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Concord 5345z

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Concord 5345z Compact Camera

Concord 5345z
Photograph: Rick Rizner

Looking for a 5-megapixel camera at a terrific price? Concord Camera's 5345z sells for just $310--the lowest price we've seen for a model at that resolution. The 5345z's drawback, however, is its subpar image quality, which pretty much eliminates any advantage you might gain from the 5-megapixel CCD.

In our lab-based image-quality tests using the camera's default automatic modes, the 5345z did reasonably well capturing both our mannequin and outdoor scenery. The mannequin photo, shot with the camera's flash, was well exposed but had visible speckling in solid colors (the gray background and the model's purple blouse). The outdoor shot was also well exposed, but it had a blue cast and was not as sharp as what we expect from a 5-megapixel camera. The 5345z did the poorest job capturing our still life, giving it a heavy greenish cast.

The camera's two AA rechargeable batteries lasted for 1 hour, 57 minutes, a total of 213 shots. That mark places it in the bottom third of the point-and-shoot cameras we've tested. The battery charger, about the same size as the camera, plugs straight into a power outlet, so there are no cables to deal with, though it might be harder to plug into power strips.

The 5345z is reasonably compact, measuring 3.5 by 1.3 by 2.4 inches and weighing 7.7 ounces. The menu structure is easy to learn, and the camera's limited controls are not hard to master. There are 19 "Niceshot" scene modes, including those for pets, a candlelight portrait, and fireworks. The manual is limited to a basic guide plus a quick-start booklet, as well as a CD. You can easily capture 60 seconds of video at 320 by 240 pixels.

This camera might be attractive if you're looking for a very inexpensive, no-frills model with 5-megapixel imaging, but you can find 3- and 4-megapixel cameras that take better pictures for a lower price.

Concord 5345z


5 megapixels, 2560 by 1920 maximum resolution, 39mm to 117mm focal range (35mm equivalent), f2.8 to f8.4 aperture range, shutter speeds from 1/8 second to 1/2000 second, optical and LCD viewfinders, USB 1.1 connection, 9.7MB internal memory plus SD Card slot, two AA rechargeable batteries, 7.7 ounces with batteries; MGI PhotoSuite SE and VideoWave SE software. One-year parts and labor warranty; 12-hour weekday, 7-hour Saturday, 4-hour Sunday toll-free support.
$310
954/331-4200
www.concordcam.com

Dan Sommer

This story, "Concord 5345z" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Concord 5345z Compact Camera

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