Pros: Send pictures in email from any computer immediately
Cons: Expensive, Big and bulky
This is a rewritten version of my first Sony Mavica, titled ?How Did We Survive so Long Without This?? It was not a very well written opinion, and after using the camera for 3 months I feel I can write a better opinion. By doing this, I am totally going against what I feel. However, this opinion in it?s original for has been highly read by the public. I feel that I can offer more information to them by rewriting. Thank you.
I have been wanting a digital camera for a long time. My husband is in the Navy, and is away a lot of the time. I feel that with a digital camera, I am able to keep him up to date on the kids and household activities.
I chose this model of Sony Mavica, after reading many other epinions. I originally ordered the MVC-FD73. The very day I ordered that camera, I saw the 85 model in the store. I immediately fell in love with it. I went home and e-mailed my husband of all the added features this model has. He then told me I could buy which ever one I thought would suit my needs best. I cancelled my order, went back to the store, and came home with the MVC-FD85! I LOVE IT!!!
Now, on to the features. This camera uses a 2 HD or 2 SHD floppy disk so I am able to take a picture of my kids and send it to my husband in less than 5 minutes! It doesn't require a special memory stick for me to store my pictures on. The floppy disks are inexpensive, and I have found hold a lot of pictures. It will hold about 8 really high detailed pictures in the 1280 x 960 image size. I use this mode if I really want to keep the picture.
The camera has 4 different image sizes. The highest resolution is the 1280 x 960 mentioned above. The others go down in resolution from 1280 x (3:2), 1024 x 768, and the smallest file of 640 x 480. In the 640 x 480 mode, I have been able to take anywhere between 24 and 28 pictures per disk. The pictures taken in the 3 highest modes will pretty much fill up an e-mail. The 640 x 480 mode is just the perfect size for an e-mailed picture. However, if you are using one of the higher resolutions to take pictures, the camera also has an ?e-mail recording? mode. In this mode, you can take pictures in the 1280 x 960 mode, and still have a picture small enough to e-mail. The camera makes 2 copies of the picture. The disk will have folder labeled ?e-mail?, where all the pictures in e-mailing size are stored.
If you are unsure of the quality of a picture, you can snap it using any one of the resolutions. If you take a picture in the 640x 480 mode, and it is something you will want to keep, you can switch the camera to play. Here the tool bar at the bottom of the screen has a box marked ?tool?. Once inside that box, you have the option of resizing your picture to fit your needs. The original picture size, and the new size you have chosen are now both stored on the disk. This takes up disk space, but I don?t find that to be a problem since the cost of floppy disk is only around 30 cents each.
The camera has the ability to mark your pictures with the date and time if you so choose. If the time is not an issue, but you still would like the date for chronological purposes, it has a date only feature. For those who want a picture free of markings, you have the option of turning off this feature all together.
This camera is not limited to taking only colored shots. It will also take solarized, B&W, Sepia, and negative art pictures. I personally am not a fan of these, except maybe the B&W. I don?t use these features, but the view screen will give you a fairly accurate idea of what the final picture will look like. You can decide if you want the special effect or not at that point.
The view screen is located on the back side of the camera. It is rather large, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches. It has an LCD backlight feature, that can be turned off in daylight outside. Turning off the backlight will save battery power. The view screen is not located in a very ideal location. It is hard to hold the camera so you do not have your fingers on the screen.
The lens on the front of the camera is located on the left side. Due to its? size and location, it is hard to hold (but not impossible) the camera so you don?t have fingers in the picture. The lens cap attaches to the camera with a little cord, jut above the lens. It sometimes makes it difficult to keep the dangling cap out of pictures. Both of these minor obstacles were solved for me, after about a week of use. It just takes a little practice and effort. The camera?s zoom is all digitally controlled, so the lens is stationary to the camera at all time
This camera has video capability. I find this to be a fun thing only, as it will only record for up to 60 seconds. Once again, how long the video is depends on what resolution you have chosen. This feature of the camera is nice to have for sending greetings to people. My children were able to tell Daddy hi, and he was able to watch them and hear their voices! Hmm, writing this opinion, I just realized that my husband?s uncle will be turning 60 soon. We wanted to send a unique greeting, this answers that question!
The camera?s play will playback the video, with the voices so you can decide immediately if you want to re-record it, or keep it. I have had no problems e-mailing the videos to people.
Below the view screen is a ?focus? button. This button is used for taking picture of objects at a really close range. There are 6 different distances to choose from. There is also a program button to let you choose such things as landscape or portraits. With both of these buttons, Sony has kept what seems to be fairly ?universal? icons to tell you what mode you have chosen. There is also a display button that allows you to choose what your display shows. I like it to tell me how much battery I have left, and what resolution my pictures will be. You can turn this off if you choose.
Inserting the disk and removing it are both done very easily. On the right side of the camera is the slot for the disk. It is inserted the same way a disk is inserted in the computer. There is a very nicely labeled ejection button, that tells you haw to push it so the disk is ejected. The camera?s power is controlled by a sliding button just below the view screen on the right. it has a green button to press, while sliding the switch. The switch works the same way for on and off.
The last thing I will say is that the battery has a long life. I have read other commenting on the short life of the battery. I just must simply say I disagree. I have been using this camera steadily for 3 months now. I have NEVER run out of battery power except once. That time, my husband had had the camera out to play with. It had been used quite a lot before that, and the battery was already very used. On average, this camera will take about 100 pictures on one battery. Charging the battery is not hard. The camera comes with a charge cord, that you plug into the wall. The other end is then inserted into the portal on the left side of the camera. Complete charge of the battery takes about 90 minutes. I usually keep the camera plugged in over night.
By the way, ALL of the pictures that I put on my profile page were taken by this camera. I will be changing the picture weekly to rotate pictures of my kids.