The Sony DSC-V1 is a camera through which Sony aims to attract the attention of the up market shooters considering the number of features that has been included in this mostly metal-body camera which has a very traditional look resembling a 35mm rangefinder camera from the past. The Sony DSC-V1 surprisingly fails to distinguish it self in terms of looks unlike its predecessors have done in the past.
The Sony DSC-V1 provides some of the most advanced and impressive features of DSC-F717 such as 5.0-megapixel effective imager, Night framing, Night Shot and Hologram Laser AF-Assist. The size of Sony DSC-V1 might not be small enough to fit into your pocket but still its portable enough be carried from one place to the other without much of a problem. DSC-V1 provides the photographer with quality images with the help of its 5-mega pixel CCD, coupled to the f2, 8-f4, 0 7-28mm Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens. The best part about the Sony DSC-V1 is the amount of user interaction required for taking a picture can be defined by the user himself.
When you first look at the camera you will find a lot of buttons scattered all over the camera which may initially look a bit confusing but later you will find everything properly labeled with each button having a specified task. The advantage to this is that with more buttons more tasks can be done directly with few features hidden somewhere as sub-options.
A bit heavy as compared to other cameras belonging to the same category the DSC-V1 has a clear optical viewfinder which is of good size. No dioptric adjustment is a bit of surprise considering Sony’s main aim of getting into high-end consumer market. The zoom feature at the back can be used with ease and jog dial allows users to override the default settings with one touch of a button.
It takes 3 seconds in all to power up the Sony DSC-V1 and takes around a second to take a single photo. During dark conditions the hologram AF laser system produces a grid of bright red lines which are directed towards the subject to add additional focus. The light shutter takes some getting used to and can lead to photos been taken when not intended. It has a 1.5 inch screen which can be very irritating while reading information on the screen due to the size of the letters.
Best format to store photos is in JPEG format rather than TIFF format considering it takes around 40 seconds to store and be ready for taking the next snap when the photo is in the TIFF format. Other than that when the JPEG format is used this is one of fastest cameras around right now.
One of the best features of the Sony DSC-V1 is hot shoe which makes this one of the few cameras of its kind that can be used in combination with a studio flash system without the requirement of any complicated gadget. The flash needs to be connected to simple hot shoe adaptor for this feature to work. HVL-F32X is a new variety of optical flash which Sony introduces with Sony DSC-V1.
The battery provided with Sony DSC-V1 is not one of its best features in fact might be one of its weakest. Sony NP-FC11 Info LITHIUM rechargeable battery allows 85 minutes of recording time and take somewhere around 175 pictures before it needs to be recharged. The good part is that it provides information about the battery time left before it needs to be recharged again.
Sony’s Slow Shutter NR noise reduction system, which is used when the shutter speed falls below 1/6 seconds, is a prominent feature of DSC-V1. The picture quality of Sony DSC-V1 is extremely good with excellent sharpness from corner to corner. One thing that does catch the eye is the variation in the accuracy of the optical viewfinder depending on the amount of zoom being used. The LCD does show complete coverage of the picture to be taken.
Colours are sharp and not saturated and in certain conditions settings need to be done properly for the image to be shot in the right way with proper balance of colours. The Multi-pattern metering present in Sony DSC-V1 works efficiently while handling different lighting situations.
The Sony DSC-V1 is worthy of its name providing great picture quality which would be dearly appreciated by photographers who prefer a bit more creative photography but it looses its shine to some extent with its low battery life. Then again the brand name Sony does assure you with one thing quality and that’s something the camera provides, so all in all worth a buy for those who describes their photography adventurous.
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