The Braun D410 Digital CameraProsA camera compact in shape and function – size of a packet of 20 cigarettes. Designed for simplicity in use and the ladies handbag with a neat case included 4MByte sensor – veryrespectable: and a three times optical zoom – a good lens. Simple to use and gives excellentresults – prints of up to 10 x 8 inches are feasible on best settingsConsOnly space for two AA batteries – but the case is small! – take some spares. Lacks an opticalviewfinder, LCD display difficult to see on a sunny day. Flash is good up to 10 feet max – butthen that is true of most on camera flashes The Braun D410 is a compact camera that comescompete with batteries and camera case – rare nowadays – and a set of leads for connectionto your PC or to your TV.While this is a still picture and a movie camera, this review is more concerned about the stillpicture capability of the Braun D410.I was able to operate the camera from the box – but then I am a photographer.Reading the first few pages of the manual will get you going – and that will probably be all yourequire. As with all things electronic, there are many functions included, most of which you willnever use.Indeed the camera manual – printed in 7 languages – is considerably larger and heavier thanthe camera – so leave it at home! Same applies to the CD Rom containing software for your PC.Inserting a 256Mbyte SD Memory card allows the camera to store in excess of 100 images atits highest resolution – 4Mega Pixels. This card can be used to transfer images to your PC or can be taken to a photo lab to get the images printed. The camera will take either SecureDigital or Multimedia memory cards – they are physically identical. The only difference is thatthe SD card has a small switch in its side to lock the contents of its memory. Take care wheninserting batteries or cards. This is a small and delicate piece of equipment! The cards can beinserted the wrong way around – but the battery cover will not fit back into place!Switch on the Braun D410 camera by pressing the small button at the centre of the commanddial at the top of the camera. The dial sets the mode of the camera – fully automatic or arange of options including landscapes, portraits, sport subjects (rapidly moving) and nightphotography.The controls are intuitive to operate starting with the upper toggle switch on the rear of thecamera switching between wide angle and telephoto. The image you are focussing on isdisplayed on a small screen on the rear of the camera – there is no eye piece as such.Slight pressure on the picture taking button causes the camera to focus and calculateexposure – a full press causes the camera to take a picture – there is a small delay betweenpressing the button and taking the shot – so keep the camera still! Most users will use the fullyautomatic mode which involves no thinking or playing. The built in flash gun switches itself onas and when needed for individual groups or small portraits. Do not expect it to fill a hallthough – this is a compact camera!The screen on the back of the camera is able to review images taken and stored in memory.Press the playback arrow button to go into review mode – press it again to go back tophotograph mode. Use the lower toggle switch to step through the shots you have taken.Individual images can be deleted – and taken again – if required. I found the screen difficult touse on a very bright sunny day.
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