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Prior to my summer holiday i decided i wanted to buy myself a camera to take pictures of all the hilarious things that would happen on holiday so off i trundled to my local shopping park.
I looked around and thought yes lets go to boots. Boots have one of the widest range of camera's i know off and i was very impressed with their display and their sales reps were very helpful and had good product knowledge.
The first question posed to me was do i want a standard 35mm camera or an APS camera? I had decided before i got there on APS as my friend owned one and i thought the features of them were very good and the ability to choose your picture size prior to taking the picture was good.
I looked at what they had on offer and i liked the lok of the Kodak T700. It was apparently a new model and ful of features and when compared to all their other APS cameras had the best features out of the lot. After a lot of humming and aaring i decided on the kodak. To show their appreciation i got double advantage points which gave me £10.00 of credit to spend on whatever else i wanted in the store and they through int he gift pack which gave me in total..
2 Films The Camera 1x Camera Case and strap 1xBattery 1xPicture Frame and a coupon book to get money off and all sorts of other stuff.
When i got the camera home i examined it more carefully.
The camera's flash comes down over the lense to protect it when not in use, so when you open the flash the camera comes alive and the lens pops out.
The camera has a zoom feature with a range of 50mm and you press the alternate buttons to zoom in and out so you can get close ups of people and objects.
There are various flash functions for differnt lights including auto flash which senses when the flash is needed or not. Red-eye reduction flash which when using the flash at night stops everyone looking like the devil. A night time flash which lights up the background of the image giving an overall better look to the picture at night.
There is also a built in timer which allows you to leave the camera on a stable surface or tripod and activate the timer which allows the photographer to gt int he picture then and the camera will automatically take the picture.
There is a date and title function which does not print that horrible date on the front of your images but places it on the back for easy reference and can add titles such as happy birthday and merry christmas etc.
There is a display on the back which displays all the information such as the flash status and how many pictures are left on the roll of film and the battery life. The display is also back lit so at night you can view the display clearly.
On the top of the camera there is a switch that enables you to select your picture size from compact (C) which is a fairly standard size photograph, Group (H) which is a larger version of the compact photograph and Panoramic (P) which gives a wider picture and is useful for large group shots or scenic pictures. What ever setting you desire is what it will take and the prints will be developed in the way they were taken.
The camera has mid-roll rewind so that you can take a film out in the middle of a film and put an other one instead and you can mix and match as much as you want.
To load a film in an APS camera is a piece of cake all you have to do is drop it in and that is it. It will advance after each picture and rewind all on its own all the way back into the cartridge so you cannot go wrong.
When you have the images developed the processing is a tad more expensive but the prints come in the size selected when they were taken and are presented in a nice box. There is also an index card with every picture on in a small size which allows you to order re-prints moe easily/
Overall the APS system is brilliant and is far more advanced that standard 35mm and the best camera to use APS with in my opinion is the Kodak T700.