Product Type: Sony digital cameras
Newest Review: ... adequate for regular size prints eg. 6x4 and 7x5. Unfortunately the camera takes 2 AA batteries - while these are cheap and easy to ob... more
This cybershot is past its best
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P71
Member Name: Huomenna
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P71
Date: 30/11/09, updated on 30/11/09 (29 review reads)
Advantages: video record, adjustable iso
Disadvantages: low mega pixels, poor quality photos
*When reading the reviews about this product please bear in mind that the others were written at least 6 years ago, so what was said about the camera then may not be as relevant now*
*I have also put this review on ciao*
The sony cyber-shot DSC-P71 is getting on in years and while it may have been an excellent digital camera in its day, it is now past its best.
The camera is only 3.2 mega pixels - this is very low compared to modern cameras but is still adequate for regular size prints eg. 6x4 and 7x5.
Unfortunately the camera takes 2 AA batteries - while these are cheap and easy to obtain, they don't last very long and as a consequence battery life is very poor versus that of other types.
For a compact camera it's very heavy and chunky with only a small viewing screen.
In low light conditions I've found it performs very badly (I'm classifying low light as pretty much anything other than sunlight and not using flash) - the images are very noisy.
Uses a sony memory stick which are not the easiest memory sticks to get hold of (the camera comes supplied with a 16mb one which is tiny by today's standards and even with the low megapixels of this camera it can still only manage to hold a dozen photos).
The DSC-P71 does have a viewfinder which helps to save on battery life.
Built in flash - helps in above mentioned low light conditions.
The camera does have the ability to record video - while not the best of quality, this is still a useful feature.
There are a number of different options available in the menu for the user to adjust such as the white balance settings, ISO (from 100 up to 400) and the option of spot metering.
Due to the vast number of improvements in digital camera technology over the last few years, this camera is now pretty much obsolete - there are better camera's available on the market at very low prices, which surpass this camera in all aspects.
If you have this camera or have been given it I'm not suggesting you throw it away, it still has its uses but it's not something I would recommend buying.
Summary: Might have been good when release but not worth purchasing now
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