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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1081 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the size and lens are overall positive. The performance and image quality are also appreciated. The sensor and value for money get mixed opinions. Many are critical about the shutter and memory.

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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-V1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1


Live histogram in record mode ; First-rate focusing system ; Great movie mode ; Hot-shoe and add-on lens support ; Well-designed metal body ; Full manual controls

Software not OS X native ; Noise levels higher than they should be ; Movie mode’s low frame rate means choppy video ; Colors seem dull ; User's left hand can obscure the flash, preventing it from operating ; Red-eye ; Poor battery life compared with...

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Sony DSC-V1 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: Want a high-resolution camera, but don't want to lug the equivalent of a small brick? The Cyber-shot DSC-V1 is one of the lightest, most compact 5-megapixel models we've tested. It's also among the easiest to use: The designers logically...

Sony borrowed a couple of low-light modes from its digital video camcorders (and from the Cyber-shot DSC-F717 still camera) for the DSC-V1, and they're extremely useful. In NightFraming mode, the camera emits a holographic laser to help it focus, set...


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Sony DSC-V1 Digital Camera (Sony-DSCV1)


If you're looking for a high-end point-and-shoot, the DSC-V1 is a good bet. It's not quite as sophisticated as, say, the Nikon Coolpix 5400, but it's much easier to use.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1


The Cybershot DSC-V1 was introduced by Sony just before the Photo Marketing Association (PMA 2003) trade show this year. Despite its compact proportions the five megapixel, four times optical zoom DSC-V1 is squarely aimed at the 'Prosumer' market and...

Above average resolution, good tonal balance, good color response ; Very low noise, even at higher ISO (best of the bunch) ; Image processing parameter control (contrast, saturation and sharpening) ; Very fast auto focus, the fastest we have seen to...

Poor auto white balance outdoors indirect sunlight ; Some mild chromatic aberrations visible in extreme circumstances ; Some 'halo' sharpening artifacts visible around dark detail ; No manual focus magnification / confirmation ; Menu system while...

Sony have done it again, the DSC-V1 is a camera which can easily appeal to a wide range of buyers. It's small enough to be carried out more yet featured enough to still be attractive to the prosumer owner. It's notably smaller and lighter than the...

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Sony DSC-V1


Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-V1 includes some of the most advanced features of the DSC-F717 such as the 5.0-megapixel effective imager, Nightframing, NightShot and Hologram Laser AF-Assist and puts them into a compact body style closely resembling the...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


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

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1 Digital Camera; 5-Mp Prosumer Camera With 4x Carl Zeiss Zoom, Plus Exclusive Night Shooting Modes


On sunny days and in cloudy/bright conditions, the DSC-V1 produced beautiful images, in its default settings, with fairly accurate color balance, and very high color saturation, contrast and sharpness.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1


Folks considering the G3 will be drawn to the DSC-V1's 4X optical zoom lens, manual controls, hot shoe, and higher resolution CCD (5MP vs. 4MP). Then there are those who love the Sony-specific features of the DSC-F717 (Hologram AF, Nightshot,...

Good photo quality (though see negatives below) ; Fast performance (except when writing TIFF file) ; Hot shoe for external flash ; Amazing Hologram AF laser focusing system ; Support for add-on lenses, filters ; NightShot and NightFraming are...

Drab colors in photos, noise levels higher than I'd like; some purple fringing ; Redeye ; Expensive camera, even more expensive Memory Stick Pro cards (for larger capacities) ; No diopter correction knob ; Watch those fingers: left hand fingers can...

I hope that didn't sound too negative -- as I did enjoy my time with the DSC-V1. I would rate the camera as "above average" -- certainly better than the Minolta DiMAGE F300 and Olympus C-50Z, but I think the PowerShot S50's photo quality is better. Do...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1


So nature in color and low noise in ISO400. Very happy with this small camera. Although consider old camera but performance wise could be counted. Cool for night shoot with infra red focusing (hard to find this features nowadays). Very good coating...

So far no problem except small LCD

Product Specifications

If you thought you could only get true-to-life resolution, definitive control and stunning output from an SLR camera, check out the Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot digital camera. The DSC-V1 combines the control you prefer with extraordinary performance and a uniquely compact design that is 30% smaller than its predecessor! Designed to deliver a huge array of impressive features, the DSC-V1 includes a Super HAD CCD image sensor that delivers massive 5.0 megapixel resolution (effective) and a 4X optical/4X Smart Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens that gives you exceptional control. Other features include 5-Area Multi-Point AF (Auto-Focus), NightShot, NightFraming IR Assist, Multi-Pattern, and Program Shift, which lets you conveniently select Aperture/Shutter combinations while in the Program AE mode. It even features a lightning-fast USB 2.01 interface for high-speed transfer.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FC11

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash/Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Landscape / Portrait mode / Snow / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait/Beach/snow / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Portrait mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Memory Stick
Storage Capacity:32MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.0
Max Focal Length:28mm
Min Focal Length:7mm
Optical Zoom:4
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /90 days warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX/MPEG-1
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):800
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Negative Art / Sepia / Solarization
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical