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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.


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