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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1552 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The lens and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the contrast and features, and there are some mixed views about the shutter and flash.

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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-F717 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 review by PC Magazine


The Carl Zeiss 5X zoom lens on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 ($700 street) is almost as large and heavy as the camera itself, but viewing from ...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: When we reviewed Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-F707 last April, we noted its inventive design, uncommon low-light shooting capabilities, long battery life, and dazzling images. The DSC-F717 retains all of that and adds USB 2.0 connectivity, zone...

Another one of the Jog Dial's tasks is setting the autofocus zone, a new feature in the F717. Probably most useful for portrait or macro photography, the zoned autofocus lets you set one of five zones (center, right, left, top, or bottom) within the...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717


Sony refines its innovative 5-megapixel Cyber-shot; it's the first digital camera we've tested with USB 2.0 connectivity.


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Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 Digital Camera (Sony-DSCF717)


Easy operation, a relatively long telephoto lens, and a wide selection of imaging controls make the DSC-F717 a great choice for the upscale hobbyist.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717


The DSC-F717 represents the fourth generation of Sony's L-shaped 5x zoom split lens / body design. This started back in August 1999 with the 2 megapixel DSC- F505, in April 2000 the DSC-F505V gained a 3 megapixel sensor but only captured 2.6 megapixels...

Still the best resolution of current five megapixel digital cameras ; Improved colour response, far less "Sony like" and much more natural ; Good dynamic range, exhibits good detail from shadow through to highlight ; Low noise levels compared to other...

Storage capacity - Memory Stick still limited to 128 MB ; No ability to control colour saturation, tone or noise reduction ; No user settings / memories ; Limited burst ability, very fast but only 3 frames ; Visible sharpening 'white halo' around black...

Sony could be accused of going down the easy 'product refresh' route, and indeed to a large degree the DSC-F717 is a 'refresh' of the DSC-F707. That said the DSC-F707 was such a good camera that the new DSC-F717 was bound to be good. Even a year on...

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Sony DSC-F717


This new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 combines point-and-shoot convenience with a host of manual photographic controls, sure to inspire digital photographers to expand creativity and get better results from their efforts. Armed with high-quality Carl Zeiss op

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Sony Electronics Inc. has long held a dominant position in the digicam marketplace, with a wide range of models enjoying enormous popularity with consumers. Currently, they're maintaining what's arguably the broadest line of digicams in the industry,...

This year, Sony's obviously listened hard to feedback from the F707 users (and reviewers! ;-) and came out with an impressive update in the form of the F717. While basic specs are still the same (the same lens and CCD), the new model incorporates...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717


When word began to surface of a replacement for the F707, speculation was rampant. Would it be 6 Megapixel? 10 Megapixel? Would it use the Foveon X3 sensor? And what about the same? The most common guesses that I saw were the F707V and F909

Excellent 5 Megapixel photos ; Lots of bells and whistles such as Nightshot, and zoom ring ; Fast F2.0, 5X optical zoom lens ; Hot shoe and histograms, at last ; Great battery life ; Many manual controls ; Robust performance ; One of the best movie...

Missing a lot of manual controls found on other cameras at this price ; Reds are "too red" (and not a lot you can do about it) ; Loss of sharpness in image corners ; Shutter speed limited to (no slower than) 1/30 sec in programmed/fully auto modes ; No...

Would I recommend the DSC-F717? Absolutely, without hesitation. Would I take a close look at offers from other manufacturers before you buy? You'd be crazy not to.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-F717


I used this camera for about 5.5 years and took over 30,000 shots with it. At the time I bought it, it had the best optics of cameras in its class. Combined with low noise at ISO100, this enabled me to use this for many years. The pivoting LCD assembly...

The screws in the case slowly worked themselves loose after about 4 years. A dab of locktight fixed this ; I used a high quality and very heavy 0.7x wide angle adapter screwed onto the 58mm filter threads. This threaded ring became loose, so I stopped...

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SONY DSCF717 - worst product


OK pictures

Stop working after very little use.

Product Specifications

Combining point-and-shoot convenience with a host of manual photographic controls, this camera is sure to inspire digital photographers to expand creativity and get better results. Armed with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, ISO sensitivities of 100/200/400/800 and shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 second in auto mode, the DSC-F717 produces stellar results, even in the most demanding of shooting situations. PRODUCT FEATURES: Multi-Point Auto Focus; Memory Stick Media; Slow Shutter Noise Reduction; Hologram AF Low Light Laser Focusing Assist; Multi-Pattern Measuring; Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens; NightShot.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Night portrait / Portrait mode / Twilight mode

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-2.4
Max Focal Length:48.5mm
Min Focal Length:9.7mm
Optical Zoom:5
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:2/3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):16.9 mm ( 2/3 ) / 16.9 mm ( 2/3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:2
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia
Still Image Format:GIF / JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic/LCD