Product Type: Sony digital cameras
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A great camera for the enthusiast, now a bit old
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1
Member Name: kirnist
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1
Advantages: Great picture quality, rare nigh vision abilities, manual focus, built like a tank.
Disadvantages: Not the best processing speed or ISO behaviour, a bit "fat"
This was my first serious digital camera, well... after a sad start with a Mustek 3MP camera in the advent of digital cameras.
This was classified as a prosumer camera, aimed at those photography enthusiasts who wanted something more out of their camera they just point and shoot. It won a european prize in that category.
It certainly delivers with a hot-shoe, night vision and night shot modes (Sony exclusive?), manual controls including manual focusing (!).
The camera is "only" 5MP, which if you've been into photography any decent amount of time you know is perfectly adequate for most users.
The lens delivers 4x zoom which was a notch above the regular 3x zoom that predominated. Remember, this was before the now ubiquitous 5x, 6x 10x compact cameras.
The night vision abilities allowed you to see and focus before taking a shot in the dark (flashing) or to actually take a shot in that night vision goggles effect you see in the movies (IR).
The controls where good, although a bit tightly packed into this rather small body, although it is a bit "fat", meaning too broad too easily fit in your pocket.
The down side of this camera, and one of the reason I bought into a more modern camera was the fact that it took a bit to power down and power up. Actually its the lens engaging and retracting that is mostly to fault. I also wanted more zoom...
Another big plus is that is was mostly metal encased. I droped it hard onto the pavement twive (its got the dings to prove it) and it still kept on working fine.
Summary: Great camera, well built and loade with features that is a bit dated and not quite compact enough.
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