This is the Sony Mavica FD-91, it has a 850,000-pixel progressive scan CCD that yields 1024x768 images. The first thing you notice is that huge 14X zoom lens. This is the longest focal length lens available on any digital camera.
The other feature that makes this camera unique is that it stores its images on 1.44MB floppy diskettes. You may not be able to get a lot of images on each diskette but you can't beat the ease of transferring them to your computer. It also has both a 2.5" color LCD and a color viewfinder for framing or reviewing your pictures.
You can let the FD-91 run in automatic exposure mode or for creative control you can switch it into either shutter priority or aperture priority mode. Choose any shutter speed from 1/60 to 1/4000 of a second and freeze even the fastest-moving subjects easily.
The FD-91 is but one model in a long line of Mavica cameras that started with the original FD-5 and FD-7 models. They all share one thing in common, the floppy diskette drive. Some of the newer models like the FD-83 (1216x912) and FD-88 (1280x960) have finally broken the megapixel resolution barrier. The FD-91 has a 2X speed floppy drive, the FD-83 and FD-88 have 4X speed floppy drives.
In addition to capturing still JPEG images the MVC-FD91 also captures up to 60 seconds of MPEG video and audio. There's two settings: Presentation Mode, up to 15 sec. (320 x 240) and Video Mail Mode, up to 60 sec. (160 x 112).
Jump to the FD-91 specifications.
Most of the controls are located on the back of the camera and are clearly
marked as to what their functions are. Image size and resolution is set
from the onscreen menu system. I can't show them to you like I usually do
in my reviews because the FD-91 does not have a Video Out option.
The only things on the bottom are a metal tripod socket and the battery
access door. When mounted on a regular tripod the camera does not need
to be removed to change the battery.
Looking at the camera from this side you'd probably figure that it's
going to take a rocket scientist to operate. It's really very
easy and most of the time the only control you'll use here is the
zoom lens lever.
This is what makes the Mavica cameras so popular, images are stored on regular
1.44MB floppy diskettes. Immediately after taking pictures all you do is pop
it into your floppy drive and view the pictures. No fancy card reader or
special software is required, the images are standard JPG format.
And this is what no Mavica owner wants to see -- the dreaded "Disk Error C:13:xx" message. It means either a drive or diskette problem exists, in my case all I had to do was reformat the floppy disk.
|Sensor Resolution (Pixels)||786,432 pixels, 1/3 inch|
|Image Dimensions||1024 x 768, 640 x 480|
|Compression Levels||Fine, Normal (uncompressed in 640x480 only)|
|Sensitivity - ASA/ISO equivalent rating||100|
|Lens - Focal Length (35mm equivalents)||37-518 mm|
|Lens - Aperture Range||f1.8-f/3.2 to f/11.0|
|Shutter Speed Range||1/60 to 1/4,000|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 1.5EV, 0.5EV steps|
|Focus||TTL Automatic, or manual with focus indicator|
|Focus Range||0.5 in (1cm) to infinity (wide angle) Tele to 3ft (1.0m) minimum distance|
|Macro Range||No separate macro option, lens focuses to 1cm in wide-angle mode|
|Storage||Removable Floppy Disk (1.44 MB)|
|File Format(s)||JPEG, BMP|
|Image Capture Cycle Time, secs (High/Low Res)||5.5/4.35|
|Image Download Time, secs @115K baud ("HQ" image mode)||~10 seconds for 160K image file, ~16KB/second|
|Flash Range||19 inches - 8.3 feet (0.5 - 2.5m)|
|Flash Modes||Auto, On, Off|
|Viewfinder||"Optical" (internal LCD), LCD|
|LCD Screen||2.5" (64mm), 84,260 pixels|
|Special Features||MPEG video recording to 15 seconds, unusually long-ratio zoom lens|
|Power||Sony InfoLITHIUM battery, included charger/AC adapter|
|Usable Battery Types||InfoLITHIUM(tm) only|
|Size||5.6 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches (139.8 x 103 x 162 mm)|
|Weight||15 ounces (435g) w/o batteries|
|Optional Accessories||Add'l batteries|
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