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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 59 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the screen and memory are overall positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the viewfinder and responsiveness.

design, usability, portability, memory, screen

performance, value for money, battery, responsiveness, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

 

Like other Sony touch-screen cameras, the 10.1-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 looks gorgeous, takes beautiful photos, and features an intuitive interface. What's more, tightly integrated Wi-Fi and a built-in Web browser let you upload pictures and...

Sharp images. Large, high-resolution LCD screen. Intuitive touch-screen interface. Smile Shutter feature can be useful. 4GB of built-in storage

Expensive. Dismal battery life. Although well executed, wireless photo upload to online photo sites is painfully slow. Camera records only standard-definition video. Touch-screen buttons in Web browser are less responsive than in the rest of the UI....

The pricey Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 takes excellent pictures and represents a major step forward in the evolution of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, but it suffers from poor battery life and slow wireless upload times.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

 

The point-and-shoot crowd has been all aflutter about the sleek, 10-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 ($500 as of 3/16/09) ever since its announcement at CES in January. It's the first camera with a built-in Web browser, "one-touch" Wi-Fi photo uploads,...

Full Web browser and easy Wi-Fi uploads ; 4GB of flash storage; huge touchscreen

Zoom controls difficult to access ; Expensive

The DSC-G3 is an innovative camera with integrated storage and Wi-Fi, but price and some performance issues slow it down.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

 

While it might be overstating the case to say the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3's Wi-Fi implementation drove me to tears, I can state without hyperbole that it terribly disappointed me. When I was first briefed on the camera, I had high hopes that with its...

Surprisingly speedy; 4GB internal memory

Wi-Fi is slow and difficult to use; touch screen is occasionally nonresponsive; poor battery life

Though it's a decent camera, the Sony Cyber-shot G3's Wi-Fi implementation is a disappointment, and makes the camera overpriced relative to nonwireless models, including its better designed but otherwise similar sibling, the DSC-T700.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 Digital Camera First Impressions Review

 

Sony's just introduced Cyber-shot DSC-G3 essentially takes the company's previously released T700, sticks it in a new body, and adds wireless functionality. This means that every advantage and problem that we had with the T700 might still exist, from...

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 has a number of factors going for it. It's stylish, easy to handle and has an impressive amount of internal memory. It's also blessed with the best Wi-Fi system we've ever encountered on a camera, due to the grace of its...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

 

Whilst the Cybershot DSC-G3 is feature packed, inclusion of wireless capability and photo sharing doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. For taking pictures in varying situation, the DSC-G3 has all the technology needed to be a successful compact digital...

10.1 MegapixelSteadyShot Stabilization3.5inch LCD Touch ScreenCarl Zeiss Vario Tessar 4x Optical Zoom

Internet connectivity isn't useful

If you are a looking for a digital camera that has 10.1 megapixel, but...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3

 

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Tech features on the Sony G3 include Face Detection linked to both the autoexposure and autofocus systems, and capable of differentiating between (and prioritizing towards) the faces of children and adults. There's also an Intelligent Scene Recognition...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 Review

 

Nobody could accuse Sony of skimping on features for their Cyber-shot DSC-G3.

WiFi and web browser ; 3.5 inch touchscreen ; 4GB internal memory

Shorter battery life ; Noise at mid ISOs ; Hefty price tag

Ideally, ISO should be topped at 200 for the best results but you can get decent prints up to about ISO 800, although you might want to keep them at snapshot sizes of 4x6" or 5x7". Overall, though I was pleased with my test shots, especially the ones...

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Sony DSC-G3 Cyber-shot

 

It's among the first of its kind, but couldn't Sony have made the G3 smudge-proof and smart enough to find Hotspots?

Sony's new DSC-G3 Cyber-shot digital camera is a slim, touchscreen wonder that is as exciting and audacious in concept as it is underwhelming in practice.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-G3

 

One might think that a web browser in a camera is perhaps taking things a little too far when it comes to convergence of devices but there is method to the madness. Previous Wi-Fi attempts in cameras have allowed people to connect to open Wi-Fi...

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"SONY DSC-G3 WAS DISAPPOINTING..."

 

A brief background of me: I am a 4th year medical student, and purchased the DSC-G3 to replace my current DSC-M1 camera that i've owned for about 4 years. I have been a loyal customer of the Sony Cyber-shot series for the past 9 years.

WIFI is a good idea, Nice Design, 4GB of internal Memory, Takes reliable photos.

Battery drains really fast, Fingerprint hog, Cant upload more than 10 files at once, Uploading ten 10MP photos takes 22 mins over WIFI (at 15mb download, 5mb upload speeds).

Product Specifications

Share your memories on the go with the slim and stylish 10.1-megapixel DSC-G3 Cyber-shot digital camera. Built-in Wi-Fi and an intuitive easy upload home page make it a snap to upload your photos and videos to popular sharing sites directly from your camera, and even send email notifications to friends and family. Packed with impressive features, this camera comes equipped with digital portable photo album, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and intelligent scene recognition. Plus, with 4GB3 of internal memory, you can save hundreds of images and view them on the dazzling 3.5" (measured diagonally) touch screen LCD.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BD1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:7oz
Width:4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:DSC-G3
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-4.6
Max Focal Length:24.7mm
Min Focal Length:6.18mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Super Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols:IEEE 802.11g
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 80 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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