Sony Mavica FD-85

Announced Feb 3, 2000 •
1 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 37 – 111 mm (3×)
Geo Mc
 
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The perfect all-around camera for beginners and pros. I've had my FD-85 almost 2 years now and use it mostly for eBay photos as well as all other general photography. After using my work pard's FD-73 to shoot a wedding, I knew I wanted a Mavica. It's just about perfect. It replaced a Kodak DC-20 which was a total POS. Using the 3.5 floppies saves a lot of money over the expensive memory sticks. There's no conversion routine - the pics are saved as .jpgs on a floppy. I pull them into Paint ...

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Mike Young
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Floppy disc mechanism too delicate... Otherwise brilliant! Brought this a year ago, and have had great fun with it. Great for snaps and small images. The macro facility is amazing! Compared with other cameras of similar specs, it does an excellent job. However my Camera is no more. I am posting this as I search the web for a new Camera because the floppy disc drive has broken and continually gives the dreaded "C:13:01" error for every disc inserted. This is not a problem unique to me! ...

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Have had camera for 13 months up until this month. It took very good photos and I had no problems up until now. Problems: The camera quit reading the floppy disks and the flash mechanism malfunctioned. Since it was out of warranty, was going to cost $268 to repair. Not worth it, so now I have to get a new camera!

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I've had my FD85 for over a year now. It has worked without problem from day one and I've taken over 2000 pictures with it so far. Occasionally the jpeg compression will create some noise in the picture details but the vast majority of my pictures have come out very crisp. My next camera will most likely be another mavica, maybe with a more powerful zoom and a built in memory stick option (fd92??). Since this model is now discontinued I thought I'd comment in case someone finds one used or ...

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Shooting in low light situations is terrible...too much noise. Focussing is incredibly slow, and the lcd display isn't good enough to see if it's sharp. Metering is really bad as well...it fails in a lot of situations. The shutter is just the most stupid thing I've ever seen on a camera. It takes so much 'power' that it's impossible to keep it still! When you pay as much as I did ($600 for the camera, $99 for a 64 memory stick) you have to be a real idiot not to notice the incredibly poor ...

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Bought used Nov. 01. First camera. Taken 500 + pictures. Friends do not believe me when I tell them I took picture and printed it out on my computer. Have made several slide shows in MS Powerpoint turned out great. Have made several albums and gave them to Family. This camera is "GREAT". It is very satisfying to take your picture, view it immediately with camera, view it on TV, view it on computer, edit on computer and print it and have a very high quality photo immediatly. Never had so much ...

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I bought this camera as a refurbished model for only $229, although I saw it the same day new for $799. I am a DJ, and have found this camera to be everything I need and more ... in fact, since I only take 1 min videos at my events, it has even replaced my camcorder, and saved me the trouble of lugging extra bags. As has been said earlier, the shutter > disc rate is quite slow, but if you need that much speed, you didn't buy this camera anyway. Problems: None

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it is the best digital camera i haver ever seen...(he,he..). Image quality 12xx * 9** is good. I love writte images to disks 3 1/2. I have experience of diverse periphericals: cables, drivers... I don't like at all, but you forget it with this wonderful camara. Problems: bigger than other...maybe digital ixus 300

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I work for a large chain of Cleveland-area weekly newspapers and have used the Mavica FD85 to snap news and feature photos. Reproduced in the papers in black and white, they have been almost indistinguishable from those taken by our pro shooter using much more expensive digital equipment. Problems: Floppy disc storage is slow, but not a great problem.

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The BEST Sony camera made to date. I have used and abused this camera and it has outlasted my last 3 cars. Write me at bluepawz@earthlink.net for a full page review. Problems: None

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