Sony Mavica FD-88

Announced Mar 3, 1999 •
1 megapixels | 2.5 screen | 34 – 270 mm (7.9×)
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Like other Mavica FD-series cameras, the FD88 is an anomaly that blends excellent optics with a low-pixel (1.3MP) processor and a slow, noisy (and occasionally unreliable) floppy-disk storage medium. Despite its limitations, the floppy disk technology Sony utilized in its FD series is a great part of the longstanding appeal of these cameras. Overall, the FD88 is excellent for web pages, online postings and other uses where its remarkable zoom lens (8X optical) and good macro capabilities ...

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I don't like this camera. I'm a graphic artist taking photos of liquour and wine. I don't have any special lights-just the overhead fluorescents. Not being a photographer, I might just be doing something wrong. The pictues are too dark, there's a color cast, and they are too fuzzy. Text comes out awful Problems: too fuzzy

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I've had this camera for two years. I am not good at remembering to to take the pictures! When I do, I am very pleased with the images that this camera produces. I do a yearly calendar for Christmas gifts, using this camera for some of the images. The images I use, are very great. I have resently added a wide angle lens to the camera, think that is going to be very niffty. Problems: Taking all those disks are alittle trouble some .But that is also why I bought this camera, so I could use ...

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its a great camra it has very nice features and high quality digital image Problems: disk space not enough space for movies on 3 1/2in floppy

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I find this a very capable camera for general use. I was surprised that Greg of Powder Springs considers the flash weak as I seem to have the opposite problem when fairly close to the subject. If you use full digital zoom it can get a little grainy but I have obtained some great pictures (including wildlife) on part zoom. I get round the limited storage at high res settings by carrying the camera in a nifty little bag which also accomodates six floppies. Problems: For my purposes the only ...

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Have been using it for more than a year. Very good for general photography. At highest resolution, pictures printed up to A4 size are very decent as well. I'm quite convinced that digital would replace film for most photographers except perhaps if you are a professional. I'm looking for another with higher res and good MPEG; likely S75 or S85. Problems: Difficulties in taking pictures in the dark as the LCD fails quite miserably with limited lighting e.g in caves. Look out for the ...

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Greg Henry
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Even though this is "two year old technology", I was able to find this camera at a discount at a local Wolf Camera. Even by today's standards, the number of varied features is still great. Photo quality can be very good under ideal conditions such as outdoors, not using the zoom at it's maximum setting, etc. The built-in flash is a great disappointment compared to my Olympus and Kodak digital cameras. Indoor shots, even with the flash power set to "high", tend to be a little grainy, and ...

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Carlos Heiss
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Foto quality decreases with far away scenes X supertele as with any zoom lenses but a film emulsion isn't so sensible as an eletronic chip. With more experience today in digital I find more reasonable to use telezooms set between 50 and 140mm for good results. Mavicas are shure not concepted for amateur fotographers but for a lot of professionals that need a handy, cheep and simple way to photograph her work, for catalogs, insurance, brockers and so on. But I loved the digital experience so ...

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Somehow I think it should be able to store more images on one disk, than it does. I like to take high-res pictures and I can't fit more than 10 on a disk.

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