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      19.09.2001 00:29
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      In my opinion, the Minolta make is good. I bought my Minolta vectis 300 as a replacement for another Minolta Camera which was stolen. I originally had a vectis 100 and that had given me a couple of yers of very good service. The 300 is an APS camera, allowing the user to select Compact, HDTV and panoramic views. The camera can support Date and caption printing (if your developer can) as well as index print captioning. The drawback on this is you do need the little book to remind you which code is which. When I bought the camera it came with a leather case, which you could (just about) fit a spare battery and instruction books into. The strap also includes a little 'key' to enable you to use some of the more advanced features like mid-film changing. The zoom and focus on the camera is quite good, going from a quoted closeup of 40cm (With good light, I have managed to get a 'lock' at 20cm) to infinity. I usually use a 400iso speed film, and I am not sure whether it is the film's fault or the camera's but the night shots that I take often turn out to be grainy. But when you take pictures of people, reasonably close (under 10m) with the flash the quality is quite good. I would certainly consider buying a minolta device in the future, be it a camera or other device. It may not necasarily be a vectis 300 (I may stick with digital, which has come on a lot since I bought the v300). I would recomend the Minolta range to my friends, and my camera has given much better results than I have seen from Ixus cameras. The camera supports both 25 and 40 exp. films, and speeds 100 to 400 iso (maybe even 800 but there are very few 800 films around here). The camera has two flashing LEDs on the back which relay information on focus-lock and light conditions. The camera has several special lighting modes including night portraight and red-eye reduction. As for size, although it is n
      ot the smallest camera it is very portable. Being a bloke, I can easily fit it in my trouser pocket or shirt pocket (the latter may look a little stupid for a well-endowed lady). Apart from the aprehension of loosing it I have no qualms in taking it to nightclubs etc. BTW. The flash (seem on top right) mechanically pops up and down when you turn the camera on/off. Keeps people amused for ages! I hope this helps someone decide on the type of camera they will buy, if you want a scan of an image I have taken for you to decide yourself (personally I never trust the ones in camera shops!) then email me/leave a comment and I will email you a copy. When I bought it it was £200, but that was a while ago, so I have not put a price in the box. It was definitely worth the price. Gareth

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