Sony Mavica FD92

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The MVC-FD92 was one of the Mavica series of early digital cameras from Sony, announced at the February, 2001, PMA show alongside the MVC-FD75, MVC-FD87, and MVC-FD97 [1]. Although the native sensor resolution of the FD92 is apparently 1280×960 pixels (1.2 megapixels); the badge "Interpolated 1.6 Megapixel Images" refers to a feature upsampling this to an odd 1472×1104 pixels.

Sony's marketing enthusiasm also extends to the prominent "16x Precision Digital Zoom" badge on the side of the lens housing. In fact the optical zoom is only 8x, from a 4.75–38 mm f/2.8–3.0 lens, giving a 35mm equivalent range of 41–328 mm.

Earlier digital Mavica cameras recorded images exclusively onto 3.5" computer floppy disks; but at the FD92's native 1.2 MP resolution, a floppy could only hold about six images[2], already a problem for its similar predecessor the FD90. Accordingly, The FD92 and FD97 also included slots which could directly accept Memory Stick cards, up to 128MB in capacity. (For prior Mavica models, the MSAC-FD2M/FD2MA "dummy floppy" Memory Stick adapter was needed.) When recording to Memory Sticks, a less destructive level of JPEG compression is used. The camera itself can serve as a Memory Stick card reader when connected to a computer via USB, if the proper driver is installed.

Notes

  1. Sony press release, from "Seven new Sony's" at DPReview.com
  2. Per original manual, linked below; page 46.

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