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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505

alaTest has collected and analyzed 532 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the responsiveness and performance are overall positive. The image quality and usability also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the connectivity and storage, and the shutter and memory get mixed reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 Review


Sony continues to create powerful pocket cameras, and their Cyber-Shot DSC-TX66 is no exception. This camera is super fast, captures some awesome photos, and looks good while doing it. Its size can be difficult to handle if you have large hands,...

Super compact body, can fit into the smallest of pockets ; Loaded with easy to use exposure options ; Captures surprisingly nice photos for a camera of this size ; Unmatched high ISO performance in a camera of this size ; Nice, wide 5x optical zoom...

Sliding lens cover/power switch can be difficult to slide down quickly for spontaneous photo opts ; microSD cards can be inserted backwards; camera then displays a "please reinsert memory card" warning ; Uses "micro" cards, which are tiny and easy to...

Sony continues to create powerful pocket cameras, and their Cyber-Shot DSC-TX66 is no exception. This camera is super fast, captures some awesome photos, and looks good while doing it. Its size can be difficult to handle if you have large hands,...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 (Black)


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 is a fairly basic point-and-shoot, good for casual photographers in need of a small, lightweight camera that performs well in auto. It doesn't require the user to do much beyond turning it on and pressing the shutter...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 is an attractive, easy-to-use ultracompact camera with a few nice extras for its sub-$140 price tag.

Photos taken above ISO 200 are noticeably soft, and the camera's shooting performance is too slow for moving or impatient subjects.

For simple snapshots of stationary subjects, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W650 should do the trick. At least, as long as you have plenty of light.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 (White)


Though it might seem like the whole world is trading in point-and-shoots for smartphones, there are still plenty of people who don't have or want a smartphone, or who want something faster and with better photo and video quality that won't kill their...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 captures very good snapshots and video, is fast to focus and shoot, and has plenty of fun shooting options for those looking to do more than just take pictures.

The TX66's 18-megapixel resolution results in large file sizes, but doesn't make the photos any more usable for enlarging and cropping. Plus, its size and controls will be too small for some users.

Sony's slimmest Cyber-shot, the DSC-TX66, is a fun and powerful snapshot camera that might be too small and have too many megapixels for its own good.


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Sony DSC-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) fi

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505V


Back in April Sony announced the F505V & F55V. Initially confusing, these cameras weighed in with 2.6 megapixels of resolution but both had 3.34 megapixel CCD's (as the label on the side of the camera clearly states).. What was going on here?

Sharp, high resolution and vividly coloured images ; Little or no visible red channel noise ; High quality Carl Zeiss designed lens ; Big, usable 5 x zoom ; Excellent available controls on outside of camera ; Silent focus & zoom mechanism ; One-push...

Slow, both in start up but more importantly focusing, lag and between shots ; Some Barrel distortion at wide angles and Pincushion at Tele ; No viewfinder ; Aperture priority mode crippled by minimum 1/30s shutter speed ; Less manual features /...

The DSC-F505V has managed to overtake the Nikon Coolpix 990 (in my opinion) for and great combination of image quality and value for money (especially with that big lens). Sure, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles (do you use them all??) So, if...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F505


The F505 has caused quite a stir over the last couple of weeks, it's announcement clouded in secrecy and cleverly exposed day by day until we were presented with the full specifications. This is a camera which combines elements from many different...

Excellent overall image quality ; Very good white balance ; Well implemented manual features: good manual focus, good manual white balance ; Good program modes: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Night modes ; Good quality, sharp lens system with...

Overly aggressive JPEG compression modes ; No uncompressed image format ; No anti-red-eye flash mode ; No external flash connectivity (no flash synch) ; No ISO control ; No internal memory buffer - you have to wait for image to be written to...

The Sony DSC-F505 breaks new ground in digital camera design, shocking at first it soon confirms itself as being well built, ergonomically designed and able to take excellent images. This camera is a serious contender to the Olympus C2020Z and Nikon...

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Sony DSC-F505


The new Sony DSC-F505 CyberShot is radically different from all the other 2- megapixel digicams with the exception of the Nikon Coolpix 950. It has a swiveling (+90 to -50 degrees) zoom lens that rotates independantly of the LCD display. The

If you can live with the limitations of an LCD-only camera then you'll probably be quite satisfied with the F505. If not then I suggest that you look at one of the other cameras that offers both an LCD and an optical viewfinder.

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Sony DSC-F505V Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Sony has long been a dominant player in the digital camera field with their Mavica(tm) line of floppy-disk based cameras. At the high end of the market though, Sony has developed a compelling line of products, incorporating high-quality Zeiss optics...

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Digital Cameras - Sony DSC-F505 Digital Camera Review


Sony has long been a dominant player in the digital camera field with their Mavica(tm) line of floppy-disk based cameras. (Before you email us, yes, we'll be testing some of the Mavica units in the near future.) At the high end of the market though,...

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Sony DSC-F505v: Would You Like Some Camera with that Lens?


The DSC-F505v marks Sony's entrance into the 3.3-megapixel digital camera fray... sort of.

Sony ships the camera with a single battery and a charger that can double as an AC power supply, a handy feature for studio photographers and for powering the camera when using its USB connection

Product Specifications

Truly unique in both function and form, the DSC-F505V is cut from a different stone. Superbly crafted, it is as aesthetically pleasing as it is stunning in simple, high-performance operation. The new Cyber-shot DSC-F505V adds Sony's 3.34 mega-pixel CCD imager to the acclaimed lens arrangement of its award winning predecessor, DSC-F505. The effective 2.62 mega-pixel resolution achieves a 24 percent increase over the Cyber-shot DSC-505 and the 3.7 mega-pixel interpolated mode offers the largest image size from a Sony digital camera. Featuring a high-quality, ergonomic Carl Zeiss lens, which rotates (+90 to -50 degrees) for even greater versatility, DSC-F505V provides the utmost in photographic optics. The new model also includes advanced features such as 12 bit A/D conversion for wider dynamic range, TIFF mode for maximum color fidelity and in-camera image resizing options - giving users precise control over the outcome of their pictures. Also technically advanced it boasts a powerful zoom, 2" hybrid LCD, USB terminal and MPEG Movie mode. With Sony's newly developed proprietary Super Resolution Converter (SRC), the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V is also able to provide larger sized images with interpolation of greater accuracy. Because SRC takes original data directly from the CCD before JPEG compression, it performs interpolation with up to 16 times more actual picture data than conventional methods. SRC provides the benefit of larger images of remarkable clarity without many of the drawbacks commonly associated with interpolation. Newly developed Super HAD CCD imaging system allows professional grade, stunningly detailed images with fantastic color definition, suitable for a variety of print and multimedia applications. Push button operation of the high-quality lens' zooming function allows you to zoom in up to 5x optically without distortion, blurring or other loss of image quality. Precision extra zoom electronically doubles the range of the optical zoom to 10x. Improved interpolation technology means that digital zooming is clean and clear, with less blocking and distortion than ever before. A professional-grade, fully coated, precision glass lens provides smooth operation and exceptional detail and clarity while also reducing non-desirable effects such as flaring and ghosting. Rotating lens unit gives you a greater array of creative camera angles to experiment with and makes self-portraits and difficult shots simple. Advanced version of the MPEG movie mode allows you to capture short video and audio sequences with your camera. The camera offers a selection of pre-set auto exposure regulation modes to match your shooting situation, including Twilight/Twilight plus to capture brightly lit images in low light, shutter speed priority, and aperture priority.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Run Time (Up To):2hour(s)

Camera Flash

Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Pan-focus / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:4MB/8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.3/F/2.8-8.0
Max Focal Length:190mm/35.5mm
Min Focal Length:38mm/7.1mm
Optical Zoom:5
Special Functions:Macro
Type:Lens/Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"/1/2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )/14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.1Megapixel/3.3Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:10
ISO (Max):100
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative / Sepia / Solarization/Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG/JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None