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The Kodak Advantix f600 with zoom. My eyes wondered of their own accord, until they drifted onto a camera called the Kodak f600. I walked to the counter and said....How much for the f600? £80 the sales assistant replied. Instantly i jumped at the chance to have a camera with a 2.0x zoom for only £80! I never looked back on buying this Kodak, with its silvery gold shine to it......until i met the bill for developing. .THE CAMERA. The camera itself has a very nice silver tint to the outside finish, with a few setting buttons on top of the camera. The camera is very easy to pick up and to hold, it has a comfortable feel about it. There is an easy to see ON button sitting at the back of the camera, and about an inch and a half away from it is the view finder. On the top right hand side of the camera there is a small adjustable lever, this is to adjust the zoom with ease. There is then a switch on top of the camera, near central, too adjust the picture to panoramic or just to normal, there is also an in between setting. .FUNCTIONS. When the camera is switched on there is a reassuring zoom sound, so you no the camera has come to life. The zoom lever is easy to use, press to the right to zoom in and to the left to zoom out. There is a 2.0x zoom on this APS camera with 3 other zoom distances between 1.0x zoom and 2.0x zoom. The exposure button (the one you press to take the photo) is easy to find, but could may be a little lighter to press, not advised for professionals who already have shaky hands who want a good photo. This ends up with photos slightly blurry. Not advised for long distant shots. The view finder is very small and I would not recommend this camera to someone with long eye lashes (it may sound stupid but its true), this could get in the way of what you're seeing and could spoil those important moments you want to capture. The display screen is ea
sy to see, it is about .75 inches by 1 inch, this will only display the date, the number of photos you have taken, whether you have loaded a film or not and other simple settings. There are 3 very small buttons in which to change the date, and a tiny button in which to rewind the film. This is so you cannot accidentally knock the button and waste a lot of photos. Only press this button when you are positive that all photos have been taken. There are various symbols used to represent the different settings these are standard symbols a experienced photographer would understand by for the beginners a user manual would come in handy. These settings consist of: red eye reduction, auto flash, timer photo (around 8-10 seconds)and a couple of other flash settings. This camera has auto focus. APS cameras are all very automatic, the film is very easy to load, just a case of pressing the open switch to the film holder and popping it in. When the film is loaded properly a number 1 will appear on the camera, if it hasn't, a flashing E will appear, standing for empty. The APS films are more expensive and the developing is more expensive. If you leave the camera on, there is no auto turn off mechanism. If you leave the camera lying down for a long time, this can be the end of your battery and will cost about £6 for a new replacement. It takes 1 CR123a battery, these batteries are mainly for cameras. The films come in 25 or 40 exposures but there is not much versatility in film types. .CONCLUSION. This camera does not take the best quality pictures, and is not for the professionals. It is very expensive to run, the batteries are extortionat. They need changing every 3-4 months. Processing is very expensive, I would say stick to the very reliable and great quality of the trusty 35mm cameras. Alot cheaper. The only good thing i can say is that it is east to use. Ideal for a beginner with a very large
amount of money.
I bought myself an APS camera about a year ago and opted for a Kodak one. I did this because Kodak are well known for film so I presumed they make good cameras too. It is a nice looking camera. Finished in Silver with a retractable zoom lense, it looks a lot more expensive than the £100 I spent on it. The corners are very smooth so it sits nicely in your hand and is about the size of your average compact 35 mm camera. It is also a very lightweight camera for its size. Film auto winds as with most modern cameras so there is no chance of forgetting to do this. It has a built in flash for when you are snapping in low level light and a point and shoot action. Basically it automatically focuses on whatever you point it at. There is a little box on the viewfinder that you aim with. Press the button to take the picture half way and it whirs and flicks in and out to get a crisp shot from any distance. With APS you have the choice of 2 zoom setting for either normal pictures (30mm) or wider, group pictures (60mm) remember, it will use up more of the film in the camera if you continuously take the wider shots. However, I have found that the picture quality is often poor and this is not down to the user. Point and shoot is very good on some cameras. My Olympus IS3000 will snap as soon as you focus on an image. This APS camera does not. It spends forever zooming and focusing and can never make its mind up as to when it is focused. Forget action shots, it just wont focus in time. A big drawback in the APS world is the price of films. They are nearly twice the price of normal 35 mm film and can prove expensive. You may also find yourself limited as to where you can take your film for processing. I dont find that the benefits of choosing my style of picture are as great as first thought. How often do you need to take panoramic shots? I dont reccommend this camera at all. In fact, you are much better off with an automatic 35 mm
standard camera for this money. It will be highly superior.
This Kodak is a welcome departure from the flip-up style of camera recently favoured by the company. Its simple design translates into a superbly easy to use product which may disguise its wealth of features. Aside from the 2x zoom feature, there are five flash modes, a focus lock and a timer together with the date and time imprinting and choice of three formats standard on APS cameras. Loading the camera is simplicity itself, although the usefulness of the mid-roll rewind feature is somewhat negated by the fact that a partially exposed film may not be reloaded at a later time. The picture quality is equal to that of any 35mm I have seen, with picture depth and colour depth extremely satisfying. I do not hesitate to recommend this as a well-rounded and impressive product, which would suit anyone interested in a simple to use, point and shoot camera.
This camera is one of the best camera's I have ever owned. The Kodak Advantix F600 has auto focus a motorised zoom, automatic flash with red eye reduction and a flash ready light. You don't even have to load the film yourself it's all done for you with it's motorised film transport system. One of my favourite features is the 30-60mm zoom lens; this is a fantastic feature, as you can bring your subject nearest or further away from you. It has a real image view finder, so you won't have any problem focusing your subject. It also has a self-timer feature, and a LCD display panel. Also with it using the APS system when you have your films developed you have a choice of 3 different formats and an index print, so instead of seeing negatives, you can see all your pictures in colour so it's easy and quick to sort through your pictures. This camera is quite expensive at £79 but the quality is fantastic, and the picture quality is second to none. I get great pictures with this camera and it's my pride and joy. Tip: If you buy it from Argos you get 3 Free films.