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: 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: 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.
Summary: The 5 MP pictures are just what I needed and this Sony Mavica Camera has been a wonderful tool for me. I purchsaed the Broken Camera to make sure that I have parts that I can use for repairs just in case my Oroginal camera will break in an accident. I have mastered the use & features of this camera and it works wonders. Very inexpensive media.
Summary: If you are someone who cut their teeth on film cameras and hate the layout, interface and operation of most modern digital cameras, this may be the camera for you. I bought a very lightly used Digilux 2 via Amazon for less than half of it's original selling price with the complete package right down to the box it came in. I love it.
Summary: The Sony Mavica MVC CD500 is an excellent camera. I bought mine new in 2003 ... bought it because it has a nice, big lens ... not a pin-hole lens like most pocket cameras have. I am a graphic artist and darkroom technician and I knew that I wanted a camera that would take a sharp picture. I also liked the idea of all pictures being permanently saved onto a CD as you make your shots (a CD that your PC can open for you)... no "memory sticks" to deal with.