Sony Mavica CD350 Review

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Features & Controls

The CD350 employs a Sony F3.8-3.9 3x optical zoom equivalent to a 41-123mm lens in 35mm format. Further enhanced with a precision 2x digital Smart Zoom feature.

High speed 3 Area Multi-Point AF system. The focus range is 19.7 inches to infinity in normal mode and down to 3.9 inches in the macro mode. The focus can be automatic or manually adjusted with five preset distances.

The lens has threads for 37mm filters and attachments

Sony MVC-CD350

The CD Mavicas are equipped with a miniature CD-Recorder drive that uses fairly inexpensive 3-inch (8cm) mini-CD discs. These drives have proven to be more than rugged enough to stand up to the day to day use of digi-photographers.

The optical drive can record to both CD-R (write once) and CD-RW (rewriteable) 3-inch discs. The capacity is approx. 156MB for these discs.

Sony MVC-CD350

The CD350 does not come with an optical viewfinder but you can add one as an optional accessory if desired. Pictured here is the DSAC-MVC, a clip-on, eyelevel finder/magnifier for any of the CD Mavica models.

Sony MVC-CD350

It features a real optical system complete with diopter adjustment. The DSAC-MVC magnifies the LCD and makes the manual focus adjustment really useable. The back opens to allow viewing the LCD directly when desired. They cost $79.95.

Sony MVC-CD350

The built in flash has modes for automatic, redeye reduction, forced on (fill) and disabled.

Sony MVC-CD350

Located on top of the camera is the shutter release, Power button and the Mode Dial. The Mode Dial has operating positions for SETUP, Movie, Playback, AUTO, Program AE and SCeNe (High-speed shutter, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Beach or Snow).

Sony MVC-CD350

Below the color LCD (L to R) is the 4-way selector for navigating menus and selecting review images. When no menu is displayed it is used to select the flash mode, macro focus mode, self-timer mode and Quick Review. The MENU button enables the onscreen menu system. The DISPLAY button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the data overlays on the screen. The far right button lets you quickly select the desired image size, in playback mode it is used to delete images.

Sony MVC-CD350

On the side are the I/O ports: The A / V port for connecting to a TV set, the video signal is selectable for NTSC or PAL standards. Downloading to the computer is via a high-speed USB 2.0 data port. On the bottom is the DC IN jack for the included battery charger/AC power supply.

Sony MVC-CD350

The CD350 is powered by a Sony NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM rechargeable 7.2v "battery with a brain" -- it tells you on the LCD exactly how many minutes of runtime is left. Sony claims a recording runtime of 110 minutes (220 shots) in 5M mode, 130 minutes of movie recording time and 160 minutes of review time.

The camera comes with a combination battery charger and AC power adapter (AC-L15) that plugs into the DC input jack on the back of the camera.

For charging out of the camera you can purchase the optional BC-TRM Compact Charger ($60) for travelling or the BC-VM50 Portable AC Charger ($60) or the AC-SQ950D ($150) external AC rapid charger / AC power supply for one or two NP-FM50 battery packs.

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