CD-R / CD-RW discs
The CD300 uses 8cm Mini CD-R or CD-RW recordable CD's, the ability to take either CD-R or CD-RW gives the user the option to either use the relatively cheap 8cm CD-R disc's just once or the more expensive CD-RW and be able to reformat them after offloading images from them. The disadvantage is that you must have a CD-RW compatible CD-ROM/CD-R drive to be able to read CD-RW discs (they're also typically slower than CD-R's). I had no problem using a 8cm CD-RW straight out of the camera (finalised) in my CD-R/RW drive.
Most modern CD-ROM/CD-R drives will have a 8cm inset on the tray which will allow you to mount the discs directly, if not you can use the supplied clip-in adapter to enlarge the size of the 8cm discs to the full 12cm original CD size.
Thanks to Rodger Carter for the following list of suppliers of 8cm (3") CD-R Discs:
3-INCH (MINI) CD-R SOURCES FOR SONY CD1000 - AS OF: 31 Aug 00
NOTE: Prices may changes without notice. S&H may be extra.
Additional sources are welcome. NOTE: If problems are noted with any of the products listed below please send e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH JEWEL CASE
Circuit City - $19.99 for a 5 pack of Sony brand
Best Buy - in some areas only: prices similar
NO JEWEL CASE
Pop-up Flash / AF Illuminator
This is the first time we've seen an automatic pop-up flash on a Sony digital camera, the sprung flash surround pops up out of the top of the camera if you either (a) have the flash set to Auto and the camera decides it needs it (when you half press the shutter release) or (b) you have the flash set to fill-in and you half-press the shutter release. It must be pushed back into place when not in use.
Just to the top-left of the lens surround you can just make out the AF illumination lamp, this comes on automatically in low light situations and bathes the target subject in an orange light which is used to assist the cameras AF system (with or without flash enabled).
Accessory Shoe / ACC connector
Tripod mount / camera base
Supplied In the Box
Supplied in the box are: * exact contents may vary by region
- Sony MVC-CD300 Digital Camera
- Lens cap & attachment string
- Battery Pack NP-FM50
- AC Adapter / Charger AC-L10
- 1 x 8cm CD-R, 1 x 8cm CD-RW
- Shoulder Strap
- USB Cable
- A/V Cable
- CD-ROM: Sony USB Drivers, MGI PhotoSuite, MGI VideoSuite
Availability of accessories may vary by region.
|8cm CD-R Discs:
5MCR-156A (5 pack shown)
|8cm CD-RW Discs
|Dual external batt charger:
| External Flash:
(range: 1m - 8m)
|Lens adapter: (52mm thread)
|Protection / ND filter:
|Wide Angle Lens:
|Special effect lenses:
|Tripod / Remote control:
(on/off, zoom, shutter release)