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Sony CyberShot D700

Review posted 10/20/99


Sony CyberShot Pro D700

(Many thanks to Mike Chaney, the author of Qimage Pro, for loaning me his Sony D700 for this review)

Sony's CyberShot Pro D700 is definitely the "king of the hill" of the sub-$2000 digital cameras. Newer digicams may be topping the 2 megapixel mark these days but the 1.5 megapixel D700 has got it all!

(Note that the D700 has been replaced by the newer DSC-D770)

True SLR with a big optical viewfinder, a huge 2.5-inch color LCD, 5X zoom lens with manual focus and zoom control, variable ISO 100-400, builtin popup flash or external "clip on" strobes with the hot shoe mount, 1/2-inch 1.5 million square-pixel progressive scan CCD, JPG or TIF image capture (1344 x 1024 pixels), ATA Type II memory card (CompactFlash, SmartMedia or MemoryStick cards in PCMCIA adapter too) and it's powered by the infamous Sony InfoLITHIUM rechargable battery.

Sony CyberShot Pro D700

This is a color LCD in the tradition of Sony camcorders -- it's a 2.5-inch diagonal screen that's bright enough to be readable anywhere except in absolutely direct sunlight and even then it is usable to a certain degree.

The user controls have been ergonomically placed on the camera but the light gray color of the body does not mix well with the white lettering used to mark the buttons. Sony made the newer D770's body a darker gray color to solve this minor problem. Once you learn what button does what you really don't need to be reading labels anyway.

Sony CyberShot Pro D700

A perfectly flat bottom, metal tripod socket and a battery door that is accessible when used on most tripods.

Sony CyberShot Pro D700

Don't expect to take this camera anywhere unless you are prepared to become a salesman for Sony -- its cool looks attracts attention faster than a red Ferrari going three hundred miles an hour!

Sony CyberShot Pro D700

The D700 has the largest focal length zoom of any camera in its class except for its 2MPixel brother, the new Sony DSC-F505 which also sports a 5X zoom (and that one is a Carl Zeiss!) The 700's lens is a F2-2.4, 5.2-26mm (35mm equiv 28-140mm) optical zoom with 13 elements in 10 groups. Threaded for 62mm filters. The minimum object distance is 20cm in all focal lengths, macro is automatic.

Technical detail on the aperture: F2-11 (Wide), F2.4-11 (Tele) in 21 steps.

Sony CyberShot Pro D700

You say you want real manual control?   Well, here it is!   Just like that found on most 35mm cameras, a manual zoom and manual focusing ring.

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Sony DSC-D700 Specifications

Imager Optical Size 1/2"
Imager Type Progressive Scan, RGB Primary Color Filter,Square Pixel CCD
Number of Pixels 1.5Mil. Pixel(Total), 1.4Mil(Effective)
Lens Zoom Ratio 5x
F No. F2-2.4
Focal Length f= 5.2-26mm (35mm filmequivalent : 28-140mm)
Element 13 elements in 10 groups
Filter Size 62mm
Minimum Object Distance 20cm (in all Focal length, Auto Macro)
Aperture F2-11(Wide), F2.4-11(Tele) / 21 steps
Camera System Shutter Speed 4-1/2,000sec.(1/30-1/2,000sec. in AE mode)
Shutter Electrical shutter and Mechanical shutter
Continuous Shooting Up to 2 images in a second (up to Approx. 50 images) *1
Focus Control CCD TTL Auto/Manual
Exposure Control Programed AE/Aperture priority AE/Shutter speed priority AE/Manual, AE Lock function
EV Compensation -2EV - +2EV (1/4EV steps)
Metering System Center-weighted avaraging/Spot
Sensitivity ISO100/200/400 equivalent
White balance Auto/Hold/Indoor/Outdoor
Built-in Flash Type Self-regurating Flash
GN 10
Mode Auto/Forced/Disable
Synchronized Speed 4-1/2,000sec.
Optical Viewfinder Type SLR Type, Built-in Focusing screen
Field of View Ratio 92%
LCD Display in Finder Shutter Speed, Aperture, EV Compensation, AE Lock,AF, Flash,White Balance, Metering System
LCD Monitor Size 2.5"
Type TFT color LCD made of low-temparature polysilicon
Resolution 180,000 dots
Display Control Contrast, Brightness, Color, Picture, Display Size
Recording System Image Data Size 1344 x 1024pixels, 640 x 480pixels
Recording Media

PCMCIA Flash ATA TypeII *2

Memory Stick (PC card adaptor required)

Recording Format JPEG (Compressed), TIFF (Non Compressed)
Number of Images
Recording Media Data Size Low Middle High Super
8MB Memory Stick 1344x1024 40 20 10 1
8MB Memory Stick 640x480 122 61 30 8
4MB Memory Stick 1344x1024 20 10 5 0
4MB Memory Stick 640x480 60 30 15 4
General Power Supply Lithium Ion Battery NP-F550/F530
AC-V700 with DK-415
Battery Life /Shots 2.5 hours/1700 shots *3
Dimension (W/H/D) 130 x 100 x 150mm
Weight Approx. 820g (without battery and PC Card)
Supplied Accessories 8MB Memory Stick (MSA-8A)
Memory Stick / PC Card Adaptor (MSAC-PC1)
Wireless Remote Controller (RM-S7D)
Video cable
Lens cap
Finder cap
Shoulder Strap (BLT-10)
Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-F550)
Battery Charger (BC-V615)
**Memory Stick / Parallel port adaptor (MSAC-PR1)

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