Quite pleased with my AgfaPhoto Selecta 16
Sunday, January 22, 2012 5:10:06 AM
Once I started taking pictures and tinkered with all of the manual settings, I noticed that there was no manual focus. I can manually adjust ISO, exposure, shutter, aperture, white balance, and method of auto-focus, but cannot adjust the focus myself. I found this a little strange, but it's certainly nothing that I can't accept.
The feature that did bum me out a bit was that the Selecta 16 does not support RAW imaging. It only takes photos in Exif 2.2 (in other words, JPEG with audio), which kind of surprised me. I would have thought that most of these "bridge" type cameras would be capable of taking RAW images, but what do I know? It wouldn't have been a reason not to buy the camera, if I knew this before-hand, but for those who do wish to work with RAW images, it's important information to know.
The only negative thing I can really say about this camera is that the audio recording ability (when recording videos) isn't all that great; probably because of the minuscule microphone, sandwiched in between the lens and the flash housing. You really have to speak loudly for it to pick up your voice, which is drowned out by terrible static interference of some sort. I should also note here that the audio is only recorded in mono-sound.
On the other hand, the image quality of the video recordings are excellent and the continuous auto-focus feature works really well. It has three record settings: DVD (640x480), Web (320x240) and 3D. I have not tried the 3D video yet, but looking forward to getting around to it. It records in .mov format.
If I was going to use this camera for making videos, I would really consider having a second device to record the audio track. If not, perhaps some post-production work in a video editor could help clean up the audio track. In any case, hopefully AgfaPhoto can work on this problem for their next model.
In other reviews I read about the AgfaPhoto Selecta 16, it was mentioned that the camera did really well on its power consumption. Battery life was reportedly really good. I can't confirm this or not, because I haven't really used it enough to drain the batteries yet. But, I will say that the battery indicator still says the camera is fully charged and I must have had the thing powered up for at least a total of 30 to 40 minutes so far.
Aside from this issue with audio, I think this is a great little camera and really feel like I got great value for my money. It's unfortunate that more technology shops in Canada don't carry AgfaPhoto cameras (like this one) as part of their inventory. I think they would appeal to quite a few people. I'd certainly look to AgfaPhoto for my next camera purchase, when ever that may be.
As I continue experimenting with all of the features of this camera, I'll keep posting updates to those experiences on the blog. Hopefully somebody will find the posts useful and maybe bring some extra attention to these excellent little cameras, made by AgfaPhoto.