Sony DSC-P5 Review

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Sony DSC-P5

Features & Controls




Sony DSC-P5

Equipped with a Sony 3x optical 8-24mm (39-117mm 35mm equiv) F2.8-5.6 zoom lens.

The normal autofocus range is 19.7 inches to infinity and it can focus down to about 3.9 inches in macro mode. There is also a manual focus option with five presets for 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m and infinity.



Sony DSC-P5

The zoom lens is controlled from the back of the camera. When in play mode these buttons control the index and zoom-in modes.



Sony DSC-P5


To insure accurate focusing in dim lighting the AF Illuminator works together with the passive TTL autofocus system. This option can be enabled or disabled in the Setup menu.



Sony DSC-P5

The Sony P5 is basically an advanced point-n-shoot camera, the combination Mode Dial and shutter release has positions for Setup, Movie, Playback, Record and Night Scene. See the next page for details on exposure options and the menu system.



Sony DSC-P5

Controls on the back. The 4-way selector lets you navigate menus and accept selections by pressing in the center. It is also used to select images during playback. When in record mode it serves to toggle the flash modes, macro mode, selftimer and the Quick Revew function. The DSPL/LCD button controls the color LCD and the information displayed on it. The MENU button enables the onscreen menu system.



Sony DSC-P5

Most camera data is displayed on the color LCD but there is a small monochrome data LCD located on the back. It displays the battery condition, flash status, macro focus, selftimer and the capacity of the Memory Stick.



Sony DSC-P5

I/O ports are on the back: The DC IN for the battery charger, high-speed USB port for downloading to the computer and the A/V out with mono audio and video (selectable for NTSC or PAL).



Sony DSC-P5

On the side is the combination battery compartment and Memory Stick card slot.

Sony includes a 8MB Memory Stick, any size Memory Stick may be used.



Sony DSC-P5

The P5 is powered by a new 3.6v NP-FC10 Sony InfoLITHIUM battery pack. It is charged in-camera with the supplied AC-LS1A charger that also serves as an AC power supply.



Sony DSC-P5

Here's the P1 (on left) and the smaller P5, showing the difference in the size of their battery packs.









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