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Digital cameras forum: SVP consumer evaluation w/ pics from 2 models!

by: iamsammasmai July 11, 2006 5:27 PM PDT

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SVP consumer evaluation w/ pics from 2 models!

by iamsammasmai - 7/11/06 5:27 PM

I recently bought two different SVP digital cameras from two different Ebay retailers. When I got the first camera, I thought that I had been ripped off horribly. Here is a link to my original evaluation of the camera.

The first camera that arrived was an SVP DC12V-LE and was advertised as a 12MP camera but is in reality a 3MP camera with 4x digital zoom. It takes crappy pictures that will almost never get the lighting right no matter how u change the settings. It takes good pictures outside in regular daylight and other than that it will never get the contrast correct.

The next camera that came was an SVP CDC-7580 and I was very sceptical thinking about sending it back because of the possibility of these being fraudulant false advertised cameras from a company that might go bankrupt mysteriously tomorrow. I have to say, the quality of the CDC-7580 is astounding. It takes beautiful pictures. It is advertised as a 7MP camera but clearly shows on the front that it has a 5MP CCD and 3x optical zoom instead of the crappy digital zoom. I would definately recommend this camera, I am very impressed with it.

Here is a link to the pictures I took today with each camera.

SVP CDC-7580 pics

SVP DC12V-LE pics

A summary of my personal amateur evaluation of these cameras is:

The DC12V models take crappy pictures, do not have a user friendly interface, are lacking in options especially when it comes to lighting and the flash, and are overall not worth more than $50. You could take better pictures on a cheap camera phone and that's a fact.

The CDC-7580 and probably the other similar models thus far have been carrying the bad rap of these cheap and crappy so called 12MP SVP cameras, but in actuality they are nothing like them. I absolutely love my CDC-7580 and as you can see in the photo album, it takes beautiful pictures in all sorts of places. The picture of the tree in the album was taken at full zoom from at least 300 yards away across a field, and it turned out wonderful. It is also loaded with cool little options and even has 4 little video games built into it.

The bottom line is SVP for some reason makes these really really crappy 3MP cameras and mascarades them as 12MP, so of course everyone says they are bogus. I feel pretty upset still that I got completely ripped off on this first camera. I also feel that my CDC-7580 is worth as much as I paid for both cameras combined. It has a quality panasonic 5MP CCD with an impressively clear 3x optical zoom. I am very happy with my purchase and would buy another one. Thanks for taking to time to read this review, I just wanted to share my experience with these cameras so noone else makes the mistake I did and buys one of these POS DC12V models but at the same time everyone knows that SVP does make some quality models.

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