The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF is a stylish and compact 5 megapixel digital camera with a 1.8" TFT Color LCD display that offers a variety of exposure and focusing modes, all for around a mere $200. How have Concord Camera achieved this aggressive price-point? Well, one obvious cost-saving is the zoom lens - there isn't one, just a fixed lens that is equivalent to 48mm on a 35mm camera. So if you want a camera with a zoom lens, stop reading now. Otherwise, on paper at least, the Concord Eye-Q 5062AF seems to offer most if not all of the features that other digicams in this class offer, with the bonus of a 5 megapixel sensor. So are there are any other major drawbacks in addition to that fixed lens? Read my review to find out.
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF has a 1/1.8", 5 megapixel CCD sensor that delivers JPEG images up to 2560 x 1920 pixels in size. There are 6 different image sizes available (2560 x 1920 (5MP), 2272 x 1704 (4MP), 2048 x 1536 (3.1MP), 1600 x 1200 (2.0MP), 1280 x 960 (1.2MP), 640 x 480 (VGA)), all in the 4:3 image ratio, and 3 different levels of compression (Fine, Normal, Economy). The camera has a 10.0mm, f/3.0 -f/6.0 lens that is equivalent to a 48mm lens on a 35mm format camera. Zooming is achieved via the 6x digital zoom. The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF has 16MB of internal memory and only supports the SD Card format.
This camera offers two metering modes (Average and Spot) and one type of focusing (Autofocus). You can select Auto Focus (from 0.6m (1.96ft) to infinity) or Macro (from 15cm (0.48 ft.)) The aperture range is f3.0- f6.0 and the shutter speed range is 4 secs. - 1/2000 sec. There are 4 ISO speeds available - Auto, 100, 200, 400. There are 4 different White Balance settings to choose from (Auto, Sunny, Fluorescent, Tungsten).
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF has a range of scene modes - Off, Beach/Snow, Party/Indoor, Sunset, Night Landscape, Fireworks, Night Portrait, Sport - and there are 4 different picture effects - Black & White, Solarize, Sepia. The built-in flash offers a range of different modes (Auto, Red Eye Reduction, Fill in, Fill in Red Eye Reduction, Flash off) and it has a guide number of 7.50.
There is a burst mode available, which allows you to take 7 frames in 2.3 sec with 2MP resolution. To compose your images, you can use both the LCD monitor and a traditional optical viewfinder. The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF has a 1.8 inch colour TFT LCD monitor which has 134,000 pixels, and is powered by 2 x AA size alkaline batteries / Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF can record movies in AVI format with audio at QVGA (320 x 240) resolution with 30 fps. Approximately 60 seconds of footage can be stored in 16MB storage space. The video-output socket allows you to connects the camera to your television.
The camera's dimensions are 100 x 61 x 30 mm (without protrusions) and it weighs 120g (excl. batteries and memory card). There is a standard 1/4" size tripod mount (plastic) and a 10 second self-timer function.
Finally, the box kit that I reviewed contains 2xAA batteries, Video Cable, USB cable with A and mini-B connectors, Pouch, Wrist Strap, CD Rom including User's Guide in PDF format, camera driver and applications, User's Guide, a Quick Start Guide and and warranty card. You will need to invest in a few more SD Cards to store your images on, as the internal 16Mb memory can only store approximately 10 images at the 5M file quality setting.
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.
Overall Image Quality
The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF delivered images of average quality during the review period. The 5 megapixel images were pretty soft out of the camera and require some post-processing before they can be printed up to A3 in size. Noise is only controlled well at the slowest ISO setting of 100, becoming very visible at ISO 200 and 400. The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF's best performance is with chromatic aberrations, which do appear in the form of purple fringing in high-contrast scenes, but are largely avoided in most situations. Overall a distinctly average performance from the Concord Eye-Q 5062AF.
On paper the Concord Eye-Q 5062AF promises much for a very low cost. 5 megapixels, 1.8" LCD screen, movies with sound, all for just $199. In reality the camera doesn't really deliver on any of its promises. Image quality is distinctly average, the LCD screen and speed of the camera can only be described as "slow to respond", and the 6x digital zoom does not make up for the lack of an optical zoom lens. This is very much a camera that has been designed around that expensive 5 megapixel CCD, which is fine if that is the only feature that you require, but not so great if you actually want a camera that is easy to use with good results. Sacrifices have been made in order to meet the aggressive price-point, and in my view those sacrifices are just too great. The Concord Eye-Q 5062AF unfortunately proves that you never get something for nothing.