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Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony DSC-V1: (5 megapixel prosumer) Sony have done it again, the DSC-V1 is a camera which can easily appeal to a wide range of buyers. It's small enough to be carried out more yet featured enough to still be attractive to the prosumer owner. It's notably smaller and lighter than the competition yet can still produce the goods from an image quality point of view and has the majority of the manual controls you could need.
Pros: Above average resolution, good tonal balance, good color response, Very low noise, even at higher ISO (best of the bunch), Image processing parameter control (contrast, saturation and sharpening), Very fast auto focus, the fastest we have seen to date, Relatively quick startup (just over 3 seconds), Feels very responsive, always ready to shoot, Very fast write times to Memory Stick, Compact size, light weight, Silent focus and zoom motors, Good build quality, Unique H...
Cons: Poor auto white balance outdoors indirect sunlight, Some mild chromatic aberrations visible in extreme circumstances, Some 'halo' sharpening artifacts visible around dark detail, No manual focus magnification / confirmation, Menu system while functional is looking tired, Limited continuous shooting capability (always 3 frames), TIFF file save locks camera during write operation, No RAW format, Average battery life (I'd recommend a second battery), No user settings / m...
Excerpt: This is my first digital camera, and I am very happy with my purchase. This camera is packed with features, very easy to use, and is extremely compact for a 5 Megapixel model with 4x optical zoom -- it fits easily into the chest pocket of my jacket.My only complaints are minor: First, to save weight, Sony went with a lower capacity (proprietary = high price) InfoLithium battery. This means that battery life is pretty short compared to comparable cameras.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1 offers Sony's legendary quality and lots of features, yet it's light on ergonomics, performance, and image quality. It has no shortage of big-camera features, including an intelligent hot shoe, lots of manual exposure and color options, 30 fps movies, a "smart" battery that displays the number of minutes remaining, a histogram, laser-assisted focus, and Sony's exclusive Nightframing and Nightshot features for viewing and taking photos in total...
Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The
Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot is compact, light,
extremely fast, and gives great results -- a perfect
combination for discreet street photography. It
looks and handles like a professional camera should,
is targeted to demanding serious
amateur photographers, and features the full
set of flexible exposure control.
DSC-V1 ($699) is easily one of the most anticipated
cameras of 2003. It appears to be going after two types of buyers:
those considering the Canon PowerShot G3 (read
our review), and
those who want Sony's DSC-F717 (read
our review) in a smaller
Pros: Good photo quality (though see negatives below), Fast performance (except when writing TIFF file), Hot shoe for external flash, Amazing Hologram AF laser focusing system, Support for add-on lenses, filters, NightShot and NightFraming are semi-useful, Full manual controls, Support for USB 2.0, Live histogram in record mode, Zoom controller direction can be set, Impressive movie, playback modes
Cons: Drab colors in photos, noise levels higher than I'd like; some purple fringing, Redeye, Expensive camera, even more expensive Memory Stick Pro cards (for larger capacities), No diopter correction knob, Watch those fingers: left hand fingers can block flash, right hand fingers block optical viewfinder, Poor battery life compared to competition
Excerpt: Physical Views The compact CyberShot DSC-V1 and a CD for size comparison. Here's the compact Cyber-shot DSC-V1 and the DSC-P72 . Go to Page Two DSC-V1 Specifications CCD Imager 1/1.8" (.8475") Sony Super HAD 5.0 Megapixel Effective Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std or TIFF): 2592 x 1944 2592 x 1728 (3:2) 2048 x 1536 1280 x 960 640 x 480 Movie: 640 x 480 MPEG-VX 160 x 112 Video Mail Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 4x Zoom, 7 to 28mm (34 to 136mm equivalent), F2.8 - 4.0...
Summary: The 5-megapixel DSC-V1 offers a great combination of features and performance in a relatively small body. While it’s smaller than its prime competitors – the Canon G5 and the Nikon 5400 – there are even smaller models in this month’s company.
Excerpt: Il massimo della fotografia grazie alla fotocamera digitale Sony Cyber-shot Dsc V1 da 5,0 megapixel effettivi con zoom ottico 4x, obiettivo Carl Zeiss® Vario Sonnar® e funzioni fotografiche avanzate.