Sony Mavica CD500 Review

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Sony Mavica CD500



Record Screens & Menus



Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


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-CD500


AUTO record mode screen with the shutter release halfway down, the autofocus is locked (green dot icon next to battery time and AF target marks in center turn green), single auto focus mode (SAF), battery has 97 minutes of runtime left, the flash will fire (lightning bolt icon), image size is 5M (2592 x 1944) and quality is Fine, enough disc space is left for 5 pictures, the aperture is F2.2 with a shutter speed of 1/50 second.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


In AUTO mode you can only select the RECord mode or the Image Size.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Program AE screen display with a lot of options enabled such as Fluorescent white balance, ISO locked at 100, image sharpness, saturation and contrast are all set to the "+" position. The next frame shows all possible menu options that can be set in the Program AE, Shutter-speed priority, Aperture priority or Manual exposure modes.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Still image record mode options:

    Metering Mode - Multi, Center or Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash or One-Push custom
    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400
    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard
    Record Mode - Normal, Burst 3, Exposure Bracketing, Email, Voice or TIFF uncompressed
    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low
    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize
    Sharpness - Minus, Normal or Plus
    Saturation - Minus, Normal or Plus
    Contrast - Minus, Normal or Plus

    Image Size - 5M 2592x1904, 4.5M (3:2), 3.1M 2048x1536, 1.2M 1280x960, VGA 640x480





Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Setting the Mode Dial to the "A"perture priority position lets you adjust the aperture value (wideangle: F2, 2.2, 2.5, 2.8, 3.2, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8) via the Jog Dial denoted by the blue icon in the lower right and the camera's exposure system will match the appropriate shutter speed (in this case 1.3 seconds).

The aperture controls the depth of field (range of focus), a smaller NUMBER yields a shallow depth of field and a higher number gives you a deeper depth of field. Shallow depth of field is preferred in portraits to blur out the background and when you shoot an outdoor scenic shot you could use F8 to put more in focus.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Setting the Mode Dial to the "S"hutter speed priority positions lets you set a given shutter speed (8 seconds to 1/1000 sec in 40 steps) and the camera will match the appropriate aperture value. You would use a high shutter speed to freeze rapid-moving subjects or use a slower shutter speed to intentionally blur them.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Setting the Mode Dial to "M"anual allows you to adjust both the shutter speed and the aperture value. You press in on the Jog Dial and move it to the shutter speed or the aperture value and press it again to change the setting. The "-1.7EV" readout acts as your exposure meter and lets you know if the current settings will produce an over, under or proper exposure.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


The AF zone can be left in the Wide mode or you can press the FOCUS button and adjust the area you are focusing on. Choices are wide, center, left, right, bottom or top.

The focus can be automatic or you can press the FOCUS button a second time and then rotate the command dial to select any one of the following preset distance values: 0.1m, 0.2m, 0.3m, 0.5m, 0.8m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 3m, 5m, 7m, 10m, 15m or infinity.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


Turning the mode dial to the SCeNe position will allow you to choose one of six pre-programmed exposure modes from the MENU - see the next frame for the available options.




Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


SCeNe mode options:

    SCeNe mode - Night, Night Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Snow, Beach
    Metering Mode - Multi, Center or Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash or One-Push custom
    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard
    Record Mode - Normal, Burst 3, Exposure Bracketing, Email, Voice or TIFF uncompressed
    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low
    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

    Image Size - 5M 2592x1904, 4.5M (3:2), 3.1M 2048x1536, 1.2M 1280x960, VGA 640x480





Sony Mavica MVC-CD500


The CD500 features the MPEG VX movie mode for capturing motion video at VGA resolution (640 x 480) with audio at 16 frames per second. The length of a movie clip is limited only by available space on the CD disc and plays back full screen on the LCD or TV screen. With a fresh CD you can record up to 5 minutes 54 seconds of VGA size video. For email purposes you can also record at 160 x 112 resolution at 8 frames per second with audio.





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