Bell+Howell 10.0 Mega Pixel Digital Camera

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by ilyaburshteyn, Nov 19, 2004.

  1. I saw an advertisement for this camera in a news magazine. I have seen
    some TV adds from this company and they claim to have been around for
    years and their name is familiar, but I haven't bought or owned
    anything they've made. Note that I am aware of anyway.

    In any case they sell a 10 mega pixel digital camera for $400, that's
    a great price, but I can't find any info from people that have owned
    this camera or even their 6 MP model.

    This is a link to the camera information on their site
    If anyone has used this or knows anything about (good or bad) please
    speak up.

    Thanks for your info if any, I appreciate it.
    ilyaburshteyn, Nov 19, 2004
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  2. I don't know that model but from what I see I'd discourage you from buying
    it. Reasons:

    - the sensor is described as 5MP sensor, i.e. no 10Mio pixel; although a
    certain amount of interpolation can be done, image quality will likely not
    reach the quality of a 10MP sensor camera

    - the sensor is quite small which increases likelyhood of noise (although
    not necessarily at ISO 200, which brings me to the next issue:)

    - ISO 200 is not much. I have a Kyocera with 4MP that costs about 250EUR
    (roughly the same in USD) that can do ISO 800 - with considerable noise
    but then it's ultra compact.

    10MP is just a marketing gimmick and has no real value in this cam. Also,
    I haven't seen this brand before. Considering all this $400 seems to be
    too expensive. Better get yourself a cheaper 3 or 4 MP cam from a vendor
    known for cameras for some time (Canon, Minolta etc.)

    My 0.02EUR


    Robert Klemme, Nov 19, 2004
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  3. ilyaburshteyn

    Toomas Guest

    I must add that they say that internal 16MB memory could
    get 109 pictures depending from resolution. For comparison
    My 3MP Olympus C-3030 could store more than 100 pics
    only when I set resolution to 640x480 and quality set to
    normal. High quality 2048x1536 only 6.

    And You can get real 5MP camera less than $400. I checked
    and for example Canon Powershot A95 cost about or little more
    than $300

    Toomas, Nov 19, 2004
  4. From the information on the web site, I'd say it was a piece of hyped
    marketing crap. As was pointed out, it has a small 5MP sensor that's being
    faked up to 10MP. And how many 10MP shots can you put in its huge 16MB
    internal memory? Maybe two or three. Plus they only get ISO200 out of this
    think. I say it was created to appeal to the totally naive.

    I say buy a real $400 digicam with a name like Sony, Canon, Olympus, Nikon,
    Pentax or Minolta.

    David Sommers, Nov 20, 2004
  5. ilyaburshteyn

    Alan Guest

    I have to say I have heard of Bell & Howell, but not as camera manufacturers
    !! Thay used to, probably still do, make darkroom equipment, enlargers etc.
    so ... you pays your money, you takes your chance :) .. I agree with the
    others, go for a recognised brand name

    Alan, Nov 21, 2004
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    KC Guest

    I totally agree with what has been said before.

    I work in Canada for the leading national photography chain.

    We sell ( and take in repairs) for all the leading brands of cameras.
    We do NOT however, deal with Bell and Howell and hopefully never will.

    IMHO this is a heap of crap.
    KC, Nov 21, 2004
  7. Yeah, that was what I figured, although this company makes some pricy
    commercial printing and optical equipment, they tried to pass a peace
    of crap as a camera.

    Thanks for the posts, I personally would only buy a digital camera
    from a major brand (I own a Sony digital SLR and a Kodak digital point
    and shoot).

    Just in case someone has actually used one of these cameras from Bell
    and Howell, I am still curious to know about your experience.
    ilyaburshteyn, Nov 22, 2004
  8. ilyaburshteyn

    KC Guest

    Well I've seen a lot of broken ones!

    And also they feel like crap when you have them in your hand, really
    KC, Nov 22, 2004
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