New camera

February 17, 2021 — paranoiac

I got a new camera. It's a Sony Mavica FD85, a digital camera from 2000. My friend has the same camera and I really liked it, so I picked one up myself. The camera is regularly on ebay for 20-30 USD. I ended up having to buy a new battery for this thing. This camera actually takes 3.5" floppy disks, although you can optionally use a memory stick. I would have to buy a memory stick and a memory stick reader, so I'm just using floppies for now. The 1.3 megapixel camera can take 1280x960 photos, and up to 15 seconds of 320x240 video at 25 frames per second with a bitrate of 32 kbps. One max-length max-resolution video will fill up an entire 1.44mb floppy disk. You can adjust exposure, white balance, sharpness, and flash level. One problem I was facing was taking pictures in the twilight zone, not too dark but not too bright. I found that adjusting the flash level solved my problems, as before the normal flash level was too bright. The camera interestingly gives the options of four different camera effects: solarize, black and white, sepia, and inverted colors. I'm not sure who would want to use any of those effects, but they're on there. The only thing about the camera that bothers me is this white light that comes out of the top of the camera that can only be turned off along with the screen. It only bothers me because it's wasting battery life, but even with that light on it still has over 3 hours of battery life.

So why would I get a low quality floppy disk camera that's over 20 years old? The reason is that it takes good photos. Any camera can take good-looking high quality photos these days, but not any camera can take good-looking low quality photos. Here are some photos, and here is a video. I think the quality is charming, more so the photo quality than the video quality.

That's all for now. There's no holiday, those first two posts were just a coincidence I guess.