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Sony DSC-F505V "CyberShot"

Intro & Physical Views

Review posted 10/12/00

Click to see a QuickTime tour of the F505V
Click to see a QuickTime tour of the F505V

The new Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot looks almost identical to the original DSC-F505 on the outside, the difference is mainly on the inside. The F505V features a 3.3-megapixel imager but only uses a portion of that to generate a 2.6-megapixel (1856 x 1392) finished image. It can also record a larger, pre-JPEG interpolated 2240 x 1680 image if desired. Image quality has been improved by a 12-bit A/D that gives you more dynamic range and the image processing is now more robust thanks to a single-chip solution engineered by the Sony folks.

It features the same swiveling 5x Carl Zeiss optical/2x digital zoom lens, the hybrid 2-inch color LCD display and the highly durable, die-cast magnesium alloy body as the F505. And the same exposure options too including Programmed AE with 6 modes; Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Programmed Automatic, Landscape, Panfocus, Twilight and Twilight+.

The CyberShot F505V stores its still images in 2240 x 1680, 1856 x 1392, 1856(3:2), 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480 pixel sizes in JPEG compressed format or 1856 x 1392 in TIFF uncompressed format.

It also has:

  • MPEG Movie mode (up to 60 secs @ 160 x 112, up to 15 secs @ 320 x 240 or 320 x 240HQ)
  • Voice Memo mode, capture short (5 sec or up to 40 secs) audio clips to accompany video, stills or to use separately in your PC.
  • E-Mail mode automatically reduces file size to simplify transmission of your favorite images.

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

The F505V CyberShot features a 2-inch hybrid LCD with 122,980 pixels and a reflective backlit design to achieve superb clarity and brightness.   In sunny or bright indoor conditions, turn off the backlighting and use the hybrid light reflective properties for illumination.  Using the large LCD it's easy to access all of the advanced functions displayed on the menu overlays.

See pages 3 and 4 for record and playback screens and menus.

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

This animated view shows the LCD swiveling through its range of +90 to -50 degrees.

Sony DSC-F505VCyberShot

There's been a lot of talk about this hybrid LCD and how well it works in direct sunlight. This photo shows the LCD screen facing directly into the afternoon Florida sun, backlight turned off and partially blocked so you can see how it goes totally black when there's no sunlight shining on it. This is truly the kind of LCD display that we've been waiting for!

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

This is the first digicam I have seen that has both a (metal) tripod socket and a guide pin hole.  Sony has paid a lot of attention to even the smallest details on this camera.

That's a speaker on the left for playback of your voice memo notes.

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

The view from the top, is that a BIG lens or what ?   I think it was designed by the marketing people so they could stick even more labels on this camera :-)

That's the manual focusing ring out there on the end.

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

Looking at the F505 from this angle about all you can say is, "Would you like some camera with your lens?"

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

The left side affords plenty of room for camera controls, see the next page for a closeup look and description of these buttons.

Sony DSC-F505V CyberShot

And speaking of lenses, here is one of the world famous Carl Zeiss, all-glass Vario-Sonar zoom lenses.

  • 5x optical (35mm equiv. 38 - 190mm)
  • 10x (digital)
  • F2.8 - 3.3
  • High-speed scan auto focus (2cm to infinity
  • Manual focus via the ring (2cm to infinity)

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Sony DSC-F505V Specifications

Sensor Resolution (Pixels) 3.34 megapixels, 1/1.8 inch
Image Dimensions 2240 x 1680, 1856 x 1392, 1856(3:2), 1280 x 960 or 640 x 480
Recording Formats JPEG (exif 2.1), TIFF, MPEG, GIF (text mode only)
Sensitivity - ASA/ISO equivalent rating EV +8 to 21
(2.0 to 16,000 foot-candles, 22 to 175,000 lux)
ISO not stated
Lens Type Glass
Lens - Focal Length (35mm equivalents) 38-190mm
Lens - Aperture Range f2.8-f/3.3 to f/8.0
Filter Threads 52mm
Shutter Speed Range 1/8 to 1/725
Exposure TTL, Automatic
Exposure Compensation +/- 2EV, 1/2EV steps
Self-Timer 10 seconds
Focus TTL Automatic, or manual with focus indicator
Focus Range 19.6in. (50cm) to infinity
Macro Range 13/16in (2cm) to 19.6in. (50cm)
Storage Removable Memory Stick, 8MB included
Image Download Time, secs @115K baud ("HQ" image mode) USB: 849K in 3.7 seconds: 229 KB/sec
Flash Range 11.8 inches - 8.3 feet (0.3 - 2.5m)
Flash Modes Auto, On, Red-eye, Off
Viewfinder LCD only
LCD Screen 2.0" 123,200 pixels (560x220)
Video Out NTSC or PAL switchable
Special Features MPEG video recording 15 secs @ 320 x 240 (up to 60 secs @ 160 x 112), unusually sharp lens, 12-bit A/D, manual white balance, spot metering
Power Sony InfoLITHIUM battery, included charger/AC adapter
Usable Battery Types NP-FS11 3.6v InfoLITHIUM only
Recording Battery Life 70 minutes with LCD backlight on
85 minutes with backlight off
Size 4.25 x 2.5 x 5.4 inches (107.2 x 62.2 x 135.9 mm)
Weight ~16 ounces (475g) including battery and MS
Software PictureGear (Windows), USB driver (Mac)
Optional Accessories Soft case, add'l batteries, accessory lenses, 8, 16, 32, 64 meg Memory Sticks (strongly recommend purchase of at least one larger memory card!)


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