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      26.02.2002 15:17

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      Great camera - Advantages: Well made & small, Adjustable flash output, Memory stick - Disadvantages: Needs wide angle

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      13.01.2002 01:01
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      The DSC-P1 camera was released little over a year ago but is still in my opinion one of the best digital cameras available on the market especially when you consider that the price has now come down a bit. This camera can take pictures of up to 3.34 Megapixles in other words 2048 x 1536. This is amazing since most users run there pcs at 1024 x 768. This means it takes photoes at 4 x the resoloution of the average users monitor. The downside to this high quality is that it will gouble up lots of space on the 8mb memory stick provided. However this is not too much of a problem as one can buy a bigger memory stick or take pictures at a lower resoloution to fit more on the existing stick. (The highest quality pictures take about 1MB of space each) This cammera can also take movies of up to the resolution of 320 x 240. The sound quality on these is execeltent (the onboard speaker really does not do justice to it). The problem with these movies are that they are limited to ten seconds however much space you have. (This was fixed on the new model but that costs a lot more). Another really good feature of this cammera is a 3x optical zoom. This cammera is almost unique at having this at such a low price. This camera also has a very good flash which can be customised very well both in brightness level and flash mode e.g. red eye reduction. For the preffesionals there are lots of little tweaks you can do to make the pictures better or more interesting. Special Photo Mods: e.g. Sepia, Solarise Change Exposure Length: Change White Balance: etc. There are also sppecial program modes for situation such as low light and landscape photoes. This camera uses a special rechargable battery that lasts about 90mins and does not suffer badly from memory effects as it is lithium ion. The conectivity to computer is limited to ausb cable however this is very fast and should not cause a problem. One final feature that I will mention i s this camera's ability to be plugged into a television. This is great at parties and at friend's since you can take a picture and show it instantly on the TV. This is a good camera with a wide range of features many of which are only usually found on more expensive cameras. I highly recomend this for anyone who is intrested in buying a digital camera who is looking for a camera which is well above entry level.

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      08.11.2001 12:22
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      Sony CyberShot DSC-P1 is smallest for today 3-megapixel digital camera with a triple optical modification of a focal length (Zoom), which, despite of the "amicable" pocket sizes, grantives to the users the impressive list of possibilities and excellence of shooting. If the label "P" in the DSC-P1 name also did not imply Pocket, doubtlessly owed! For thickness 4,4 sm it easily placed on a palm and weighs, even with allowance for of strong metal bode both accumulator of impressive sizes and capacity, no more than 250 g. But it can photograph with the resolution up to 2048 X 1536 pixels, to save images without a compression (TIFF) or with compression (JPEG), make short video with a sound in a format MPEG with the resolution 320 X 240 pixels (HQ-QVGA), to do animation GIF pictures and to write the speech comments to shots. Little, but the well-organized camera DSC-P1 ensures small, but quite sufficient in most case set of the functionalities assembled in strong and well-designed body. To work with this device it is extremely convenient. Novelty DSC-P1 is the function Quick Review, which realizes on the left button of the joystick the preliminary review of the last accepted image. DSC-P1 - small, but quite "adult" camera. New "little noise" 3,34-megapixel matrix of firm Sony - Super HAD CCD (made with the improved parity "the signal / noise") allows to receive rather qualitative images even when shooting of dark objects or for obviously insufficient illumination. And to improve colors the 12-digit analog-digital transformation with corrected "sharpness" images (four pitches of a modification) and set-up of balance white (four modes) is used. Optics of own development of Sony has a triple modification of a focal length (3-optical Zoom) - from 8 up to 24 mm (in an equivalent of a 35-mm film - from 39 up to 117 mm). The camera has two significance's of the diaphragm: F2,8 and F5,6 for 39 mm (F3,3 and F9,6 for 117 mm). The technology of a fast auto focussing of Sony (High-Speed Scan) ensures a fast and point focussing in all a range of a modification of a focal length. The system DSC-P1 has five program AE-modes: Twilight - for shooting when insufficient illumination, Twilight +, Landscape shooting - with set-up of a focal point with infinity, fixed focussing (Pan-Focus), preventing a sharp modification of a focal point, and exposition on a central spot (Spot-Meter). Besides there are four special effects: a negative (Negative Art), Solarization (Solarize), Sepia and black-and-white shooting (B and W). As addition there are some methods of superposition of date and time of shooting on an image. Quality of shots is very good. DSC-P1 is intended for a wide range of the users and consequently is designed, by and large, only to point and shoot. It is easy and is convenient in use, however it photographic possibilities and the control facilities are limited a little. The photographer should rely on "built-in abilities" of this camera and to trust in automation. DSC-P1 makes all necessary rather well. Its optics practically has not distortions on all a range of focal length (from wide-angle up to a Tele-mode) and noticeable chromatic aberrations. When shootings in natural illumination (even in dark weather) the noise practically is absent also chromaticity of snapshots excellent. Besides DSC-P1 differs by fast readiness for shooting and small delay time for operation of a lock, especially if its color LCD-screen is switched off (however, and with a live LCD-screen the delay for focussing does not exceed 0,5 seconds). In all cameras, from Mavica to Cybershot, Sony uses an identical system of the menu and only slightly modifies it from a model to a model. This standardization results that any new camera the experienced users perceive as well familiar. It is simple and clear. With the camera DSC-P1 are delivered the program MGI PhotoSuite for image processing and USB-drivers for work under the control of operational systems Windows 2000, 98, and 98SE (the software delivered with the camera, can be changed). For editing of video in a format MPEG the program Video Wave SE also from firm MGI is. These programs are simple in assimilation and quite are capable to supply any application. Also it is necessary to mark good support of this camera by firm Sony on it Web-site. Had no time to appear an operational system Windows Millennium Edition, as the appropriate USB-driver for DSC-P1 is available. Dignities - high quality of shots, - rather point automatic balance white, - a unique possibility of shooting animation GIF images and black-and-white documents, - record of a video with a sound and speech comments to photos, - strong, elegant and well composed body, - triple optical Zoom with fast and exact management, - fast and point automatic focussing, - excellent accumulators InfoLithium, - availability of a built-in flash, - USB-interface, - additional water-proof body for shooting in bad weather conditions or under water. Defects - the little bit slow initialization when turn-on, - not enough fast change of images for want of view, - small distortion when large angles of shooting, - the limited choice of the diaphragm (and accordingly, depth of sharpness), - modest possibilities macro shoot (certainly, on a comparison with large cameras), - the noisy control system of a focal length (mechanism Zoom), - weak built-in flash, - very small (only 8 Mbytes) the card Memory Stick in a package (on it does not place any TIFF-image). Sony DSC-P1 is perfect superportable digital camera. It is very strong, compact and convenient in use.

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      09.10.2001 05:31
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      I bought this camera 6 months ago and it's brilliant!! It's easy to take pictures - you turn it on a click the button. Downloading to the PC is a cinch - and if you're really serious you buy a reader (via a mouse or a regular reader) and it's even easier. The JPG format on the memory stick is great - you plug it in and it's seen on Explorer as a separate drive. then you can do what you want with the jpg files.....the camera even gives you the option to save a high resolution file along with a very low one for emailing - perfect! I live in the US but all my family lives in England....this is a terrific option. Even better is the ability to take short videos that you can send across email. It's easy to view pictures on the camera if you're on the move - although watch for the battery life, it'll go quickly. In short - this was a perfect buy! I love it!

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        19.08.2001 07:16
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        After a lot of dithering I narrowed my selection of a digital camera down to 2, the Fuji Finepix 6800 Zoom and the Sony DSC-P1. In the end the Sony won. Why? Well… This is what I was looking for in a camera 1. Small, so that it would fit into my handbag on nights/days out. 2. Excellent quality of pictures 3. Zoom lens 4. LCD monitor 5. Self timer I was tempted to go worth the Fuji because the accessories, memory cards etc. are a lot cheaper. But the Sony won because of its size. It is slightly smaller. So have I made the right decision? You bet! I love it! It's very simple to use, unlike my Sony camcorder I'm pleased to say. You can take pictures in 4 different sizes but I tend to use the second size 3:2 which is equivalent to a 6x4 as it's easier to print out the pictures. You can change the image sizes after taking them but the quality is lost slightly. This can be done on the camera itself, which is really nifty. It has 4 special effects, which I haven't used yet. You can also record mpeg movies on it in 3 durations - 5, 10 or 15 seconds recording time. The downfall is obviously the price of memory cards but if you shop around you can find them cheaper. At Currys, Dixons and PC World a 64mb card was £130.00 where as at Jessops I bought a 132mb card for 169.99. Sony only supplies an 8 MB card with the camera, which only holds 5 good quality pictures. Therefore you will need to buy an extra memory stick or you will be forever downloading to your computer. 32 MB card holds 20 good quality pictures 64 MB card holds 40 good quality pictures. 132MB card holds 80 good quality pictures. Downloading to my computer was really easy although I must stress you need a USB connection in the back of your hard drive, otherwise you'll have to invest in a memory card adapter which converts your memory car d into a floppy disk - more money! I was very disappointed that it wasn't supplied with any photo editing software either. But all in I'd rather pay more for accessories and have the right camera. It does lots of other things, which I haven't tried yet and as I only bought it on Friday I'm still playing around with it. But when I discover something new that's cool, I'll add to this op. Thank you for reading this op. By rating this opinion the NSPCC charity will receive 5p. Thank you!

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          10.08.2001 15:55

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          A great buy - Advantages: Size, Quality, Ease of use - Disadvantages: Small memory card

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          26.07.2001 02:29
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          I bought this camera before going on holiday really because I am a gadget freak more than anything else. I am a fan of Sony products but I did search around for, what I thought, the best camera before buying. When I bought the camera I also bought a 64mb memory stick as well because the 8mb one that comes with it is way too small for good quality pictures. For most pictures taken I used the 2nd best quality which managed around 40 pictures to be stored. The picture quality is absolutely stunning especially on Macro. The 3x zoom is very useful as is the extra 3x digital zoom except you do loose quality here. The camera features are numerous and ,as usual, some are useful, some not. being able to change the quality of the pictures after taking them is great if you are running out of memory. The Mpeg video is great fun and does not take up too much memory. Although the camera is a "point and shoot" it is still reasonably versatile as one can alter exposure, white out, flash modes etc. There is one mode which I really like - when taking a picture (in any quality) you can have it also save it in 640/40 quality which is very good for e-mail as the memory size is small. Battery time is great and it also gives a rough guide on how many minutes use you have left. There are only three negative points I can think of, firstly, you do need to buy a bigger memory stick if you need yo take more than a few pictures. Secondly, it does feel slightly akward to hold to start with. Thirdly, Sony's memory stick - can only be used in Sony products unlike many other cameras which will take a universal memory card. Overall - Thoroughly recommended.

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            10.06.2001 19:52
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            First, I should declare my bias - I am a big fan of Sony products, and although i buy stuff based on features and price, I will am willing to pay slightly more for a Sony product that is otherwise equal with other models. And so it was that I came to own a P1. And I love it! It is very compact, but not so small as to be fiddly. And it is camera shaped - I really dont like the 'square' cameras. Taking pictures is a breeze, and it will hold over 30 snap shots on the memory stick included. The quality of these pictures is very good, but if you want something printable, you can go up to 3Megapixels, at which point the image quality is simply stunning. Pictures are transferred from the camera to your PC using a USB cable, which is so easy to use its not funny. If you dont have a USB connector, Sony sell a floppy disk that you can insert the memory stick into. You then put the disk in your drive and read the images off it. Now THAT is clever. And just to really show off, they also sell a mouse that has a memory stick slot in it too. So they have covered every conceivable base. There are loads of picture effects, although to be honest I havent used them in action, and an array of settings, from panoramic view to exposure levels. I also like the fact that I will be able to use memorysticks in other Sony products, so I dont have to worry about the cost of buying extra sticks as they will have a use elsewhere. All in all, and excellent camera, and a fitting addition to the Sony stable. Oh, and I will end with a gripe - they dont include a carrying case with the camera, so I ended up paying an extra £25 to get one. One black mark to Sony. PS - If you arent a dooyoo member, and you found this opinion useful, please register and give me a rating. All my points are being donated to charity. thanks.

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              08.03.2001 23:42
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              Having never owned a digital camera before I opted for a name I knew and trusted - and a camera that had all the features I thought I'd need and use. The camera is very small - a mere 250g - but has a very good resolution with 3.34 megapixels - giving you a picture with 2048x1536 pixels. Unfortunately you can only fit 5 of these on the included 8Mb-memory stick - larger sticks are available, I got a 64Mb stick for around £95. The number of images you can store rises dramatically as you reduce the resolution with around 120 images in 640x480. The picture quality is very good indeed - even at the lower resolution. Copying pictures to your PC is very easy with the memory stick acting as an additional drive when the camera is connected via the USB link. The supplied software is not the best, so a separate image program like paintshop pro is recommended. In addition to standard images you can also record short MPEG videos and sound, but I found the quality here somewhat lacking. I haven't really used all the features yet - such as e-mail pictures where your main image is accompanied by a much smaller version fit for e-mailing - or the ability to take repeated photos in rapid succession of each other - or the imaginative picture effects you can apply to your photos - and I'm not sure I ever will. Many of the features sound a lot nicer than they actually are and I would guess most people will never use them once the initial novelty wears off. None the less it is a good camera with very good image quality, which is really what it's all about.

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            Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-P1 captures high resolution images up to 3.3 megapixels, the highest resolution found in a small camera, and has a powerful 3X optical/6X digital zoom to catch far-away events, both of which have been unachievable in this category of digital cameras until now.

            The tiny DSC-P1 sports a distinctive contoured design for easy handling, as well as easy-access controls. The images are captured on Sony's Memory Stick media, a sturdy, removable flash memory card that can be connected with dozens of other electronics products. An exclusive new GIF animation feature, ClipMotion allows users to take up to 10 pictures that the camera automatically combines to make a single ClipMotion animation file. The ClipMotion file is smaller in memory size than a standard MPEG movie. 1.5`` Precision LCD display has a 123k pixel count that enhances the detail of pictures that appear in the screen, making displayed images sharper and more true-to-life. Files can be saved in several ways: JPEG, uncompressed TIFF (Tagged Image Fill Format) for higher quality images, GIF for text mode and three different MPEG options for motion video and sound, including MPEG HQ for full-frame 15-frames-per-second video. Sony's exclusive AccuPower meter continuously displays the battery time remaining, in minutes, on the LCD screen.