Except Flash everything is good about this camera !!!
Raghunath Aerabati "Raghu", Amazon
2 June 2007
Summary: I own this camera for 3 years now and I found that this camera has some real cool features. Photos are really good. The only problem with the camera is flash. If you ask somebody to take the photos, you have to particularly tell them not to put their fingure on the flash. Orelse, flash does not popup. Also, you cannot take pictures continously on flash because it takes some time for recharge.
Summary: The V-1 is way over-rated. Slow shooter Flash recharge very slow. LCD very poor compated to some competition. Px OK but no better than the little Sony P150 and not as consistant. And the 150 is MUCH faster in all ways with a terrific screen. Having owned it and tried and tried and tried it, I am selling it. A P150 or P200 & OTHERS, would be better cameraS. (Unless you want to fiddle. I dont.
Summary: A couple of years ago this camera was a very good option given its 5MP, Carl Zeiss optics and nice zoom; however, nowadays it is just below most of the similar priced or similar featured cameras. The 5MP are no longer a big differentiator and you can probably find better overall packages from Canon and Nikon today. Pros: - Carl Zeiss optics. - Night Shot capabilities. - Convienient size. - Infolithium battery tells you how much shooting time you have left.
Summary: I owned quite few Digital Cameras, but the Camera's I used most before this are Sony DSC-S85 and Canon A80. I damaged my S85 during rafting(still works with Power Supply, but not with battery) and gave Canon A80 to my brother. I bought DSC-V1 because of rave reviews on sites like dpreview, stevesdigicam. Especially for faster focus, so that I can catch my kid in action. So, I will try to compare against S85 and A80. Compared to S85 and A80: 1.
Summary: WAY overrated - Amazon reviews have certainly sold out. Nightshot is a joke - it's a black and white image - better off just using a flash. The aperture only goes down to F2.8, so forget about serious low light color photography with this camera (Cannon C3040 - a four year old camera goes down to F1.8). Like the other reviewer I had dead cells right out of the box (white and purple spots on the image).
Summary: I bought this camera to replace the Sony s85 that I lost a few months ago (which i loved). V1 has great construction, design, button are better functioning but i have to say that the flash is oddly placed. The flash pops up even in a well lit room and pushing down the flash is another unnecessary hassle. I expected the picture quality to be better than the S85 but it is not the case.
Summary: The Phil Askey / dpreview.com review of the Sony Cybershot DSC-V1 concludes that the camera's auto white balance is "poor" in "outdoors indirect sunlight" conditions. I decided not to buy this camera.
Excerpt: "...Adaptor USB Cradle & cables 32 Mb Sony memory stick duo CD-ROM (software and firmware update) A/V connecting cable for viewing on a TV Large LCD screen Advantages of V1: Tonnes more professional features, more than W1. The W1 has very limited control over the exposure time and apature size. Cheaper than rest of other cameras Disadvantages of V1: large size, weights 2x as much as the other cameras Advantages of T1: Extremely small ...