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PHOTO SYSTEMS

 
2001 - SONY MAVICA MVC-FD83

 

 

The Sony MVC-FD83 has a 850,000 pixel CCD imager that delivers images up to 1216 x 912 using Sony's in-camera Interpolated Imaging Technology. Sony does not try to pull the wool over anybody's eyes and clearly marks this right across the front of the camera.
The MPEG movie mode allows you to capture 5, 10 or 15 second video clips with sound at 160 x 112 or 320 x 240 pixel resolution. You can even record 5-second voice memos for each picture.
The built in, 3-mode intelligent flash can be used whenever there is insufficient light to get an optimum exposure. It can also be set for Low, Normal or High output.
The back of the FD-83 is loaded with control buttons and switches that are all clearly labeled as to their function. You do all your framing with the big 2.5" color LCD, there is no other viewfinder.
I definitely got spoiled by the FD-91's tilting LCD screen and think that Sony should put the same type of tilting screen on all of these cameras.
Directly above the 2.5-inch color LCD is the Solar Window. When you're outside in the bright sunlight you can switch off the LCD's backlight and save your precious battery power.
Nothing on the top but the shutter button and the microphone.
On the bottom is a metal tripod socket that's located very close to the center of balance. The bottom of the case is perfectly flat and lends itself well to be mounted on a tripod. Next to that is the door to the battery compartment.
That's an 3x Optical/6x Digital Zoom lens with auto and manual focus and auto macro capability. If you like to get close to your subjects, use Auto Macro for shots up to 1 inch from your subject.
Whenever you want to manually focus just flip the auto/manual switch and use the manual focusing ring on the front of the lens. You can easily add filters thanks to the 37mm threads.
The FD-83 stores its images on 1.44MB floppy diskettes. Although you are limited in the number of images you can shoot before you need to change the diskette, it's also the key to the Mavica's success story. The user need only stick the diskette into their floppy drive to access the pictures.
The FD-83 features a new 4x speed floppy diskette drive to improve the read/write time to manipulate its megapixel-sized images more efficiently.
The only I/O port on the FD-83 is a minijack that connects the camera to the video and audio inputs of a TV or VCR for image and movie playback.
Power is supplied by a Sony InfoLITHIUM NP-F330 7.2v rechargable battery. You can also use the more powerful NP-F550 battery if you need more runtime. The FD-83 comes with a BC-V615 rapid battery charger which takes the battery from dead to full charge in abouts 120 minutes.


 
Product MPN MVC-FD83 
Key Features
Family Line  Sony Mavica 
Weight  1.27 lb. 
Image Sensor Type 
CCD 
Resolution 
0.85 Megapixel 
Optical Zoom 
3x 
Camera Type 
Standard Point and Shoot 
Lens
Interchangeable Lens 
Not Interchangeable Lenses 
Optical Zoom 
3x 
35mm Zoom Lens  37 - 111 mm 
Digital Zoom 
2x 
Focus Type  Autofocus & Manual Focus 
Focus Range  0.4 in. to Infinity (w) 
Macro Focus Range 
0.39 in. (w) 
Focal Length 
5.2 - 15.6 mm 
Image Quality
Camera Resolution 
0.85 Megapixel 
Image Resolutions 
640 x 480 1216 x 912 1024 x 768 
Video
Video Resolutions 
320 x 240 (QVGA) 160 x 112 
Max Movie Length  60 Seconds 
Video Format  MPEG 
Exposure Control
Aperture Range
f2/f2.1 (w/t) 
White Balance 
Auto Indoor (Preset) Outdoor (Preset) 
Storage
Memory Type 
3.5 in. Floppy 
Compression Modes  Fine Normal 
Compression Type 
JPEG 
File Size (High Res.)  0.18 MB (711 images on 128MB card) 
File Size (Low Res.)  0.12 MB (about 1,067 images on 128MB card) 
Flash
Flash Type  Built-In 
Flash Functions 
Flash Off Auto Flash Fill-in Flash 
Viewfinder / Display
Viewfinder 
Without Viewfinder 
LCD Panel 
With LCD Panel 
LCD Panel Size  2.5 in. 
LCD Screen Resolution  84,000 pixels 
LCD Protected Position  Without LCD Protected Position 
Interfaces
Video Interface  Video Out 
Power Supply
Battery Type  Proprietary Lithium 
Battery Life  550 Images 
Included Features
Self Timer  10 Sec. 
Built-in MP3 Player  Unknown 
Built-in Microphone  With Built-in Microphone 
Built-in Speaker  With Built-in Speaker 
Tripod Mount  With Tripod Mount 
System Requirements
Operating System  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 
Dimensions
Width  5.6 in. 
Depth  2.5 in. 
Height  4.3 in. 
Weight  1.27 lb. 
Miscellaneous
Included Accessories  Video Cable
Shoulder Strap
Lithium Battery
Battery Charger
Lens Cap 
Product ID  1910 

 

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