QV-8000SX Digital Camera
Compact Digital Cameras with Exposure Control
out of 5
out of 5
I have had this camera for 1 1/2 yrs now and I have really enjoyed using it. I teach digital photography to adults so I had done a lot of research into the camera before buying it here are some features that sold me:
1. Low light/ long shutter speeds. I have done a lot of night photography and wanted this ability in digital. The QV-8000 renders low light scenes very well, much better than other digitals which give very grainy resluts. It is a winner in this area.
2. 8x Optical Zoom - gives a good range, much better than 4x which is common.
3. Manual Overrides - I can manually set everything on this camera which was a must feature for me, I want the creative control of setting shutter speed and aperture.
4. Macro capability - this camera focuses really close and does a great job with closeups. Good for nature and ebay shots.
Other features that work well:
Large LCD Screen
On-camera flash illuminates well. Weak flash setting works well for fill.
Panorama feature is fun and easy to use.
No optical viewfinder.
Low resolution - although the resolutin is a bit on the low side (only ~1MP) I have made very good prints upto 8X10
Low battery indicator doen's really show how low the batteries are.
Movie file format not compatitble with standard players, I was unable to convert to something standard.
White balance fooled by sunsets, need to switch to manual white balance to avoid overly magenta images.
The battery compartment must have latch in lock position or camera will not power up correctly.
Battery compartment cover is plastic, use care when opening and closing.
Camera gets a bit sluggish when compact flash card gets full.
Overall, I've been completely satisfied with this camera. I don't expect it to match my SLR but it is very good in terms of digital and it is a great camera for ebay sellers expecially those needing close-ups. Some of the setting might be a bit much for a person who prefers not to mess with them but for someone who wants more creative control, this is a great digital camera.
8/25/2002 4:02:01 PM