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Conclusion - Pros

  • Good image quality, typical 2 megapixel
  • Cheap storage
  • Ease of image transfer (once finalised disc will work in almost any CD-ROM drive)
  • Big image stablised 10 x zoom lens
  • Excellent available controls on outside of camera
  • Interesting LCD viewfinder
  • Silent focus & zoom mechanism
  • One-push manual white balance
  • Fly-by-wire manual focus ring on lens barrel
  • Good selection of program modes: Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Night, Spot etc.
  • Excellent InfoLithium battery pack & in-camera charging
  • Camera settings stored between power-ups (even without the battery...)
  • No need for additional AC adapter
  • Good internal flash
  • USB connectivity
  • Audio with movie recording & Voice recording


Conclusion - Cons

  • Price ($1299) (relative)
  • Design, Size & Weight (subjective)
  • Slow startup, focusing and shutter lag
  • Auto Focus lack of "focus priority" (random focusing problems)
  • Poor LCD frame cover (86%)
  • Aperture priority crippled by minimum 1/30s shutter speed
  • Tripod Mount
  • Barrel distortion at wide angle
  • Fairly nasty chromatic aberrations at full zoom


Overall conclusion

Here's my rating of the Sony MVC-CD1000: (2 megapixel ultra zoom class)

Detail Rating (out of 10)
Construction 8
Features 8
Image quality 8
Lens / CCD combination 7
Ease of use 7
Value for money 7

A few other reviewers have been as brave as to say that mini CD-R will be the future of storage in digital cameras. I'd have to place myself on the other side of that fence. Don't get me wrong, there's a place for it and I'm sure the CD1000 will sell well, but there's lots of things holding mini CD-R back, not least the physical size of the CD-R mechanism (and thus the camera), its speed and battery usage. It'll be interesting to see how many more products Sony release using mini CD-R.

From a storage cost point of view it's amazing value if you buy your mini CD-R's from the right places. As a camera the CD1000 performs well, that big zoom will keep even the most avid bird watcher happy and image quality is on par with the best 2 megapixel digital cameras.

Average

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