|Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 0.8 Mega Pixel Digital Still Steadyshot Camera Floppy Disk|
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|The MVC-FD91 allows you to capture up to 60 seconds of video and audio right onto a standard 3.5" floppy disk. This is the fastest, easiest way to get video into your personal computer, for E-Mail, Websites, or presentations, etc. MPEG Movie offers 2 settings: Presentation Mode, up to 15 sec. (320 x 240) and Video Mail Mode, up to 60 sec. (160 x 112).New High Resolution Still Images feature allows you to display still images with high quality XGA resolution (1024 x 768), which offers excellent quality for printing or sending images from your computer. New Voice Memo mode allows you to conveniently add 5 seconds of narration to a still image. Use in presentations, or slide shows to describe and demonstrate products, or personal images. Equivalent to a f37mm to 518mm zoom lens in a 35mm camera, 14x Optical Zoom Lens gives you ample flexibility to compose your pictures just the way you want. The new focus ring allows for a more accurate, professional style manual focusing. The auto macro capability allows you to get as close as one inch to your subject. Precision Color Viewfinder with 180k Pixels provides excellent viewing clarity, with increased resolution. What you see is what you get! Large, full color LCD display lets you preview or review your shots right on the camera back, with great detail and clarity. Use Built-In Intelligent Pop-Up Flash to brighten your pictures in low light conditions. Sony's the only company that lets you share your images right on the spot with anyone. Whole Disk copy lets you make a copy of your images, videos, or voice memos, right inside the camera. Need to send images over the Internet? For still images, E-mail mode reduces the size of your file to 1/4 the standard file 320 x 240 for fast Internet downloads. Take a close look at the image you're capturing by instantly freezing it on your LCD. Auto Exposure and White Balance assure correct exposure of subjects automatically. White balance automatically adjusts color for true to life images. For the best results, exposure can be manually controlled with 7 different settings. (-1.5 to +1.5 EV). Flicker Free feature will automatically eliminate any flicker in your images that is caused by certain types of lighting conditions.|
|Camera Type||Point & Shoot|
|Sensor Resolution||0.8 MP|
|Focus Adjustment||Autofocus & Manual Focus, Automatic, Manual|
|Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera||37 - 518mm|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/60 sec|
|Exposure compensation||±1.5 EV range, in 1/2 EV steps|
|Exposure Metering||Matrix, Spot|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Light Sensitivity||ISO 100|
|Light Sensitivity Max||100|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Effective Flash Range||0.5 m - 2.5 m|
|Camera Flash Features||Auto Flash, Fill-in Flash, Flash +/- Compensation, Flash Off|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Flash ON Mode, OFF mode|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||3.5 in. Floppy|
|Floppy Drive Storage||3.5" 1.44 MB floppy|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic, Optical (Through-the-lens)|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color|
|Microphone Type||1 x microphone - built-in - electret condenser - mono|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Mono|
|Microphone Technology||Electret condenser|
|Connector Types||1 x DC power input|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS 7, Apple Mac OS 8, Apple Mac OS 9, Apple Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 3.x, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows XP|
|Run Time Up To||55 min|
|Digital Video Format||MPEG-1|
|Still Image Format||BITMAP, BMP, JPEG|
|Max Video Resolution||320 x 240,160 x 112|
|Min Operating Temperature||0 °C|
|Max Operating Temperature||40 °C|
|Additional Features||AE/FE Lock, Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, Date/Time Stamp, Not Interchangeable Lenses, Progressive Scan CCD System, With Tripod Mount|
|Shooting Modes||Frame Movie Mode|
|Shooting Programs||Twilight mode|
|White Balance||Auto, Indoor (Preset), Outdoor (Preset)|
Average review score based on 54 user reviews
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I have since upgraded to a newer camera but still use my old FD91. These are my experiences with my FD91. I originally purchased a FD81 but returned it to the store within the week when I originally bought mine. I liked having both the LCD and eyepiece for viewing (using the eyepiece also increases battery life for more shots).
It is a great camera for its time and still decent for today. Not exactly the greatest on megapixels (maxes out at 1024 x 768) but then again most family members don't want 5mb files in their email anyway... so this is a decent size for sending pics of the kids to family members who live out of town. Also good for taking quick shots generic eBay items. who really needs super high resolution of a hard drive your selling anyway?
The few drawbacks I have encountered over the years (most of them are slight).
Problem number one.... Batteries, I have gone thru several. They will start to go down at 10x speed even when showing a full charge after less than a year. I have had a batteries that after a little more than a years use will only take five or six pictures even when charged to full charge.
Problem number two... I had to take the floppy drive carriage and bend the prongs slightly to get it to recognize a floppy disk again after it started showing an error message a few years ago. I don't remember the specific error message but I tracked down others having the same problems on google and sure enough it started working again after the little bit of tweaking on the floppy carriage.
Problem number three... Back when I first bought the camera memory sticks were high on the other hand floppies were cheap and easy to find at any store. On my last trip to Pigeon Forge, TN I went to CVS, Walgreen's, and a Grocery store and wasn't able to find floppies anywhere. So the 3.5 floppy is starting to become a drawback if you need more and are on the road.
Overall though I if you can live with buying batteries about once a year or so and make sure your stocked up with plenty of floppies it is a good camera that lasts for years and works well for everyday shots. Even though I have a newer camera, I still wouldn't part with mine which must count for something... which is why I rate this camera a good buy.
This is one of the best digital cameras I ever owned. I used it for taking multiple photos to be stitched together into Panoramic Photos. The lower resolution did not matter because I was shooting for the web and the photos we meshed together to form 1 long image. There are over 85,000 photos on my hard drive that were shot with my Sony FD91. I can't think of a better camera to be used for taking Ebay photos. You have to remember that with today's higher res cameras you are going have to reduce the file size anyway if you want your website visitor to be around for when the image finaly loads. Smaller resolution photos and quicker loading means your buyer may acutally get to see what you want them to. There is nothing worse than weighting for several 2mb photos to download from a single web page. This is still an excellent camera to use if you have a computer with a 3.5 floppy drive! I have a newer newer high capacity camera that I use for other things but this Sony with it's 14x Optical Zoom still works when I want to shoot for the web! 5 Stars from me!
I'm a fan of the Mavica cameras by Sony.I remember when this camera sold at The Wiz for over 800.00 and at that time I got the 0.35 megapixel 1st generation model,when this model arrived I wanted it so bad but held off.Then I had several of these cameras stolen from me so I picked up the MVC FD 91 on ebay about 2 years ago for about 125.00,the seller had a very good and honest description on the camera and it was spot on.When I recieved the camera it looked like brand new and functioned properly.I ended up selling the other 2 Mavicas,kept the MVC Fd 085 as a backup,but never had to use it.This camera was the top of the line back then and it's so easy to use on ebay for loading PICS..While 0.85 MGs is low and even 1.3 is low the camera is outstanding.To this day the camera is in excellent comdition,I have an extra battery,and it does the job commendably.Buyers must beware when you buy one of these cameras used,first they are over 10 years old,the repair cost is more than the cameras worth,and stock up on floppies.The MVC 95s 97s are even nicer but expect to pay double the cost compared to the MVC 91.Lots of bells and whistles,and I tend to take real good care of my gear.While it's large by todays standards it cannot be beat for use on EBAY to upload pics,even works well with my MAC computer as I got and external floppy drive to upload PICS on to EBAY...So the best things to do is ask lots of question regarding operation of this camera,if the answers are foggy look for another one.If you find a nice one highly recommended.
If you don't have a lot of money to spend on a really nice still/video camera then get one of these (if you can find one). This is probably the best camera for the money. It takes incredible close up stills. If you need a pic of a bee's knees, then this camera will do it! It's out of date but I don't have $1800 to spend on a comperable camera so this one does the trick quite nicely. All you need to make it work is a floppy disc and of course a floppy disc drive (only $20 bucks at any computer supply store) and tiny items to take pictures of. If you sell on ebay and most of your items are very small and you want a good clear close up of the date on a coin then this camera will give you that. It's worth the small inconviences to have that close up shot that very few cameras will give you unless you buy one for big bucks. So save your money for a rainy day and spend a few bucks on a Sony Mavica.
The 14X optical zoom feature highlights an excellent lens in an early digicam product. I've used these for eBay photos and can attest to their superior performance using the zoom and macro features. For its time and focussed eBay presentation the definition and color correction make it a winner in a low megapixel environment.
The size and mobility of the rear viewer are also commendable, although the bulk and shape of the camera limits ease of use in an active situation. The brightness of the screen, and intense flash characteristics make this one of the best in its time and certainly perfect for the fixed format of auction pics.
Primary drawbacks are a function of its age: slow recording, as it is a 2X drive, proprietary nature of the drive, modest megapixel CCD, relatively awkward design for fast action.