Was in the local Best Buy with my girlfriend the other day and saw this “Bean Sprout“. I remark “Oh cute it’s a little camera with a carabiner and…oh my god 5 megapixels for $19!!” Of course before I yelled it out I quickly whip out the iPhone and after making sure the wi-fi is turned off (because BB is notorious for having a rigged version of websites override the real ones while using their wi-fi) I did a google search for this little bean camera and found that it was actually not 5mp but rather VGA (640×480). Obviously the label says “VGA 5MP”. That’s like saying it’s a 4-cylinder V8 car. I was pretty disappointed because I was going to buy every single one of them and give them away as gifts.
What’s the problem here and how did this happen? Well pretty simple – the red box in the corner of the picture above really is 5 megapixels and is the Bean Sprout’s older sibling – the Bean. More than likely the idiot typing up their stickers/labels just got confused. I told the nearest Best Buy employee about the mistake and I’m sure it went no further than the toilet after lunch. I would’ve bought the camera any way had it been 1.3mp-2mp for $19… It’s ultra small, portable, rugged, and has a built on clip so you can attach it to anything you want. But I’ve got a cell phone that takes better pictures than VGA so I’m not really in the market for it.
Sorry just ranting about advertising ignorance.