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Gateway DC-T50

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Gateway DC-T50

Editor's Review

The 5-megapixel Gateway DC-T50 is a no-frills digital camera with an affordable price tag. While the DC-T50's price may catch shoppers' eyes, there are a number of other 5-megapixel cameras in this price range that also merit a look.

Specifications

  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical/4x digital zoom
  • autofocus only
  • program and manual exposure only
  • JPEG file format
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2003

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Gateway DC-T50 Reviews

Gateway DC-T50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 4.0 out of 5
customer service + battery life (alice — 01/07/2010)

Have replaced multiple batteries but now couldn't find replacement. Contacted cust. service & automatic response insisted on being for a computer despite giving ID, etc. of digital camera. Tried two times with cust. service. Finally found replacement at Radio Shack cost $29.00.

  • 1.0 out of 5
A poor digital camera (L Wang — 10/30/2009)

The battery can only last for 30 minutes after it has been fully charged. It is only good for outdoor photography

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's been improved upon but still does the job. (RMCM01 — 10/06/2009)

I've been reading the reviews both pro and really con! I did run across my problem and it seems fixed for now. I was getting the dreaded "No Card" message. Nobody had a 512MG SD chip in town. The least was a 2 GiG. Checking online, I found my answer to the problem and also found a place to purchase anything I need for the T-50. The problem with that is if you buy anything more than (2) chips. $11 each. The cost almost is half the price of a new camera. That's the deliema. Fix it or trash it! I chose to keep the old one. It's easy to operate takes excellent pictures inside and out, when I remember to enable the flash. It does use the battery up if you view and flash a lot, but if your frugal with the battery power, use the viewfinder instead of the monitor, etc. all the stuff the manual recommends, it'll pretty much run all day on one battery. I just purchased another battery for about $25 and with the memory cards, runs around $50. A new 10MP camera can be purchased at less than $100. Really it's up to the person, but for me, I've already learned this one and I like it! If I was buying a new one today, it wouldn't be a T-50, but Gateway doesn't sell them anymore anyway, do they? If one was sent to me for my birthday, that's another story!
Good camera.
Ray

  • 4.0 out of 5
Gateway Camera performance (GC — 08/06/2009)

The camera actually has great features and is easy to use.
For an old camera it is still quite useable @ 5 meg. Takes sharp picture in day and good focus at night. My new 8meg cameras can't do that.

I do not like the built in charger. The battery will only 1/2 charge. But luckly I got some spare battery and charger from ebay. It is large and has a small screen but the optical viewfinder makes it good for outside use compared to the LCD only cameras sold now.

I would give 5 stars but the picture color is off a bit. I was waiting for software fix but Gateway stopped selling branded cameras and the real mfg never porvided an update. Could be Toshiba

PS this camera will only work with a 512 mb max and don' t put the battery in backwards!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Bad camera all the way around (terre — 07/12/2009)

Indoor pictures are junk-worse than a throw-away. Battery does not last through an event, much less through an entire trip. Charger must only provide a squirt of charge. Customer service does not care- forget it!!! Buy a new one and cut your losses.

  • 5.0 out of 5
GREAT CAMERA (jennifer — 02/17/2009)

I have had this camera for over 6 years and I use it all the time. I got a great deal on it for buying an Epson printer. This is the only digital camera I have ever owned and I don't plan on buying a new one anytime soon. I have a lot of pictures in my office that I have had enlarged. (Mostly landscape) I get so many comments on the quality of the images, even from the pros. They always ask me what camera I used. I have to say, I am very happy with my camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
NO HELP from gateway... (Rose — 12/14/2008)

even bought an extended warranty... Rechargeable battery packs last until you turn it on. Colors change from red casts to blue casts from pic to pic. HORRIBLE camera... no wonder they are having customer problems!... A wonder that GATEWAY is still in business!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Where's the power? (Pam — 08/28/2008)

I have had so much trouble with this camera. It failed (the first time) when I was at a wedding reception out of town, and I got no pictures of the newlyweds, family or friends. The battery life is a joke, the error messages are nonstop. I can only delete pictrues when the camera is connected to the computer. I got a third camera when this one continually left me holding the bag. (My first digital, an Olympus, is still working fine. The newest one, a Canon, also works fine). I gave this DC-T50 2 stars because when it does work, it's nice—but a surprise!

  • 3.0 out of 5
No Support (Ken Kennedy — 05/30/2008)

Carera works great when it works but I can get no support from Gateway. One support tec sugested that I buy another camera. Now Gateway has closed their stores I cant fine any one to do repairs.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Poor battery life (Jerry Schauss — 12/31/2007)

We have three of these cameras. The firmware 0.25 cameras suffer from short battery life, take a few pictures and the battery has to be recharged. Same battery in the firmware 0.30 camera will take many pictures without any problems.

Sounds like George Bossler review (8/20/06) could be the answer. A under charged battery would cause the problem I have been having.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good value for the $ (SS — 12/22/2007)

This camera has been easy to operate and takes nice photos. Far better features for its time when it was new. Since I bought it other manufacturers have caught up with key features and may be easier to use and of course have better quality images, but for an older camera it isn't that far from the state of the art today.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Do NOT buy! (Trish — 12/15/2007)

This camera does not hold a charge, I get "no card" and "card protected" errors ALL THE TIME. I also cannot get the pictures to my computer, it never works.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera simply won't hold charge (j reason — 12/03/2007)

I've put so much money in this camera that I feel I cannot afford to invest in another digital camera at this time. I have had to rely on disposable cameras for vacations or places away from an electrical outlet.

I do love the size and ease of using the camera. It's small enough to fit in a purse, but large enough to feel comfortable and not likely to fall out of your hands. If I could get it to hold a charge for a much longer period of time I would be happy

  • 3.0 out of 5
card error (saravanan — 11/15/2007)

The Gateway DC-T50 is a waste of Money. I have had nothing but problems with this product, I keep getting NO CARD and PROTECTED CARD error reports.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Reliable Camera (Kerry — 08/31/2007)

For the $150 I originally paid for it, this camera has exceeded my expectations. It's been rained on, covered in mud, dropped on tile, and still performed for days on end without a recharge. The battery life can go as long as 5 days of touring. It takes amazing night shots if you steady it. It doesn't do indoors well without a flash (most cameras don't).

Sometimes the camera freezes and you have to pop the battery to reboot it, but this is fine once you figure out what to do. It takes a moment to take pictures, which can be frustrating if you want an immediate shot.

Overall, I love this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Solid little camera (G Beachey — 08/14/2007)

We have had our DC-T50 for about five years, and it has performed very nicely. It struggles a bit with low light situations, but overall, it has been a solid little camera. We can usually go a full day of vacationing photos(around 75-100 shots) on a charge, but did buy an extra battery a few years back. It has held up great!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Can only be used at home (paula — 08/11/2007)

The battery life is so unbelievably short that I cannot take this camera too far from an outlet. I buy disposable cameras for trips away from home. I can't say I am too happy about spending the additional cash since I spent $400 for the Gateway.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Card Errors (Tom Fibeger — 07/05/2007)

I was getting card errors which were keeping me from taking pictures. I fixed the problem by putting a small strip of very thin card board bout 1 inch long by a quarter inch wide between the top of the card and the battery/card cover. The cover is a bit harder to close, but it fixed the problem.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Gateway (emma lewis — 05/30/2007)

My family purchased a Gateway camera for me and it has caused me nothing but trouble since. Also the company Gateway has terrible customer service. I will never purchase another Gateway product and i will also tell anyone looking for a computer or any type of electronics to never buy a Gateway.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible, Cheap, Piece of Junk (scott — 05/21/2007)

The battery lasts literally 20 shots or less, even when it was brand new. Some buttons stopped working after 1 year. It stopped reading the memory cards, always has some kind of error on the screen. it takes like 10 seconds from power up to first shot. it glitches and freezes often. the battery lasts about 10 minutes fully charged with the LCD screen on. Don't Buy anything from Gateway!

  • 3.0 out of 5
extra SD card (Don — 04/21/2007)

Where can I find another SD card?
Also I do not think this is a great camera. I paid $300 for it and have not been able to take good pictures. OK, some are good but not all. And it seems that it has too many bells and whistles for a novice (me)!

  • 2.0 out of 5
AVOID Gateway ANYTHING!! at all costs. (Darion — 01/02/2007)

As for my camera... The lens door stuck shut once, but due to my experience with other companies and their exchange policies, I took a chance and fixed it myself. Besides, it was still under warranty.
My problem...: In a recent move, I lost my usb cord. And then the true face of Gateway as a company is revealed. Absolutely NO customer support to help in this ordeal. I was told that since they no longer sell the piece of crap, they don't have parts for it and there was nothing they could do. And of course, the darn jack on the camera is unlike anything on earth. Mine is the first I've experienced with Gateway, but by far not the first I've heard of. I have yet to hear of anything good about Gateway as a company aside from people with brand new crap from Gateway. You know... the satisfaction that is usually accompanied by anything new. You'll be happy 'cause it's new. Wait until you have a problem with it. You suck Gateway. Never NEVER will I purchase a product from you again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it (Jessica — 12/26/2006)

I've had other cameras and none compare to this one. I love it. I take pictures of professional wrestlers and it has a great action setting. Had it for about 2-1/2 years and it never let me down. My boyfriend just purchased a PNY 1 GB memory card for me and it's coming up with card errors but I'll try using the weather stripping idea. Every product has flaws, but every good thing about it weighs the minimal problems out.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Beats the heck out of my $800 Kodak Junk. (Paul — 12/09/2006)

It seems many people have had problems with this camera, but mine has been flawless. I've had no memory card problems or battery problems as reported, in fact contrary to a previous post, I'm running a 128 MB card without problems. I've never had any errors, nor come close to filling it up. Picture quality is excellent. As with all digital cameras metering of background light sources are critical. Subject needs to be close or well lit. I just threw away an $800 Kodak DC250, I've had for about 8 years + been plagued with battery/ power problems. Their software /service bites! By default it converts all your pictures to an unknown .PDD format that nobody can read. I've hated that camera since day 1. I'm buying my girlfriend one for Christmas.

  • 3.0 out of 5
normal (Mehmed — 12/09/2006)

i am glad from camera especially for the price i bought it it is ok
the only thing i experienced bad was i guess sd card slot was bigger than standard card sizes, so it was sort of losen and that is why it waas giving wierd errors, but know i squizzed a piece of paper then it works fine, but the thing is u gotto have a usb cable to transfer pictures because i put a paper piece it is hard (sd card) to move now.
by the way is anyone knows that this dc-t50 digital camera can also be used as a webcam?
if yes how? do we have to download any software, or install a driver for that?
little helo on that thanks...

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great camera, short battery (Jennifer — 10/18/2006)

This camera takes great pictures. For those of you that are not getting quality pictures read the manual and change the factory setting to a higher setting. Changes the pictures dramatically. As for the error on the memory card. I have used nothing but the Scandisk gold 512MB and have had no problems. It takes a ton of pictures and surprisingly great video with sound. The battery is a different issue. I just recently started having problems with the battery holding a charge. I have bought a new battery from gateway and a separate charger from a local electronic store and have since solved the problem. For the $$ paid, can't beat the quality. Will keep it for years to come.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent camera (Dan Myers — 09/28/2006)

Only a few small drawbacks. The maximum size SD card it was designed for is 512mb, larger cards will produce card errors. The charging system is different than most. First the charge indicator is red, and in a few minutes turns green. Most people would thinks it's done charging, but the full charge won't happen until the light goes out. It then holds a charge for a very long time. When the proper settings are used it takes better pictures than my Nikon. It's a great camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Don't Buy (George Woloskie — 08/30/2006)

The Gateway DC-T50 is a waste of Money. I have had nothing but problems with this product, I keep getting NO CARD and PROTECTED CARD error reports.
No support from Gateway at all. Just trying to find the telephone number to call for help is like looking for the Holy Grail. Don't buy this product.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery charging problems (George Bossler — 08/21/2006)

I suffered for about two years with the problem of the battery seeming not to attain a full charge.

Recently I decided to research into the problem. According to the on-line Wikipedia information, a lithium-ion battery should be charged to 4.2 volts. So I built a small battery charger that provides 4.2 volts at 100 milliamps and connected the battery to it. It took three or four haours for the battery voltage to reach the desired voltage. (Now, prior to this I could only take three or four flash pictures before the battery would fail.)

After installing the battery in the camera, I put it on a tripod, set the interval count to 99 at 1 minute intervals and started shooting.

To my surprise the camera took 99 flash pictures and still had enough energy for more.

It is my opinion that the charging regulator in the camera is only allowing the battery to be charged to 3.7 volts.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Battery charge circuit (George Bossler — 08/18/2006)

I was very disappointed with the battery failure with my DC-T50. The battery that came with the camera appeared to begin to fail after shooting around two hundred pictures. So, as many other owners did, I bought a second battery. When it also began to fail after a few months, I started to investigate.

If you look up lithium-ion batteries at Wikipedia you will find that a fully charged battery should read 4.2 volts. (The label on the battery states 3.7v) My camera battery would never achieve that high of a charge in the camera. Having somewhat of a background in electronics, I built a small charging circuit in which I could in sert the battery and charge it to the proper voltage.

Not wanting to damage the newest battery, I charged the old battery that I had supposed was bad. To my surprise, after about three hours, it read 4.2 v. I installed it in the camera, turned it on and for the first time in a long time the little camera battery icon displayed a full charge—-Hooray!

Now for the big test. I put the camera on the tripod, set the interval count at 99 and 1 per minute, and set the flash at forced flash. After about an haour and a half the camera had taken 99 flash pictures with what I had supposed was a bad battery.

Now, I don't know if I'm doing wrong by charging the battery to a higher voltage than is indicate on the label, but the camera has been working properly so far and I am happy.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Good image (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

suprisingly clear & sharp image, more than expected features provided. Low price with good quality. however, the power on setup time is a bit long, and the image processing time takes 1-2 seconds, sometimes annoying.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Best Ever (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this camera and I can't put it down

  • 1.0 out of 5
Gateway wont stand behind this piece of junk with its name on it! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The worst camera i have ever owned.
I had a Fuji finepix 2600 which was bare bones and never had any problems as i have had with this compacted heap of aluminum cans.
I have had it replaced twice by gateway, the first after six months and then the one they sent me back was refurbished and only carried a 90 day warranty, before the three months it was back for repairs, again they sent me another one which failed within 6 months.
To sum up, i am currently involved in a lawsuit with Gateway ovet this shiny piece of orbital scrap.

AVOID ALL CONTACT WITH THE DC-T50!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera for my daughter. The pictures are good .Battery life is very short. Tonight I tried to download a few pictures to my computer with XP home edition . The drivers on the CD provided are exclusively for Windows 98. Have no idea how to proceed. Can somebody help.

  • 3.0 out of 5
excellent to a fault. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The quality of picture you can eek out of this camera given its specs is ridiculous. However, it is terribly apparent that the one problem with the camera is that the details pertaining to picture quality and storage are given attention, but other major considerations such as contruction are not. The reason i did not give this camera a 5 star rating is because i have had numerous problems that i would never been able to figure out with out prior technical know-how.

examples:

The battery won't hold a charge: As with all batteries, the best thing to do to ensure a long battery life is to drain it completely and charge it back up. Repeating this process will avoid the problem of "battery memory" which means that the battery will act as if completely drained when in reality it has is only 50% drained. Draining it completely and then filling it up actually produces a "battery memory" effect, but one such that the battery will behave as it should for as long as possible. All batteries will die eventually, th ats just high school physics.

The memory card constantly has an error:
This happened to mine, as i suspect it has to many other after market memory cards. The problem is that the door covering the access to the battery and the memory card does not sufficiently hold the card into the slot and onto the contacts. My solution was to put a strip of adhesive foam (about 1/16) of an inch thick along where the bottom of the memory card comes into contact with the access door. This effectively solved my "no card" "card error" and "error 5" messages, and kept me from losing images.

As for those people who are unhappy with the results of the camera, i would say that any camera with an auto mode will have its inherent limitations, and indoors is a nightmare for any computer controlled camera. I would encourage them to learn the inner workings of the camera and use the manual mode, rather than just the camera a bad review. This is the exact reason this camera has a manual mode. Sure auto is easy, but the best pictures always come from someone who knows light and cameras (which consequently are not that hard or technical to understand).

In short, this camera gets a 3 star rating for having 5 star glass and 5.25 megapixels with a great analog zoom (who on earth uses digital zoom?) at an extremely affordable price. You ultimately get what you paid for, which in my case appears to be a hurried, shoddy and un-inspected construction. I would buy an SLR were i a photographer, but this camera will serve anyone else perposes more than well.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Do not buy (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

*The battery doesn't last long
*Confusing to use
*Pictures are fuzzy
*Breaks easily
Just not a good camera. Get something else.

  • 4.0 out of 5
It's not perfect, but it's not bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Pro's:
1. Ability to manually adjust of most settings that an amateur photographer might need/want.
2. It's small, compact and fit our budget.
3. It takes great out door photos.
4. The video feature is also fun to play with.
5. Has held up to some pretty substantial abuse from below freezing temperatures on a ski slope to moisture from being in my pocket on said ski slope, bumbed numerous times and dropped from heights of probably about 3 feet (unintentionally of course).
6. It's pretty easy to use out of the box, but really knowing the settings will help with better pictures.

Cons:
1. Proprietary data cable. The USB connection on the camera itself is not standard so if something happens to the cable, you may not be able to run to the nearest electronics store to get a new one.
2. Short Battery life. I even bought a after market battery with a slightly higher mAh rating. While this helped to last longer, it still kills a battery easily in a day.
3. The easily corruptable SD memory card. It's not the memory cards' fault. It's the camera's fault. I've used a few different SD cards with similar results. Sometimes, particularly when trying to transfer pics to the computer, it will corrupt the memory card. The only option is to use the camera's SET-UP menu to reformat the card. Of course, this means you probably lost pictures. This has plagued me since we had the camera; however, there is hope. Another reviewer here mentioned the PC Inspector program from Convar. Get it, get it, get it! I can't re-iterate enough. I of course was skeptical about it's success until I figured I had nothing to loose. I had already lost data (or so I thought). It recovered 114 pictures covering almost a year's worth of time.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great, small camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for over 2 years. I have had nothing but great photos with it. It has both shutter and aperture priority modes, full manual mode, macro capability and the commonly used scene modes, along with movies & sound, voice annotation, and more.

I just recently purchased an Olympus Evolt E-500 DSLR, since I am getting more serious about digital photography, but I will not be parting with my DC-T50. You can't keep a DSLR with you all the time, and I have taken many shots I would have missed with a bigger camera by having my Gateway along for the ride.

Mine still works like a champ!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Dont waste your money on any gateway product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

If it works good pictures,most of the time all it displays Card Error.Gateway has no support and has been no help

  • 1.0 out of 5
Errors lens problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is my 6th digital, have had Nikon, Fujifilms and cannons, this is a piece of ****. Formating errors, lens sticks shut or open. WORTHLESS!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Faulty card/battery door (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had trouble with the card/battery door almost immediately and called Gateway support. They told me it must be a faulty card and recommended I buy a new one. Then when the card disconnected due to the same problem during a photo upload the card FORMAT ERROR message is all I can ge i to do. Gateway will not service this camera after it's out of warranty and they don't give any suggestions for service or repair. I'll NEVER buy another Gateway product.

  • 1.0 out of 5
frustrating (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is a joke as far as digital camera's go. I have also had all of the card errors, which because I purchased a warranty was able to have fixed although I wouldn't be surprised to have the problem reoccur. I've also had problems with the battery case sticking shut. As previous reviews have said, it has a very weak flash and a terrible battery life. When I took the camera in for a third time to have the battery fixed I was told it was normal to only last an hour after being fully charged for a couple days. Even if it wasn't an hour of constant use. As an artist who does some digital work, I find that to be absolutely unacceptable. I would strongly advise spending your money on a different camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Badddddddddddddddddddddddddd! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I sent it back when it was under warranty they sent me another and its horrible too. You cant download to tv or pc. The pictures are all blurry and faded. A total waste of money.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great camera. Breaks a lot. Service utterly useless. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I love my DC-T50... when it works. Three of them have died on me, and the third is just past the end of the warranty. Now's when I discover the limits of Gateway's service: they don't do post-warranty repairs at all (even for a fee), they don't have authorized service centers, they don't recommend anybody for the repairs, and the photo shops I've contacted so far (major service centers in NYC, not mickey-mouse operations) are amazed to hear there's such a thing as a Gateway camera at all. I'm still hunting for someone who can service this thing, but it's hard to have much confidence. Thanks, Gateway: you've sold me a $300 paperweight.

It performed excellently for a while, but I'd recommend it only to someone whose tolerance for frustration is essentially infinite. Avoid this company.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I loved it but received error code 3 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera was one of the best that I have had for the price. I have owned a kodak and a fuji but when I compare them to this one there is just no competition. All the pics that I took were great indoor and outdoor. I also loved the feature of recording 45 sec video. The only bad part is that from one day to the next I began to receive an error code 3 and don't know how to fix it. If I find this camera again, I will sure buy it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Poor quality camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Although I've had this camera over a year, I have less than 10 pictures that I actually took with this camera. The first one I had had the usual "No Card" error that seems to have plauged a lot of people. Gateway actually sent me a replacement, but now after a use and a recharge, the lens won't open. Gateway won't help any longer since the warranty is out. I'm definitely not putting more money into repairing this piece of junk.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Great great camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Love it. Compact. Simple to use. Excellent pictures in all conditions.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible customer service! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The cutomer service is sooo bad! The camera broke after 18 months. Several customer reps told me that it was no longer under warranty, so there was nothing they could do. I would expect that type of service from a no-name company and a $50.00 camera, but am shocked that a large company like Gateway cares so little about the products they sell and the customers who buy them.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great little camera- If you just take the time. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I too initially had problems with the indoor pics and the charging issues.

I bought this camera just before my nephew's wedding when I discovered that the lens on my 35mm SLR was busted in a previous drop. I had already been interested in getting a digital so instead of replacing the lens, I opted for the digital. Best Buy was offering a great deal at the time for this 5.25M pixel camera and I thought it would fit the bill for this wedding.

Unfortunately, I didn't allow enough time to charge the battery initially nor to read the manual. I'm sorry to say that the pictures came out poorly.

When I got back home, I looked at the pictures and saw that the Auto programming was not geared for taking indoor pictures from a distance and in poor light. I took the time to read the manual and have quickly gained respect for this camera.

The picture's a later took at Disneyland were stunning. I took pictures of the 50th anniversary parade, the colors just pop out at you and are very crisp.

I've learned to take some test shots in a new environment, especially under low light to adjust my settings under the Tv if things are moving or Av when light is really low. I've come buck with very satisfactory results. The key is to experiment and get familiar with the camera.

The best thing about this camera is that you have full control over the settings. It may not be the best camera for a total novice into photography, but with a little experience and patience, this camera is very capable.

One thing I've learned about flash memory is that one has to be very careful to close and open files when using any memory. This can sometimes be difficult when your in a hurry and need to quickly disconnect. If the USB cable is disconnected while these files are open, you'll get unpredictable results. Sometimes you'll have no problems, but many times the files will get corrupted. The only recourse then is to re-format.

Always be careful to disconnect the usb device under Windows before disconnecting the cable or turning the camera off. Keep in mind that if you connect it to a computer, you're still drawing current. The camera will eventually power off abruptly and corrupt the pics that were open at the time. The best thing to do is get on, get your picture and get off. It's also very inexpensive and convenient to use a card reader.

If you take the time to familiarize yourself with this camera, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

  • 5.0 out of 5
I LOVE IT . . . except (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I think this camera takes AWESOME pictures. Maybe it just depends on the photographer. It only cost me $125.00 and it came with a lithium rechargeable batter and it has a lot of features. The "except" part is it recently stopped working, just won't turn on and the part that opens to the batter and memory card is stuck shut . . . for the second time! If I find another one for $125 or cheaper, I'm going to buy it, if not, I'm just getting this one repaired.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Now I know why Gateway has financial problems.......... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

because they sell subpar products. I have had the camera 2 years and I am having the same problems as everyone else, card errors. I have a great opportunity to take a great picture of my son or wife and I have to dink with the battery cover so I don't get the card error and that doesn't work all the time. Than the moment has passed. It takes good pics, but I would also like to have reliability and would pay a little more for it. Can't take it back to the store I bought it from because Gateway stores are closing. I guess that is what I get for going cheaper than I should have.

  • 2.0 out of 5
error message, customer support in denial (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I read all of the other reviews on this camera. I have not had an issue with the battery, however, I do get the error message when trying to capture an image that states "no card" I returned the camera after one year of ownership and was given a new camera to replace it as the "issues" could not be "repaired" after a few shots the same problem persisted, IE; "no card" I simply endured and held my thumb on the battery door to correct the error message and but my lip for all of the images I lost because of the card error. as it turns out if you put a Small piece paper in between the sd card and the battery door, it actually resolved the error and makes the camera work properly. I learned this from the customer support people who also gave me an address for the executive respone team at gateway, I am sending a letter to them and I may file a lawsuit for a defective product. CALL CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND COMPLAIN, ALOT!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nothing but trouble (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Terrible service from Gateway. Purchase was one of the poorest choices I have ever made. It doesn't work at all now. I am researching digital cameras to purchase one from another choice. I purchased this camera based upon the excellent experience I had with two Gateway computers that I have owned over the past 12 years.

  • 2.0 out of 5
It's okay for what i paied. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My DC-t50 takes great pictures. That is, when it takes pictures. I keep getting that stupid card error, which clears up if i just pop the card out and pop it back in again. It takes time but it works. The picture quality is REALLY nice, which is the only reason i haven't chucked the buggy thing out the window. In summary, it takes great pictures if you want something cheap and don't mind fiddling with it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Takes a little getting used to . . . (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Overall I've been satisfied. There is the low battery life and "no card" errors to deal with but a quick power-down and the errors usually rectify themselves.

The spot metering will give you unwanted exposure at times but once you learn a few imple tricks, you can take some great pics. I have taken pics at night, lightning, fireworks, balloon "glows" and amusement rides in motion . . . all very satisfactory. Daylight photos are no problem unless you shoot into a dark area, again, get used to the spot metering and your problems will go away.

Spot metering for me is an advantage of this little cam and I have had great fun with it taking some pics I could never have taken with some more advanced cameras.

The price was right, a major decision factor and the standard SD memory format is a bonus. I only wish replacement batteries were a little less expensive.

If we weren't in such a hurry and had a chance to purchase another model, we just may have done that.

  • 3.0 out of 5
short battery life (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

well i purchased the camera based on the cheep sales price. I guess you always get what you pay for. I have had no problem with mine except for the battery which does not last long or hold a charge . I just read the reviews and I'm shure I made a mistake

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good for a first digital camera to start with (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I thought for a first digital camera it was a good buy and was pleased with it. Takes good pic's very clear but the flash makes near things fairly white but now in the UK after not using it for a few months I've had the same trouble as most "card error" & "error 3 or 5". I wish like most people I've read on this site that I'd bought a more reliable product. I too will never buy any Gateway product again. We should all get a replacement of our choice of what we paid. Have a think Gateway you're losing custom which is bad business.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Uh... read the manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Fabulous little camera. My flash even stopped working and I STILL love the crap out of my DC-T50. If you just familiarize yourself with the settings (like those other reviews state) and read the manual (like my review states), you're going to get phenomenal results. If you want professional looking pictures, you kind of have to TAKE them like a professional. Terrific camera for the price. I highly recommend this product for people who don't mind having to know something other than which button to push to make it take a picture.

  • 5.0 out of 5
One of the Best (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can't understand all the bad reviews here. This camera has taken excellant photos (and videos). This camera has a lot of settings to it that even some of the mose expensive D-SLRs don't, like spot metering. If you just use this as a point and shoot you will get some poor pictures sometimes. But if you familiarize yourself with the controls and settings a little, you'll get excellant results.
I'm still running on the original 2 batteries and only recently have they refused to take a full charge. With one I just kept the camera on and kept firing the flash till the battery was exhausted. Then a recharge brought it back full. With the other I didn't have the time to try and drain it so I checked its contacts. Cleaning them up allowed it to also charge up full again.
Some day I'll spring for a full D-SLR, but until then I won't even think of not using this camera.
My only regret is 1 - that Gateway no longer makes this line and 2 - the batteries that Gateway offer are not as good as the originals. The originals are 950mAh and the new replacements are only 800mAh from them.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Format Error Frusteration (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the camera for a couple weeks, then it broke, luckily my warranty still covered me and I was able to trade it in for a new one. But now my camera flashes error 3 and the lens is stuck open! I couldn't get any help from gateway nor could anyone help me. So thanks for nothing gateway, I shall be shopping elsewhere

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I keep getting no card error, cannot format, won't hold a charge, bought new battery stills doesn't work, worst camera ever, do not ever buy a gateway product, had lot of problems with there computer also. I Am going to buy a new camera as soon as I can.

  • 1.0 out of 5
If you don't want to take really nice pictures, this is the camera for you! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It does take very nice pictures, but the "No Card" error and others ("Format Error", "Protected Card") occur so often that you can't plan on actually using it. We even bought new cards and had the same problem.
Sports mode? I thought maybe the dial was upside down because those were the blurriest pictures.
Wow, did Best Buy get a great deal on those DC-T50s!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Given these reviews, mine has done surprisingly well... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Same battery problems as most, terrible sound recording. BUT I schlepped mine all over S. America trekking through ice, rain and snow and it never broke. My photo quality has been quite high as well, I even had 2 shots published in a commerical calendar! I bet that these are REALLY cheap now...

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst than I thought, (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Never, Never, Never buy this camera

  • 2.0 out of 5
Can't get parts (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

You can't find battery replacements easily and then the camera's battery latch malfunctions.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Piece of junk. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I guess when it comes to this camera, if you've read one review, you've read them all. "Error 3", battery is a joke, blurry pictures. Same song and dance. Save yourself the frusteration of attempting to contact Gateway and just buy a new camera - this one isn't worth the box it comes in.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Manual (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like camera, but lost manual. Tried to get information on internet, or any place else. I wish there were someplace to go for HELP!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst Technologic Purchase Ever (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera has been a phenomenal pain. The user manual has all the detail of a toddler's book, there's no technical support and much reason (particularly around adding a memory card to the paltry 32mb that came w/ the camera) to need it. I would highly recommend against buying a camera from Gateway.

  • 2.0 out of 5
SPEND THE EXTRA $50!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wish I had spent the extra few $ and gotten something that did a better job. There is major delay, washes out people in the indoor shots. Some of the best pictures I took of my baby's first year of life ended up blurry. These images can never be replaced! What a disappointment!

  • 2.0 out of 5
frustration (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Card errors, software errors and complete lock-ups abound. Also have seen both zero size files and blurry images. Travel quite a bit and have to take at least two or three shots of everything to be guaranteed of getting a usable image. Bought the camera in the US but live in Europe so the conditions of the mail in rebate were not explained to me and I missed out. Got ripped off. went back recently to complain and the shop was closed, lucky for them! My buddies bought the Canon and it is an excellent camers.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Never a problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Bought it - used it - loved it...never a problem.

  • 5.0 out of 5
This is a great little camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This is a great little camera. I took it on my trip to Italy and the pictures that I printed were gorgeous! I even enlarged one to a 16X20 and framed it. It takes perfect pictures of moving objects. It's simple to use. I just can't say enough about this camera. I recommend it to everyone I know.

  • 4.0 out of 5
I believe it take great pics! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I am not an expert on taking pics, but I know what looks good and I believe this camera is great

  • 1.0 out of 5
JUNK (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is the biggest pile of junk I've ever seen put together to be sold. I would not advise anyone to use this camera even if they got it for free. I've missed out on so many great pictures..protected card, dead battey, anything you could have imagined...worthless.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Pure Junk, terrible decision (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Buy this if you like "Card Error" and "No Card". Sent back to Gateway, got a replacement. Now I get Error 3 and it is locked up. Read the reviews. This camera stinks. Doesn't someone have a uncle who is an attorney that we can get a class action lawsuit? This is defective!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
At First.. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

at first the camera was great. except id charge the battery for a few days and it would still die out really fast. it didnt bother me that much. the pictures came out great. easy to load. until one day the camera had trouble turning on and off. the lens was stuck out and "card error" kept popping up. i guess thats what you get for buying a cheap camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
junk! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

worst camera Ive ever seen. My polaroid has better reliablity. From card errors to protected card every time I take a pic. Its the worst camera Ive ever owned!! Im going back to regular film!! I will be mailing it back to gateway in pieces since it doesnt work anyways. Hopefully when put back together for resale it works better!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not a fun camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera takes good pictures...yea right... I bought this camera and about a year later I go to Alaska and what happens?? I try to take pictures of a moose not 20 feet away and my camera gets all blurry pictures...What is up with that?? And also the pictures that I took of the scenery had the sky as being pink when i tried to get them developed. They were not good and made me mad.. I do not suggest the camera!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Freezes, lens won't close but camera is off (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like the quality of pictures when I can get it to work. It will freeze up for no reason. Won't turn off, won't turn on, lens is stuck. I have to take battery out and redo. Says "error" often and "lost data". If camera is held very steady it can take awesome pictures. Just very frustrating!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
bad battery (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

okay so it like a 5 hours to charge the damn thing and then it runs out in like 20 minutes of use, ive called and nothing, no help... in looking for a new camera...one that uses normal battery that dont have to be charged.

  • 2.0 out of 5
bad pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

some of the time this camera takes awesome pictures and thats when the flash is off and then camera in perfectly still, like on the ground or resting on something, but other than that, if i was taking a picture of like 4 four it would white out all their faces. i dont know about what everyone was talking about the card error cause ive never had that yet, but i am definatly getting a new camera one that doesnt white out faces.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Run away fast! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Card error, no card... get these all the time. Battery dies quickly and doesn't fully recharge. Very disappointed!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Takes terrific pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had this camera for over 1 1/2 years and have never had any type of problem with it. It takes great pictures, hold a long charge, easy to download pictures off card onto either my computer or my printer. Just a terrific investment, and gets plenty of use as I have a 5 year old grandson.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Very Frustrating camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got a gateway camera as a present then 3 months later it stopped working. Gateway sent me a DC T50 as a replacement for the camera. I have had problems ever since, no card, format error, protected card, error 5, error 3. This is just some of the messages that have popped up on the screen. When you finally get a picture it turns out great, but it is not worth the hassle.
DON'T BUY

  • 1.0 out of 5
don't use this piece of junk if it says "card error" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

throw the piece of junk out. after taking about 20 outdoor photos not using flash, which came out fine, I started to get "card error" i changed cards, inserted a piece of paper in the card slot to make sure card was seated properly, but to no avail... I am now ready to buy another digital camera but not a gateway piece of junk

  • 3.0 out of 5
format error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Quick note:

I also received the "Format Error" message. This happened when i was trying to look at the saved photos on my camera and i plugged it into the USB. Well everything was fine and I could see the pictures, but then i believe what messed it up was unplugging the USB before turning off the camera. Next time i turned on the camera, I received the error. The computer would not even read the drive anymore when it was plugged in.

To fix this, i used the format command on the camera, which erased all of my photos. I then used the software program (PC Inspector smart recovery), and it found all my deleted photos.

Anyways, just posting this to hopefully provide a fix for anyone with the "Format error" message. Highly recommend PC inspector. Trustworthy, and will find the photos even after you format and erase.

  • 2.0 out of 5
If only I could get parts..... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Purchased the camera on vacation last year. Has worked great...until the battery wouldn't charge. Assume it is the charger. Called Gateway, and like the other reviews, I am disappointed. No help. No parts. Now what?

  • 1.0 out of 5
I want my money back (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

No card protected card errors. Can't use the camera, I want my money back.

  • 1.0 out of 5
WASTE OF MONEY$$$ (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It all began with the battery dying on me when i replaced the battery it wouldnt fully charge. i cant take any pictures b/c of the constant format errors.

  • 1.0 out of 5
wasted my money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I made the same mistake that so many others made. This camera has been a disaster from the beginning. No company support. I will never buy and Gateway products again.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Same problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

When I first got it, it seemed great. It does take good pictures. Battery runs out fast, and it doesn't fully charge. Two weeks after purchase, I began getting "card error" intermitently. When my computer tries to read the "card error" images, the whole OS hangs. Problems begin to occur more frequently. Now, the camera always gives me the "no card" message.
Quote from another poster above: "I found out that the card door doesn't hold the card in firmly enough so I had to fold a piece on paper and lay it under the door to take pictures." GREAT IDEA!
Instead of folded paper, I used a piece of toothpick, whittled thin, and super-glued it to the interior of the battery door. By God it worked! So now I can at least use it again.
Moral of the story: You get what you pay for. As soon as I can, I'll get a better camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Gateway DC-T50 camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes very good pictures but I have always had trouble loading them on to my PC. Now the PC won't accept the USB cable at all. What good is it now???

  • 1.0 out of 5
How do I hate it - Let me count the ways (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

1. Protected card - I have lost more shots because of this than I can count
2. On/Off switch - How many times should I have to push it to get the camera to turn on?
3. I just want to use the viewfinder, not the LCD. No way to do this without pressing a button twice every time the camera is turned on

I am astounded at how poorly this product works!

  • 2.0 out of 5
pictures range from very good to very bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is not the worst built but the Gateway Company it sure is. Zero support since I did not buy the extended warranty. The LCD screen
is broken and nobody seems to know how to fix it. All search on the net have been negative. It appears that I have to trow it away. I will never buy any Gateway product again.

  • 5.0 out of 5
takes excellent pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

A 5 star digital that I purchased from H S N 2 years ago.

  • 1.0 out of 5
What a disaster! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Thought I was alone with those frustrating card error messages and short-lived battery life. Then it totally died for no reason-though battery read "good" when I had it checked- now there is no recourse w/ Gateway as they are clueless on support- no customer service whatsoever. Should have known- my PC experience years back was equally horrid. I am a branding consultant and write articles on best and worst brands - this is THE WORST!!!!!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
What customer support? (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do not buy this camera. Needed a house charger and called Gateway and they told me no parts were available and they they no longer sold this product. They advised me to seek a local repair shop. The local shops refuse to work on it. Using it to collect dust on shelf now.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Shoddy Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first camera would not interface with my computer, and was replaced. The replacement camera WILL NOT FOCUS so no pictures are sharp. Gateway will not replace this camera as warranty is out. Even if the camera worked, the delay in taking pictures is awful. Look elsewhere!

  • 1.0 out of 5
same story (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

like all the other reviews , i loved my camera at first then it starting giving me the "no card " i called gateway and they refuse to help other than call a camera repair shop. gateway service stinks!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Problems from day one and they are getting worse...Time to throw the crap out. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
  • 3.0 out of 5
Protected Card...Ugh! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had SO many problems with card error stuff. It is really annoying. However, once you finally get a picture, it turns out fantastic.

  • 3.0 out of 5
card error no flash (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Loved the camera when first bought it 5+ megapixels wow. anything over 3x zoom is not worth taking. I get the card error mentioned above. My fix—open battery case push on sd card and push back in works every time for me. Now the flash quit working and I can't find anyone to fix it. support—What's that????

  • 1.0 out of 5
Card Error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The pictures are fine when you aren't getting the "No Card" error message. I've tried different cards and like many here, Gateway technical support is worthless. Best advise is to buy something else. Maybe enough people switching to other products will send the "Cow Box" company out to pasture. Pure junk and buyer beware.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera is so-so. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Service: worst in the market !! do not buy
  • 1.0 out of 5
Same problem as everyone else (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I loved the pics this camera took when it actually took pics. Now, I always get the NO CARD message. I have spoken to Gateway several times. I get NO HELP at all. They told me people can look up the FCC number of any part I might need, and that person can order the parts from the original manufacturer. NO one will do that, of course. I'm so mad. I agree with those who say it's class action time. It's ridiculous. I will never buy Gateway again.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera: so-so. Service: WORST on the market !! do not buy gateway !! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera per say is so-so, the battery runs out way too quick. But the customer service is beyond lousy, it's heart attack inducing. they will put you on prozac. and this is from someone that works in customer service. I have to deal with many companies and so far Gateway is the worst on the market.
Don't believe me? try doing a search in google and you will find all the horror stories.
Three words for you:"Executive Response Team" what a joke. look it up.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Thank goodness for extended warranty (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have always been one of those people who think that an extended warranty is a waste of money. Well, all I can say this that I am thankful that the sales person talked me to buying it this time. My camera stopped working about three months ago and I was just about to throw it out when I came across the warranty paperwork. I called to report the problem and within two days received a call back saying that the camera would be replaced. They said I should receive it within 7 to 10 days. I will let you know what happens with the replacement one.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Battery problem (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Camera would not power on unless plugged in with adapter. Bought new battery. Worked great. Recharged battery with adapter. Took about half a dozen photos and now won't power on again or comes on momentarily and shows image of battery with X through it. I think this camera is defective and Gateway is gaining a bad reputation because of it. I certainly wouldn't recommend buying a Gateway product after this experience.

  • 5.0 out of 5
DC-T50 (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera quit working in May.2005. I called Gateway to see if I could get it repaired and was told that it was out of warranty.I then ask to be referred to a repair shop and was told no.

  • 1.0 out of 5
worked great at first, but then.... (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought this because I had a Gateway PC that I like very much and the price was right on the camera. It worked great for the first year or so, but now all I ever get is a "protected card" message, which sometimes is fixed by taking the card out and putting it back in. from what i read here this seems to be an inherant defect. sounds like class action time to me!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst camera of all (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Gateway has terrible customer service, doses not stand behind theri product, does not explain the warranty when purchasing cameraDO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA OR ANY PRODUCT FROM GATEWAY sENT IT BACK THREE TIMES NO SUPPORT NO EXPLANATION

  • 4.0 out of 5
Donde hay centros de atencion y mantenimiento en mexico de gateway (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

tengo un problema con mi camara, el lente se quedo afuera y no regresa, ademas mi cargador se estravio, no prende la pila aun conectando un cargador de 5v menos.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Nasty camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera is a very bad picture taker. 1/4 of the pictures taken are messed up with color saturation, pixilations, un sharp images and blurred images. The camera has a very low battery life and the charging style isn't very practical. Beware, the camera does not take any memory cards higher than 512 mb, the instruction booklet does not tell you. Some pictures come out super clear and sharp while others end up really blurred. The sports mode is not a sports mode at all, everything gets blurred. We went to a tennis game and ever single picture was blurred, we left the game with no good memories. The start up time is also very slow and annoying. This is a very disappointing camera, I suggest buying a better camera because now I am stuck with a bad camera for at least another half a year before I can purchase a new one. Unless you want to miss out on memories, don't buy this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Awful. "No card" "Card format error" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm getting the exact same messages as many on this board. I can't believe I wasted my money on this piece of junk! I was going to call Gateway to see if they would stand behind their product, but after seeing others comments on this, it is hopeless! I refuse to buy Gateway ever again, and after this awful experience, decided to buy an Apple computer instead. Argh!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
battery sucks (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good camera versatile but battery sucks

  • 1.0 out of 5
arghhhhhhh!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Oh my God... I bought the camera right before move back to Brazil.... what am I going to do now... "NO CARD" - "error"

  • 1.0 out of 5
Great at first Terrible At Length! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This product was highly recommended to me and seemed great at first. Had no problems except for the battery not holding the charge figuring I was not charging it enough. I get a 'No Card' or 'Card Error' message now, the camera NEVER seems to fully charge and some pictures or videos are just lost. There is a Red Box where a picture should be. Video taken has distorted sounds or doesn't play back at all. Called Gateway about it, seems that because my camera is out of it's year warranty (with no option to renew because as the rep put it, "we don't do that") they will not help me out at all. No offer to fix it for free, or fix it for half price or to replace it. No offer or referral to a shop here that fixes their cameras. I was treated so rudely and was told by a supervisor that Gateway is not a charity. I'm a customer service rep and if I ever told that to anybody I'd be fired! Will be contacting Gateway Executive Offices, The Better Business Bureau and maybe a free legal counsel!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Errors, Errors, Errors ! and No Support (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have had nothing but trouble with this camera and I certainly can't get any support from Gateway. I don't think I'll buy from Gateway ever again after the bad taste this product has left in my mouth.

  • 1.0 out of 5
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I can say I do have experience with digital cameras. My first was a Fujifilm, owned it for 4 years and after the 4th time dropping I decided to purchase a new camera. Tried the Gateway DC-T50 because of it's low price sale, that explains everything. This camera is useless. Then purchased Olympus Camedia D-390 to replace the Gateway. OLYMPUS IS DEPENDABLE AND VERY EASY TO USE. GATEWAY...? NEVER AGAIN!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
" No Card " Problem too !!!!!!!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had the "No Card " problem not long after I purchased the camera. Gateway had me take the battery out and put it back in. That took care of the problem for a while. One month after the warranty expired the camera just continued to show "No Card"... I should have known better early on. I called Gateway....my wife called... and they were of no help. Gateway could not even tell us where we might have it "repaired". I will NEVER purchase another Gateway product !!!!!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Replacement batteries and ac charger unavailable from Gateway (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I like other users, thought it was a pretty good entry level camera... The pictures were ok, however during a trip the ac charger was lost. Called gateway and spoke with service people and managers but was told that replacement batteries and ac charger was no longer available... Camera is now useless...

  • 2.0 out of 5
card problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

called gateway and they came up with some bogus fixes. It appears that they don't want to stand behind their t-50. shortly after I bought mine they no longer sold it. One can only figure that they got too many complaints stopped selling it but did not take care of their customers. Mine is getting worse and worse and I'll end up buying something else shortly. One should not have to do that. Maybe a class action suit is in order or a call to one's states Attorney General.

  • 2.0 out of 5
wont hold charge (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

i have sent this camera back to be serviced twice now..the camera will not hold a charge and since i purchased a warranty (in good faith) I felt that after it was returned twice for the same problem i should be given a new camera or a refund. i was told that i had to return the camera four times before an adjustment could be made. i am a veteran and purchased this camera with the soul purpose of taking pictures of events honoring veterans for our newspaper - no luck with this camera...can not afford to purchase another camera at this time...so i am left without and no help coming from gateway. i would not purchase another gateway product....

  • 2.0 out of 5
"card error" "no card" (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wish i read this first! i have the same problems. It takes nice pictures when it works, but getting it to work is a chore. I have to push on the battery cover or open and close it before i take a picture. It keeps flashing "No Card" or "Card Error". I guess it's too late to get my money back...What a waste, i still have to go buy a new one!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Error (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Rather than being able to take a picture all I ever get is "card error" and "no card". Biggest waste of money ever...even at the modest price.

  • 1.0 out of 5
TERRIBLE (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Terrible experience! Don't buy it!

  • 1.0 out of 5
A Waste Of Money - Same Problems As Above (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the camera last year. Just like everyone else, I thought it was a good entry/mid level camera for the money. I was wrong. I have had many of the problems contained in other reviews here. I was like some of the other reviews in that when I was counting on the camera, it failed with the "card error", "no card" or just freezing. Once, I had to remove the battery after taking a picture to get it to go off. I sent my camera back to Gateway and they sent me another one with an updated version of software, v3.3. The camera generally works now, but every picture I take is so dark, even outside, that I have to lighten them up with photo-editing software. I am also looking for a replacement. I just hope I don't waste another $300 plus. I too, bought direct from Gateway for $249.99 plus a 512mb memory card for $109. The card now is about $60 and according to reading some of these reviews, the camera itself is about $150. I have been very unhappy with this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Pretty good camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I'm far from a techie and I think this camera is easy to use and has all the features I want (including the fact that it's compact and light). I understand that Gateway is no longer selling it; as Best Buy (where I bought it) told me, "they're getting out of the camera business and we bought their entire warehouse of digital cameras". I'm currently needing another battery and am having a hard time finding it - looks like eBay is the best bet - but other than that I think it's a pretty good camera. I'm constantly getting comments about how wonderful the pictures are that I've been downloading and printing, which by the way is as easy as plugging it in. Maybe this camera is hit-or-miss, meaning that some people bought duds and I happened to get a fully-functional one. But my experience has been pretty good!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Card errors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This camera takes "OK" pictures. The problems are within, though I constantly get a protected card, card error or various other error messages. Changed the card and still getting the same thing. Also, this camera tends to lose a lot of photos. I would not recommend this camera at any price. I can't find a new battery either.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Camera is junk and Gateway will not stand behind product (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Do not buy this camera, tons of problems with battery etc. Gateway quit making the camera and will replace with poor quality replacement. Run and do not buy!!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst Item I have ever purchased - Went back to film! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

This was a waste. I have lost more pictures with this camera. I went back to film!!! I take a picture and it shows that it took it and when I review or download I get an error and the picture is gone. Also having problems with getting a card error message. I am done with this camera!

  • 1.0 out of 5
Such a headache! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My parents bought this camera to use for holidays and we thought it was a really good camera for the price and quality. Lately there have been several problems with the camera reading the cards. As an electrical engineering student I know that our family has not caused the camera to do this. Obviously the software that is loaded on the camera has an error and was not programmed correctly. My sister and I found that once the problem has that format error you can just take the card to another camera to read the photos or a wal-mart type picture stand. The camera is having an internal error and nothing the consumer does will help this. Maybe the problem is the camera cannot read so many photos at one time...so stick to the 32mb format....but this is not what we paid our money for...Gateway should refund the cameras after they fix their error in the software.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good outdoor pics (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

As others have said, this camera takes stunning outdoor pics (provided there is plenty of light or you're taking a timed exposure with a tripod). So I've found it useful. For indoors it's terrible; weak flash works only at short distances, and often washes out the subjects. Seems to have some problems with memory loss - forgets time settings, and sometimes it stops working entirely (taking out the battery for a couple minutes usually fixes this). Slow boot up and picture preview times. Battery runs out too fast, especially with flash. Digital zoom is a joke; disable it.

  • 1.0 out of 5
No parts available from Gateway (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Used to like the camera. Has good capability for video and wide array of card options. But when it came time for service and a new battery from Gateway through warranty, the battery just doesn't exist. I've been waiting two months for a battery, and there's no resolution being offered other than "someday, you'll get one."

  • 1.0 out of 5
Huge waste of money (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I wish I would have read these reviews before I bought the stupid camera. took it out of the box and there is a pixel on the screen (a blue dot that is not supposed to be there) a few days after getting it the no card message comes up even though the card is in it, you have to mash on it in a couple different places to get it to work and sometimes that doesn't work. contacted gateway and they wont even pay for shipping even though its the camera that is defective and we didn't cause the problem! I have missed several pictures because it will take it and then the screen turns black with a red x through it. the camera has froze multiple times. a few times it has taken pictures and then turned off after the shot was taken and the picture disappears. now the camera is saying no card, card error, and format error and I have Joe Diffey (country singer) pictures on it that I have a feeling are lost forever. I was planning on taking the camera to a beach boys concert but considering that wont work I'll have to settle for a throw away camera. this camera has been nothing but a headache. I am searching for a new camera to purchase right now. please don't waste your money like I did.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Terrible camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First the good news. The camera takes exceptional pictures outdoors. Getting them on to print paper however is another matter. My computer crashed when I tried to unload the camera the first time. To Gateway's credit they sent me another camera, but that one had a problem with the flash. Now the flash is turned off and it won't turn back on. Every time I try to take pictures It says that the camera has a bad card. I replaced the card but I still get the message. I found out that the card door doesn't hold the card in firmly enough so I had to fold a piece on paper and lay it under the door to take pictures. I have had nothing but trouble with this camera from day one. I finally gave up and gave it to my son. I bought a Kodak and I love it. Don't waste your money on this camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Expecting product recall (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

First, let me say the pictures, when they work, are better than I expected. Flash is not good: often overexposes. Problems: My PC crashed and had to be replaced when I first loaded the driver. Could have been a faulty hard drive on my side but I don't know. However, the camera has been a constant headache. It often freezes up and refuses to operate. Whenever I use the zoom, I get a "No Card" message. I have to hold the camera a certain way to force it to respond. Then I get a "Card Error" message. Overall, I have to be satisfied if I can ever get half of the photos I try to take. I have missed many opportunities while trying. I've taken over 500 shots, but I can't even use the camera to download to my new PC. (Had to buy a new one). I use a separate card reader for that. I will be writing to Gateway to either take it back and fix it for free or just throw it away. I must have missed a product recall, because this is unacceptable performance.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Forget parts if you buy gateway! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera is Ok takes ok pictures but should you need a charger or battery watch out because after Gateway sells you something they are done. I cannot even get the ac adaptor for it. NLA. So now I am having to spend hours searching the net to find a charger. Basically a 250 dollar throw-a-way

  • 2.0 out of 5
Camera Problems (Nancy Sweeney — 02/04/2005)

I got a Gateway digital camera last year. I really didn't seriously begin to take pictures until I recently took a trip. I have a lot of problems with the camera. Images do not regularly play back even though the settings are correct--it's very random--occasionally the playback works. A red rectangle with an "x" inside began to appear on "some" images at playback. Some images now come up blank; however, when I took them to be printed, they all printed. In general, I'm very unhappy, but mostly, I'm upset because I simply cannot get Gateway to send me an address where I can mail or take the camera for repair--even though I know I am responsible and will have to pay for it. I continually get e-mails back from them asking me for original paperwork--it was a gift--there is no paperwork. Does anyone know where I can send the camera for repair--an authorized Gateway dealer??? Please.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Disappointed (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
Bought directly from Gateway with a additional camera kit which includes extra battery, camera case, extra charger cord and a mini tripod. Paid $310.00 for everything. Battery indicator keep showing only 3/4 charged after 2nd use. Changed to the spare battery and still had the exact problem. Both batteries lasted only few pictures with flashes even when they were fully charged. My Olympus Stylus 300 and Stylus 400 has never given this problem. This Gateway camera was not designed to charge the battery individually. There is no charging station or cradle available. You need to plug in the entire camera to charge the drained battery inside the camera in the market. My unit was sent back to Gateway and has not been returned yet. I will donate this camera to the Goodwill upon receipt from Gateway. Just like other owners of this camera, I recommend any other cameras but NOT this one. It's a total disappointment especially paying a premium price directly from Gateway. Even if you get a huge discount in the store or on the website which currently run for less than $150.00, it is not worth the trouble.
  • 2.0 out of 5
Vacation headache! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I purchased this camera and a 256 card to use for business purposes (to photograph properties), as well as, for personal use. To familiarize myself with the camera, I packed it for use on a recent cruise. It functioned fine for the first half of the trip; I downloaded my first set of photos with no problem. During the remainder of the trip, my troubles began. When deleting a single image, the camera froze. The lens remained open and extended. I could not get any menu response with the exception of the "set-up", which would allow me to reformat the card and lose all of my photos! Thank goodness we packed the Nikon! To compound the problem, the battery case was jammed and I could not remove the memory card from the camera. When I called Gateway customer service, I was told, "This has never happened before!" and to use a razor blade to pry open the cover. I returned to the place of purchase where I learned the store is no longer carrying the product. They allowed me to swap the Gateway for another brand!
  • 2.0 out of 5
Great for Outdoors, but bad for Indoors (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
The quality of the outdoor pictures are great, but the flash for the indoor pictures is very slow. The flash takes 2-3 seconds to flash after pressing the shutter button. By that time your subjects have already moved! I would highly recommend that you get a different camera!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Best thing since the video camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I love this little camera. I take a lot of photos. I have not had a single problem, not with indoor, outdoor, or moving photos. If you can read a manual, and have common sense, this is the camera for you. It is a complicated looking camera, but is actually easy to use. The pictures are to die for. Great Buy!!
  • 5.0 out of 5
Loved it!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera has been the best new electronics product I have purchased in years!! I have had no problems (as some of the other reviews have stated) with anything. The picture quality is great! And if you read the manual, you will know exactly how to adjust for indoor/outdoor shots, how to fix focus issues, everything, if you simply read the manual. The pictures look so good, the quality is unreal, I never knew I could get such good pictures with a digital camera. I HIGHLY recommend this camera. At a great price for such great pictures, it's a real bargain. :)
  • 3.0 out of 5
I am switching back to film!!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have had generally good luck with this camera. It has an impressive number of features, a large, bright LCD display and the photo quality is generally good. The small size and low cost are also pluses. In door shots have a yellow/orange tinge unless the flash is used. There is very little latitude in the exposure so if there is large contrast in the shot, it will either come out over or under exposed. This is a problem in outdoor shots where I would loose any contrast in the sky and far distant landscapes. Battery life is decent despite the small batteries, but remembers to carry a spare. Recently I bought a 128 Mb SD memory card for a trip I was taking as the 32 Mb card would not be adequate. I checked the capacity from time to time throughout the trip. I was connecting to publicly available computers to upload photos to a travel blog I was keeping which is an idea way of sharing the photos. At the very end of the trip I connected to a computer, uploaded a few photos and disconnected. The next time I turned on the camera a "Format Error" message was displayed and I could no longer access the memory card. I have tried to install and uninstall the card and clean the contacts, but nothing works. I had only uploaded a few of the photos and the majority were still on the memory card. This is a digital camera owner's nightmare! What use is a 128 Mb, 64 Mb or even a 32 Mb card when you have no assurance that they can be stored semi-permanently? The SD memory card was from Toshiba, just as the card that had originally come with the camera. So is it the card, the camera or something I did? Frankly I am at a loss! I am switching back to film!!!
  • 1.0 out of 5
I highly recommend buying a different camera. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This camera stopped working, within the first 10 hours i used it. Then I sent it in for repair, and i was sent a brand new camera, and the new one did the exact same thing. I highly recommend buying a different camera.
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