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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 Review

Review Date: Oct 1, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100

Executive Summary

This Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Godiva Chocolatier: 1/125 sec., F2.8 and ISO 100
Godiva Chocolatier :
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:

Sony DSC-P100
User Profile
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 and startup.
Have no problem with small buttons and dial, able to hold a small camera steady and gentle with shutter release.
Do not need more exposure flexibility and are quite happy with the limitations of a point-and-shoot.

 

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