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Re: Digital Cameras

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Alix E. Peshette (apeshet)
Fri, 1 Oct 1999 06:06:57 -0700


Hi Sidnie,

How do you get the data into your computer?? Did you need a separate hookup
in the back for something??
There is a cable that comes with the camera - the end of it looks
like some of the mouse and keyboard ends. In my computer, it
hooks up into the modem port, but I think that one can get an
adaptor (cheap) for any of the com ports.

> Do you have the little (about 2x2"thin) smart cards? The card is
very thin, and has a Kodak name, but is essentially a smart card.

Do you have a program to manipulate the images or do they just feed in and print out??

The camera came with Kodak Picture Transfer software, but it
doesn't do any manipulation of the pictures, just transfer. When I
want to manipulate the photo, I open the file in Photoshop.

> It's starting to sound like cameras are being designed to skip the
> development process but I'm not sure how flexible they are. Do you think
> it can do traditional photographic effects, or are you just on auto mode--
> can you use or not use a flash,can you do photos in low light etc., can
> you extend photo time.

This particular camera has a zoom lens, flash feature and a timer.
I also bought close-up lens for it (which I haven't used yet). I doubt
that I can extend photo time with it.

You're right about these cameras by-passing the traditional
development stage - it's a huge advantage! The results are almost
immediate and because the image is digital, one can do almost
anything with it electronically.

I see these cameras replacing the low-end carry-around cameras
for ease-of-use and immediate results. For good photo-
manipulation within the camera; this level of digital camera is not
the right tool just yet.

I highly recommend buying a medium priced camera (even used)
just to play around with it. Look for one with resolution at or over
1000x1000. If you really like it, then look at the higher priced
models.

I almost bought the Sony Mavica because I thought that the floppy
was maybe a good idea. Then I began to wonder how many
photos one could get on one floppy. After reading the recent
responses, I'm really glad I went with the Kodak and the 16 meg
smart card.

-Have a great weekend!
-Alix

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