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Sony Mavica FD-91

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 reviews of Sony Mavica FD-91. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the lens and performance. The image quality and zoom also get good opinions, but there are some critical comments about the low light performance and flash.

usability, zoom, image quality, performance, lens

price, portability, size, flash, low-light

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Mavica FD-91 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 65 user reviews of Sony Mavica FD-91 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The performance and price also get good reviews, but comments are divided on the flash. There are some critical opinions about the connectivity and portability.

usability, price, performance, image quality, size

portability, connectivity

98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Oct, 2019

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Sony Mavica FD-91 Review


The Sony Mavica FD-91 is at the top of Sony's Mavica range of cameras (if you ignore the DSC-D700). Looking like something from a 1970's future technology magazine it's certainly not the best looking of Sony's range, but how it takes photographs is of...

This camera always generates a lot of interest because of it's similarities with traditional SLR cameras, the flexilibity of it's controls promise such a good camera, but it is I'm afraid to say let down by a poor optical and CCD system. I can imagine...

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Sony Mavica FD91


This is the Sony Mavica FD-91, it has a 850,000-pixel progressive scan CCD that yields 1024x768 images. The first thing you notice is that huge 14X zoom lens. This is the longest focal length lens available on any digital camera.

There are a lot of Mavicas to choose from, starting with the 640x480 models with and without a zoom all the way up to the FD-88 which has an 8X zoom and 1280x960 megapixel resolution. There's sure to be one to fit your needs and budget, if not, then it's

Feb, 1999

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Digital Cameras - Sony Mavica FD91 Digital Camera Review


Despite its substantial bulk and hefty price point, we really liked all the MVC-FD91 had to offer. It's image resolution is modest by current standards, but the 14x optical zoom and excellent exposure control make this a very versatile camera. A very...

The top of the FD91 is fairly plain, lacking the small black & white status readout common to most digicams we've tested. You can see the grille for the onboard microphone at left, and the shutter button on the right. You can also see the ridged manual...

Mar, 2000

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Sony Mavica FD-91


This is the Sony Mavica FD-91, it has a 850,000-pixel progressive scan CCD that yields 1024x768 images. The first thing you notice is that huge 14X zoom lens. This is the longest focal length lens available on any digital camera. The other feature that...



Mar, 2009

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4 Star Digital Camera!


I was given this camera for Christmas of 2000. I instantly fell in love. The camera didnt need software... it uses a floppy that just inserts into any computer so that you can view instantly. You have several options when taking pictures with this...

Good Versatility, Lots of Options, MPEG Recording Ability, Floppy Drive (No PC Hardware Needed)

Big & Bulky, Battery Life Short

Jan, 2002

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2 Years Experience


This camera is quite versatile and excellant for portrit photography. However, the negatives far outweight the positives for this unit.

Full features of most SLR's. External flash option

Disk access time is horrible with floppy or memory stick adapter.

Jan, 2002

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Any Sony Digital works!


The first digital camera I had experience with was the Sony MVC 71; from there I moved to the MVC-91; and now, I have added the Sony MVC-CD1000 to my digital arsenal.Even at all of their original prices, they have more than earned their salt.

This camera is a great step up from the Sony MVC 71 series

Like anything else, it's behind technology once you walk out the store.

Jul, 2001

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Simple, Compatible, Fun.


I bought one of these at work for use in plant maintenance. I had a hard time convincing the IS department that we should make an exception to the corporate standard (a Kodak Digital Science Camera) and allow me to purchase this camera. I finally won...

Easy to use, 3 1/2" Floppy compatibility.

Slight auto focus lag, kind of expensive.

May, 2001

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After one year of use...


I am still in love with it. The rotating 2.5" LCD is convenient & accurate for previewing pictures or showing movies. It makes it much easier to get a picture at knee height, or with out alerting your subject.

Great SLR features & unparalelled zoom

Bulky, not the best resolution

May, 2001

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I started out in photography when I was a kid with one of those $14.95 cameras that used 126mm film. From there I progressed to (cheap) 35mm, then to (expensive) 35mm and, with a modestly price Ricoh, digital photography.

Takes great pictures, comfortable to operate, and the functions are clear.

Over-all shape could be better.

Apr, 2001

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