Sony Mavica

There are many models of the Sony Mavica digital camera available. The MVC-FD71 and the MVC-FD73 are the most common in the Ann Arbor Schools.
Both have maximum resolution of 640 X 480 pixels and save their pictures to floppy disk.
The MVC-FD71 has both Manual and Autofocus settings.
The MVC-FD73 has only Autofocus.
The latest Mavica saves its pictures to a CD-R in the camera. It can hold 156 MB.

  1. The Mav online magazine - all about the Sony Mavica

  3. Sony Mavica MVC-FD71
    1. Camera Basics
      1. Camera

        1. Play/Camera Slider

        2. Put the slider in the "Play" position to view the photos.
          Put the slider in the "Camera" position to take pictures.
        3. Zoom button

        4. "T" equals "Telephoto" and lets you zoom in closer to the subject.
          "W" stands for "Wide Angle" and lets you get the biggest area for the picture.
        5. Power On/Off
        6. Navigation Button

        7. Navigate by pushing the directional arrows on the edge of the button and Select by pushing in the center.
        8. Disk Ejector



        10. Shutter button
          1. Push the Shutter button halfway down.

          2. Frame your picture with the Zoom button then push the Shutter button halfway down to set automatic exposure and focus.
          3. A green light will blink in the LCD screen.

          4. When it finishes blinking , the Autofocus and exposure settings are done.
          5. Push the Shutter button the rest of the way to take the picture.

          6. The word "Recording" will appear on the LCD screen and the pictures is captured to disk.
            Once "Recording" appears, you can move the camera and start to frame the next picture.
        11. Flash
        12. Strap

        13. Put the strap around your neck. If you have a heart attack, hold the camera to your chest and fall backwards.
        14. LCD Screen/Viewer

        15. LCD means Liquid Crystal Display
          1. Viewfinder
          2. Picture viewer

          3. Displays the picture number, the date and time, whether the quality is Fine or Standard an the amount of battery life left.
          4. Cleaning

          5. To remove fingerprints from the LCD, place a strip of Scotch Tape over the surface, press lightly to make sure the tape has good contact with the screen, then remove the tape.
    2. Features
      1. Camera
        1. Picture Effect
          1. Negative Art
          2. Sepia
          3. Black and White
          4. Solarize
        2. Program
          1. Soft Portrait mode

          2. Creates a soft background for subjects such as people or flowers, and faithfully reproduces skin tones.
          3. Sports Lesson mode

          4. For recording fast-moving subjects such as in tennis or golf games.
          5. Beach and Ski mode

          6. For people or faces in strong light or reflected light, such as at a beach in midsummer or on a ski slope.
          7. Sunset and Moon mode

          8. For recording subjects in dark environments such as sunsets, fireworks, neon signs, or general night views.
          9. Landscape mode

          10. For distant subjects such as mountains or when recording a subject behind an obstacle such as a window or screen.
          11. Panfocus mode

          12. For recording close or distant subjects quickly and simply. Or, for recording with flash in a dark place where it is hard to bring the camera into focus.
            When this option is chosen the zoom function is disabled.
        3. Brightness

        4. This affects only the brightness of the LCD display not what the camera sees or how bright the picture will be.
        5. Exposure Value

        6. EV+/EV- This setting allows the camera to compensate for an overly bright or overly dark picture - on the beach or in a dark shadow.
        7. Self-timer
    3. Menu



      1. Disk Tools



        1. Format --formats the disk in IBM format.

        2. Formatting the disk in the camera works faster and better than formatting on the computer.
        3. Disk Copy

        4. With Disk Copy you can make a copy of the floppy disk in the camera to another disk. The camera will tell you when to switch disk
      3. Quality

      4. The camera saves pictures in the JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts group) file format.

        1. Fine

        2. Fine is the highest quality setting and has the least amount of compression.
          Fewer pictures can be saved to the disk with "Fine" selected.
        3. Standard

        4. More pictures can be saved to the disk but the quality of the pictures is not as good.
          The pictures have more compression applied.
    5. Flash

    6. There are three levels of flash. The flash also be automatic or turned off.
    7. Recording Mode

      1. Normal records a 640 X 480 pixel photo.
      2. E-mail records a 640 x 480 pixel photo and a copy at 320 x 240 pixels, a smaller picture suitable for email.
      3. Bitmap records one picture on the disk at 640 x 480 pixels in the .bmp format.
      4. Multi records a series of nine pictures. They will play back in sequence
    9. File Number

      1. Series records the number of the pictures consequetively
      2. Normal starts each disk at MVC-001
  4. Lens
    1. Use the lens cover
    2. Cleaning
      1. Remove dust

      2. Use a blower brush or a loosely wadded lens cleaning tissue in a circular motion to brush away dust.
      3. Use lens cleaning paper and cleaning fluid.

      4. Put a drop of fluid on a piece of loosely wadded cleaning tissue. Wipe gently in a circular motion.
        Use another loosely wadded tissue to dry the lens.
        Don't squirt fluid directly on the lens - it could leak into the camera.
  5. Manual/Auto Focus Slider
    1. Focus

    2. Set Focus to manual.
      Rotate focus ring (around the lens) to set the focus
    3. The MVC-FD73 does not have this option.
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