Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony MVC-CD1000: (2 megapixel ultra zoom class) A few other reviewers have been as brave as to say that mini CD-R will be the future of storage in digital cameras. I'd have to place myself on the other side of that fence. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for it and I'm sure the CD1000 will sell well, but there's lots of things holding mini CD-R back, not least the physical size of the CD-R mechanism (and thus the camera), its speed and battery...
Pros: Good image quality, typical 2 megapixel, Cheap storage, Ease of image transfer (once finalised disc will work in almost any CD-ROM drive), Big image stablised 10 x zoom lens, Excellent available controls on outside of camera, Interesting LCD viewfinder, Silent focus & zoom mechanism, One-push manual white balance, Fly-by-wire manual focus ring on lens barrel, Good selection of program modes: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Night, Spot etc., Excellent InfoLithium ...
Cons: Price ($1299) (relative), Design, Size & Weight (subjective), Slow startup, focusing and shutter lag, Auto Focus lack of "focus priority" (random focusing problems), Poor LCD frame cover (86%), Aperture priority crippled by minimum 1/30s shutter speed, Tripod Mount, Barrel distortion at wide angle, Fairly nasty chromatic aberrations at full zoom
Excerpt: If you can live with the extra size, weight, and cost, the MVC-CD1000 is an exceptionally versatile device that can outperform professional cameras. Besides a long list of functions and features, which includes a 10X optical zoom lens with electronic stabilization, what makes the MVC-CD1000 truly exceptional is its ability to save images to the safest, most stable medium going–recordable CDs.
has always explored new storage formats since the inception of the
consumer digital camera. First, it was the floppy disk. Even with
the slow read/write speeds and small capacity, people bought up
Mavicas like crazy, making Sony the #1 manufacturer of digital cameras.
Next, it was the Memory Stick -- a small flash memory card the size
of a stick of gum -- that Sony hopes to share across all its products.
Pros: Impressive 10X optical zoom, Very good photo quality, Nice manual controls, Uncompressed TIFF mode, Excellent movie mode with sound, USB support (at last), Support for (proprietary) external flash, Nice & useable LCD and EVF, Very cheap storage
Cons: Not sold on CD-R technology, Slow read/write speeds, Way overpriced ($1300!)
Excerpt: Technisch haben die beiden Digitalkameras besonders in der Objektivtechnik so viel gemeinsam, dass man fast von "Zwillingen" sprechen könnte: Beide Kameras besitzen ein optisches 10-fach-Zoomobjektiv mit optischem Bildstabilisator. Weitere Gemeinsamkeiten sind der bisher noch eher seltene LCD-Sucher als Ergänzung zum LCD-Monitor und die Bildauflösung von 2,1 Megapixeln. Der entscheidende Unterschied zwischen beiden Kameras ist das verwendete Speichermedium.