Excerpt: First things first. All the good things written about the Sony Cybershot V3 camera are really good. I was looking for scaled down, "pro" quality camera with looks and feeling which enables very quick use in all situations. I am taking pictures mostly "on the run". My favourite sports and transportation devices are rollerblades and bicycles, so I need a camera close to my body (on the waist belt),light and compact. I was really happy as I bought this camera, DSC V3.
Summary: Back in the day this camera was superb - it still is, but by now the lack of certain features makes it only average tome. The biggest drawback for an advanced point & shoot camera like this is missing image stabilization. Only with a very steady hand and non-moving objects you can make pictures in twilight settings. Built-quality is exceptional. However I had on one of mine the sensor faded away,leaving me with low contrast & color pictures.
Summary: This camera is typical of Nikon's quality digital camera product. The body is well designed, not plasticky but solid metal with the feel of quality. It has a great lens and also can use a external flash making it more usefull in various picture taking events.
Summary: I love the Sony DSC-V3. I have had the Sony DSC-V1,DSC-F717 and DSC-F828, they are also great cameras but i like the V3 better since it does not have any barrel distortion or chromatic aberrations. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss lens! However, the V3 tends to choose F8 when in Auto or program mode. I only use it in Manual mode since it will produce stunning images with very natural and life-like colors comparable to the colors produced by the Leica Digilux 2.
Summary: Want a camera that acts like a 10MP larger sensor camera...Has features that are unique like Laser night focus and IR night photos... Has real 14 bit RAW and a lens that holds shadow and highlights making it more like 16 bit...Full manual settings and super bright viewfinder... stable and easy, well thought out layout... just nice quality throughout ( except for shutter release button popping off ) Camera is going to have a real cult following 5 years from now...
Summary: My wife had owned this very same model for years with no problems. So, when it did present problems, we decided not to get it fixed, (we wore it out) but, replaced. I knew that ebay would be the place to look. The seller that I won this camera from was great, very friendly & helpful. We received exactly what he said we would. The camera is actually newer than the one we had, cosmetic and mechanic order? GREAT.
Summary: I love the camera and all of its features, but it keeps coming up with file error and I lose some pictures. I don't recommend this camera for people going on long trips or taking pictures of extremely important events that can't be repeated.