Conclusion: The DSC-V1 was a relatively compact camera, so it's clear the same can't be said of the DSC-V3, but curiously the increase in size has really only improved its usability. Normally I'm not a big fan of chunky cameras for the sake of it but the DSC-V3 strikes an imposing shape with a nice soft rubber hand grip and cool metal surfaces. Also it does look better in black.
Pros: Very Good resolution, Low noise with some noise reduction, Good macro performance, Excellent build quality, good ergonomics, Proper hand grip, Excellent auto focus speed, Very fast shot to shot times (just over 1 sec), Excellent write speed (up to 4 MB/sec), Good battery life, Optional screw mounting lens adapter, Very large 2.5" LCD with anti-reflective coating, Multiple media support (MS Pro & CF), External flash support via Hot-shoe, Fast USB 2.0 transfers, Combine...
Cons: Tendency to use small apertures, Design fault with jog dial & program shift, About a third of a stop less sensitive than indicated, Limited image parameter adjustment, Poorly fitting flash unit, Lens retracts too quickly in play mode, Sharpening halo artifacts at default setting
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot Pro DSC-V3 is a lot of camera for the money, but it may have difficulty producing top quality pictures without some tweaking in image-editing software.
Pros: Accepts Memory Stick and CompactFlash cards. Takes auxiliary "smart" strobe. Large and bright LCD. Takes pictures in total darkness. Smart battery readout.
Cons: Subpar pixel transition ratio means white outlines in high contrast areas. Daylight images are underexposed and shifted too far toward magenta. No focusable diopter and poor placement of optical viewfinder.
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-V3 is an advanced digital camera with a high quality innovative technique on board. The high resolution of 7 Megapixels is the result of years and years of innovations in the CCD industry. The user friendliness of the V3 is excellent. The way the menu works makes it also easy for starting photographers to start taking pictures immediately. The advanced user will dive into the comprehensive settings straight away to use them in practice.
Excerpt: Physical Views The CyberShot DSC-V3 and a CD for size comparison. The Cyber-shot DSC-V3 and the Canon PowerShot G6 for comparison. Continue on to Features & Controls DSC-V3 Specifications CCD Imager 1/1.8" (.556") Sony Super HAD 7.2 Megapixel Effective Image Resolutions Still (JPEG Fine/Std or TIFF): 3072 x 2304 3072 x 2048 (3:2) 2592 x 1944 2048 x 1536 1280 x 960 640 x 480 RAW (3072 x 2304) Movie: VX Fine (640 x 480, 30fps) VX Standard (640 x 480, 16.6fps) HQX (320 x...
Excerpt: The Sony
Cyber-shot DSC-V3 ($699) is a total redesign
of the popular DSC-V1, a camera which I wasn't overly
enthusiastic about. I have no idea what happened
to the DSC-V2 -- probably the same thing that happened
to the PowerShot G4.
Pros: Very good photo quality (if you watch the aperture), Large LCD display is usable in bright outdoor light and in low light as well, Full manual controls, Robust performance, Laser focusing system -- the best out there, NightFraming lets you take color, flash pictures in zero light, Supports conversion lenses, external flash, RAW, TIFF formats supported, Supports two types of memory cards, First-rate movie mode, Live histogram in record mode, USB 2.0 High Speed supported
Cons: Camera tends to use a small aperture outdoors, greatly reducing image quality (workaround: force the camera to use a larger aperture), Redeye, Some vignetting, Camera locks up for 8-10 seconds between shots in RAW or TIFF mode, Can't get very close to subject in macro mode, Battery/memory card slot can't be opened while camera is on a tripod (most likely), No memory card included
Excerpt: : $1099 : 4.9 stars : Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-V3 is a 7.2 megapixel camera with a 4x optical zoom lens. It is Sony’s top-of-the-range viewfinder camera, competing with the similar Canon Powershot G6 and the slightly cheaper Olympus C7070. The first impression of the Sony is of a rugged, well-designed and purposeful camera. Black is the proper colour for real cameras! The V3 sits well in the hand, with a grip on the right hand side that helps in holding the camera.
Pros: Controls are generally logical and well laid out, except for the image review which has to be activated by turning the mode dial on top of the camera. Most makers these days assign a discrete button to the review function. Focus, white balance, resolution and colour are all excellent, with a tendency to saturate reds, which seems to be characteristic of Sony cameras. This renders complexions a tad ruddy, which might not be to everyone’s liking. Saturation can be turne...
Cons: Controls are generally logical and well laid out, except for the image review which has to be activated by turning the mode dial on top of the camera. Most makers these days assign a discrete button to the review function. Focus, white balance, resolution and colour are all excellent, with a tendency to saturate reds, which seems to be characteristic of Sony cameras. This renders complexions a tad ruddy, which might not be to everyone’s liking. Saturation can be turne...
Summary: Although not without its flaws – specifically, its speed and handling – the V3 is an outstanding camera with some unique abilities. Image and build quality are as good as you’ll find anywhere, and overall performance is excellent. If you’re looking for a semi-pro camera, the V3 should be high on your shortlist. I have been using my sony DSC-V3 for over 2 years. So far my photos are all saved as jpeg in best quality and they are excellent.
Summary: Although it has the same sensor as the DSC-P150 reviewed in this issue, Sony's new DSC-V3 Cyber-shot is quite a different beast. Designed to attract serious photographers it features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 4x optical zoom and a reasonably fast aperture at both wide and tele positions. It also sports a pop-up flash plus a hot shoe for accessory flash units and dual CompactFlash and Memory Stick slots. . .
Pros: Very well built and easy to use, Adjustable flash output, Night Framing and Night Shot modes support low light photography, Accepts conversion lenses and accessory flash units
Cons: Can't transfer images between CF and Memory Stick cards, Only two JPEG compression options, No Bulb setting [BG05]