Sony DSC-V1 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1



Features & Controls





Sony DSC-V1

The DSC-V1 is equipped with a F2.8-4.0 7-28mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 4x optical zoom with 34 to 136mm 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-DEH07V and telephoto VCL-DEH17V lenses can be attached using the adapter ring that comes with the conversion lens.

The DSC-V1 employs a 5-point Multipoint 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 15.7 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 thirteen focus distance presets from 0.1m to infinity.

And one other feature to note is the zoom control "toggle" switch on the back of the camera can be set by the user to work in either direction. i.e. Push up to go Tele and push down to go Wide or the other way around -- a nice touch.


Sony DSC-V1

The DSC-V1 uses the same Hologram AF Assist as that found on the DSC-F717. The Hologram AF feature is a Sony-exclusive laser focusing system designed to achieve accurate focus on subjects with little contrast in dark conditions. It projects a safe, visible laser hologram pattern directly onto the subject so the camera can detect the contrast between the edge of the laser pattern and the subject itself.



Sony DSC-V1

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-V1

The built-in flash automatically pops up when needed and 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 1.6 to 11.5 feet (0.5 to 3.5m).


Sony DSC-V1

The hot shoe allows the use of the new Sony HVL-F32X Auto-Programmable external flash or the HVL-F1000 external flash. We even hear that Sony has a new HVL-F2000 external flash coming that will offer more advanced features. See the hot shoe with its TTL contacts in the next frame.



Sony DSC-V1

The Mode Dial has positions for SETUP, Movie, Playback, AUTO, Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority, Manual and SCeNe. The SCeNe mode has 8 settings for Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fast Shutter, Fireworks.



Sony DSC-V1

On the back is a 1.5-inch color TFT LCD monitor with 123,000 pixels of resolution. It can be used as a live viewfinder, for image review or accessing the menu system. Controls on the back: Above the color LCD (left to right) is the Exposure Compensation button, it acts as the Index button in playback. Pressing the Focus button enables the manual focus mode, the distance is set by rotating the Command Dial. The AE Lock button locks the current exposure and white balance values - very handy when shooting multi- picture panorama shots. Just below the optical viewfinder is the Monitor button, it turns the color LCD on and off and controls the amount of information that is displayed. To the right is the Command Dial, it can be pushed and turned to change various onscreen items like shutter speeds, aperture values, focus distances etc.

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, spot metering, self-timer and Quick Review mode. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the onscreen menus. The button on the bottom right lets you quickly change the image size in record mode and acts as the image delete button in playback.



Sony DSC-V1

The I/O ports are found behind a door on the side and include a USB 2.0 compatible port for transferring images to the computer.

The Audio-Video Out port lets you display images and movies on a TV. The video signal can be set for NTSC or PAL standard. Audio is monoraul.

On the bottom is the jack for the AC-LS5 battery charger / power adapter.



Sony DSC-V1

Located on the bottom with the battery is the Memory Stick card slot. The DSC-V1 comes with an 32MB Memory Stick and can use any capacity Memory Stick, Memory Stick Select or Memory Stick Pro card.

Sony DSC-V1





Sony DSC-V1

Power is supplied by a Sony NP-FC11 780mAH InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery pack. The battery is charged in-camera with the supplied AC-LS5 AC adapter/charger and a fully depleted battery is recharged in 150 minutes.

Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 85 minutes (170 images) with the LCD on and approx. 120 minutes (230 images) with the LCD turned off. Viewing time is approx. 180 minutes.







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