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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 644 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the screen and responsiveness. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the image stabilizer and sensor. Many are less positive about the energy efficiency and features.

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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-V3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-V3 Product


A few features could make some people choose the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 over the similar Canon PowerShot G6. The DSC-V3 has a 2.5-inch LCD on the back (the G6's measures 2 inches), and it has the same useful low-light modes that Sony originally...

Fast shutter Excellent low-light shooting modes

Battery life is below average

The camera has full-manual and aperture- and shutter-priority modes, of course; and it supports basic exposure bracketing. It lacks such exotic features as white-balance bracketing and focus bracketing, but the DSC-V3 is easier to use than most of its...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-V3


Photograph: Rick Rizner

Fast shutter ; Excellent low-light shooting modes

Battery life is below average

A quick shutter, simple menus, and excellent low-light shooting aids make the DSC-V3 an attractive alternative to Canon's G6.

Highly Recommended!

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 Review


The seven megapixel four times zoom DSC-V3 was announced on 30th August 2004. It's the first 'prosumer' level compact digital camera from Sony since 24th February 2003 when they announced the five megapixel four times zoom DSC-V1. Despite carrying the...

Very Good resolution, Low noise with some noise reduction, Good macro performance, Excellent build quality, good ergonomics, Proper hand grip, Excellent auto focus speed, Very fast shot to shot times (just over 1 sec), Excellent write speed (up to 4...

Tendency to use small apertures, Design fault with jog dial & program shift, About a third of a stop less sensitive than indicated, Limited image parameter adjustment, Poorly fitting flash unit, Lens retracts too quickly in play mode, Sharpening halo...

The DSC-V1 was a relatively compact camera, so it's clear the same can't be said of the DSC-V3, but curiously the increase in size has really only improved its usability.


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Sony Cyber-shot Pro DSC-V3


Included Memory Amount: 32 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, Media Format: Memory Stick, Type: Enthusiast, Maximum R...

Accepts Memory Stick and CompactFlash cards. Takes auxiliary "smart" strobe. Large and bright LCD. Takes pictures in total darkness. Smart battery readout.

Subpar pixel transition ratio means white outlines in high contrast areas. Daylight images are underexposed and shifted too far toward magenta. No focusable diopter and poor placement of optical viewfinder.

The Sony Cyber-shot Pro DSC-V3 is a lot of camera for the money, but it may have difficulty producing top quality pictures without some tweaking in image-editing software.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-V3 7.2 megapixel digital camera reviews


A couple reviews have turned up of the DSC-V3, Sony's new 7.2 megapixel prosumer digital camera, which sports a Carl Zeiss 4x optical zoom, a 2.5-inch LCD, and can record MPEG 640x480 resolution videos at a full 30 frames per seconds (also worth...

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC-V3


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Unusually solid high-ISO performance for a non-dSLR; big 2.5-inch LCD; quick overall performance; relatively light and compact.

Low-ISO photos show some JPEG and edge artifacts; poor raw-format shot-to-shot time; subpar optical viewfinder.

This Sony offers good features and performance in a compact camera for enthusiasts, but its low-ISO image quality doesn't quite match the best in its class.

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Sony DSC-V3


The Cyber-shot DSC-V3 is a compact yet fully-featured 7.2-megapixel digital camera that was designed to satisfy the needs of advanced photographers. Housed in an all-black, metal alloy body that resembles a 35mm rangefinder camera, the DSC-V3 is...

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Sony DSC-V3 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Free Photo Lessons Learn how to really use full-functioned cameras like this one - Visit our free Photo Lessons area! Similar Cameras If you're looking at the Sony DSC-V3, here are some similar models to consider: Canon PowerShot G6 Canon...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3


This review has been completed using a production model DSC-V3. Product shots have been reshot where necessary, and all sample photos are from the production camera

Very good photo quality (if you watch the aperture) ; Large LCD display is usable in bright outdoor light and in low light as well ; Full manual controls ; Robust performance ; Laser focusing system -- the best out there ; NightFraming lets you take...

Camera tends to use a small aperture outdoors, greatly reducing image quality (workaround: force the camera to use a larger aperture) ; Redeye ; Some vignetting ; Camera locks up for 8-10 seconds between shots in RAW or TIFF mode ; Can't get very close...

How does the V3 compare to the PowerShot G6? They perform quite similarly in most areas, with the V3 having sharper photos with more saturated colors. Then again, I got better photos out of the box on the G6, with no need for messing with the aperture....

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3


Something big has arrived on the digital camera scene, but not in terms of size. The traditional "rangefinder" styled Sony Cyber-shot V3 is a compact Cyber-shot camera with an immense resolution of 7.2 effective Megapixels and which features a powerful...

Product Specifications

The traditional 'rangefinder' styled Sony Cyber-shot V3 is a compact Cyber-shot camera with an immense resolution of 7.2 effective Megapixels and which features a powerful 4X Vario-Sonnar zoom lens from the world-famous Carl Zeiss company. That's not all - a large range of exposure modes on the camera offer full manual control or a choice of program and scene selection modes. The sizeable 2.5-inch LCD screen is also designed to give a full and clear picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or setting the menu options. Another big feature is the file format - you can choose to save your high-resolution images in the professional RAW or TIFF data formats, keeping them uncompressed for use in graphics applications that require fine detail.

Audio Input


Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash / Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach/snow / Candle / Fireworks / Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


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:7.2Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type:Optical