Sony DSC-P72 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72

Record Mode Screens & Menus

Sony CyberShot DSC-P72

Record mode screen showing onscreen data overlay. Starting in the upper left corner is the battery condition icon showing 50%. The P and camera icon show the camera Program Mode. The lightning bolt icon indicates that the flash is on. The image size is 3.1M(2048x1536) and the quality level is Fine. The file name for the image folder on the Memory Stick is 101. The Memory Stick has space for 77 more pictures and the icon graphically shows the space available. The green "dot" and the AF area marks turn green when the auto focus is locked. The two brackets indicate the auto focus mode (Multi AF). The aperture is F4 and the shutter speed is 1/40 sec.

Sony DSC-P72

Record mode options:

    Camera - Auto, Program, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Snow, Beach

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/-2EV in 1/3EV increments

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m or infinity

    Metering - Multi or Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Sunny

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal, Burst2, E-Mail, Voice

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

Sony CyberShot DSC-P72

The P72 is an automatic point-n-shoot but it does have several pre-programmed modes available. The Twilight scene which gives you slower shutter speeds to capture dark, night scenes. The Twilight Portrait, which is the same as Twilight with the addition of flash to illuminate a person or foreground subject as well as capturing a night background. The Landscape scene sets the focus to infinity for capturing outdoor scenic shots. The Snow scene helps avoid overexposure when the majority of the frame is brightly lit, such as when shooting a snowscape. The Beach scene when shooting seaside or lakeside, the blue of the sea is clearly recorded.

Sony DSC-P72

Movie recording screen in the new "VX" mode which captures VGA resolution (640x480) @ 16fps, the length is limited only by space available on the Memory Stick. The P72 has a microphone and records audio with the movie. The optical zoom can't be used during recording, but you can preset the zoom before recording begins.

Movie clips can also be recorded Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, and Solarize.

Sony DSC-P72

Movie mode options:

    Exposure compensation - Override the metering +/-2EV in 1/3EV increments

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m infinity

    Metering - Multi, Spot

    White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Sunny

    Image Size - 640x480(VX), 160x112 E-mail

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

Sony DSC-P72

SETUP options - CAMERA menu:

    Moving Image - Sets the mode for the Movie position of the Mode Dial:
      MPEG Movie (VX 640x480) or (E-mail 160x120)
      Clip Motion (capture 2-10 images at 160x120 or 120x108 and save them as an animated 256-color GIF image)
      Multi Burst (shoots 16 - 320x240 frames in a single JPEG file, can select 3 intervals: 1/30, 1/15, 1/8 sec)

    Smart Zoom Enable/disable smart (digital) zoom

    Date/Time - Enable date or time+date stamping on the image

    Red Eye Reduction - Enable/disable the flash Red-Eye mode

    AF Illuminator - Enable/disable the autofocus illuminator

Sony DSC-P72

SETUP options - Memory Stick Tool:

    Format - Format the Memory Stick

    File Number - SERIES (sequential auto number) or RESET

    Create REC. Folder - Create a new folder on the Memory Stick to store your images

    Change REC. Folder - Change to a different image folder

Sony DSC-P72

SETUP 1 options:

    Power Save - On or Off

    LCD Brightness - Bright, Normal or Dark

    LCD Backlight - Bright, Normal or Dark

    Beep - Enable camera "beep" sounds when buttons are pushed

    Language - Choose From 6 Languages

    Clock Set - OK or Cancel

Sony DSC-P72

SETUP 2 options:

    USB Connect - USB protocol, PTP or Normal

    Video Out - NTSC or PAL signal timing

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