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Digital Holga Takashi FX521 Digital Lomo Camera

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  • New, retro-styled digital camera featuring a 43mm lens
  • The closest Camera yet to emulate the famous Film Camera
  • Color Effects: Normal / Grayscale / Sepia / Negative / Red / Green / Blue
  • Simple, dreamy, Artistic Images

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Takashi
  • Model: FX521
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 5.0 MP

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Product Details

  • ASIN: B004TCLGQW
  • Item model number: FX521
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,168 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 22, 2011

Product Description

The new EZ F521 has classic retro styling and is being hailed as the Digital Holga. We think it looks a lot like the Holga with the optical viewfinder relegated to the right end of the camera body. The FX521 seems to be a fuss-free Camera, with only a 5-megapixel sensor, 2.4-inch LCD, and automatic ISO setting. Focusing just like the Lomo and Holga is manual as the symbol beside the 42.5mm optics indicates macro and landscape options. Powered by three AA-size batteries and has video-recording capability which maxes out at 640x480-pixel resolution. The digicam can also double as a Webcam. There is 32MB of internal memory, which can be expanded via the SD card slot. This camera was originaly launced to much Digital Holga ballyhoo as the Yashica EZ 521 and we carried them and they are now impossible to find but these REBADGED Takashi are the same beautifully simple model camera which can produce the vivid, dreamy look of the Lomo Diana, and the Holga cameras and is the true Digital Holga King FX521Digital Camera Specifications: -Sensor: 5MegaPixels CMOS -Display: 2.4" TFT Color LCD -Focus range: Mountain: 150cm ~ Infinity Macro: 20~40 cm -Aperture: F3.0, Fixed Focus, f=7.00 -Shutter: Electronic shutter -Resolution: (4000x3000) / (2592x1944) / (2048x1536) / (1024x 768) / (640 x480) -Sensitivity: Auto -White Balance: Auto/ Daylight/ Tungsten/ Fluoresce/ Cloudy -Exposure control: -2EV to +2EV in 0.3 step -Burst snap: Yes -Flash Mode: Auto/ force/ Off -Self-timer: 2 sec./ 10 sec. -Storage: 32 MB internal memory, External memory: SD/ MMC -TV system: NTSC/ PAL -Power Supply: 3AAA(alkaline/ 1.5V) batteries -Ambient temperature: Operating: 0oC to 40oC Storage: -20 to 60oC -Microphone: Built-in microphone -Dimension: 110 x 66 x 48mm -Weight: 125g (w/o battery)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hell Mary on November 4, 2011
I can't believe I fell for the whole digital Holga description, nothing about this camera is like a Holga. You are paying a lot of money for a cheaply made, old 4 mp camera that takes terrible pictures. I haven't even gotten to see what the pictures look like on the computer or printed out because none of the pictures I took ended up recording on the SD card. The dial also broke the first time using it so I couldn't review pictures without holding it in an awkward position and it would show the pictures for a few seconds then the screen would go black. The 3 pictures that got recorded in the internal camera memory are terrible, the quality reminds me of the child proof kids toy camera I bought my nephew a few years ago. I was in the middle of moving when I first got this camera, and when I checked it out I was so pissed that I had fallen for this con and I put it away to deal with later. I ended up not using it till a few days ago and its broken and I really wish I had returned it right away. Now it's too late to do anything with it, but I can warn people by reviewing it at least (cause I bought it before it had any reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teeks on June 1, 2011
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I was looking for a good "digital lomo" camera this one sounds good, but the images just aren't what I was expecting. I have seen some other digital lomos only available in asia that are much better.
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This thing is a piece of garbage. I bought this for a kid's photography class because of its fun shape and ease of use. I took 10 pictures to test it and then the LCD screen stopped working. I was expecting better quality for the price. Then I found the original Yashica F251 and that worked fine, but don't be fooled by the marketing. No digital camera is going to get you a true holga look though. Stick to shooting film on a Holga or a LOMO camera if you want all the "creative mistakes": light leaks, vignettes, over blown color saturation, plastic lens soft focus,etc.
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By Amazon Customer on June 4, 2011
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Perhaps not, but this is still a fun little camera. The whole point of a Holga is the unpredictability, ease of use, and lack of options. I have a Yashica EZ f521 which was rebranded by Takashi. My Yashica works for me the way the Holga does for others.
I live in an area where trying to find someone to develop 120 film is still problematic, let alone trying to find someone who is willing to cross process 120 or 35 mm film or can process film without color correction.

I bought a set of Kola color filters that I use with my Yashica and I take it everywhere.

And I just bought the Takashi to try to convert to Holga lenses.

Pros:
Cheap enough you can take anywhere or even let the kids use.
Takes AAA batteries which are widely available
Uses SDHC memory cards which are widely available. With a card reader you don't need to worry about compatibility with your operating system.
Because of how the camera takes pictures using a line by line scan you can get some nice distortion effects
Some interesting in-camera effects you don't see with lower end point and shoots.
If you want in-camera vignetting it is an easy hack.

Cons:
The flash washes out everything
It eats batteries
Maximum image quality/size isn't really 12 megapixels.
only ASA 100
No optical zoom and digital zoom is pretty bad
Shutter lag in low lighting
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