Find out more about the al­tek Cu­bic Cam­era

AL­TEK CU­BIC

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - by Ammar Uzair Amin­ud­din

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.

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