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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 Review

Review Date: Nov 8, 2004

Category: Point-and-Shoot

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150

Executive Summary

This Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

Dragon Wall: 1/250 sec., F2.8 and ISO 100
Dragon Wall
7.9mm, Program AE, Multi Pattern, 1/250 sec., F2.8 and ISO 100

The Sony DSC-P150 Cyber-shot is stylish and compact, with 7.2MP resolution, a 3x optical zoom, and an excellent Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. The all-metal aluminum camera comes in three colours: silver, black and blue.

The Sony P150 is similar to the P100 in every respect but one: Though the image quality of the Sony P100 is very good, the image quality of the Sony P150 is simply excellent with one of the highest detail available on a P&S, even approaching that obtainable on some of the best Prosumer models. Noise is very low and negligible at the lowest ISO 100. There is very little observable chromatic aberration (incl. the dreaded purple fringing) in everyday shots.

Like the P100, the Sony P150 starts up blazingly f-a-s-t (under 1 sec.), and shutter lag is not a problem at all. In fact, as soon as you depress the shutter release button (no need to half-press or pre-focus), the Auto Focus locks and the camera determines correct exposure, all within half a second -- which is quite impressive seeing that this is faster than even many of the high-end prosumer models.

The Sony P150 has an AF-assist illuminator to help the AF to lock in low-light, and it works extremely well. The 1.8 in. LCD (134K pixels) does not gain up in low-light until you do a half-press of the shutter release button to activate the AF-assist illuminator; this fires an orange light from the focus-assist lamp that in turn makes the image visible on the LCD for a couple of seconds to allow framing.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 is very easy to use, compact enough to carry with you anywhere at all times, and gives excellent pictures with point-and-shoot simplicity. With its incredibly fast startup time, fast shutter response, long battery life, and AF-assist illuminator, the P150 is always ready to capture those special moments. It is currently perhaps the best P&S around.

Optional accessories, such as wide and tele conversion lenses, and an underwater case, also make the P150 an attractive proposition.

See if you fit the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 User Profile below:

Sony DSC-P150
User Profile
Desire a quality 7+ MP resolution point-and-shoot digital camera capable of producing prints of up to 11x17 in.
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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