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Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot

Review Date: Aug 25, 2003

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Photoxels Award
OriGenial: Hologram AF Illuminator that really works

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The #1 complaint we constantly hear from digital camera enthusiasts has to be the poor low-light focus ability of most digital cameras. Save for one: the Sony F717's infra-red laser hologram AF allows precise focus even in total darkness. Well, good news! The new Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot incorporates features borrowed from the hugely popular F717, including its low-light hologram AF assist (yeah!). Whereas other digital cameras also has low-light focus-assist AF (better a little than none), only the Sony 'Hologram AF' works practically foolproof, thus removing the low-light focusing complaint.

The Sony DSC-V1 has 5 megapixels resolution, a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 4x optical zoom, maximum aperture of F2.8, shutter speed range from 1/8 - 1/2,000 sec. (30 - 1/1,000 sec. in Manual mode), and 3.9 in. macro. Exposure control includes Shutter-Priority and Aperture-Priority modes, plus 8 Scene Modes (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Fast Shutter). The one biggest selling point for the V1 will no doubt be its low-light capability that far surpasses that of all other digital cameras in this category.

Other notable features are a hot shoe to allow the use of external flash (with TTL flash metering) and a very cool program shift function. The program shift function allows you to shift the exposure in Program AE up or down equivalent exposure settings by simply rotating the jog dial. This allows you to maintain proper exposure but select a larger aperture/smaller shutter or faster shutter/smaller aperture.

With its 5 megapixels resolution, 4x optical zoom, flexible exposure control, and infrared laser hologram, the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot seems like THE perfect digital camera for the serious amateur photographer. We award it our OriGenial™ Seal of Approval for excellence in camera design and richness of features.

Read our Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot review (Aug 25, 2003)

Get a second opinion from: DPReview, Steve's Digicams, Imaging Resource, DCRP

Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Image Sensor 5.0 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. CCD
  Lens Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar (filter thread 52mm with adapter ring)  
  Focal Length 7-28mm (34-136mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture F2.8-8  
  Optical Zoom 4x  
  Macro 10 cm / 3.9 in.  
  Auto Focus
5 Area Multi-point AF: Automatic or manual selection of AF point
AF Lock and Manual focus available
NightShot Infrared, NightFraming, Hologram AF Illuminator for low-light shooting
  Shutter Speed

Auto: 1/8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Program AE: 1 - 1/2,000 sec.
Aperture Priority: 8 - 1/2,000 sec.
Shutter Priority: 30 - 1/2,000 sec.
Manual: 30 - 1/1,000 sec.

  Exposure Control Auto, Program AE (with program shift), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority or Manual; AE lock is available  
  Shooting Modes Scene Modes (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fast Shutter, Fireworks), Movie (MPEG VX Movie (640x480) with sound, limited only by the size of the MemoryStick used); Burst  
  Exposure Compensation
+/- 2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Auto Exposure Bracketing
  Light Metering Multi-Pattern, Centre-Weighted Average, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, One-push Manual  
  Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom; 80% coverage  
  LCD 1.5 in. LCD (123K pixels); Adjustable brightness  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto; ISO 100, 200, 400, 800  
  Storage Media Memory Stick / Pro (does not support high speed transfer function for the Pro) (32MB incl.)  
  Battery Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery with Adapter/Charger  
  Included Accessories
32MB Memory Stick
InfoLithium Battery; Adapter/Charger
A/V Cable, USB 2.0 Cable
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs (Pixela)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 99.0 x 65.2 x 56.9 mm /
3.9 x 2.6 x 2.2 in.
  Weight 298 g / 10.9 oz. (with battery & media)  
  MSRP US$399.95 / CAD$799.99  

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.

Before you buy, do your homework and verify a seller's reputation. One source you may want to check with is Resellerratings.com. And remember, if a price seems to good to be true, it probably is.


Though we make every effort to strive for accuracy in reproducing these specs, we do occasionally make mistakes, so verify with the manufacturer's site for the latest specs. Also, in the early stages of a product introduction, you can almost guarantee there will be some errors from the manufacturers themselves as they update their sites. If you see any mistakes, please contact us. We do appreciate your writing in with the corrections and thank you in advance!

Buy the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot

Steps at Edwards Garden: 1/60 sec., F2.8 and ISO 50, -0.7EV with fill-in flash
Royal Ontario Museum "Digging For Fossiles":
7mm, 1/5 sec., F2.8 and ISO 100

Sony DSC-V1  

Recommended Accessories:

  • Larger MemoryStick (256MB)
  • Second Battery
  • External Battery Charger
  • Soft Belt Case

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