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Pentax Espio 738G

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      23.09.2000 03:39
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      Easy to use this camera is one of the best value in its class, currently retailing at about £80 its has a zoom lens varying between 38mm - 70mm. The range of this zoom is jusy about right and more or less everything is automatic, there are a few user modes for the flash and an infinity lock for when shooting through glass, etc. The zoom lever and shutter button are exactly where you would expect them to be, very important as you don't want to be checking where your finger should be when taking a photo. Film loading is very simple and everyone from a teenager to a grandmother should have no problem using this camera. Its no longer available in black apparently and has just been replaced with the silver version.

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      31.07.2000 04:22
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      I have the Pentax Espio 738 (without the "G") and find it very easy to use. The film loads very simply, at first I thought it looked too simple, but 2 years on I haven't had a single problem with it. This model has a useful zoom feature, four flash modes, red-eye reduction and a timer facility. It is auto focus as well. It is available with a date feature but mine doesn't have that. Another useful feature is that after a short time of not being used, it automatically shuts off, retracts the zoom and the lens cover comes on. The main down side is that once the battery low sign comes up, you cannot use the camera as it means it is literally about to run out. The first time this happened to me I'd been using the zoom, and the camera simply stopped working. It didn't shut down, it just stayed as it was, with the lens exposed, until I got a new battery into it. This could be a nuisance if it happened while you were out, so it's worth carrying a spare battery with you if it's been a while since you last replaced it. It uses lithium batteries which are about £8 each. Aside from that, I've had some great pictures and it's been a superb camera to capture the essential childhood moments of my 2 small daughters.

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