Top of the line camera in its hey day, now very outdated and obsolete.
17 November 2011
Summary: It amuses me to think that someone might read a review of an eight year old camera, and amuses me even more that I'm writing it. The stand out features of the V1 are it's build quality (it's very sturdy, no creaks, with ten visible screws holding the metal shell to the plastic core), infrared mode, and laser assisted autofocus. It's an incredibly capable camera but don't expect image quality miracles. Erognomics are crap, with a very uncomfortabe grip.
Summary: I had owned one of these cameras for many years but unfortunately it was stolen a short time ago. The reason I went out and searched for another is because the quality of the pictures from this camera is amazing. It is an extremely simple camera to operate with a relatively easy menu system. If you have the wires to hook it up to the computer, then you will also find it very simple to transfer your pictures.
Summary: I believe the DSC-V1 was one of the 1st Sony's Prosumer camera and the "night framing" and "night shot" are useful functions which most newer models are missing. Although it can't match with a professional DSLR, this little 8yrs old "Monster" is equipe with lots of functions and controls which enables it to capture marvelous shots with it's Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens.
Summary: With it's semi-compact body and full load of functions, the 5 megapixel V1 is a nice walk-around camera. I have a Sony Alpha with a full compliment of lenses but it's not practical to carry it all the time. I do, however, carry a camera nearly everywhere I go. Features such as nightshot, nightframing and multiple priority settings make this little mule a perfect companion for everyday use.
Summary: I need to edit my first review of this camera. After owning a Sony DSC-S75 (which I love!), a Canon SD1200, a Sony DSC-H20, and a Canon E-1, I think this Sony V1 model is one of the best older digital cameras. It has 5 megapixels, which is actually just the right size for most people who will be getting prints made.
Summary: Excellent picture quality, I am no expert, yet I can easily see the diffence between my pictures and my friends' Canon and Kodak cameras. Size is pretty decent, I carry it everywhere in my pocket ( that's if I don't mind a bulky pocket though ). The night vision makes people go aaaawwww, but is not as practical as it initially sounds. I got a 256Mb pro stick for movies, and I am pretty happy with it.
Summary: This Camera is excellent. It has lots of advantages over other cameras. I also own a Sony DSC S-85, and a Canon S-400. Both of them excellent Cameras too, but with a different consumer target. Sony took some of the best features from the S-85, which is a "Prosumer" camera, and made it much smaller, like a compact "point and shoot" camera. These characteristics give several advantages to the DSC-V1.
Summary: When I started looking for a new camera to replace my DSC-S75, the first place I looked was Sony and I'm not sorry that I did. I've owned Sony digital cameras for 5 years now and have never had any problems with any of the ones I've purchased (for me or my family). The V1 is a nice package... much more compact than the S75 and definitely the 707 or 717... but is much nicer to handle than any of their smaller Cybershot models.
Excerpt: I bought mine over a year ago and I'm very pleased. I took already thousands of pictures and it's still in great shape! I like mostly the fine pictures I can take with it in the auto mode, though we can try different exposures and all stuff! It has most of what pro cameras have, but in a very compact set! The only disadvantages I see are the small zoom, and the time that sometimes the flash takes to recharge!