Sony DSC-P7 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P7

Record Mode Screens & Menus

Record mode screen with data overlay. Starting in the upper left corner is the battery condition icon and numeric "49 minutes" remaining display. The image size is 2048x1536 and the quality level is Fine. The Memory Stick has space for 67 more pictures and the icon graphically shows the space available. The rectangle brackets in the center denote the focusing area.

Sony CyberShot DSC-P7

Record mode screen after half-pressing the shutter release to set the exposure and lock the auto focus. The green "dot" and the AF area marks turn green when the auto focus is locked. The aperture is F3.5 and the shutter speed is 1/50 sec.

Sony DSC-P7

Record mode options:

    Exposure Compensation - Override the metering +/-2EV in 1/3EV increments

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m or infinity

    White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Sunny

    Spot Metering - On or Off

    ISO - Auto or fixed at 100, 200 or 400

    Image Size - 2048x1536, 2048(3:2), 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

    Picture Quality - Fine or Standard

    Record Mode - Voice, Normal or E-mail

    Flash Level - High, Normal or Low

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

    Sharpness - Default is 0 but may be +1, +2 or -1 or -2

Sony CyberShot DSC-P7

The DSC-P7 is basically an automatic point-n-shoot type of camera but it does have several pre-programmed modes available when the Mode Dial is turned to the SCN (Scene) position. The Screen above shows the Night mode which gives you slower shutter speeds to capture dark, night scenes. The other Scene modes are Night Portrait which is the same as Night mode with the addition of flash to illuminate a person or foreground subject as well as capturing a night background. The Landscape scene mode sets the camera's focus to infinity for capturing outdoor scenic shots.

Sony DSC-P7

The recording screen in the "HQX" Movie mode which is new for 2002. The HQX mode is HQ+EX which means it is full screen @ 16fps and the length is limited only by the space available on the Memory Stick. The DSC-P7 records both audio and video thanks to a builtin microphone.

Movie clips can also be recorded at normal 320x240 or 160x112 resolution, these movies will playback in a smaller window. The advantage is that the file sizes are smaller and more practical for email purposes.

Sony DSC-P7

Sony DSC-P7

Movie mode options:

    Exposure compensation - Override the metering +/-2EV in 1/3EV increments

    Focus - Multi AF, Center AF or 0.5m, 1m, 3m, 7m infinity

    White Balance - Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, Sunny

    Spot Meter - On or Off

    Image Size - 320(HQX), 320x240, 160x112

    Picture Effect - None, Negative Art, Sepia, B&W, Solarize

Sony DSC-P7

SETUP options - CAMERA menu:

    MOVING IMAGE - Sets the mode for the Movie position of the Mode Dial:
      CLIP MOTION (capture 2-10 images at 160x120 or 120x108 and save them as an animated 256-color GIF image)
      MULTI BURST (shoots 16 - 320x240 frames in a single JPEG file, can select 3 intervals: 1/30, 1/15, 1/8 sec)

    DATE/TIME - Enable date or time+date stamping on the image

    DIGITAL ZOOM - Enable or disable digital zoom

    RED EYE REDUCTION - Enable/disable the flash Red-Eye mode

    AF ILLUMINATOR - Enable/disable the autofocus illuminator

SETUP 1 options:
    FORMAT - Format the Memory Stick

    FILE NUMBER - SERIES (sequential auto number) or RESET

    LANGUAGE - Menu language, English or Japanese

    CLOCK SET - Set the internal clock

SETUP 2 options:
    LCD BRIGHTNESS - Bright, Normal or Dark

    BEEP - Enable camera "beep" sounds when buttons are pushed

    VIDEO OUT - NTSC or PAL signal timing

    USB CONNECT - USB protocol, PTP or Normal

    POWER SAVE - On or Off

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