jcs17
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Sony DSC-F707...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 4:28 am

Okay, I got a Toshiba PDR-M81 for Christmas, I tried it at the airport today and the zoom is awful (only 2x), although the pic quality was good. I'm going to return it.

I saw a "slightly" used Sony F707 on the internet for $399. My question is...does the F707 have the same lag problems that plagued many Sonys, including my old FD-90 Mavica?
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jcs17
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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 4:32 am

Also, I have never figured this out....What is the difference between digital and optical zoom...for example, I am looking at the specs, and it says 5x optical zoom, and 2x digital zoom...what does that mean.
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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 4:51 am

Jcs .... There is a slight lag when taking pics which at first really got on my nerves, but you gotta learn to move with the aircraft  Laugh out loud
All you need to know about this "digital zoom" is don't use it ... i've fallen for it a few times and the quality is awful ......
Apart from that the F707 is a superb bit of kit, you wont regret buying ...
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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 1:19 pm

There was a post on what the zoom factor was about:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/aviation_photography/read.main/73410/4/

Also, certain cameras can come advertised with "digital" and/or "optical" zoom.

For example, I have a video camera that has 40x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom (and camera companies love to bring out the "wow!" in people).

Pressing the zoom-further button moves some mechanical "telescope-lens" to about 40 times compared to where you started. After that, a digital computer inside the camera takes over and zooms the image on-screen to about 200x the original-- analogous to as if it had Photoshop built-in it to enlarge the photos:D.

This is the reason why EGFF complains that "digital zoom" brings about poor-quality images. Digital zoom uses a computer chip (inside the camera) to zoom.

Again, the word "digital zoom" is there to bring out the "oohs" and "aahs!" in customers buying cameras -- for the manufacturers, it means more zoom.

Hope this help clear things up!

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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Thu Dec 26, 2002 1:36 pm

trust me, you won't regret on buying F707!

here are my examples:

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jcs17
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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Fri Dec 27, 2002 11:32 pm

Thanks a lot for your help guys, I ended up going out and buying a Fuji FinePix 3800 yesterday. Great camera...virtually no lag, its like a 35mm. I hope to get some new pics up soon.

P.S.--Nice pics Dennis Big grin

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RE: Sony DSC-F707...

Sun Dec 29, 2002 12:59 pm

Were in the internet is this $399 707.

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