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I bought the Mavica to have my pictures instantly and not have to pay to develop film. The camera is quite big but not too heavy. A bonus is, it is really easy to use. You just insert a 3.5 inch floppy disc, point and press the button and your picture is saved onto the disc. On fine mode you can get about 20 images on a disk. On standard mode you get about 40 images on a disk. The flash can be forced on or off, it can also be set to automatic flash so it only comes on when the camera “thinks” it is needed. There is a colour LCD on the back of the camera, which is used to view and take the pictures. Pictures are saved as a *.jpg file. The down sides to the camera are; it does not perform very well in low level light, the colours are too saturated and the picture can be quite grainy (in low level light conditions). Also the maximum resolution is 640 by 480 which is very low in today’s market of digital cameras. When you are in very bright sunlight it can be very hard to see the LCD screen making it hard to take the picture. This is a good camera for taking pictures to go on web sites, as the image size in kbytes is not too large. If you are looking for a digital camera to take memorable pictures, I would advise getting one with greater resolution.