Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 Review
Date: Oct 1, 2004
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 Review is based on a
production model. All sample images are unretouched,
except where specified.
7.9mm, Program AE, Multi Pattern, 1/125 sec.,
F2.8 and ISO 100
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 is a point-and-shoot
digital camera that comes in three different colours:
silver, blue and red. But don't be fooled by the
fashion colours and compact JeansPocket
Certified metallic body: the Sony P100 takes
great pictures in Program AE mode, plus there
is a Manual mode that provides more control over
exposure. It has 5.1 megapixel resolution, a 3x
(38-114mm, 35mm equivalent) optical zoom, easy-to-use
scene modes, and MPEG VX movie mode.
In spite of its compact dimensions and shape,
a raised bar at the back and the brushed metallic
front allow you to hold the camera securely enough.
I would still recommend that you use the supplied
wrist strap as a precaution.
The Manual mode allows you to set shutter speed
from 30-1/1,000 sec. and select between two aperture
values. An EV value is displayed and indicates
how much above or below your manual exposure settings
are compared to what the camera determines to
be the correct exposure settings. In effect, this
allows you to have a manual version of "Shutter-Priority"
and "Aperture-Priority" modes: select
shutter speed, then change aperture manually until
correct exposure; or, select aperture, and change
shutter speed manually until correct exposure.
Image quality is very good, with no CA, noise
is under control, and the Carl Zeiss lens is excellent,
capturing details. On the other hand, highlights
seem to be easily blown and there can sometimes
be a lack of detail where there is an expanse
of the same colour (such as grass).
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 is very easy
to use, compact enough to carry with you anywhere
at all times, and gives great pictures with point-and-shoot
simplicity. With its incredibly fast startup time,
fast shutter response, long battery life, and
AF-assist illuminator, the P100 is always ready
to capture those special moments.
See if you fit the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100
User Profile below:
||Desire a quality 5 MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera.
||Want an compact, JeansPocket
Certified digital camera (small
fashion purse, jeans pocket).
||Want a digital camera
that is extremely user-friendly, easy
to use, with f-a-s-t response
||Have no problem with small
buttons and dial, able to hold a small
camera steady and gentle with shutter
||Do not need more exposure
flexibility and are quite happy with
the limitations of a point-and-shoot.