Find out more about the altek Cubic Camera
It’s interesting to see another lens-style camera that’s not from Sony. Taiwanese imaging company altek, a relatively new brand to the Malaysian market, has come up with its own lens-style camera that’s brilliantly compact in size. Named altek Cubic, let’s take a closer look at this little photography gadget.
As the name implies, this Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled lensstyle camera comes with a cubic-shaped design and somehow, it also resembles a camera app icon on iOS devices when inspected from the front. Its cubic chassis seems sturdy as this lens-style camera is built entirely using highquality plastic materials and weighs only 65g, making it light enough to carry around. All the standard camera buttons are located where you expect them to be. Apart from Turquoise (the one we received as our review unit), the Cubic is also available in White, Pink or Gold.
Feature-wise, this camera has the same capabilities as normal digital camera do. The Cubic sports a 1/2.3-inch, 13-megapixel CMOS sensor, along with an integrated 3x optical zoom lens. As for the lens, it has a focal length of 30mm to 90mm, which gives users plenty of framing flexibility, making it an ideal camera for selfies and group photos. Not only that, the Cubic also features a HID Intensity discharge lamp that helps users capture low-light photos with accurate lighting. At the bottom of the camera, there’s a microUSB charging port and microSD slot to store your captured photos and videos.
Technically, the Cubic can be operated on its own, but there’s no way for the user to change the settings and preview the photos. Therefore, this camera needs to be paired with an Android or iOS device via Wi-Fi or NFC beforehand. Once connected, the Cubic camera app will take care of everything as it acts as the Cubic’s display. With the app, users will be able to take advantage of basic camera functions like macro and flash modes. For videos, the app only allows users to switch the video quality between Full HD and 480p resolution. The video can be recorded up to 16 seconds, which we find inadequate. Furthermore, there’s also a noticeable lag of several seconds when capturing photos or videos via the app.
In term of image quality, the 13-megapixel sensor captures a sensible amount of details. If used primarily as a selfie camera, the Cubic is more than adequate for the task. We tested its image quality in both day and night conditions, and the photos turned out clean and clear for the most part, except for instances of noise in low-light situations. To us, it’s understandable seeing as the image sensor is relatively small.
Having tested the Cubic camera, we consider it a fun, casual companion camera. However, there’s plenty of room for improvements.