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Old Jan 10, 2003, 2:22 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

My parents bought us a Sony Digital Mavica almost three years ago. On the camera itself it says MPEGMovie, Quick Access FD Drive 4X, 6X precisional zoom, MVC-FD83. I have no idea how many MPs it is, since the manual doesn't even say, but my sister thinks it's 1.3 (she has the same one).

I've taken hundreds of pictures since my triplets were born 2 1/2 years ago, but I'm always so disappointed when I go to have prints made. They are horrible, as I'm sure you probably know!

Should I buy a new camera, or does anyone know how to improve the quality with what I already own? Our money is tied up in diapers at the moment!

Thanks for any advice--there are so many experts here!

Jill B.
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Old Jan 10, 2003, 2:37 PM   #2
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I bought my daughter a Canon A40 for $250 and the quality for 6 X 4 prints are pretty good. You need at least a 2 MP camera for prints. A 1 MP camera is primarily for e-mailing photos.

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Old Jan 10, 2003, 4:59 PM   #3
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Your camera does not belong in a museum. Now, the Kodak Retinette (IB) (circa late 1950's) that is in on the shelf beside me belongs in a museum ;-)
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Old Jan 10, 2003, 6:51 PM   #4
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Yes, knowing how precious the pictures of of your children are to you later in life, I will say forget that camera.


MY opinion is to buy a 3 megapixel camera, generally something like the Sony DSC P71 which is $307.00 at Dbuys.com. If that is not affordable then I would buy a good inexpensive film camera for less than $100.

You need better photos of these kids! shoot at a good resolution and you will be delighted with the photos.


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Old Jan 10, 2003, 7:22 PM   #5
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I should've put a new camera on my Christmas list. Maybe I'll get an early mother's day present!

Thanks again,

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Old Jan 11, 2003, 12:07 AM   #6
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I agree it is time to upgrade. If you only plan to do snapshots then a 2 Megapixel will work great. You can get a 2MP with 3X OPTICAL zoom for under $200. If you plan to do larger prints such as 8X10 I would reccomend at least 3MP.
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Old Jan 11, 2003, 6:19 AM   #7
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It is time to upgrade. I would start with 3mp and 3X optical lens. You might consider a longer zoom to try to take shots as the children grow and start in school activities. You are a strong woman to have tripletts. God bless you and those precious children.
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Thank you so much! I'm scouring the internet for the best deal right now, and wearing my husband out to put it in our budget!

Thanks again everyone,

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