Sony DSC-P100 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P100



Features & Controls

Sony DSC-P100

The DSC-P100 is equipped with a F2.8 7.9-23.7mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3x optical zoom with 38 to 114mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera.)   The lens retracts into the body when powered down and is protected by a built in lens barrier.

Optional wide angle VCL-DH0730, telephoto VCL-DH1730 and super telephoto VCL-DH2630 lenses as well as 37mm filters can be attached using the VAD-WA conversion lens adapter.

The DSC-P100 employs a 5-point Multi-point auto focus system, with automatic or user selectable AF point. The center AF target area can be wide or narrow. The working range is from 19.7 inches to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 3.9 inches to infinity. You can also manually select one of five focus distance presets from 0.1m to infinity.


Sony DSC-P100

The DSC-P100 features an AF Assist beam designed to achieve accurate focus on subjects with little contrast in dark conditions. It also makes the LCD screen image brighten to aid in framing.



Sony DSC-P100

The eyelevel optical real-image zoom viewfinder has a field of view of approx. 80-85% (80% in wide and about 85% at tele) of the captured image. Strangely there is no diopter adjustment even though this is a high-end consumer camera. The LEDs indicate card activity/Self-Timer, Autofocus/Auto Exposure Lock and Flash status.



Sony DSC-P100

The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro and Flash Cancel. It uses a pre-flash for precise metering of the exposure. It also has auto daylight synchro fill flash for backlit or shadowed subjects as well as dynamic flash white balance for greater color accuracy. The working range for the flash is 0.8 - 11.5 ft. (0.2 - 3.5 m) Wide and 1.0 - 8.0 ft. (0.3 - 2.5 m) Telephoto.

Sony has a HVL-FSL1B external slave flash with bracket that can be used with the DSC-P100 camera. There is no flash hot shoe or external flash connector.



Sony DSC-P100

On top is the Power button and Shutter release





Sony DSC-P100

On the back is a 1.8-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 134,000 pixels of resolution. It can be used as a live viewfinder, for image review or accessing the menu system. Controls on the back: Top right is the zoom lens controls, in playback the Tele button magnifies the image and the Wide button displays the thumbnail index. The Mode Dial with positions for SETUP, Movie, Playback, AUTO, Program, Manual and SCeNe. The Monitor button turns the color LCD on and off and controls the amount of information (and histogram) that is displayed.

The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menus. The 4-way selector lets you navigate through the menus or select images during playback. Pressing it in the center accepts selections. In record it lets you select the flash mode, macro focus mode, self-timer and Quick Review mode. The button on the bottom left lets you quickly change the image size in record mode and acts as the image delete button in playback.



Sony DSC-P100

The I/O port is on the bottom, it is a single connector designed to plug into the optional Sony Cyber-shot Station docking cradle. The basic camera package includes a USB 2.0 cable for transferring images to the computer and an Audio-Video cable that lets you display images and movies on a TV. The video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard.



Sony DSC-P100

Located on the side with the battery is the Memory Stick card slot. The DSC-P100 comes with an 32MB Memory Stick and can use any capacity Memory Stick, Memory Stick Select or Memory Stick Pro card. The use of a Memory Stick Pro card is required for recording 640x480 VX Fine mode movie clips.

Sony DSC-P100





Sony DSC-P100

Power is supplied by a rechargeable Sony InfoLithium NP-FR1 3.6v 4.4Wh battery. Sony includes the AC-LS5 AC charger / power adapter, the battery is charged in-camera.

Sony quotes a battery life sufficient to capture up to approx. 360 images and a playback time of approx. 180 minutes with a fully charged NP-FR1 battery.




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