Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Sony MVC-CD300: (3 megapixel compact prosumer) Sony answered the question I posed in my MVC-CD1000 review , "It'll be interesting to see how many more products Sony release using mini CD-R"...
Pros: Very sharp, high resolution images, very good colour accuracy and saturation, virtually identical image quality to the DSC-S75 (though very slightly more noise *), Low media costs (8cm CD-R offer excellent $/MB ratio), Relatively quick now with better buffering, decent shot-to-shot times, Ability...
Cons: Slow startup times (thanks to the extending lens), Bulky, large in size and weight, Time taken to finalize / unfinalize / format can be a bit tedious (to recover ALL the space on a CD-RW you need to Format it), Deleting images on a CD-RW will only restore space if they are deleted from the last t...
when I reviewed Sony's first CD Mavica, the CD1000, I complained
that it introduced the one thing I considered forbidden in digital
photography: consumables. The CD1000 used write-once 3" CD-R
discs, which you'd have to keep buying as you filled each 156MB
Pros: CD-R/RW format very inexpensive per megabyte, Excellent photo quality, Full manual controls and a host of other nice features, Great bundle, Ability to turn off LCD backlight to save power, Supports lots of optional accessories
Cons: No zoom in movie mode, A bit bulky, Some Mac compatibility issues (that are apparently Apple's fault), No optical viewfinder
Summary: Just when it seemed like we had seen all the new cameras Sony had to offer, they go and announce two more Mavicas. The MVC-CD300 and are the latest Sony cameras to employ the spacious and economical CompactDisc storage technology.
Excerpt: Handling Sony must have had a hard time finding a way to integrate a CD writer into a digital camera whilst maintaining that traditional camera feel. Yet they have done this quite well, true the camera feels quite heavy and chunky, but most people will find this acceptable.