Basically it’s a really cute, piece of junk camera that only costs $99!
UPDATED: Now with even more sample image goodness inside!
What’s in the Box?
-Che-ez! Foxz2 2 Mega Pixel Camera
-SD Dummy Card
-USB 2.0 Cable
-Black Carrying Sleeve
-CD, Manual, Warranty Card
What’s Good About It?
-It’s really small and thin.
-It’s really, REALLY small and thin. Like, “Waffer-thin.” And small. Just look at the SD dummy card next to it.
-The LCD screen display is nice & bright.
-Charges the internal battery via the USB port.
-Holding it makes you look cool.
What’s Bad About It?
A lot of things. The images are saved on the SD card in .RAW format. The manual explains that this is a compressed format, so you can fit more pictures on the camera or SD card. That means you have to convert each picture (can’t use a memory card reader to get your photos) by connecting the camera to your PC. “Ok, I’m not happy about that, but let’s continue” I thought. So I installed the XP drivers (no reboot, good) and plugged in the camera. About two years later XP showed me all the thumbnails of my sample photos. “There’s two years of my life gone” I thought. Seriously, just to see the thumbnails takes a really long time. USB 2.0? Not quite – but I discovered later why the photos took so long to convert and copy. So I selected all my photos to transfer, and transferred them. 15 minutes later all my photos were saved to a folder on my desktop as bitmaps. Yes, that’s right, and this time I am not joking: 15 minutes & BMP format. That means yet ANOTHER conversion to JPG to make the 5.6MB bitmap files (yes, you heard me, I said 5.6MB per photo) useable. At 5.6MB a photo, no wonder it took so long to copy them from the camera.
So, hello photos! Eww. These are some sample shots, taken at 1600×1200 which is the native 2MP mode with no interpolation. Not pretty: (shift-click to open the photos in new windows, I’m lazy today:)
Che-ez! Foxz2 Sample Photos
UPDATED: New sample pics!
Other than converting the photos from BMP to JPG, I’ve not made any adjustments to the sample pictures I shot. They’re blurry about the edges and in general, the lighting is funky in some shots, the colors and contrast are off, the flash is too harsh and blinds your subjects, but doesn’t actually illuminate anything far away.
If you can’t tell, I’m annoyed I wasted my time on this camera. I’ve been watching Che-ez! camera for a long time. I even emailed and faxed their offices in 2001 to try to convince them to sell me the Che-ez! Cracker. They wouldn’t, so I’ve anxiously been waiting to get my hands on one of their cameras.
If this camera was $30 I’d be happy. I paid $99, and I’m not happy. It’s going back to the store today. Call it the Che-ez! Foxz2, or the Cheez Foxz 2, or the Cheez Whizzy Foxzy Brown – this camera just doesn’t cut it. Or it does cut it, depending on your tolerance for puns. Behold, the Lameness of Cheese. Whatever. I wanted to like this tinycam, and I’m cranky that it is substandard even compared to my low expectations. (I happily used a Game Boy Camera for two years as my primary camera, ok?). In all fairness I’ll say in closing that the Che-ez! Foxz2 looks really, REALLY cool and thin when you hold it in your hand. If how a camera looks is the most important quality to you when choosing a digital camera, then this is the camera for you.