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Monday, May 23, 2005

Rollei Prego dp5500 Review

Rollei Prego dp5500The Rollei Prego dp5500 is a budget-priced 5-megapixel digital camera boasting rugged design and reliable performance.
Be it spontaneous candids at a party, inspiring scenics from your last holiday trip or funny video clips of the kids – your Rollei Prego dp5500 leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to practical features for your everyday photographic requirements. But then, if you wish to avail yourself of all the benefits of this high-resolution digital camera, you need not spend a fortune – for only Euro 199 (incl. VAT), a Rollei Prego dp5500 will change hands at your dealers.

With a 5 megapixel CCD, a 3x zoom lens and a 4x digital zoom, your Prego dp5500 already is in the top of its class where image resolution counts. This not only paves the way for high-quality A3 printouts – a zoom range of 32-98mm (equivalent 35mm focal lengths) and variable maximum apertures of f/2.8-4.8 also guarantee true-to-life photos of rich detail in practically any situation. To give just one example, your Prego dp5500 will provide outstanding close-ups from 6 to 50 cm. And if you want to leave focus control to the camera, just use autofocus for excellent results from as close as 0.50 cm.

With 1.8 inch, the TFT color monitor is generously dimensioned and makes for easy framing and checking of camera settings. But if fast-paced action is called for, you will also appreciate the camera’s real-image optical zoom viewfinder.
Your Prego dp5500 leaves a wide margin of creativity with practical features such as a self-timer with 3 or 10-second delay, single-frame or continuous shooting and, last but not least, the option of recording brief video clips or a spoken commentary. The video clips will be stored with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 20 frames per second, either in the 16MB internal memory or on an SD card with a capacity of up to 512 MB. Image quality can be set to Fine, Standard or Economy to save memory space and make allowance for the intended use of the recording.

Many of the camera’s modes can simply be entrusted to its automatic control. However, manual override is just as easy. Thus, there are Forced, Off and Red-eye Reduction modes for flash as well as Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent and Sunset presets for white balance. Exposure compensation is possible in 1/3 increments over a range of ±2.0 EV. And whatever manual setting you have in mind, the practical control dial on the camera’s top plate will make it a cinch.
If you wish to edit or simply view your pictures, transfer them to a computer or your TV set via a USB cable or the cameras video port, or simply print them out.

Suggested retail price: Euro 199.- (incl. VAT).
Availability: June 2005

Specifications

Sensor: 1/2.5 “, 5megapixel CCD
Image resolution: 2560×1920 pixels, 2048×1536 pixels, 1280×960 pixels, 640×480 pixels
Video Clip: 320 x 240 pixels (20 fps)
Image storage: SD cards up to 512 MB
Internal memory: 16 MB
Recording format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2), AVI, DCF, DPOF, PC-Cam, Pictbridge
Image quality: Fine, Standard, Economy
Built-in microphone and loudspeaker
Lens: 3x zoom lens, 5.4 –16.2 mm f/2.8 – 4.8 HFT (equivalent to 32 – 98 mm in
35mm format )
Zoom: 3x optical, 4x digital
Autofocus range: 0.50 m to endless
Macro range: 6 cm to 50 cm
Shutter speed: automatically 1/1000 s
Film-speed settings: Auto, manual, ISO 50, 100, 200
Exposure compensation: Auto, manual, +/-2,0 EV in 1/3 increments
Shooting: Single and continuous
White balance: Auto, manual, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, sunset
Flash: Auto, forced, off, red-eye reduction
Viewfinder: Real image optical viewfinder
LC monitor: 1.8“ TFT colour monitor
Self timer: 2 s / 10 s delay
Interface: USB, Video (NTSC, PAL), AC/DC
Power source: 2 x AA alkaline, AC adapter
Dimensions (mm/w x h x d) : 91 x 61 x 27
Weight: 130 g (without batteries and SD card )

System requirements
PC: Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP, USB interface, CD-ROM drive
Apple Macintosh: Version 9.0 or higher, USB interface, CD-ROM drive

Box contents: Rollei Prego dp5500, USB and video-cable, 2x AA batteries, strap, pouch, software CD with Photo Explorer 8.0 and Photo Express 5.0 and drivers, printed instruction manual in DE, GB, FR, ES, IT, NL

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