Big, isn't it? Well, you've got to put that 8cm CD-R drive somewhere... Having said that it's not considerably bigger than the FD-91 or FD-95. But the overall package (LCD viewfinder, 10 x optical zoom lens, big battery, CD-R unit) makes the camera seem bulky. Build quality would have to fit into the average category, finished two-tone silver and dark blue plastic its got a definite video camera feel to it (origins of the 10 x lens become apparent). Having said that it feels solid enough and should be able to take more than the average knocking about (although not too much when it's busy writing out to the CD-R).
I'll be honest up front, this is a camera whose design does nothing for me (very much like the Olympus C-2100UZ) it looks like something from the 60's which hasn't had its 90's refit yet..
In your hand it feels stable, the whole of the hand grip fills your palm, a recessed thumb grip on the back helps stabilise everything. The normal right hand grip, left hand lens support feels very natural and that combined with the stablised lens system will ensure the majority of your shots will remain blur free.
My biggest complaint about the LCD Display (and the LCD viewfinder) was its poor frame coverage. Showing only 86% of the frame both horizontally and vertically it's difficult to compose a tight shot without capturing some detail at the edge of the picture you didn't want.
Full details of information displayed on the LCD (in record mode) are shown below:
The viewfinder on the CD1000 is no ordinary beast, it uses a tiny 0.55" LCD (180,000 pixel) which displays the same image as the main rear LCD, interestingly Sony have some kind of proximity detector, the LCD does not power up until you bring your eye up to the viewfinder, and it's not that the rubber is touch sensitive as the LCD comes on even without touching the rubber.
Again, because the viewfinder uses the same live video feed as the LCD display it also suffers from a display of just 86% of the frame.