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The Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 Digital Camera
Last updated: 11/4/99

PICTURES.  Hot dog!  After playing with both of these cameras for over a week, I finally got what I think looks like a professional picture  Here's one of a plant in the show room of my humble shop.  This picture was shot at "Fine Resolution" and a size setting of 1024 x 768 pixels.  I cropped the picture to make it smaller.  Then I had to drastically resample it to get it on this page.  Click on the picture to see a cropped version of the original (it is quite large at almost 1/3 MByte).  Also, I did not enhance the picture as I normally would for the Digest.

Here's a picture from an article I'm working on for the Digest.  The camera was set at "Fine Resolution" and 1024 X 768.  The picture was then cropped, resampled, brightened, and sharpened for the web with Corel PhotoPaint.  I could hardly see any difference in the results, if any at all, between the FD88 and FD83 when doing this kind of work.

These pictures were shot by a novice photographer (me) and do not do the camera complete justice.  All in all I took 17 floppies worth of pictures with this camera.  Some of my shots, especially those taken at 1280 X 960, were comparable to Sony's.

BOTTOM LINE.  Although this camera can take pictures approaching those produced by a 35 mm film camera and has some notable enhancements as compared to the FD83, such as it's greater zoom capability, it is certainly more camera than I need (or can afford) for technical articles for the web and occasional family and travel pictures.  The biggest problem I had with the camera (and with the FD83) was adjusting the brightness level.  Pictures often came-out with yellow or green whites (the auto exposure and white balance simply did not work well) .  One would think that for a thousand dollars Sony would make a camera with WYSIWYG, or What You See (on the LCD) Is What You Get when you see it on your computer.  More often than not, that was not the case.

Larry

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