Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 9
3 February 2004
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-F717: (5 megapixel prosumer) Sony could be accused of going down the easy 'product refresh' route, and indeed to a large degree the DSC-F717 is a 'refresh' of the DSC-F707. That said the DSC-F707 was such a good camera that the new DSC-F717 was bound to be good.
Pros: Still the best resolution of current five megapixel digital cameras, Improved colour response, far less "Sony like" and much more natural, Good dynamic range, exhibits good detail from shadow through to highlight, Low noise levels compared to other five megapixel digital cameras, Improved white b...
Cons: Storage capacity - Memory Stick still limited to 128 MB, No ability to control colour saturation, tone or noise reduction, No user settings / memories, Limited burst ability, very fast but only 3 frames, Visible sharpening 'white halo' around black lines, Visible lens distortion with wide angle m...
Excerpt: Except for its light-silver finish and a few redesigned controls, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 ($999 direct) is almost identical in appearance and weight to its discontinued predecessor, the crowd-pleasing Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 .
Summary: This new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 combines point-and-shoot convenience with a host of manual photographic controls, sure to inspire digital photographers to expand creativity and get better results from their efforts.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 (see
our review) was one of the big hits of the last year. It offered
the best photo quality (for a 5MP camera) in many people's opinions,
a fast 5X optical zoom lens, laser focusing system, manual controls,
and much more.
Pros: Excellent 5 Megapixel photos, Lots of bells and whistles such as Nightshot, and zoom ring., Fast F2.0, 5X optical zoom lens, Hot shoe and histograms, at last, Great battery life, Many manual controls, Robust performance, One of the best movie modes out there, Support for USB 2.0, Support for conv...
Cons: Missing a lot of manual controls found on other cameras at this price, Reds are "too red" (and not a lot you can do about it), Loss of sharpness in image corners, Shutter speed limited to (no slower than) 1/30 sec in programmed/fully auto modes, No true continuous shooting mode, A RAW mode would ...
Summary: Sony’s high-end cameras have consistently impressed us at PC Authority, but just recently they’ve fallen short of Labs Winner status. The DSC-F717 changes all that, with its heady mix of image quality, features and design propelling it to the top of the pile.
Excerpt: Schon äußerlich hebt die Sony sich von den übrigen Produkten ab: Wie beim Vorgänger ist an einem Kompakt-Body – schwenkbar – ein bombastischer Tubus montiert, in dem das hochwertige Zeiss-Objektiv seinen Platz hat.
Excerpt: Nous avons décidé de revenir sur ce grand succès de Sony. Le F717, commercialisé en 2002, a connu une grande gloire d'une part grâce à son design assez particulier, mais aussi et surtout grâce à ses images d'une excellente qualité. Il dispose d'un capteur 5 mégapixels et d'un zoom 5x.
Conclusion: Le Sony Cyber Shot DSC-F717 à cinq mégapixels est excellent. Outre ses capacités haute résolution et son zoom optique 5X, il est doté d’excellentes options de créativité et d’un robuste jeu de commandes manuelles.