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Although the menus are easy to navigate, they're in a typeface that is difficult to read.
The parallel port card reader is a disaster, at least on Windows 95. It was only intermittently able to detect the presence of a card; once it showed that the device was present but that the card was [supposedly] empty. Even when it did detect the card, the reader was not able to transfer data correctly. Below is the picture of Tabitha as transferred via Sony's parallel port reader:
I'm looking for Linux drivers for the card reader; perhaps that will give me better results.
Even though the D770 has lots of options, they're easy to set. You turn a dial on the left side of the camera to the feature you want to change (say, ISO setting) and push a button on that dial. Then you rotate another dial on the right side of the camera to step through the ISO choices.
The menu system on the large 2.5 inch LCD is also easy to navigate; you press the EXECUTE button to take an action and EXIT to cancel.
I was delighted to find that my inexpensive Sunpak Softlite 1400M flash fit perfectly onto the camera's hot shoe and worked perfectly when I set the camera to use the external flash.
The camera comes with an 8 MB Sony Memory StickTM. The slot for the media is not the size of a Memory Stick, but rather the size of a PCMCIA II slot, so the camera comes with an adapter. The slot will, in fact, accept any PCMCIA adapter, so that means that if you have an adapater for your existing digital cameras -- either SmartMedia or Compact Flash -- your investment in that memory hasn't been lost; you can use any of the three media.
Obviously, I haven't had time to do a careful analysis of the Sony D770's features and capabilities, though I do like what I've seen so far. Equally clearly, it's going to take quite a while to explore them all, but I'm sure I'm going to enjoy it greatly. This seems to be as good a camera as its specifications led me to believe it would be. Let me know what you think.
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