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Mustek VDC 3500 3 Megapixels and Smaller

2.33 star rating
                      2.33 / 5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $40.00


  • Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution0.35 Megapixel
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    Focus Range15.75 in. to Infinity (w)
    Focal Length6.3 mm
    Camera Resolution0.35 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 320 x 240
    Aperture Rangef11 (w) - f4 (w)
    Shutter Speed1/30 - 1/10000 sec
    Compression ModesFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG
    File Size (High Res.)0.25 MB (512 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Interface TypeSerial
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Self Timer10 Sec.
    Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 95 • Microsoft Windows 98
    Width4.9 in.
    Depth1.3 in.
    Height2.3 in.
    Weight0.35 lb.
    Warranty1 Year
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • Serial Cable
    MPNVDC-3500
    Product ID1976

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sfpeter a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    It will take a picture. In color.

Weaknesses:    The most outstanding weakness is the horrible image quality; a grainy noisy, smudgy thing that makes 110 film look like large format. The images look like stills from a contemporary webcam, and the sensor likely came from one. As the adage goes a photograph is better than none at all, and my first camera did let me take pictures of a few important family memories.

It's a serial based connection and no readers are available for the serial flash card. I was able to get mine working on a Windows XP box by installing the driver only and then using acquire in Photoshop Elements 2.0. You can also take a grainy b/w soundless video when the camera is tethered, which could have some artistic potential.

Uses a non-rechargeable lithium battery, but at least it's a standard one you can get at the store.

Default image format is BMP, which was very unusual even then, but nothing virtually any photo editor can't work with.


Bottom Line:   
Whenever people gripe about modern cameras and noise or saturation, they should pick up one of these and see how far we've come.

My particular example is a Dimera Relisys 3500, but aside from the name they're all the same camera. My particular reason for owning one is this was literally the first digital camera I ever owned, and I guess it shows how far I've come. For $3 plus shipping I thought why not go back to the egg and see how it was.

History wise this camera was made when an "affordable" SLR like the D1 was $5,000, and had a resolution of 2.74 megapixels, and 640X480 was considered an acceptable resolution for consumer cameras. Sony was cleaning up with their floppy disc based Mavica cameras, which made the Dimera/Mustek the equivalent of a 110 film camera.

This was also one of the earliest cameras to use a removable flash memory, although it was a "serial flash" unit available in 2mb or 4MB sizes, and quickly left the market. There are no readers for these cards and they are now very rare.

Shooting it is like stepping back to a 110 film camera, it's all automatic so you simply point, click, and hope for the best. You have no manual controls and no ability to view your images whatsoever.

But enough with that, on to the rest of it....

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $3.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Similar to this camera really none.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yaser Farid a Casual from Jeddah, Western, Saudi Arabia

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2001

Strengths:    hmmm... bmp output

Weaknesses:    capacity, memory card isn't widely avilable, bad coloring, no saturation of color, unclear picture.

Bottom Line:   
This camera sucks, only 8 pictures, completly wierd color, no light control so the pictures are either very bright or totally dark.

Sucks sucks sucks.

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Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Yahoo Auction

Similar Products Used:   none



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yaser Farid a Casual from Jeddah, Western, Saudi Arabia

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2001

Strengths:    hmmm... bmp output

Weaknesses:    capacity, memory card isn't widely avilable, bad coloring, no saturation of color, unclear picture.

Bottom Line:   
This camera sucks, only 8 pictures, completly wierd color, no light control so the pictures are either very bright or totally dark.

Sucks sucks sucks.

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Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Yahoo Auction

Similar Products Used:   none



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Jong Kim a Beginner from Tamuning, GU, USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2001

Strengths:    Descent picture quality. Sometime overexposed.

Weaknesses:    Limited to 8 pictures for fine mode. Standard mode quality is not good.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this from the auction at $41 in different brand name Relysis dimera 3500. It is limited to 8 pictures in fine mode 640x480. It is descent for web use or emailing pictures to friends and relative. Printout quality from 1200 dpi Compaq printer is not great as printout from scanned regular photo pictures. For the cheap price I paid, it is worth it for my use.

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Overall Rating:3
Submitted by George Aumann a Expert from Altadena, CA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2000

Strengths:    Cheap. Good for web use.

Weaknesses:    Limited to 8 pictures

Bottom Line:   
Surprisingly sharp images in the 640 x 480 mode, more than adequate for web use, but noticable coloration of sharp edges with 4 x 6 inch prints. Optical viewfinder is reasonably accurate. No LCD display. The single 3 Volt Lithium battery is good for about 50 - 100 shots. Serial interface takes 40 seconds to download each image. Merifully, there are only 8 on the 2MB removable memory card. Pictures tend to be slightly overexposed, but this can be handles in PhotoShop. Almost no shutter delay (fix focus lens), but saving one image takes 9 seconds. Flash power output is set for 10 ft. Anything nearer will be overexposed. Good deal for $60, but if you are looking for printing your pictures as large as 7 x 10 inch, look elsewhere, get an Olympus 360L or equivalent and expect to spend about $250.

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Similar Products Used:   Kodal DC40, Olympus D340R




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