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Trip Back to Chicago
by Rick Smith (June 24-25, 1999)

Since Reviews OnLine displays mostly trade show pictures taken with digital cameras, here are some interesting, more conventional pictures, taken on the trip home from New York to Chicago, showing how different features of the Sony Mavica MVC-FD7 camera were used.


Leaving New York
This was taken in the Lincoln tunnel, hand held, in traffic. The shot is quite clear, even though the car in the foreground was moving. It was taken with the camera at the widest possible angle. The rest of these shots were taken while I was a passenger and not driving.


Countryside of Pennsylvania from I 80

This was taken in sports action mode from a moving car at 60+ mph. The fast shutter speed mode is very handy for taking pictures from moving vehicles on the ground.


The Goodyear blimp ascending (Akron, Ohio)
This was one of those shots that you have to grab the camera, shoot and hope it comes out. I saw the launch begin less than half mile away, had to turn the camera on (and wait for it to "boot") and then take the picture. No chance for a second picture since the blimp was behind us in the seven seconds it takes the Mavica to "store" the picture onto a diskette. The "boot time" (from power on to ready to take a picture) for this Sony Mavica (MVC-FD7) is about 3 seconds, which doesn't seem long, but at over 88 feet per second, you can miss a picture. Nikon's new camera, the D1, can boot in a half second!


3 trailer "truck-train"

I have seen these "truck-trains" in Ohio and Indiana and wanted to take a picture of one, since they are not legal in Illinois. I would advise not trying to "frame" the shot with the zoom lens if you are taking a picture from a moving car, of another vehicle in your general direction. There is simply not enough time. Set the zoom to fairly wide angle, shoot and crop the shot later.


Sunset over an Indiana farm off I-80
The cloud patterns were especially complex that evening. Also taken from a moving vehicle.


Dusk in Indiana

A picture after the sun had gone down. Still moving.

On this and other trips, I have found that the Mavica works fairly well. I wish the picture quality was a bit better, but the camera has held up for nearly 10,000 pictures. (See Review)

Copyright 1999 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

   
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