Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828
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Value for money 8
Ease of use 8
Picture quality 8
1 April 2006
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-F828: (8 megapixel prosumer): There's no doubt that physically the DSC-F828 is one of the most unusual and arguably best designed prosumer digital cameras. It took the successful design of the F717 to the next level with a mechanically linked zoom lens, full black metal body, new control layout and improved EVF among others.
Pros: Eight megapixel sensor delivers a clear resolution increase over five megapixel, New RGBE four color CCD delivers more pleasing color balance than DSC-F717 it replaces, Big and very fast seven times optical zoom lens which starts at a wide 28 mm, Excellent mechanically linked zoom ring, Fast operation, very fast startup, auto focus and short shutter release lag, Impressive file write performance (over 2 MB/sec with a good card), Availability of image parameter adjustm...
Cons: Strong visible chromatic aberrations in backlit or reflections in bright sunny conditions, Higher noise levels than the current crop of five megapixel digital cameras, Potential hue shift on overexposed greens, Visible sharpening 'white halo' around black lines, Barrel distortion at wide angle (although expected of such a wide angle DC lens), Difficult to get good macro performance without barrel distortion, Annoying shutter release locking issue where you must wait b...
Excerpt: On paper, the groundbreaking 8-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 seems like the ultimate professional camera. In the real world, it's nearly perfect—but not quite. The huge lens attached to the camera with a clever swivel lets you hold the camera above or below your head while maintaining eye contact with the LCD. For eye-level shots, you can flip a switch (an annoying step) and use the excellent electronic viewfinder.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F828 is Sony’s entry into the 8 megapixel digital camera arena. But what makes this digital camera more noteworthy than the fact that it has 8 megapixels, is its fantastic Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 7x optical zoom lens. Focal length (35mm equiv.) for this 8 megapixel camera is 28mm – 200mm , with Max. Aperture between F2.0 and F2.8 .
Conclusion: The Sony DSC-F828 is introduced in August 2003 and was finally available in the last month of 2003. Until that time Sony was the first manufacturer able to deliver a digital camera with an 8 Megapixel CCD. A few months later, during PMA show in Las Vegas, the competitors appeared with their 8 Megapixel versions. The DSC-F828 remains a unique camera, concerning its design but also its equipment.
when everyone was getting comfortable with 5 Megapixel cameras,
Sony has made a huge jump -- releasing the first consumer-level
camera with an 8 Megapixel CCD -- the Cyber-shot
DSC-F828 ($999). This CCD isn't special just for the resolution,
though. It's also the first camera to use a new 4-color filter.
This new filter adds an "emerald" filter to the RGB
filters normally found in a CCD. Sony says this will produce
photos with much more accurate color.
Pros: Very good photo quality, 8 Megapixel resolution(though note issues below), Fast 7X optical zoom lens, Amazing low light focusing abilities, Full manual controls, Hot shoe for external flash, LCD/EVF are useful in low lighting conditions, Backlit LCD info display, Built like a tank; easy to hold, Rotating body allows for creative shooting, Excellent battery life, Live histogram in record mode, Manual zoom and focus rings, CompactFlash Type II and Memory Stick Pro slots...
Cons: Images slightly noisy (esp. at higher ISOs, or when compared to D-SLRs), Too much purple fringing for such an expensive camera, Can't save favorite settings to mode dial like other cameras, Not as many manual controls as other cameras, RAW files slow to save to memory card, slow to convert in software; can only convert RAW files using Sony's software, Mac-unfriendly software: ImageMixer is not OS X native, Image Data Converter does not exist (yet), No memory card incl...
Summary: This is one heck of a camera – but it comes at one heck of a price. A year ago, it might have swept all before it, but now the Sony faces being undercut by real digital SLRs, with better viewfinders, faster auto-focus and greater versatility. It's a good buy, but only for those with no desire to build a larger system.
Conclusion: Priced at a cool S$1799, the Sony DSC-F828 is targeted at the more serious photographer, though space is made on the mode dial for four preset scene modes. With the number of dollars you could be shelling out, just a couple hundred more could get you an entry level DSLR that is the Canon EOS-300D (bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm lens) priced at S$1999.