August 13, 2007
By Terry Currier
The first thing that grabs you about the Norcent DCS-760 is the appearance. Itís a cool, light weight, shiny compact camera. It takes 7 Megapixel high-resolution images up to 3072x 2304 in JPEG format. The display is a big 2.5Ē LTPS TFT LCD, scratch-resistant acrylic panel display. The camera uses a Pentax lens system and includes 16 Mega Bytes of internal memory. It uses Secure Digital card (SD) or Multi Media card (MMC) to record on. I used a one gigabyte SD card and took lots of pictures, never seeming running out of room unless I started taking movies. The battery is a lithium and lasted a long time between charges.
With the camera Norcent gives you Ulead Photo Explorer, Ulead Video Studio, USB drivers, cables for displaying onto a TV, and a manual. Both of the Ulead programs are of the lite version, but still very capable. The Manual is pretty good at explaining things.
It has a built-in flash with auto, red-eye reduction, always on, slow sync, forced on, or forced off. Lighting can be set for manual, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, and custom white balance settings. I did play around with them, but I mostly experimented with the 15 picture taking modes: Program, movie, voice REC, portrait, landscape, sunset, night scene, text, back light, kids, snow, food, fireworks, building, quick mode. Some of the modes I have to say were not needed. The Text mode for example I compared it to setting the camera up in macro mode. I found I could take a almost as good picture of the text with its macro setup. The food and kids mode I found no difference between it and the program mode. The quick mode is nice if you donít want to have to figure out anything and makes for a simple display on the lens. The back light though was out standing with me taking a picture of my wife with the sun behind her. The picture came out great. The reality is most people are going to just leave it in program mode and Norcent has made that work out for great pictures.
For movie recording it saves into AVI, MPEG-4 format 640x480 / 320x240 / 160x120 (at 30fps) resolution. Zoom is 3x optical and 4x digital zoom. For the Voice REC mode, the user can record details about the pictures taken, up to 30 seconds. Photo effects you can do with the camera include: Off, Black & White, Sepia, Negative Art, Mosaic, and RGB filter. You can do self timer shots of 10 sec, 2 sec, single shot and Double self-timer. It does have burst mode of continuous, unlimited pictures.
Image Resolution - 3072x2304(7M), 3072x2048(3:2),
2560x1920(5M), 2048x1536(3M), 640x480 VGA
Sensitivity - Default Auto, Auto, ISO 50, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Price - $199.94 at Walmart.com
Overall I loved the camera, and thought it was a good value. In fact I also own the Norcent 10.1 MP DC-1020 digital camera, and this 7 MP takes better pictures.
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