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
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"... That comment was made in jest, however it's now clear that Sony are serious about the use of CD-R/RW in digital cameras.
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 to share images immediately with any computer fitted with a CD-ROM drive, Excellent colour reproduction (although a little cooler than its CD200 sibling), Great 2.5" LCD (sha...
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 to the first (example out of 10 deleting last 5 images restores space, first 5 wouldn't), Battery life can be deceiving, a lot of disc access (initialize / finalize / unfinaliz...
Summary: A good implementation of CD-RW technology to solve storage problems in digital cameras. If the size doesn’t bother you, then this is a great choice for travellers who want to take lots of photos.
Excerpt: L'inconvénient majeur des appareils photo numériques réside dans les faibles capacités des cartes mémoire. Le Sony MVC-CD300 résout le problème en enregistrant les clichés sur un mini-disque réinscriptible ou non (CD-R/CD-RW) d'une capacité de 156 Mo. En mode non compressé (format Tiff), une dizaine de photos en 2 048 x 1 536 pixels pourront être stockées.