Summary: I've copied my review below from the DMC-LC1 review I just published, since both cameras are extremely similar. The differences in aesthetics, grip, and minor button assignments are minimal, but give the interested party a clear choice. The Jpeg engine of this camera is ever so slightly tuned differently than the LC1, I'd sum up by saying it is more conservative in color saturation and yields slightly better detail. Other than that, they are the same.
Summary: Rating due to Errors messages lately. I have multiple Mavica Cameras from when they first came out using the 3.5 disc. Love, loved loved them. 300, 250, 400 and now 500. HOWEVER. Lately I am getting error messages in the midst of taking pictures. I was taking pictures at a graduation and had three Mavica with me.... error messages on every single disc I am using. I truly don't know what is going on. Suggest you research this issue before purchasing. Just a suggestion.
Summary: This camera, one of the latest in the Mavica line intrigued me. Not only for its uniqueness, but for its quality as well. Zeiss lenses are among the best, and the fact this camera possess it adds to its photographing quality. Also the use of its laser focusing system, places it in the same family as the Sony Cybershot DSC F717 and F828. Saving the images to the mini CD-R is something that some camera enthusiasts will find interesting.
Summary: Ahead of it's time, only to be replaced today by the Fujifilm X-E1. I purchased this silent camera new and had issues only at the beginning and end of ownership. My 5mp images could print 16x20 on an Epson 4000 and impress the room, and was willing to wait for each RAW image to process. Traded in my Contax G2 for this Digilux (with mixed feelings but the G2 had an unfaithful viewfinder) but knew it was a step in the right direction.
As good as it gets. Quality A+. Picture Quality A+ AMAZING CAMERA
1 July 2011
Summary: Simply the best 5MP camera available, picture quality rivals many newer and higher resolution cameras. I tend to erase pictures that later I regret so having them on discs, stops that. not to mention you have your originals, on safe format ready for anything. Quality cant be better, even though some of these units suffered from bad ccds. Camera is sturdy, solid and reliable. Size? its big and I love it, size gives this camera grip.
Summary: Great Camera. Love the easy program menu access. REALLY love the write-to-CD feature! Camera is light and loaded w/features. Too bad they didn't continue to make this line of cameras. REALLY too bad none of the other manufacturers have stepped in to make disc writing cameras this light, this feature rich & this affordable.
Summary: Suppose to work, via seller. It has been abused and Does NOT work. Tried various things to attempt to make it work, but alas - no go. Be careful of any "good deal" Sony CD-500 or any Sony. They seem to not work, and are very expensive to get fixed. Either by Sony or independent parties, they are extremely expensive to fix, although an older model. A little about what seems to go wrong. The unit seems to work but there is no video on the screen of the camera.
Summary: I have used this kind of camera for the last 7 years. It was the camera that did not have all the bells and whistles this one has though. I love this camera, it takes great pictures, have lots of different settings, and uses a disc that can go right into your cd tray of your computer, or use the usb cable that comes with it.
Summary: The camoera that I recieved was exactly as advertised. I have used Sony cameras ever since I have been on Ebay. The last one that I used was CD Mavica MVC CD 200 and it worked beautifully untill it wore out. I took thounands of pictues with it. The one that I now have uses the CD-RW disks that last a long time and work beautifuly. very happy with my purchase.
Summary: I'm no camera expert but I liked my CD400 so well I thought I'd try the CD500,,,and I'm glad I did. The CD500 cost me $65 used on eBay and the CD400 was $1,200 new by the time I got the extended warranty, extra battery and carrying case (starter kit). So for a fraction of the original cost my "upgrade" was well worth it. Great pix and easy to use. Highly recommend the CD Mavica's.