Click to take a QTVR tour of the CD-1000
The CD-1000 features automatic exposure using one of five programmed modes (Auto,
Night, Night+, Landscape, Portrait) or you can switch it into shutter
speed-priority (18-steps, 8 - 1/500 secs) or aperture-priority mode (F2.8, 3.4, 4, 4.8,
5.6, 6.8, 8, 9.6, 11.) Lock in a fast shutter speed to freeze even the
fastest moving subjects easily. Or open up the aperture to blur the
background or close it down for maximum depth of field.
Mavica FD95 on the left, CD1000 on the right
The CD1000 uses much less compression than the FD95 (about 7:1 vs 18:1) in the
JPEG modes and delivers a 1600 x 1200 image with a file size of about 900KB vs the
FD95 at 330KB. The difference is immediately noticeable, especially when
printing. For the ultimate quality there is now an uncompressed TIFF
156MB Optical CD-R vs 1.44MB Floppy Disks
The key to the success of the earlier Mavicas was the use of standard 1.44MB floppy disks for a storage medium. As the resolution of the newer Mavicas passed a million pixels, the file size also increased. Through the use of (too much) JPEG compression the Sony engineers managed to squeeze four 1600 x 1200 images onto each disk in the FD95. The end of the floppy drive was clearly in sight.
To keep the Mavica line viable a higher capacity but still convenient form of media had to be used. A quick look around tells you that nearly every computer nowadays is equipped with a CD-ROM drive. But you can't stick a full-sized 5-1/4" CD-Recorder into a digital camera, the size, weight and power consumption of these drives are just too great.
Those engineering wizards at Sony created an entirely new CD-Recordable drive that writes to the smaller 3-inch (8cm) discs. These discs have a capacity of 156MB and that will hold hundreds of still pictures and movies at a cost of about $4.00 each.
Option: If you have a fairly new CD-R or CD-RW you may be able to read the
"unfinalized" Sony discs if you install Adaptec's DirectCD software which is
supplied with the camera accessories. Or you can download image data to your
computer using the new USB port without finalizing the disc first.
The mini-CD discs can be read in most CD-ROM drives once they are finalized and if
you look at your drive's tray you will see that it has a smaller 3" position for
the disc to sit in. If you have an older CD-ROM drive, Sony includes a 5" adapter
disc ring included with the MVC-CD1000 accessories.
On the back is a 2.5" color LCD mounted on the door of the CD-Recorder. That
angled window just to the left of the LCD screen lets you see the disc as it spins.
The controls are all clearly labeled and include buttons to turn the LCD on/off,
determine the amount of data overlayed on the display, the main power on/off
switch, volume controls, flash mode control, macro focus, spot metering, and the
4-way jog switch for navigating menus and making selections.
The CD-1000 has a high-resolution eyelevel color viewfinder just like those found on Sony's camcorders. It has an autostart feature that turns on the viewfinder when your eye is pressed up against it. Take it away from your eye and it automatically turns off. Underneath is a diopter adjustment control lever.
You can use the eyelevel viewfinder to frame and record, playback and even
navigate the menus and change camera settings, all without using the power-hungry
color LCD, this really extends the battery runtime.
There's an accessory shoe mount on the top but it is not a hot shoe. The optional
HVL-F1000 flash can be mounted on it, the sync cord plugs in to the connector just to
the left of it.
On the bottom is a metal tripod socket (with a rather small mounting foot) and the
battery access door. When mounted on most tripods the camera does not need to be
removed to change the battery.
On the left side is where you find the majority of the camera and lens controls. These buttons and switches are clearly marked and whatever function they change is displayed on the LCDs.
Above the latch switch to open the CD-R drive is the external flash sync
connector (hidden behind a small cover.)
Here's a closeup of the controls. Starting at the top is the button to pop up the builtin flash. Then we have the Program AE button which cycles you through the 5 AE modes or puts the camera into shutter speed or aperture priority mode. The White Balance can be set for one of the presets or you can manually set the white point.
Below is the focus control for Autofocus or Manual and the switch to turn the SteadyShot digital image stabilization system on or off.
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