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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Views about the battery and portability are on the whole positive. The lens and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive views about the contrast and price, while views are divided on the memory.

performance, usability, lens, portability, battery

shutter, flash, price, contrast

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the design and usability. The battery and durability also get good reviews, but many are less positive about the performance and portability.

durability, battery, usability, design

portability, performance

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony Cybershot DSC-F88 Digital Camera [5MP 3xOptical]Sony Cybershot DSC-F88 Digital Camera [5MP 3xOptical]

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Wu (engadget.com)

Review of Sony's five megapixel DSC-F88 digital camera

 

Anandtech got their hands on Sony's DSC-F88 five megapixel, 3x optical zoom, and 300 degree rotating lens digital camera (yes, the one that's perfect for all the narcissists in the house). It can also shoot video at VGA 640x480 resolution at 16 frames...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Sony Cybershot DSC-F88 Digital Camera Camera

 

There's nothing new about a digital camera with a rotating lens--many models with that capability have been around for years. An ease-of-use feature that allows you to hold the camera body comfortably in your hand while pointing the lens up, down,...

In our lab-based image-quality tests, the DSC-F88 earned average scores overall, coming in a little below average for exposure and color accuracy, and a little above average for sharpness (due in part to its 5.1 megapixel CCD). Its battery life, on the...

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Tracey Capen (pcworld.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

 

Pocketable camera combines a rotating lens with an optical viewfinder.

The Cyber-shot DSC-F88's design is both clever and functional. A quick trigger and relatively compact design make this model one of the more interesting point-and-shoots we've seen.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

 

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the DigitalPhotography Glossary before diving into this article (it may helpyou understand some of the terms used).

Nicely built and nicely designed ; Good exposure and accurate color ; Clean, artifact-free images ; Very fast and responsive ; Superb macro (magnifying glass mode) ; Rotating lens for added shooting versatility ; Very easy to use ; Little or no...

Resolution nothing special - some images lack critical sharpness ; Images can be over-contrasty - losing highlight/shadow detail in bright conditions ; Some fall-off in edge sharpness ; Limited range of apertures and shutter speeds in manual mode ;...

The Cyber-shot DSC F88 is something of a mixed bag - it's got some superb features and is lightning-fast, but the picture quality - especially sharpness - is far from the best of the 5MP pack (to be fair ,being so clean they respond well to Photoshop...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Simon Joinson (dpreview.com)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 Review

 

Never shy of giving the consumer an almost bewildering array of choices, in May 2004 Sony added yet another (its fifth) 5 megapixel, 3x zoom camera, the DSC-F88 to its 2004 range. Seasoned Sony watchers will immediately recognize the inner swivel lens...

Nicely built and nicely designed Good exposure and accurate color Clean, artifact-free images Very fast and responsive Superb macro (magnifying glass mode) Rotating lens for added shooting versatility Very easy to use Little or no chromatic aberration...

Resolution nothing special - some images lack critical sharpness Images can be over-contrasty - losing highlight/shadow detail in bright conditions Some fall-off in edge sharpness Limited range of apertures and shutter speeds in manual mode Zoom cannot...

The Cyber-shot DSC F88 is something of a mixed bag - it's got some superb features and is lightning-fast, but the picture quality - especially sharpness - is far from the best of the 5MP pack (to be fair ,being so clean they respond well to Photoshop...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (steves-digicams.com)

Sony DSC-F88

 

Physical Views The Cyber-shot DSC-F88 and a CD for size comparison. 5-Megapixel duo, the Cyber-shot DSC-F88 and DSC-P93 . Continue on to Features & Controls Sony DSC-F88 Specifications Image Device: 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD Still Image...

Jul, 2004

Expert review by : Stephen Caston (anandtech.com)

DSC-F88: A Review of One of Sony's Latest 5MP Digicams

 

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Nov, 2005

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Digital Cameras - Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications

 

Sony's Cyber-shot line of digicams have consistently offered a winning combination of build quality and image quality, with feature sets that satisfy a range of interests from novice to enthusiast. The DSC-F88 delivers exceptional capability in a very...

Exposure can be automatically or manually controlled on the DSC-F88, meeting the needs of novices and casual users looking for simplicity, as well as those of more advanced digital photographers. An On/Off button on the side of the camera powers the...

Sep, 2004

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Reviews & Info

 

While it may look like a big camera in pictures, the F88 is actually quite compact. It's not as small as Sony's DSC-P100 but it's still smaller than most cameras. The rotating lens is just an added bonus

Slick body design, rotating lens ; Super-fast performance ; Low noise levels at high ISOs ; Limited manual controls ; VGA movie mode (though only 16 fps) ; Supports wide-angle conversion lens ; USB 2.0 High Speed support ; AF-assist lamp ; Histograms...

Images tend to be fuzzy, lacking detail; some shadow noise as well ; Some redeye ; Fairly short flash range ; More manual controls would be nice ; LCD difficult to see in low light ; Flimsy plastic door over memory card / battery slot ; Mushy shutter...

Despite its flaws I do recommend the DSC-F88 but mostly for those seeking the rotating lens. If you're set on a smaller 5 Megapixel camera you'll get better image quality from something like the Sony DSC-W1 or Canon S500.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by (hhcmag.com)

Sony Cyber-shot F88

 

When I first saw pictures and specs of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 I felt it had all the makings of a winner. The F88 combines much of the technology and features of one of Sony's recent home runs, the incredible Cyber-shot T1, with the rotating lens...

These glitches take attention away from the good technology inside the F88. Its 10 elements-13 groups Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 38-114mm equivalent zoom lens is capable of above average picture quality. Like in the T1, you can use either the standard 2X...

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: No

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):330
Battery life (max):2.35
Battery Technology:Lithium
Battery Type:NP-FR1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Camera file system:DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POR
Playback zoom:5
Playback zoom (max):5
Scene modes:Beach, Candlelight, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Twilight
Start-up time:1.2
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent

Design

Color of product:Silver
Material:Aluminium

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:1.800
Display resolution (numeric):134000
Field of view:100

Flash

Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):9.843 - 78.740
Flash range (wide):5.906 - 86.614

Focusing

Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto
Macro focusing range (tele):0 - 0.01

Lens System

Digital Zoom:6
Extra/Smart zoom:12
Focal length range (f-f):0.264 - 0.791
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: No
ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, Auto
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual
Light metering:SPOT

Memory

Compatible memory cards:memory stick (ms), ms pro
Internal memory:32
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.496 - 4.488
Aperture range (F-F):3.5 - 4.2
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1/8 - 1/1000
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.5 - 4.49
Lens system:Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:Picture Package\nPIXELA ImageMixer\nUSB Driver
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG
Image Sensor Size:1/2.4
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:2592 x 1944
Megapixel:5.1
Sensor Type:CCD
Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1280 x 960,2048 x 1536,2592 x 1728,2592 x 1944
Supported aspect ratios:3:2

Ports & interfaces

PictBridge: Yes

Video

Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:640 x 480

Viewfinder

Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.929
Height:1.008
Weight:7.125
Width:3.850