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Sony MVC-FD73 0.3MP Mavica Digital Camera w- 10x Optical Zoom by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Sony MVC-FD73 0.3MP Mavica Digital Camera w/ 10x Optical Zoom
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 103 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 1.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom5.0   above average
Battery4.7   exceptional
Price4.5   average
Disk4.3   above average
Image4.1   average
Photo3.9   below average
Quality3.7   below average
Resolution2.1   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"One somewhat inconvenient thing about the battery, though: you have to remove it to recharge it, instead of just plugging it directly into an AC adapter charger."
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"Unfortunately, the camera doesn't work - it won't let me record photos past photo #2 (I get an error message and I've tried numerous disks - the error message is C-13:01, which means nothing to me; however, did get a nice bag, 2 batteries, and a battery charger so not all is lost!"
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"Not only do I have a extra battery now for both, but the included battery charger charges both quickly and easily."
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"The battery life is pretty good as long as I keep it off until I am ready to take a series of pictures."
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"It also included a battery that works well also."
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Disk

Disk:
"Unfortunately, the camera doesn't work - it won't let me record photos past photo #2 (I get an error message and I've tried numerous disks - the error message is C-13:01, which means nothing to me; however, did get a nice bag, 2 batteries, and a battery charger so not all is lost!"
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"And even though the storage on 3.5 inch disks is convenient in one sense (I can download the pics from the disk into the hard drive faster), the limited capacity of the disk can be a problem."
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"The convenience of floppy disks is hard to beat."
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"EASY TO USE- EASY TO TRANSFER FLOPPY DISK IMAGES TO CD-RW FOR STORAGE."
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"I did not have a need for the audio or video features...did want the ease of the floppy disks and ease of bringing up on pc...I read a lot of the other reviews and decided to buy the Sony 73..have only had it a week , am so pleased with the quality of pictures so sharp and clear...the 10x zoom is great...for flowers and close ups ."
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"I just ordered a 2nd battery so next hurricane I'll photograph all of my 'stuff' and store it on disks...so easy!"
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"I love being able to change disks from use for business to pleasure."
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"The best features are the 10x zoom, the removable floppy disks and the great picture quality for my webpage and email."
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Image

Image:
"Unfortunately, the camera doesn't work - it won't let me record photos past photo #2 (I get an error message and I've tried numerous disks - the error message is C-13:01, which means nothing to me; however, did get a nice bag, 2 batteries, and a battery charger so not all is lost!"
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"The photo resolution is not as good as on my Kodak camera, but for beginners and certainly for children, it was good enough."
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"When used at normal size, the pics are fine, not great."
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"The LCD screen will get fingerprints on it if you even THINK about putting your finger anywhere near it and if you're under strong sunlight it is hard to see the image."
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"Quite a few people said that you don't get a very good quality pic."
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"EASY TO USE- EASY TO TRANSFER FLOPPY DISK IMAGES TO CD-RW FOR STORAGE."
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"Each photo is easily attached to e-mail for shared viewing."
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"Easy access to the telephoto and wide angle feature, as well as photo effects."
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"Great for emailing images to family and friends."
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"The lens cap is a problem and the lcd screen but great for indoor work and playing around with the images in photoshop 5 is wonderful."
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Photo

Photo:
"Unfortunately, the camera doesn't work - it won't let me record photos past photo #2 (I get an error message and I've tried numerous disks - the error message is C-13:01, which means nothing to me; however, did get a nice bag, 2 batteries, and a battery charger so not all is lost!"
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"For all the same reasons, it doesn't produce very good hardcopy photos."
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"Yes, the camera has poor picture resolution compared to most cameras on the market, and it has been the one function that has frustrated me when I wish to take detailed photos, but the camera has served me well; a great rough and tumble digital camera."
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"However ... as soon as I started having photos printed from this camera, I was hugely disappointed."
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"My only problem is that I need a good printer to print the photos on! "
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"The quality of the photos is horrible (mostly due to the .jpg compression) and gives the photo a 'pastel-color' look to it."
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"I often need extreme close ups if the object is a war medal or coin or token and get amazing photos by holding the object close to a light in the basement and photographing close up, such that I've got the coin in one hand held toward the basement ceiling and the camera in the other, with the camera between the light and the object so that light hits the object with no shadow."
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"My photos are some of the best I've ever seen on eBay and it was a cinch to figure out and use."
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"One can easily access the photos taken, by simply inserting the disk into the PC's disk drive for viewing and editing with the software included."
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"Plus you can then download easily and store your photos in JPEG format."
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"This problem is distracting, but a small price to pay for the amazing photos that help maximize my sales."
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Price

Price:
"Think of all of those horrible pictures you spend money to get developed."
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"This problem is distracting, but a small price to pay for the amazing photos that help maximize my sales."
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"Enjoy your camera, you can get it at a great price now."
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"I think it's good for the price if you got kids who want to take pictures of their pets or take random pictures."
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"This problem is distracting, but a small price to pay for the amazing photos that help maximize my sales."
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"Unbelievable product for the price or at any price!"
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Quality

Quality:
"The only problem I have had with the camera is getting consistent picture quality in very light or very dark settings."
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"The quality of the photos is horrible (mostly due to the .jpg compression) and gives the photo a 'pastel-color' look to it."
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"Quite a few people said that you don't get a very good quality pic."
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"The camera does not take reliable shots, and the quality can vary from excellent to extremely poor."
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").At the end, this camera still has problems with the quality of the pictures, but it comes cheaper than other cameras."
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"But very often I have been disappointed with the quality of pictures."
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"Easy touse, great quality, uses the floppy disc..totally bonus."
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"I did not have a need for the audio or video features...did want the ease of the floppy disks and ease of bringing up on pc...I read a lot of the other reviews and decided to buy the Sony 73..have only had it a week , am so pleased with the quality of pictures so sharp and clear...the 10x zoom is great...for flowers and close ups ."
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"The best features are the 10x zoom, the removable floppy disks and the great picture quality for my webpage and email."
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"The picture quality is great...just perfect for us! "
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"This model is definitely the most easy to use camera available, but it's the digital equivilant of a Polaroid... quick and easy shots, low quality pictures."
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Resolution

Resolution:
"The resolution simply is not good enough."
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"But the low 0.3 megapixel resolution is a problem."
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"The photo resolution is not as good as on my Kodak camera, but for beginners and certainly for children, it was good enough."
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"On the downside - yes, there is one - the resolution is not what you might hope for."
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"On the good side, you can use common floppy discs to save your pictures, the batteries last for ages and it's extremely easy to use, but on the other hand the resolution (640x480 in hi-res) isn't good enough for anything more than simple holiday snaps."
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"The resolution - 640 by 480 just isn't good enough."
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"In order to get decent resolution I am limited to wallet sized pictures."
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"Having said that, this is a low resolution camera that will not always give good results."
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"I use it mainly to take pics of the various items I sell on eBay, and I've found it to be fairly reliable, although the picture quality & resolution isn't always consistent."
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"However this is NOT a camera suitable for Photos (Because of the 640X480 resolution) Do not make the mistake of taking important shots and assume you can get decent photos."
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"If you're prepared to do lots of re-touching you can use it as a useful image aquisition tool, and the lack of resolution can be a creative spur intself, but for anything more than simple web-site images and casual snaps you'd be better off with a proper megapixel camera with some kind of smart-card memory storage."
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Screen

Screen:
"The lens cap is a problem and the lcd screen but great for indoor work and playing around with the images in photoshop 5 is wonderful."
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"The LCD screen is weak under sunlight."
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"For those who have had problems with screen, scratching, a solution we have found is using PDA screen protectors cut down to fit."
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"And the best part: You can view your pictures right from the screen and delete them."
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"The lens cap is a problem and the lcd screen but great for indoor work and playing around with the images in photoshop 5 is wonderful."
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"Indoors and outdoors out of the sun the LCD screen is great."
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"Special Note: As soon as I got the camera out of the box, I taped a clear piece of plastic over the LCD view screen to protect it."
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"It worked so well on my dad's that he borrowed more of my screen protectors to put them on all the cameras at his work."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I did not have a need for the audio or video features...did want the ease of the floppy disks and ease of bringing up on pc...I read a lot of the other reviews and decided to buy the Sony 73..have only had it a week , am so pleased with the quality of pictures so sharp and clear...the 10x zoom is great...for flowers and close ups ."
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"The best features are the 10x zoom, the removable floppy disks and the great picture quality for my webpage and email."
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"The zoom feature is great; close ups of the smallest flower is amazing."
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"The zoom is wonderful and we find that Sony makes the best."
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"With its convenient zoom lens and excellent automatic focussing and exposure, it produces superb results."
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