Sony Mavica CD250 Review

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Sony Mavica CD250



Record Screens & Menus




Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

Before you can start taking pictures you need to initialize the new CD-R or CD-RW disc. These are the screens displayed during initialization which takes less than a minute.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

A typical Auto record mode with the shutter release halfway down, the autofocus is locked (green dot icon next to battery time and the AF brackets in the center are green), the battery is full with 167 minutes of runtime left, the flash is set to forced on, image size is 1600 x 1200 and quality is Fine, approximately enough space on the disc is left for 116 pictures, macro focus mode, selftimer is enabled and the aperture is F3.9 with a shutter speed of 1/50 second.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

Auto record exposure options:

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

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, Infinity

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

    Spot Metering - On or Off

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Image Size - 1600x1200, 1600 (3:2), 1280x960, 640x480

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal, Burst 3, Email, Voice, TIFF uncompressed

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

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

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be +1, +2 or -1 or -2





Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

Typical Scene mode record screen. Same as the regular Record mode but the user can choose one of three pre-programmed exposure modes: Twilight for shooting night scenes with slow shutter speeds (tripod is recommended), Twilight Portait uses a slow shutter speed to capture a night background and then adds flash to illuminate a foreground subject. Landscape sets the focus to infinity to capture scenic shots.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

Scene mode exposure options:

    Scene - Twilight, Twilight+Portrait, Landscape

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

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, infinity

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

    Spot Metering - On or Off

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Image Size - 1600x1200, 1600 (3:2), 1280x960, 640x480

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Normal, Burst 3, Email, Voice, TIFF uncompressed

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

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

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be +1, +2 or -1 or -2





Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

The CD250 features the new MPEG HQX movie mode. You can capture full motion sequences with audio at 15 frames per second. There are three different recording modes available: The length of a 320x240 HQX movie clip is limited only by available space on the CD disc and plays back full screen on the LCD or TV screen. The normal 320x240 and 160x120 movies play back in a smaller screen area, see the next page for examples.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD250

Movie mode options:

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

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF, 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, infinity

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

    Spot Metering - On or Off

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Image Size - 320 HQX, 320x240, 160x112

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







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