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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jan Panteltje, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

  2. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    There are better quality ones out there, but not surprisingly most people will
    choose the $30 Wal*Mart special over a $130 model with a better lens. (And
    some web cams are <$10...!)
  3. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    I got a Logitech that used to retail around $60-70, from a liquidator
    sale. Compared to the CCD camera that I built from scratch as a masters
    project way back in the mid-80's the image quality is horrible.
  4. Bill Beaty

    Bill Beaty Guest

    You think quality is their goal?

    It's apparent that miniaturization is their goal: single-chip spy
    cameras smaller than a bugging microphone, preferably with no pcb.
    Ant robots with eyes! Add a bit of solar cell area to the die, plus
    some piezo-driven whisker-legs for motors. Or to spy on spouses,
    sprinkle on some camera dust (similar to those sub-mm RF tag chips,
    but with video.) It's the first stage in creating Warren Ellis'
    floating clouds of "bacteriacam"

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  5. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    I once got one on ebay for $0.01 (plus about $9.00 shipping...)

    And, yes, it's crap.

  6. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    I'm willing to wager that the lens alone from your masters project camera
    would not retail for more than $60-$70. :)
  7. Joel Kolstad

    Joel Kolstad Guest

    ^^^ would NOW retail

  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Actually it was already about $400 back then. However, we had a similar
    discussion coming up. So I brought in a really cheap lens from a freebie
    camera, the kind where the whole camera can be had for $10 if bought in
    a store. Not after betting a whole lotta beers though :)

    Lo and behold while there was a difference in geometrical aberrations
    that cheap lens produced a remarkably nice image. I had to walk my
    bicycle home that night (fell off when trying to ride).
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