Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 Review
Date: Nov 8, 2004
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 Review is based on a
production model. All sample images are unretouched,
except where specified.
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:
||Desire a quality 7+ MP
resolution point-and-shoot digital camera
capable of producing prints of up to
||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.