This is the first conventional Mavica I have used since the early FD-71 and I was surprised to find it much slimmer and lighter now. The overall height and width is about the same, you can't make it any smaller and still fit that 3-1/2 inch floppy drive in there.
The built in, 3-mode intelligent flash can be
used whenever there is insufficient light to get an optimum exposure.
It can also be set for Low, Normal or High output.
The back of the FD-88 is loaded with control buttons and switches that are all clearly labeled as to their function. You do all your framing with the big 2.5" color LCD, there is no other viewfinder.
I definitely got spoiled by the FD-91's tilting LCD screen
and think that Sony should put the same type of tilting screen on all of these
Directly above the 2.5-inch color LCD is the Solar Window. When you're outside
in the bright sunlight you can switch off the LCD's backlight and save your
precious battery power.
Nothing on the top but the shutter button and the microphone.
On the bottom is a metal tripod socket that's located very close to the center
of balance. The bottom of the case is perfectly flat and lends itself well to
be mounted on a tripod. Next to that is the door to the battery compartment.
That's an 8x Optical/16x Digital Zoom lens with auto and manual focus and auto macro capability. If you like to get close to your subjects, use Auto Macro for shots up to 1 inch from your subject.
Whenever you want to manually focus just flip the auto/manual switch and
use the manual focusing ring on the front of the lens. You can easily add
filters thanks to the 37mm threads.
The FD-88 stores its images on 1.44MB floppy diskettes. Although you are limited in the number of images you can shoot before you need to change the diskette, it's also the key to the Mavica's success story. The user need only stick the diskette into their floppy drive to access the pictures.
The FD-88 features a new 4x speed floppy diskette drive to improve the read/write
time to manipulate its megapixel-sized images more efficiently.
The only I/O port on the FD-88 is a minijack that connects the camera to the
video and audio inputs of a TV or VCR for image and movie playback.
Power is supplied by a Sony InfoLITHIUM NP-F330 7.2v rechargable battery. You can also use the more powerful NP-F550 battery if you need more runtime. The FD-88 comes with a BC-V615 rapid battery charger which takes the battery from dead to full charge in abouts 120 minutes.
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