Thursday, November 02, 2006

Hitachi HDC- 831E

I have recently purcahsed hitachi's HDC - 831E digicam ... and unfortunately i lost its manual .. so i tried to find it via google but there was no help.. all the sites i found were of selling the cam.. but lucky me after mailing to Hitachi customer care they sent me the user manual... although its not xactly of my digcam .. but it contains all the information to operate my digicam... xcpt those scene modes.. i really want themm...

Newys its my first digicam so i am vry much excited abut it ... let me start with the camera specifications... here they are..

Image sensor -- >8.1 Mega pixels CCD sensor(fundooo )

Image resolution -->3296 x 2472, 2560 x 1920, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
(vry huge nice)

LCD monitor -- >2.5" LTPS TFT color LCD
Viewfinder --> Real image optical zoom viewfinder
Image quality -->Fine/Standard/Economy/TIFF
Recording media -->32 MB internal memory (25.9 MB for image storage) Supports SD card (up to 1GB) (optional)

Compression format JPEG compliant
Image file format JPEG (EXIF 2.2), DCF, DPOF, ASF (im not sure abut them not seen them.. in my digicam)

Lens -->
3x optical zoom lens
F-no.: 2.8 (Wide)/4.8 (Tele)
Focal length: 7.5 mm ~ 22.5 mm (equivalent to
36 mm - 108 mm on a 35 mm camera)

Range of focus --> Wide: Approx. 5 cm to infinity (in Macro mode)
Tele: Approx. 30 cm to infinity (in Macro mode)
Normal: Approx. 50 cm to infinity

Shutter speed -- > 1/2 -1/1500 sec. (this is vry cool feature i alwys wanted.. u can go as fast as 1/1500 seconds its really fast man )
Image capturing -- >Single/3 images burst/AEB with 3 images at -0.67, 0, +0.67EV

Digital zoom -- >4x (Still-image capture mode)
2x and 4x enlargement (Still-image playback mode)

Metering system Average/Spot
Exposure compensation -2EV ~ +2EV (in 0.3EV increments)
White balance --> Auto/Incandescent/Fluorescent 1/Fluorescent 2/Day Light/Cloudy/Manual (vry useful for a naive like me..)

Flash modes Automatic/Red-eye Reduction/Forced Flash/Flash Off
(the best one i like is Red- eye reduction i am sick of those red eyes in pics..)

Flash effective range 0.5 m -2.7 m (vry gud falsh.. dont use it for near will seen only white if you do that)

ISO sensitivity Equivalent to ISO 50/100/200/400/Auto
(this one also a very cool feature althouh i am still not able to use it proeply but rade a lot abut it that its a kewl one)
Self-timer 10 sec./2 sec. (u need it vry often dont u )
Video standards NTSC/PAL

Interface A/V OUT terminal
USB terminal (USB 2.0)
Power supply Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (3.7V, optional)
AC power adapter (5V/3A, optional)
Dimension (WxHxD) Approx. 91 x 57 x 27mm (without protruding parts)(vry slim)
Weight Approx. 150 g (without the battery & SD card)

Wat i liked most abut his digicam is the contorl over photography it provides till now i was using simple cam which didnt have any configurable thing .. so its really a big and quite tough thing for me.. so mostly i go for using the auot mode. wich sets all the things automatically u dont need to do nething.. also i use the activity mode vry often ..

okie apart from all the gud thing wat i think it lacks is battery life time.. battery life is too short.. becoz of the larze LCD the battery sinks too soon... although u have option to use the optical view finder but in that case u wont b able to use the manual setting..

now as i have i got ma dream digicam cam i am clicking everything i can.. n tryin to learn the cam each day ... tryin to control the sutter speed aparture.. the.. focus.. the exposure.. omg it has so many thing to b learnt , i think i need to leanr some gud photography books to use the true power of my digicam..
in the mean time do chk out my click on flickr at