by John C Walker
(Evanston Park Sth, Aust 5116)
It was a birthday gift and was bought as a complete package camera printer etc.
It has a long shutter lag but took surprisingly good photos considering its 1 megapixel resolution.
If you take time to learn this camera and use its limited features the results are quite surprising. The flash system puts some lighting to shame, easily fixed by putting tissue paper of varying thickness over the flash window.
I have introduced many people kids mostly to digital photography over the years by lending it out, still going strong after 6 years.
John Walker. (whisky)
The DC3200 was a good camera for its time. It could take standard AA batteries, which was handy because if the batteries in the camera died it was easy to buy fresh ones. Standard batteries didn't last long – but useful in an emergency!
It also had no zoom. Not a huge problem in 2000 (when this camera was launched), but virtually unheard of on a modern digital camera.
The lack of a zoom did mean that it was a good starter camera though – one less thing to worry about when learning photography. And as John states – great for introducing kids to digital photography.
Thanks for the submission, John, and glad to hear that it's still going strong after all these years!