Sony Mavica CD250 Review

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Sony Mavica CD250

First Look posted 2/20/2002
Full Review Posted 07/08/2002

Introduction & Physical Views

Click on the CD250 to take a QuickTime VR tour

The Mavica CD250 captures images with 2.0 megapixel (effective) resolution and 3X optical / 2X digital zoom. Some new features it shares with its big brother, the MVC-CD400, include a solid, ergonomically curved design, MPEG HQX Movie mode with audio, and a three-shot burst mode for taking photos in rapid succession. Available in May and expected to sell for about $600, the CD250 is positioned to introduce CD photography to anyone seeking a versatile, easy way to shoot, share and save great pictures.

Multi-point auto focus makes sure the camera doesn't just focus on the center of the frame. Instead the MVC-CD250 model automatically finds the best focus among three different areas within the picture, while the MVC-CD400 lets the photographer automatically or manually select the best focus from five separate parts of the picture.

Allowing the camera to more accurately calculate exposure, Sony's pre-flash exposure metering actually calculates exposure with light from the flash itself. To provide accurate exposure in uneven lighting, multi-pattern metering divides the scene into a matrix of 49 separate cells, each of which can be metered independently.

Sony MVC-CD250

Maximizing the benefits of writeable CD photography, Sony's new CD250 Mavica digital still camera incorporates focus, exposure and archiving features that help make every picture worth keeping. CompactDiscs are easy-to-use, long-lasting, and allow instant archiving of pictures - a lot of pictures. The CD250 Mavica comes with a a media pack of six CD-Rs and one CD-RW disc, giving the user over one gigabyte of available storage.

Sony MVC-CD250 Features:

  • 3x optical (41-123mm 35mm equiv) Sony aspherical zoom lens
  • 1/2.7" 2.0 Megapixel (effective) Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • 1600x1200, 1600(3:2), 1280x960 and 640x480 resolution still images in JPEG Normal or Fine and uncompressed TIFF formats
  • Records images to 8cm CD-R or RW Disc (156MB capacity)
  • High-speed scan AF with AF illuminator light and manual focus modes
  • 2½" 123,000 pixel color LCD viewfinder with solar assist window
  • 3-mode auto pop-up flash w/selectable red-eye reduction, compatible w/HVL-F1000 flash
  • Muli Pattern and Spot metering
  • Adjustable white balance with five modes.
  • ISO 100, 200, 400 and Auto
  • MPEG HQX movie mode, 320x240 @ 16fps with audio, unlimited length
  • Slow shutter noise reduction
  • UXGA/XGA/VGA, 3:2 UXGA image resolution
  • USB transfer allows use as an external CD-R/RW drive
  • InfoLithium® rechargeable battery, AC adapter/charger supplied

Physical Views

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony MVC-CD250

Sony CD300 and CD250

The 4-megapixel Mavica CD400 and the 2-megapixel CD250.

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MVC-CD250 Specifications

Imager 1/2.7" 2.0 Megapixel (effective) Super HAD CCD
Image Sizes Still: 1600x1200, 1600(3:2), 1280x960, 640x480
MPEG: 320x240 and 160x120
MultiBurst: 16-320x240 frames as 1280x960 image
ClipMotion GIF: Up to ten 160x120 and 80x72 frames
Recording Formats Still: JPEG, TIFF, GIF
Movie: MPEG HQX (320x240 @ 16fps w/audio)
MPEG standard (320x240 or 160x112 w/audio)
Image Storage 8cm (3-inch) CD-R or CD-RW 156MB discs
A/D Conversion 12-bit DXP
Lens Sony 3x F3.8-3.9 6.4-19.2mm (41-123mm 35mm equiv)
with 37mm filter threads
Focus Contrast Detect AF
3-Area MultiPoint AF
Autofocus 19.7" to infinity
Macro AF 1.2" minimum
5-step Manual focus
ISO Sensitivity Auto (100-400) or fixed 100, 200, 400
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Sunny, Incandescent, Fluorescent
Exposure Metering Multi Pattern or Spot
Shutter Range 2 sec to 1/800 (auto)
Aperture Range F3.8 - 8.0 (auto)
Manual Exposure No
Program AE Auto plus Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape
Burst Mode 3 frames at 2fps
Confirm Before Write User selectable
Noise Reduction Automatic at 1/2 sec or slower
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
In-Camera Sharpening +/- 2 in 1 step increments
Flash Modes Auto, Forced, Redeye, Off
Flash Level Adjustment Auto, High, Low
Flash Range 2.6 to 11.5 feet
External Flash Optional HVL-F1000 via ACC port
Color LCD 2.5-inch 123,000 pixels TFT w/backlight
and solar-assist window
Eyelevel Viewfinder DSAC-MVC (optional)
Playback Zoom 1.1 to 5X in 17 steps
Playback Index 9 frames, 3 frames w/exp info
Review / Quick Delete Yes / Yes
Trimming / Resizing Yes / Yes
MPEG 6X Cue/Review Yes, EX or HQX
Connections Video/Audio, USB, AC power, ACC port
Battery Supplied InfoLITHIUM NP-FM50
w/AC-L10 charger & AC supply
Supplied Software Pixel ImageMixer 1.0, Sony SPVD-004 USB driver
Dimensions 5-7/16 x 3-3/4 x 4 inches
138 x 95 x 101mm
Weight (w/out battery) 1lb 6oz (608 g)

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