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Mavicas are the least sexy-looking camera in the world - in fact, they appear to have been designed for the Russian Army - but for the sort of work I do - ultra close-up work with coins and jewelry, they are unsurpassed in their function and simplicity. I began photographing coins almost 10 years ago. I noticed that the coin-images on ebay were of exceptionally variable quality - some were great and some were, not to put too fine a point on it, poop. I wrote to about a dozen sellers whose pictures actually looked like coins asking them what sort of camera they used. Of the 6 who responded, 5 said "Mavica". I duly bought a used FD-71 and have had nearly a decade of faithful, nearly daily service from it. The ability to plug the cheap abd simple 3.5" 1.44 HD floppy storage medium into nearly any computer and use the images without the necessity of any additional software intervention and/or cable salad issues - despite my children laughing at old Dad for his piles of floppies - are as easily used and manipulated as any other medium I have ever seen - easier than most, in point of fact. My old FD-71, with all-of its 0.6 (yes, that's really "point 6", six tenths of a single megapixel) megapix resolution is adequate for virtually any web use, since I am able to focus at so short a focal length that by completely filling my frame with my subject excess background is virtually eliminated right in the camera - what good is a gazillion megapix camera if you have to leave all those pixels lying on the "photoshop floor" when you crop-out the background, etc? In recent years, I have upgraded to FD-85's, 90's and 91's, and find them also to be simple, easy and "comfy" cameras - the 90 is especially good for my work as it has manual focus capacity, although the 85 & 91 can still get in right close-up and do a great job with miniscule subject matter. I have read all the forgoing reviews and all the non-positive ones seem either to be complaints about shady dealers or the sorts of issues morons are likely to have - trying to plug the battery in upside-down, not charging the battery, not removing the lens cap, etc. Truly, if you can't get great results from a Mavica, it's likely that either the camera is malfunctioning (they're so dependable that this is seldom an issue) or your brain is - a simpler, more user-friendly camera is hard to imagine.
I looked on eBay to find a replacement for my FD90 I bought back in 2000 for $600 to use for taking pictures of job sites. It worked great for this type of work because of the 1.6 or smaller pixel sizes and its ease of use along with the floppy drive system. The ability to record images on to the floppy was much better because we would just turn the floppies over to the person in the office that needed them, It was also easier for us going through the trouble of transferring them over USB or from the memory stick at the time to a computer. Because of the smaller pixel size, we did not need to go through compressing any of the pictures if we needed to send them via E-mail as well. The only problem I had with the FD90, and why I needed a new one was the read/record head that reads the data from the floppy broke and Sony wanted nearly $200 for repairs. This was my FD90s only problem. The replacement I bought from eBay was listed as a FD90 but it was a FD92 instead, I knew this from the photos when I bought it. It has only one drawback compared to the FD90, and that is the lack of a manual focus override. The FD92 is only Auto Focus, but this has not been a problem with me. The FD92 is better in every other way because of the ability to run a floppy and a memory stick with the flip of a switch. It is true dual media capable. It will also transfer files via USB to the computer as well. It records images way faster then the FD90 ever did regardless if you have the optional memory stick floppy adapter for the FD90. The FD92 also has a Macro like the FD90 did for very close up shots like taking picture of serial numbers or model numbers off of the equipment like I needed to do. Most of today's cameras have lost the Macro feature and if it does still have it, you will be going through tons of menu items to find it. The FD90 and FD92 achieve this with one push of the button. Out of all six of my digital cameras I have, The FD90 and FD92 are the easiest to use and best camera suited for the above mentioned type of jobs. There are much better cameras today for high resolution shots, and have way more features, but the FD90 and FD92 are the best for what I use them for.
Like: Easy to navigate menus, easy use, GREAT picture quality at 640 X 480 resolution. LOTS of pics on a 1.44 mb floppy at low resolution. Excellent for listing items on Ebay. Lens on this camera is fantastic. Great, awesome camera. Easy transfer of images to computer on your floppy disks. Backup is automatic as floppies are kept on items. Li-ion batteries in this camera rock. The 12X zoom is excellent. I have to remind myself to use the macro setting. Clear, clear images. Lots of detail at low resolution.
Dislike: Old technology. Lots of noise in image at low light levels.... candlelight that is.... New cameras like this do not exsist... bummer. Bulky, heavy. Hard to find reliable floppy disks that write and rewrite reliably.
I decided to purchase this camera because of reviewing and using a buddy's Sony Mavica FD 75. NOTHING beats this camera for image clarity at low resolution.
This is a very easy camera to use. You have instant access to your shots as they are recorded on to a 3.5 Floppy Disk. This camera takes splendid pictures and the colors are magnificent.
Many folks have abandoned these cameras in favor of the newest models. Personally I like these because of their ease of use. Transferring from disk to PC is simple, and even though the newer computers do not have a floppy drive, you can still purchase the floppy drives at many stores and online as well. They are no hassle to plug into your computer, and unplug when you are finished.
These cameras are well built and with proper care, will last for many years. I'm a picture buff and enjoy taking shots of anything that catches my fancy. The Mavica is ready to aid me in my adventures, and I don't have to wait to see what I've captured. If it's not to my liking, I can delete it and try again.
For simplicity and ease of use you can't beat the Mavica Cameras.
I have 5 Mavica FD cameras and use them mainly for eBay pictures. Have spares in two different locations plus an FD95 for sunset shots. These cameras take VERY GOOD close up pictures and are great for changing light situations such as sunsets, as the settings are fast and simple to set. Much better than my expensive Nikon and also takes much better close ups. I bought extra ones on eBay because of the fear of not having an operating one for eBay. The only problem I have had with a couple of them was "format error" when inserting a floppy disc and have to make sure it is in and "set" before will accept it. No troubles so far with this FD 90. Kennewick man...
I bought it several years ago for web project, it served me really well. Everything is well made, unlike some other cameras this one feels very solid, no flimsy parts. Although it utilizes floppy drive as it's medium, it has a memory card capability through an adapter so that is pretty useful! Never had a single problem with this camera, all pictures were crispy. I bought a newer sony to replace this one and was not nearly as pleased with performance...
I use a Webtv Plus computer and I can connect the video out on the Mavica and load my pictures...The other nice feature is being able to pop in a disc into any able computer and the pictures are easy to send that way also..the camera is user friendly and I needed something to simplify my photo needs...I love it!!!
THIS IS A CAMERA WHICH I HAVE USED IN THE PAST. ALTHOUGH, IT IS AN OLDER MODEL I AM VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE CAMERA AND ALL IT'S FEATURES AND VERY COMFORTABLE USING IT. I WAS HAPPY TO FIND THIS USED UNIT AND VERY SATISFIED WITH IT.
Sony Mavica MVC FD90 1.3 Megapixel great camera the pictures come out clear and good for web and ebay auctions