Advantages Compact, Lightweight, Huge Zoom
|Range & Quality of Features|
|Ease of Use|
Having become quickly disillusioned with the APS format (see my review of the Minolta Vectis 3000), I went on the hunt for a small 35mm camera with a good zoom. What I found with this Zoomdate 1300 is a small camera (will fit in the pocket of my jeans) with an unbelievable zoom!This camera is perfect for everyday use, and has enough features to ensure that you get the best picture from every situation.
It has a HUGE 4.6x zoom (28-130mm), gets you closer to the action than most other cameras on the market.
3 focus modes - auto focus, landscape and macro for images at least 40cm away. Pretty much all the focus modes I need as an amateur.
It can be set to take one photo, or more! This means that you can take enough photos to give everyone in the photo a copy, avoiding expensive re-printing.
If even this is too hard then even more usefully a remote control is included, so no more rushing to get into a group shot!
If you wear glasses, the viewfinder can be adjusted by 1.5 dioptres +/- so you don't have to wear your glasses when taking pics.
Fortunately this camera is quiet when focusing/winding on, so taking pictures is not too obtrusive to others.
The only niggle I have with this camera (and it is a tiny, tiny niggle) is that taking pictures quickly one after the other is not possible since the camera takes a few seconds to compose the picture.
Also, saying that it is point and click is slightly untrue - it is point-focus-click, which can be all the difference when trying to catch action shots, i.e. a Pitcher pitching the ball at a baseball game - you have to be ready, finger poised!
This camera is undoubtedly top of the range which is reflected in its price of £200 at Dixons and Jessops (both on-line), but I picked this up for £143 (inc. delivery) from www.camera-x-change.co.uk - delivered the very next day with no fuss! (Prices correct as of 22/07/2003).
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