Agfa ePhoto 1280

Announced Oct 9, 1997 •
1 megapixels | 2 screen | 38 – 114 mm (3×)
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This was the first digicam I owned (though I had used plenty before I bought my own). I bought the 1280 because of the trusted name in professional (rather than amatuer photography) AGFA. I knew from using other 1280 digicams that were around at the time, to not buy a Kodak, Casio, Epson etc. I owned it for about 24 months. Excellent sharp photos, even blown up to 8x10's. I didn't realize how good till I used some other newer cameras at work and my Agfa was always better. Swivel body worked ...

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This is (was) a great (older) camera for short people. The swivel body allowed me to get pictures over crowds that would have been otherwise impossible. When many other digicams were the compact style I was able to capture great shots at decent resolution. The plastic body and delicate swivel need to be handled with care though. Problems: none

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This was the 1st digital camera that I ever bought. I used it faithfully until I was introduced to the Sony DSC-S75. The week after I bought the Sony, my AGFA "died". The photos were actually quite good, considering the low resolution. Problems: Very slow

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good value for the money at the time (2000) I miss a good macro mode, 20cm (8") not good enough Problems: selector wheel is easily turned, often by accident. batteries discharging even when not in use.

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i have owed the 1280 for about 2 years, and have found it very useable in most situations. mostly i use it for car show photography and am quite pleased with the results as most car shows are fairly well lit.but this cameras most impresive quality for me is the adjustable veiw screen as most people stand in front of a display,they have to wait for a clear shot to appear this could take quite some time if its a good display but in my case i just put the 1280 above my head swivel the screen ...

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Concerning the Agfa ePhoto 1280: Is possible to use a 16Mb SmartMedia 3.3V Card? The users manual only talks about 2, 4, 8Mb cards. Is there some kind of firmware upgrade possible to support higher capacity cards? Regards, Jeff

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Having owned the 1280 for well over 1½ years, I'm getting tired with it. The picture quality is satisfactory for my amatuer use, but it's too big to take along. Battery life sucks, sure misses the optical viewfinder! Menus is easy to handle, but it doesn't remember your settings exposure LAG is too long for snapshots, and you can't turn the beep off. The housing has a few problems: The door for the connections flips open too easily, and the play/rec knob offers too little resistance. It's a ...

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