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Sony DSC-V3 Cyber-shot


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 returns to its roots with a design evolving from the DSC-S85. It is larger and heavier than the DSC-V1 that it replaces, with a large handgrip, and now comes in an all-black magnesium alloy/plastic body.

The Sony DSC-V3 has 7.2 megapixels resolution, a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 4x optical zoom, maximum aperture of F2.8, shutter speed range from 1/8 - 1/2,000 sec. (30 - 1/1,000 sec. in Manual mode), and 3.9 in. macro. Exposure control includes Shutter-Priority and Aperture-Priority modes, plus 9 Scene Modes. Besides the same lens, it also retains the Hologram AF Illuminator for low-light shooting, program shift, and adds support for the RAW file format, and improved battery life.

Like the V1, the V3 has a hotshoe for using the optional Sony HVL-F32X Auto-Programmable external flash. The onboard flash has moved from the left edge on the V1 where the left index finger always seemed to get in the way to above the lens on the V3. It is really a flip-on flash as opposed to a pop-up. On the back, there is now an extra large 2.5-in. LCD monitor.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 will appeal to serious amateur photographers desiring a high-quality digital camera with all the flexible exposure control they need.

Sony DSC-V3 Cyber-shot
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony Cuber-shot DSC-V3  
  Image Sensor 7.2 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. Super HAD™ CCD
  Lens Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® (52mm, by required VAD-VHA adaptor)  
  Focal Length 7-28mm (34-136mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.8-F8.0  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 10 cm / 3.9 in.  
  Auto Focus
5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 14-Step Manual
AF Lock and Manual focus available
NightShot Infrared, NightFraming, Hologram AF Illuminator for low-light shooting
  Shutter Speed

Auto: 1/8 – 1/2000 sec.
Program Auto: 1 – 1/2000 sec.
Shutter-Priority, Manual: 30 – 1/1000 sec.

  Exposure Control Auto, Program AE (with program shift), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Full Manual; AE lock is available  
  Shooting Modes Scene Modes (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter);
Movie with sound (limited only by the size of the memory storage used): MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps), (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media), MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps);
Burst: 8 Shot (7MP JPEG Fine) 2 fps
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Multi-Pattern, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, Manual  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom; 80% coverage; no diopter adjustment  
  LCD 2.5” 123K Pixel TFT LCD Screen  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 100, 200, 400, 800  
  Storage Media Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media (up to 1GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function), CompactFlash Type I  
  Battery NP-FR1 InfoLithium® Rechargeable  
  Included Accessories
NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 Cable
Strap (Shoulder)
Software CD-ROMs: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh) ImageData Converter v1.1 (Macintosh), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 119.8 x 72 x 63 mm /
4.7 x 2.8 x 2.24 in.
  Weight (Camera body only) 360 g / 13.2 oz.  
  MSRP US $599.95 / CDN $849.99  

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Sony V3  

Recommended Accessories:

  • Larger MemoryStick (512MB)
  • Second Battery
  • External Battery Charger
  • Soft Case

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