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Sony CyberShot D770
User Review

Review posted Jan 23, 2000


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Sony's CyberShot Pro DSC-D770 is the updated model of the older DSC-D700 and shares all of its specifications including the same -inch Progressive Scan Wfine CCD imager and RGB color filter. New to the D770 is an ISO 50 mode, an improved autofocus system, better image processing alogrythms for sharper pictures, a histogram display that shows luminosity and color levels in an image, and a darker gray colored body.

The D770 is a true SLR with a large eye-level viewfinder, a 2.5-inch color LCD, a 5X zoom lens with manual focus and zoom control rings, variable sensitivity (ISO 50-400), a builtin popup flash plus a hot shoe for external "clip on" flash units, JPG or TIF image capture (1344 x 1024 pixels), PC ATA Type II card storage (CompactFlash, SmartMedia or MemorySticks in PCMCIA adapter -- will NOT work with IBM Microdrives) and powered by a Sony NP-F550 InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery.

Sony DKC-FP3

(Note: The only difference between the Sony DSC-D770 and the DKC-FP3 is that the FP3 has a black body and a FireWire IEEE-1394 data interface.)

Sony CyberShot Pro D770

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 and it doesn't take long to get used to what knob does what. The newer D770's body is a darker gray color than the D700 and the button and knob labels are much easier to read now.

Sony CyberShot Pro D770

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

Sony CyberShot Pro D770

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 D770

The D770 sports a 5X optical zoom, F2-2.4, 5.2-26mm (35mm equiv 28-140mm) with 13 elements in 10 groups. It is 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 D770

You say you want real manual control?   Well, here it is!   A manual zoom and a manual focusing ring.

Sony CyberShot Pro D770

The D770 sports a builtin popup flash that can be set for TTL auto, always on or disabled.  A more powerful external flash can be used with the hot shoe mount on top of the camera.

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Sony DSC-D770 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 equivalent : 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.(1/4-1/2,000sec. in AE mode)
Shutter Electrical shutter and Mechanical shutter
Continuous Shooting Up to 2 images in a second (up to Approx. 50 images)
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 averaging/Spot
Sensitivity ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White balance Auto/Hold/Indoor/Outdoor
Built-in Flash Type Self-regulating Flash
GN 10
Mode Auto/Forced/Disable
Synchronized Speed 4-1/2,000sec.
Optical Viewfinder Type SLR Type, Built-in Focusing screen, Diopter adjustment
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


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
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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