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