Concord Eye-Q 5062AF
Review Date: October 8th 2004
Ease of Use
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF is a very conventional digital camera in terms of its overall design, whilst being very unconventional by offering the combination of a fixed lens with a 5 megapixel CCD sensor. Compromises have obviously had to be made to reach the $199 price point, and the most obvious one is the lack of a zoom lens. The other main compromise hits you as soon as you turn the camera on and look at the LCD screen. There is a visible timelag for the camera to update its display as you move it, so much so that you have to wait for about 0.5 seconds before you can evaluate the shot. It's easily the worst LCD screen that I have seen on any of the digital cameras that I have reviewed. The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF is also not very quick when focusing or taking the photo and showing it onscreen. This is not a camera that you could use for any kind of action photography, and even worse it may cause you to miss that important moment.
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF is very much a plastic camera - the body, buttons and even the tripod mount are all made of plastic. Having said that, the camera is generally well-constructed, with no parts that look as though they will break off. The available controls are responsive and quite tactile, although I didn't like the fact that you have to hold down the power button for a couple of seconds before the camera turns on. The menu system is very straightforward to use, as there is only ever one menu with a maximum of 11 different options, whichever mode you are currently using.
So the Concord Eye-Q 5062AF on first sight is an approachable, well-constructed camera, but it unfortunately flatters to deceive because of its poor LCD screen and general lack of responsiveness. As a pocketable camera for non-action photography, it's fine, but as an all-round camera for family use the Concord Eye-Q 5062AF is not the best choice. 5 megapixels for $199 sounds too good to be true, and from an ease-of-use point of view this is certainly true.
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