Sony Mavica FD 95
Format: Digital
Release Date: 2000
Mega Pixel: 2.1
Zoom: 10X
Status: In collection

Sony promotional text from late 1999

High Resolution And Floppy Disk Ease-of-Use The MVC-FD95 Digital Mavica camera raises the bar by combining floppy disk ease-of-use with a 2.1 mega-pixel Super HAD(TM) CCD imager, powerful 10x optical zoom, and through-the-lens viewfinder using color LCD.

By combining 2.1 mega-pixel resolution and 10x optical zoom, the MVC-FD95 is able to capture images from a greater distance without compromising the image. The powerful combination of high resolution and zoom — equivalent to 35mm camera 400mm lens — makes the Digital Mavica MVC-FD95 special not only the floppy disk-based market but to the entire digital camera industry.

In addition, Sony has added a through-the-lens viewfinder using color LCD, which is a rare find in the consumer digital camera marketplace. By using color LCD, Sato said that the through-the-lens viewfinder’s light is not compromised when it enters through the lens. The light itself is electronically directed to the viewfinder and always appears bright and crisp.

This high performance camera also has manual adjustment features, including shutter speed, aperture priority functions and a manual focus ring, as well as Super SteadyShot® optical image stabilization, which removes unwanted camera shake even in the telephoto position.

All new Digital Mavica models offer a 3:2 picture size ratio option, creates a digital image that is the same size ratio as a standard 4×6 film print. By choosing this option at the highest resolution, images do not need to be formatted to print or appear in traditional film dimensions. The high performance MVC-FD95 has the option of UXGA, SXGA, XGA or VGA resolution, with the 3:2 picture size ratio available at the UXGA resolution.

The new Digital Mavica cameras incorporate a built in Intelligent Flash feature. Intelligent Flash provides automatic optimum exposure control for better images in the dark or against natural backlight.

Both the MVC-FD95 and the MVC-FD90 also have an added external flash synch terminal. By attaching Sony’s new HVL-F1000 optional flash, images more than 30 feet away even in a poorly lit environment appear clean and crisp. Both Digital Mavica cameras communicate directly with the HVL-F1000 flash, telling it what features have been selected for each image. The HVL-F1000 will be available in April for about $120.

As with all of Sony’s cameras, the entire Digital Mavica line uses a rechargeable InfoLithium® battery with an AccuPower(TM) meter. Sony’s InfoLithium batteries provide a life of approximately 800 shots or 1-1/4 hours, in still image standard mode. And with the Sony AccuPower meter, the battery life remaining is displayed by the minute on the 2“ LCD monitor, making unexpectedly running out of battery power a thing of the past.

Sony has also introduced a high speed Memory Stick USB (Universal Serial Bus) adapter (MSAC-US1) that allows users to transfer digitally stored data from Memory Stick media to a Mac or PC at a rate of 3MB per second — 50 times faster than serial connectors. The MSAC-US1 USB adapter will be available in March and is expected to sell for about for $70.

Purchasers of a Digital Mavica camera receive a free one-year membership to Sony’s online imaging option, ImageStation(SM) on PhotoNet®. ImageStation is a virtual “photo album” on the Internet that allows users to view, store, print and share images. The free one-year membership includes uploading images to the owner’s password-protected account and showcasing images in a personal photo album in the ImageStation Gallery. ImageStation service gives users the option of ordering professional-quality prints of digital images or adding them to a variety of gift items, such as T-shirts or mugs.

Note: We have come a long way since the release of this (at the time) revolutionary camera from 2000.