The Sony Mavica MVC-FD83
Last updated: 1/3/02
I had $800 and could sneak it past my wife, Claudia, I'd be sorely tempted
to go out right now and buy one of these cameras. The pictures are
even better than an older Sony MVC-FD7 with a 1/4" 380K pixel CCD I
borrowed from my brother a few months ago. The one I used for this
review belongs to one of my customers. He was gracious enough to let
me take it for a spin. So, I spent four days between trouble calls
learning about it and snapping pictures.
IN THE BOX. The attractive retail
box includes the following items:
Battery charger and cord.
Operating Instructions in English and
warranty, safety instructions, misc. instructions,
ArcSoft PhotoStudio v.
2.0 SE, a photo editing/paint program.
ArcSoft VideoImpression. Used
to create, edit, playback, and E-Mail animated video.
Mavica Floppy Utility.
Audio-video cable (mini-plug to two RCA
plugs for video and mono-audio).
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS. The Operating
Instructions are well-written, amply illustrated, to the point, logically
organized, and easy to follow. The index rather sparse.
KEY FEATURES. One of the foremost
features of this camera is that stores images on 3 1/2" floppy disks. Floppies
are cheap and provide an immediate interface to almost all PC's. You
can even make copies of whole floppies with the camera and immediately share
photos with your friends and family the next time you go to one those family
reunions, etc. In my opinion, after working with cameras which
require tapes or CompactFlash cards, this
is the only way to go. Gone are peripherals, printer interface problems,
and the requirement to upload to specially-equipped computers. The
4X floppy drive in this camera is much faster than the one in the MVC-FD7. Other
key features include:
1/3" 850K pixel Progressive Scan
CCD. This CCD can produce a one million pixel image (1216 x 912)
using Sony's interpolated imaging technology. The Progressive Scan
CCD reads all of the pixels in a single pass for sharper pictures--not
3X Optical/6X digital zoom lens. f=5.2-15.6,
35mm conversion (f=37-111mm).
Auto/manual exposure with six auto-exposure
Auto white balance.
Back-lit 2.5" color LCD view panel.
Shutter speeds (Auto): 1/60-1/4000 Sec.
Voice and MPEG movie modes.
Battery good for 1,500 shots per charge
(so they say).
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