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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 Review

Review Date: Oct 1, 2004

 Sony DSC-P100 Cyber-shot

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Sony DSC-P100 Cyber-shot has 5.1-megapixel resolution, a Carl Zeiss branded lens at 3x optical zoom, and macro focus at 10 cm (3.9 in.). It has a nice shutter speed range, allowing you to go as long as 30 sec. in Manual mode.

The Sony P100 is a point-and-shoot digital camera with Programmed Auto mode, some manual control over exposure compensation, aperture and shutter speed, and scene modes to make taking shots in various common situations a snap. An AF Illuminator helps with low-light focusing. Movie size is 640x480 at 30fps using Memory Stick PRO media. You can even display a histogram in both capture and playback modes.

If you are one of those who love to add accessories, you can screw on filters (30mm) using the optional VAD-PHB adaptor. Other optional accessories include wide-angle and telephoto conversion lenses, carrying case, table top tripod and docking station.

The Sony DSC-P100 is PictBridge compatible, allowing you to print directly to a printer without going through a computer. The Sony DSC-P150 is similar to the P100, but has 7.2 megapixels resolution and sells for about $100 more.

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QuickFact™ Sheet
  Sony DSC-P-100 Cyber-shot  
  Image Sensor 5.1 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar  
  Focal Length 7.9 – 23.7mm (38-114mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture f2.8 – f5.6 (W); f5.2 – f10 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 10 cm / 3.9 in.  
  Auto Focus 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual; AF Illuminator  
  Shutter Speed 1/8 – 1/1000 sec. (auto), 2 – 1/1000 sec. (twilight), 30 – 1/1000 sec. (manual).  
  Exposure Control Program AE (Manual: Exposure compensation, aperture, shutter speed)  
  Shooting Modes

Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter;

Movie: 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) with Audio);

Burst (9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6fps)

  Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Light Metering Multi-Pattern, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom  
  LCD 1.8 in. LCD (134K pixels)  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media Memory Stick / Pro  
  Battery Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery with Charger  
  Included Accessories
32MB Memory Stick
NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery with AC-LS5 Battery Charger
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs (Picture Package™ for Sony v1.0 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows))
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 108 x 52 x 26mm /
4 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 in.
  Weight (Body Only) 147g / 5.4 oz  
  MSRP US$399.95 / CAD$529.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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