Sony Mavica Digital Camera
by Trish Williams
Having owned a Sony Mavica Digital Camera for several years, I can honestly say it’s served its purpose. I purchased a Sony Mavica Digital Camera (MVC-FD73) bran new for $500. I’ve had experience with around a half dozen other types of cameras, including other Sony’s and this one is very user friendly.
Its basic features include:
- Battery charger
- NP-F330 Lithium ion battery pack
- Floppy Disc
- Power Cord
- Lens Cap
- And a Shoulder Strap
- Resolution: 640 X 480
- 10X optical zoom lens with auto macro capability
- Progressive scan CCD
- 2X high speed floppy disc drive
- Whole disc copy
- Multi-screen mode
- Four pre-programmed special effects
- E-mail mode
- Picture freeze on LCD with quick replay
- Auto exposure and white balance
- Manual exposure
- InfoLithium battery with AccuPower meter system
- Built-in intelligent flash
- Image format: JPEG
(This list was developed by Epinions)
Some problems I’ve encountered with the Sony Digital Mavica Camera
The Sony Digital Mavica camera, though quite practical and easy to use, has very low resolution, in comparison to other digital cameras on the market. It’s primarily designed for web use, but not for printing and duplications of photos.
The need to recharge the battery often is another problem I’ve encountered with this camera. Although other digital cameras have this issue as well, the Sony Digital Mavica Camera is slightly worse, in my opinion.
I have also had problems with new floppy discs going bad using this camera. Granted it could be the floppy discs, and not the camera, but it does seem that I’m constantly changing discs.
One more issue I’ve had with the Sony Digital Mavica camera is the fact it sometimes won’t take a photo. I’ll press down on the button and it shuts off on me. This might be indicative that the battery needs charged, but it’s done this to me when I had just finished charging the battery.
Despite these issues, the Sony Digital Mavica camera has wonderful features; plus, I love the fact that it didn’t take long for me to learn to use it.
Amazon had this to say about the Sony Digital Mavica camera and their floppy disc function: “ In some ways, floppy disks are great: they're inexpensive and available virtually everywhere, and transferring images to your computer is a snap--just pop the disk into your PC's floppy drive. Floppies act as both ‘film’ (for recording the image) and ‘negatives’ (for archiving your shots), saving the expense of the CD recorder most digital camera owners eventually purchase for long-term image storage.
On the other hand, floppies and floppy drives are big, making Mavicas some of the bulkiest of digital cameras. In addition, disks have moving parts and tend to be more prone to failure than solid-state memory. But the biggest problem with floppy disks is that they hold only 1.44 MB of information--a fraction the capacity of the solid-state cards most cameras use.”
If you find a Sony Mavica Digital Camera at a great price, it will be worth it. Just keep in mind that it’s not a top-of-the-line product, but it is a fun and easy to use camera, especially for the novice.