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If you are looking for a well build, long lasting, accurate APS camera then look no further. The Minlota Vectis 300 Compact Camera. I must admit that I am "no David Bailey" but even I have managed to take some very nice pictures with this camera.
The Vectis 300 really loos the part in its brushed steel casing, solid, expensive looking - a camera that means business!
The APS format works well for those who are prepare to understand both its strengths & weaknesses. APS is a versatile format allowing you to frame three "styles" of picture - normal aspect, close up & landscape. However, the weakness is that APS is not quite on a par with 35mm film (although for everyday photos I have to say thet I cannot tell an APS pht from a 35mm photo. This is more a problem if you intend having an extra large enlargement (how often does that happen).
The Minolta Vectis 300 is superbly put together. It feels solid & robust & it is as I have dropped mine & seen it skidd across a crowded floor with only minor scrathes to show for it.
The Vectis 300 also has time & date stamps as an option that are very easy to turn on or off. You can also select to add captions to particular shots for instance, "Happy Birthday", or "Congratulations", but to do this you need to keep the code book handy to remember the codes to key in on the side.
I have taken photos in the brightest & darkest (not pitch dark) of conditions & the Vectis never disappoints. The red eye reduction, whilst not perfect, is better than most compact cameras that i have seen. Selecting between modes or overriding modes is very simple, two buttons on the top turn each mode on or off.
I have fairly large hands & the buttons are all accessible as are the zoom in & out controls. The zoom works perfectly & the autofocus is one of the best I have come across on a camera this size.
All in I am pleased I bought my Minolta Vectis 300.
My only gripe is that my Vectis is so good that I cannot justify buying a digital camera just yet (but I'm still saving).