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Sony MVC-FD95

Sony takes the Mavica line to 2.1 megapixels, and 12-bit digitization!

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Review First Posted: 7/13/2000

2.1 megapixel CCD, up to 1600x1200 images
10x optical , 2x digital zoom
Records movies with sound
JPEG, GIF, TIFF, and MPEG file formats
 * Floppy or Mem Stick w/adapter for easy computer interface

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Manufacturer Overview

More than any other single company, Sony has dominated the digital camera market the last few years, thanks in large part to the easy computer interfacing offered by their Mavica(tm) line of floppy-disk based cameras. They've also been active at the high end of the market, with products like the DSC-D770 and DSC-F505, which caught the eye of many pros and advanced amateurs for their excellent optics and exposure control.

This spring (February, 2000), Sony stunned the digicam world by announcing no fewer than six new models. Part of this was a significant extension of their Mavica line, bringing the higher end up to the 2 megapixel resolution range, while incorporating a number of enhancements in the basic camera electronics and signal processing as well. To accommodate the larger image sizes that come with the new 2.1 megapixel resolution, they cleverly used a special version of the "FlashPath" floppy disk memory card adapter in conjunction with their Memory Stick technology to deliver "floppy disk" cameras with potential storage capacities as high as 64 megabytes. On the signal-processing front, they incorporated 12-bit digitization, which results in exceptional tonal range, excellent preservation of detail in strong highlights, and excellent low-light capability. This review covers the new high end of the floppy-based Mavicas, the MVC-FD95.


  • 1/3 inch CCD delivering up to 1600 x 1200 resolution images.
  • 2.5 inch, color, TFT LCD monitor.
  • Smaller, LCD optical viewfinder with data display.
  • 10x, 6 to 60mm lens (equivalent to a 39 to 390mm(!) lens on a 35mm camera.
  • 2x digital telephoto.
  • Steady Shot option to decrease camera shake.
  • Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Twilight, Twilight Plus, Landscape and Panfocus capture modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 8 to 1/500 seconds.
  • Automatic, Outdoor, Indoor and "One-Push" manual white balance settings.
  • Built-in, popup flash with Automatic, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced and Suppressed modes and manually adjustable intensity settings.
  • Spot metering option.
  • 10 second self-timer.
  • MPEG movie record mode.
  • Voice Memo record mode.
  • E-Mail and Text (GIF) still image record modes.
  • Manual focus option.
  • Image storage on 3.5 inch floppy disks or Sony MemorySticks with adapters.
  • InfoLITHIUM battery system.

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