger and 16mm.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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