Sony DSC-P10 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P10

Review posted 6/20/2003

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The DSC-P10 is the flagship of Sony's 2003 super-compact Cyber-shot "P" series of cameras. It packs a high-resolution 5.0-megapixel Sony HAD CCD imager, 3x optical zoom lens and state of the art imaging electronics into an ultra-compact and highly durable aluminum body. Still images and movies are stored on reusable Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro cards that can be easily downloaded to USB-equipped PCs or transferred to other digital devices like PDAs and printers.

The DSC-P10 is even smaller than the Sony's other compact cameras (DSC-P32, P52, P72 and P92). It's a point-and-shoot camera powered by an InfoLithium® battery system with a 3 area multi-point AF for accurate focusing, even in the dark thanks to its focus- assist illuminator. Other features include a Tracking Auto Focus System to maintain continuous focus lock on moving subjects, a live histogram, and adjustable color saturation, contrast and sharpness.

Other 2003 Cyber-shot camera features are the MPEG-VX mode that records 640x480 VGA resolution video with audio at 16fps, the length is limited only by available memory. And that limit has been significantly expanded by the new Memory Stick Pro media with capacities up to 1GB. In addition, a new Smart Zoom option replaces digital zoom, and intelligently uses the full resolution of the camera's imager at lower resolution settings to zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size. And Auto Fill Flash, which automatically fires the flash to optimize light on the subject and balance the exposure.

DSC-P10 features include:

  • 1/1.8" Sony 5.0-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Sony 3x optical zoom (38-114mm equivalent) + 4x Smart Zoom
  • Still Image: 2592x1944, 2592(3:2), 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240
  • MPEG Movie w/audio: 640x480 VX or 160x112 for email
  • Scene Selection (Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Fast Shutter)
  • 3 Area Multi-point or Center AF with Auto Tracking
  • Low light focus assist illuminator
  • Noise Reduction is automatic at 1/2 second or longer shutter speeds
  • 14-bit A/D Conversion - allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to shadow
  • Adjustable ISO speeds of 100, 200, 400
  • Image adjustments: saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • 1.5" TFT color (123,000 pixels) LCD with Auto Brightness
  • USB 2.0 interface for fast data transfers to PC
  • NP-FC11 InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Sony Memory Stick or MS Pro media, 32MB card included
  • Audio and Video (NTSC or PAL selectable) output
  • Ultra-compact and highly durable metal body

The DSC-P10 is available now and is expected to sell for about $500 which includes the InfoLITHIUM rechargeable battery and a 32MB Memory Stick media card.

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Sony DSC-P10

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The Sony DSC-P10 and the Mavica CD350.

Sony DSC-P10

The Sony DSC-P10 compared in size to a standard CD

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Cyber-shot DSC-P10 Specifications

CCD Imager 1/1.8" Sony Super HAD
5.25 Megapixels (total)
5.0 Megapixels (effective)
Lens Sony 3x Zoom, 7.9 to 23.7mm (38 to 114mm equivalent)
Maximum aperture: F2.8 - 5.2
Filter Thread: none
Digital Zoom 4x SmartZoom (at VGA size)
Aperture Control Automatic: f/2.8 ~ 5.6
Shutter Control Automatic: 1/30 to 1/2000 second
Twilight: 2 sec. to 1/2000 second
Exposure Compensation "+" or "-" 2 Stops(EV) in 1/3 EV increments
Exposure Control Program AE (Automatic)

Scene Selection (Twilight /
Twilight Portrait / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Fast Shutter)
ISO Auto (100-400) or fixed 100, 200, 400
Recording Mode(s) Still image: JPEG, Email (adds 320x240)

Movie Mode: MPEG VX: 640x480, 16fps w/audio - full screen playback - length determined by media capacity. 160x112 8fps w/audio

Clip Motion Mode: Animated GIF (160x120 or 80x72)

Multi Burst: 16 - 320x240 frames recorded as parts of a single 1280x960 JPEG at 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 sec. selectable intervals

Image Resolutions Still:
5M 2592 x 1944
4.5M 2592 x 1728 (3:2 aspect ratio)
3.1M 2048 x 1536
1.2M 1280 x 960
640 x 480
320 x 240 (email mode only)

640 x 480 VX
160 x 112

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Print Reserve, All print reservation, Date/time; Trimming
Noise Reduction Auto at 1/2 second or longer shutter speeds
Image Effects Sepia
Black and White
Negative Art
Viewfinder Optical real-image viewfinder
LCD 1.5" TFT LCD 560x220 (123,000 pixels) for viewing or reviewing
Focusing System 3 Area Multi-point AF: Automatic w/ indication as to "Wide" or "Center-Weighted"

Manual Focus: 5 Step Preset
Focusing Ranges Standard AF: 19.7" (50cm) to Infinity

A/F Macro: 3.9" (10cm) to Infinity

Preset Manual Focus: 10cm (3.9"), .5m, 3m, 7m, or Infinity

Auto Focus Assist Illumination Selectable: ON / OFF
Exposure Metering Multi-Pattern or Spot
White Balance System Automatic
Flash Built-in Flash
Flash Modes Auto Flash
Red-eye Reduction
Fill-in (forced on)
Flash Off
Flash Working Range When ISO is set to Auto:
1.3 to 12.5 Feet (0.4 to 3.8m) wide angle
2 to 7.9 feet (0.6 to 2.4m) Telephoto
Removable Memory Card Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro
32 MB card included

Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer function; does not support Access Control security function

Selftimer/Remote 10-second delay
Outer Connectors USB 2.0 (Auto-Connect), Video, DC input
Auto-connect USB Compatible with Windows 98 rev2/ME/2000 Pro/XP - MacOS 8.6-9.01/OSX
Image Playback Index display 9 frame, up to 5X enlargement, Slide-show
Operating Environment Operation: 32° F - 104°F (0°C - 40°C)
Storage: -4° F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
Power Supply Sony NP-FC11 3.6V 780mAh InfoLITHIUM

AC-LS1A AC adapter/charger included
Date/Time Calendar Simultaneous recording into image date
Size 4-1/4" (W) x 2" (H) x 1-7/16" (D)
(108mm x 51.5mm x 35.8mm)
Weight 7.5 oz. / 206 g (with battery & Memory Stick)

NOTE: These specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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