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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8

alaTest has collected and analyzed 444 reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the size and price are overall positive. The performance and portability are also mentioned favorably. The energy efficiency and screen get less positive opinions, while the viewfinder and shutter get mixed views.

usability, portability, performance, price, size

memory, screen, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8


alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The glare and image quality are also appreciated, whereas there are some negative views about the battery.

portability, image quality, glare, design, size


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

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSC-P8 Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]Sony DSC-P8 Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

Oct, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8


alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 user reviews of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the image quality and performance. The price and portability also get good reviews, whereas the screen and reliability get negative opinions.

usability, portability, price, performance, image quality

reliability, screen

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DSCP8 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical ZoomSony DSCP8 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2018

Expert review by (

Snap Happy: 21 Digital Cameras


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8 is the most stylish camera we tested. Weighing 7.0 ounces, it feels solid and stable in the hand, and all the control dials and buttons are truly responsive. And when we opened the access panel to remove the Memory Stick, the...

Sep, 2003

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Sony Cybershot DSC-P8


Nice accessory options ; Small metal body ; Tracking autofocus system ; Fast performance ; Excellent movie mode

No manual controls ; Poorly placed macro button ; Battery life not as good as the DSC-P72's ; Red-eye problems

Jul, 2003

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Sony DSC-P8


Physical Views The Sony DSC-P8 and the Mavica CD500 . The Sony DSC-P8 compared in size to a standard CD Go to Page Two Cyber-shot DSC-P8 Specifications CCD Imager 1/2.7" Sony Super HAD 3.3 Megapixels (gross) 3.2 Megapixels (effective) Lens Sony 3x...

May, 2003

Expert review by : Let's go digital (

Sony Cybershot DSC P8 Review


Sony heeft met de DSC-P8 een stijlvol ontworpen camera in handen. Het hoogwaardige materiaal van de behuizing, het verfijnde ontwerp en de doordachte benadering van de manier van bedienen maken van de DSC-P8 een prettige camera om mee te werken. Het...

Oct, 2005

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Digital Cameras - Sony Cybershot DSC-P8 Digital Camera Review, Information, Specifications


With its small size and well-rounded feature set, the Sony DSC-P8 is an excellent compact point-and-shoot digicam. Packed in its very small package is a 3.2-megapixel CCD, a true 3x optical zoom, seven preset Scene modes, and a host of other creative...

In the "subcompact" camera market, Sony has developed a unique line of cameras with a thin, elongated profile. This shape lets them slide easily into small pockets, yet gives US-sized fingers plenty to grab hold of. With rugged metal cases, appealing...

Apr, 2003

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8


That said, let's begin our review of the P8

Very good photo quality ; Small, metal body ; New monitoring, continuous AF modes a nice addition ; First rate movie mode ; AF illuminator ; Robust operation ; Histogram in record and playback modes ; Supports add-on lenses, flash, underwater case

No manual controls ; Redeye a problem ; Too easy to accidentally enter macro mode ; Battery life pales in comparison to DSC-P72

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8 is a nice point-and-shoot camera, and is worth your consideration. It offers a small, metal body, good photo quality, robust performance, and it's easy to use. The two new autofocus modes are a nice addition, and the movie...

Apr, 2003

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Sony Cybershot DSCP8


A trendy point-and-shoot camera which bundles many good features into a compact and colourful metallic case. Read our Australian review.

May, 2003

Consumer review (

good for home and travel use


clear, accurate colour, good picture, compact size

none until now

Mar, 2004

Consumer review (

Not a bad camera, but not great either


Small size, comfortable to hold/operate

Horrible indoor pictures, average battery life

Feb, 2004

Consumer review (

Sony DSC-P8: Excellent value for money


Intuitive, easy to use. User manual quite clear, detailed

Image editing software nearly indecipherable and limited

Jan, 2004

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: No


Battery life (CIPA standard):200
Battery life (max):1.4
Battery Technology:Lithium
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery


Camera file system:DPOF 1.1
Camera playback:Movie, Single image, Slide show
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing, Trimming
Image quality adjustment:Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Languages support:DEU, ENG, ESP, FRE, ITA, POR
Multi burst mode: Yes
Playback zoom:5
Playback zoom (max):5
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Twilight
Self-timer delay:10
Start-up time:2.5
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent


Color of product:Silver


Display Diagonal:1.5 / 1.500
Display resolution (numeric):123200
Field of view:100


Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Forced off, Forced on, Pre-flash, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):19.685 - 137.795 / 19.7 - 137.8


Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Monitoring Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Digital Zoom:9.6
Focal length range (f-f):0.236 - 0.709
Optical Zoom:3

Light Exposure

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


Compatible memory cards:memory stick (ms), ms pro
Internal memory:16
Memory slots:1

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:1.535 - 4.606 / 1.54 - 4.61
Aperture range (F-F):2.8 - 5.2
Built-in flash: Yes
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):1.54 - 4.61
Video capability: Yes
Video out:AV

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Cables included:AV, USB
Hand strap: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image Sensor Size:1/2 / 1/2.5
Image Stabilizer: No
Maximum image resolution:2048 x 1536
Sensor Type:CCD
Supported aspect ratios:3:2

Ports & interfaces

USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:16.6
Video compression format:MPEG1
Video formats supported:MPEG1
Video Frame Rate:16.6
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240,640 x 480


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.417 / 1.42
Height:2.047 / 2.05
Weight:7.05 / 7.055
Width:4.13 / 4.134