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Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom Reviews

Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom Reviews

Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

Sony DSCP7 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

  • 3.2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create prints up to 11 x 14
  • 3x optical plus 2x digital (6x total) zoom lens with autofocus
  • Includes 16 MB Memory Stick
  • Connects with Macs and PCs via USB port
  • Uses rechargeable InfoLithium battery (NP-FC10)

Pick up this digital camera and keep your friends and relatives updated on your family’s current events. The 3x optical/6x precision digital zoom lens catches close up shots that are stored on an included 8MB Memory Stick«. Download shots onto your computer via the USB connector with cable and driver. The 3.21 mp effective CCD image sensor (3.34 mp gross) captures clean sharp details in every photo opportunity. The intelligent flash and high-speed scan Autofocus are other great features. Comes with a sound capabilitySony’s DSC-P7 combines compact dimensions with a high-performance 3.2-megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom lens. If you’re looking for a take-anywhere camera that’s easy to use and produces crisp, detailed images, the P7 is worth a closer look.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P7’s 3.2-megapixel sensor captures ample detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 11 by 14 inches. For a serious amateur photographer, 3 megapixels is a great resolution, providing enough detail to perform some cropping and still have crisp prints.

A 3x optical zoom lens (39-117mm equivalent) helps you to capture exactly the picture you want, and an additional 2x digital zoom (6x total) further magnifies your image. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it’s best used sparingly. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.5-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you’ve taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: If you’re used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder; if you want to see exactly the picture you’ll be capturing, use the LCD display.

More Features
The DSC-P7 is designed to be a simple point-and-shoot, so it doesn’t have a huge assortment of manual settings. However, more advanced photographers will appreciate the manual focus mode, adjustable ISO, and white-balance settings, as well as the exposure compensation and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Other features include a three-area multipoint autofocus and a multiburst function that captures 16 320 x 240 frames with three selectable intervals for convenient motion analysis.

Power
The DSC-P7 uses a proprietary rechargeable InfoLithium battery (model NP-FC10), which can provide power for up to 90 minutes of continuous camera usage. To ensure you’ll always be ready for action, we recommend purchasing a spare battery.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras’ movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but the DSC-P7 can keep shooting until you’ve filled the memory card. It features three MPEG movie modes: video mail (160 x 112), presentation (320 x 240), and HQX (320 x 240) with 16 fps full-screen playback.

The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won’t replace your camcorder, but it’s perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony’s proprietary memory-card format. The included 16 MB stick holds approximately 16 images at the camera’s default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 16 images per outing, then you’ll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 130 images.

To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera–your computer should automatically recognize the camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may also have a built-in Memory Stick reader, which makes transferring as easy as reading a floppy disk.

Size
At 4.5 by 2 by 1.44 inches and 7.5 ounces fully loaded, the DSC-P7 is a very compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P7 camera, one rechargeable NP-FC10 InfoLithium battery, AC-LS1 AC adapter/in-camera charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 16 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare NP-FC10 InfoLithium battery, and a higher-capacity Memory Stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page.

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Sony DSCP31 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Still Camera

Sony DSCP31 Cyber-shot 2MP Digital Still Camera

  • 2-megapixel sensor captures 1,600 x 1,200 images for prints at sizes up to 8 x 10 inches
  • Autofocus lens with 3x digital zoom (no optical zoom)
  • Included 8 MB Memory Stick holds 12 images at default settings
  • Connects with PCs and Macs via USB port
  • Uses 2 AA batteries(rechargeables included)

Pick up this digital camera and keep your friends and relatives updated on your family’s current events. The 3x optical/6x precision digital zoom lens catches close up shots that are stored on an included 8MB Memory Stick«. Download shots onto your computer via the USB connector with cable and driver. The 3.21 mp effective CCD image sensor (3.34 mp gross) captures clean sharp details in every photo opportunity. The intelligent flash and high-speed scan Autofocus are other great features.Sony’s DSC-P31 combines compact dimensions with an affordable 2-megapixel sensor and AA battery power. If you’re looking for a take-anywhere camera that’s easy to use and produces sharp images, the P31 is worth a closer look.

Optics and Resolution
The DSC-P31’s 2-megapixel sensor captures enough detail for sharp prints at sizes up to 8 by 10 inches. For the typical family photographer, 2 megapixels is a great balance between price and performance. If you want a camera with even more resolution, you’ll need to step up to a 3- or 4-megapixel model like the DSC-P71 or DSC-P9.

The autofocus lens does not have a true optical zoom, but a 2x digital zoom (6x total) works in much the same way. Remember, however, that digital zoom tends to reduce the sharpness and detail of your image, so it’s not as useful as a true zoom lens. In low-light situations (a particular weakness for many digital cameras), a focus-assist lamp sends out a small patterned beam to help the camera accurately determine distance, and special circuitry automatically reduces the “static” that typically plagues nighttime digital shots.

To compose your images, either use the traditional camera viewfinder or the 1.6-inch LCD display (which is also used to review the shots you’ve taken). Having both types of viewfinders offers the best of both worlds: if you’re used to using a film camera or want to conserve battery life, use the viewfinder. If you want to see exactly the picture you’ll capture, use the LCD display.

More Features
Though the P31 is designed for point-and-shoot simplicity, there are several options for more adventurous photographers, including manual focus with macro, adjustable ISO and white balance settings, exposure compensation, and the ability to shoot black-and-white, sepia, solarized, and negative images.

Power
The P31 uses two AA batteries–a pair of high-capacity nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeables and charger are included. The benefit to using standard AA batteries instead of a custom proprietary battery is that AA batteries are widely available, so missing a once-in-a-lifetime shot due to dead batteries won’t be an issue. The downside is that a digital camera will kill a set of alkaline batteries extremely quickly, especially if you’re using the camera’s LCD display. To ensure you’ll always be ready for action, we recommend getting a second pair of batteries so you can always have one set in the camera and the other set in the charger.

Movie Mode
In movie mode, the camera captures silent video clips. Most digital cameras’ movie modes are limited to 15- or 30-second clips, but in EX mode, the P31 can keep shooting until you’ve filled the memory card. The limited resolution of your movies guarantees that this feature won’t replace your camcorder, but it’s perfect for when you just want to capture a quick movie and e-mail it to a friend or relative.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, Sony’s proprietary memory-card format. The included 8 MB stick holds approximately 12 images at the camera’s default settings. Memory Sticks are reusable, but if you tend to take more than 12 images per outing you’ll want a bigger card. A 128 MB stick is a great size for this camera, storing around 200 images. To transfer images to your computer, simply attach the included USB cable between your PC and your camera. Your computer should automatically recognize your camera and let you move the pictures to your hard drive. If you own a Sony desktop or laptop, your computer may already have a built-in Memory Stick reader.

Size
At 4.2 by 2.3 by 1.6 inches and 8.5 ounces fully loaded, the P31 is an extremely compact and portable digital camera.

Contents and Recommended Accessories
The package includes the DSC-P31 camera, two rechargeable NH-AA-D1 rechargeable batteries, BC-CS1 charger, video and USB cables, wrist strap, 8 MB Memory Stick, and software on CD.

Everything you need to get started is included in the box, but we recommend these accessories to make the most of your camera: a carrying case, a spare set of NiMH rechargeable size AA batteries, and a higher-capacity memory stick. Compatible accessories for this camera are listed near the top of this page. –Shane Burnett

Pros:

  • 2-megapixel resolution is perfect for most users
  • Compact dimensions make it easy to bring this camera along on outings
  • Point-and-shoot operation makes it easy for even beginners to get great results

Cons:

  • No optical zoom lens
  • Movie mode lacks sound
  • Proprietary Memory Stick memory card format less common and more expensive than other formats

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