Mavica was a brand of Sony cameras which used removable disks as the main recording media. In August, 1981, Sony announced the Sony Mavica (Magnetic Video Camera) electronic still camera, the first commercial electronic still camera. which was not a digital camera,
The Sony Mavica MVC-FD85 digital camera features a 1.3-megapixel CCD for 1,280 x 960 resolution images. The camera also includes an MPEG movie mode and audio annotation for your pictures. The lens has a 3x optical and 2x digital zoom, plus an automatic macro mode for easy photographing of close-up items. The four-mode automatic flash features red-eye reduction and night-synch modes. The camera's built-in zoom, trim, and resize functions encourage manipulation of the images before they're viewed on your computer. Instead of using a traditional optical viewfinder, users compose images by viewing the 2.5-inch color LCD monitor on the back of the camera. This monitor also indicates remaining shooting time in minutes, a well as indicators for flash, focus, and other functions.
Like most of the other cameras in the Mavica line, the MVC-FD85 uses floppy disks to store photos. At maximum image quality, five images fit on one floppy. At the other end of the spectrum is the e-mail setting, which captures 80 images at 320 x 240 resolution on a single disk. To address concerns about the limited number of photos that can be stored on a low-capacity floppy disk, Sony has devised a high-capacity solution. The camera will accept the MSAC-FD2M Floppy Adapter, a device that looks like a floppy disk. Sony's Memory Stick (available in capacities up to 64 MB) slides into the adapter, and the adapter slides into the camera's floppy drive, essentially giving you a 64 MB floppy disk
The camera has a serial number of 34938 and is complete with a soft case and was kindly donated by Jenny Reeves, it was used in with primary school teachers and pupils.
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