By Ralph Thomas
My portable digital camera went on the blink. I had two choices. Either go through a bunch of time trying to figure out who could fix it (it's out of warranty) or upgrade to a better digital camera which is what I really wanted to do. Despite my wife's objections on yet another camera, I opted for the latter. After careful consideration of prices and features, I picked out Sony's new Mavica (TM) floppy disk camera.
This little baby uses inexpensive 3.5" floppy disks for media storage
which gives you up to 40 images per floppy. If you run out of room, just
eject the floppy and insert a new one. The images are 640 X 480 JPEG formats.
There isn't any messy cables to foul around with and no special software
needed. The images are compatible with Windows 95, Windows NT and Mac 7.5
The camera, unlike my first one, is extremely easy to use with a learning curve of just a few minutes. You get a 10X zoom and can obtain an optical power lens that gives you up to 20X zoom. The images are 24-bit (VGA) color and you can convert to black and white if needed. Shutter speeds are 1/60 to 1/4000 seconds. The focus, brightness, and other adjustments are easy to make or you can put the camera on auto adjust.
One of the many things I like about this camera is you get this 2.5 Color LED screen on the back of it for viewing which is basically what you see is what you get. You can also use the viewing screen to review the photos you have taken which is a much needed feature compared to my first digital camera. It comes with ArcSoft (TM) PhotoStudio (TM) software which lets you have a complete digital darkroom on your desktop.
The camera has auto focus and Macro focus which means you can take extremely closeup shots of objects. With the zoom power--I think this camera is an ideal choice.
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