Sony's Latest Mavica
by Rick Smith (June 27, 2000)
This camera is the latest version of Sony’s very successful Mavica digital camera line. Not only can this camera take great pictures and store them onto 156 MB CD-R media, it can also be used as a portable, USB connected, 3.5” CD-R burner for ANY kind of data.
The 3.5" CD-R discs are completely compatible with a majority of CD-ROM drives and should only cost about $4 a piece or $0.25 per megabyte. That's a phenomenal savings compared to CompactFlash or SmartMedia.
As a camera, I found that the clear, bright, “real-time” viewfinder Sony has been known for was still there, even though this camera boasts 2.1 megapixels. The 10:1 optical zoom is still crisp and sharp as well. While this digicam is larger than my Sony MVC-FD7, it is still lighter than most film 35mm cameras with a standard removable lens and is far lighter than those same cameras with 350mm lens! Picture shooting was quick and seemed to take only a few seconds between shots (and this camera is storing each pictures onto a 3.5” CD-R) - No need to download or worry about stray magnetic fields!
This camera should make for an interesting review, as we compare its features against higher resolution CompactFlash cameras with far less zoom.
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