Sony Mavica FD-91 Specification Review

The Sony Mavica FD-91 is at the top of Sony’s Mavica variety of cameras (if you neglect the DSC-D700). Looking like something from a Seventies upcoming technological innovation journal it’s certainly not the best looking of Sony’s variety, but how it takes pictures is of course more important. This is a digicam packed with functions, and for those conventional professional photographers out there looking for ‘full guide control’, this digicam gets pretty close.

Sony Mavica FD-91
Sony Mavica FD-91

Manual aperture and shutter concern gain a high position on the list of useful functions, along with complete guide concentrate, identify metering, guide white stability and a quite unbeliveable 14 x zoom capability. One other quite unique function of this digicam is it’s “steady shot” optics, directly from Sony’s videocamera variety this exciting piece of technological innovation actually allows a sailing lens at the far end of the lens gun barrel which instantly adapts for any trembling digicam, thus the rather bulbous appendage on the end of the lens gun barrel (you can of course change this function off if you prefer).


I’m not sure who Sony models employed for the design but this digicam looks like the FD81 with a tin can trapped on the front. Humor aside, many people who have seen this digicam asked first if it was a camcorder, for self-evident reasons. It is a fairly comfortable digicam to use and Sony models have stayed getting one part holds and weight balance just right (there’s even small indent on the top remaining back again of the digicam for your thumb).

The style is ‘SLR-like’ in that their is a traditional SLR part hold on the right-hand part and the zoom capability button has been placed on the gun barrel (similar to the Cannon PowerShot Pro 70). This is one digicam filled with control buttons and changes, to depend over 10 on the rear and 8 on the left-hand gun barrel part. This may sound challenging but it soon becomes a simple and fast way to access the numerous features of this digicam.

Picture Quality

Low mild noise

On many many events pictures from you showed extremely great CCD disturbance, this could be a mixture of a inadequate CCD and the proven fact that the lengthiest visibility is just 1/60s. On gloomy days, in the house (well lit) but without a display or at great rates of speed disturbance was (IMHO) undesirable. For a digicam of this price with all of these useful functions the capability to take low mild pictures without extreme disturbance is a serious let down to this digicam. The CCD disturbance problem is the increased by the great JPEG pressure used (but obviously needed if you’re saving on weak disk).

Sony Mavica FD-91 Images Quality
Sony Mavica FD-91 Images Quality


If there’s anything this digicam which makes the lens program yell “video camera” it’s the 14x zoom capability, this technique must be directly out of Sony’s videocamera range and, as absolutely awesome as it is (especially along with the initial Stable Taken stabilzier system) it really does make you question what impact this has on picture quality.

Guide Focus

One of the excellent features of the digicam is manual concentrate, although the concentrate band (on the end of the lens) is not connected straight to any optics it functions the concentrate a “fly by wire” sense. And results in options for creativeness open up.

Chromatic Abberations

Another attribute of this digicam was the green shine (chromatic abberations) seen around over exposed areas of an picture, especially firefox or shown metal. Note, all the pictures below were taken in AUTO method.

Image top quality conclusions

The digicam also had a ‘fuzzy’ or soft appearance to pictures, and every picture had that “video capture” feel to them, lack of ability to catch fine details and simple colors was also obvious. But you must decide for yourself, see the samples collection. I’m scared to say that in no way is the imag high top quality of this digicam up to the top quality showed by other cameras in it’s cost variety. However, no other cameras in this cost variety have this amount of versatility. You can’t win them all.


Max resolution 
1024 x 768
 Low resolution 
640 x 480
 Image ratio w:h 
 CCD pixels 
0.8 million
 CCD size 
1/3″ (Sony)
 CCD filter type 
G – R – G – B
 ISO rating 
 Zoom wide (W)
37 mm
 Zoom tele (T)
518 mm (14 x)
 Digital zoom 
 Auto Focus 
 Manual Focus 
 Normal focus range 
80 cm
 Macro focus range 
3 cm
 White balance override 
Yes – 3 pos.
 Aperture range 
F1.8 – F3.2
 Min shutter 
1/60 s
 Max shutter 
1/4000 s
 Built-in Flash 
Yes, pop-up
 External flash  No
 Flash modes 
Low, Normal, High
 Exposure adjustment 
-1.5EV to +1.5EV in 1/2EV steps
Center Weighted, Spot
 Aperture priority 
Yes, full range manual
 Shutter priority 
Yes, full range manual
 Lens thread 
52 mm
 Continuous / Burst 
Yes MPEG 60s @ 160×112, 15s @ 320×240
 Tripod mount 
Yes, 8s delay
 Time-lapse recording 
 Video out 
 Storage types 
Disk 3.5″ 1.44MB (2x speed)
 Storage included 
1,44 MB floppy
 Uncompressed format 
BMP (only @ 640 x 480, 1.3MB)
 Compressed format 
 Quality Levels 
Fine, Standard
TTL Optical
2.5 “
 Operating system 
 Battery / Charger 
InfoLithium (NP-F330) & charger
 Weight (inc. batteries) 
950 g (33.5 oz)
140 x 103 x 162mm
(5.5″ x 4.1″ x 6.4″)