The Steamboat Barn with the Sony Mavica FD-88

Steamboat Barn Mavica

Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 Review Below

Is it too late to review a camera if it has been 15 years since it came out? As part of a new way to look at Throwback Thursday I have been looking back at some of my older work. I thought that to start things off I would look back at the camera that really started it all for me. The Sony Mavica FD-88 was a great camera in the year 2000. By today’s standards it does not really hold up, but it was amazing for it’s time. After the jump I will have some more thoughts on this game changing camera.

The Steamboat Barn

If you have ever visited or looked up Steamboat Springs, Colorado you have seen this iconic barn. It is probably the most photographed landmark at the resort. When this photo was made you only had a narrow walkway between some trailers to get this view. Now they have put a subdivision behind the barn with lots that are still available at a very good price. I have photographed this barn many times, but this first time is still my favorite. It was a shot that I really wanted, and I was very happy to get it.

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This image and all of my others on my website here are now 50% off until Labor Day. I thought that after the long winter that we endured a photo sale was in order. If you like the photo above just click on it, and you will be taken directly to the image on SmugMug. If you just want to browse my online portfolio you can click on the link below.

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The Sony Mavica MVC-FD88 Review

This camera was a game changer for me. It was the first digital camera that I owned, and it sparked my interest in photography again. We got this camera sometime in 1999 or 2000 because we had read some good reviews on it. It really did live up to those reviews. What you got was the equivalent of a 400mm zoom lens on a small body. I really got my first taste at sports photography with this camera. Do the pictures hold up now? In the right light they are not bad even today. I made some pictures that I still love to this day. With this camera I made my first images that were published in both print and on the web. It really is the reason that I make pictures today. It was another 6 years or so until I found a camera that could replace it. I went through a couple of point and shoots in between, but I was never happy with the results. Since this is fifteen years after the camera came out I will not go into too many specifics about the camera. I will just give a quick pros and cons about it.


  • At the time the 1.3 megapixel sensor was amazing. How could you get better picture quality than this?
  • CCD sensor
  • The digital format made it easy to share your images with friends and family
  • The large zoom of the camera (10x which gave you around a 400mm length)
  • Macro mode allows you to get right up to your subject
  • Very easy to hold and shoot with
  • Movie mode long before the 5D series
  • Ability to record voice memos with photos
  • 2.5″ LCD screen


  • Now the 1.3 megapixel sensor looks quite bad
  • Using a floppy disk that would leave you with pockets full of disks if you wanted to have any kind of shoot
  • Only 6-20 photos on a disk
  • Finding a way to get those images off of a disk
  • LCD screen does not tilt
  • Blinding on camera flash
  • Only 100 pictures or so per battery charge
  • Those 100 photos will be on 5+ disks

Here are some sample images from the camera under various lighting conditions.


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