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Sony DSC-P5 Review

August 2001 | By Phil Askey


Review based on a production Cyber-shot DSC-P5

The DSC-P5 is Sony's latest update to their range, joining (and soon replacing) the DSC-P1 on which its based. Those observant will have already noticed it's carrying the new '3.2 megapixel' notation which is in compliance with the new JCIA effective megapixel guidelines. The new DSC-P5 is almost 40 g (1 oz) lighter than the P1 it's also a little thinner, both of these facts are thanks to the new InfoLithium C NP-FC10 battery.

The DSC-P5 is one of two new 'P' cameras announced at the same time. The DSC-P3 is virtually identical to the P5 apart from its lower 1920 x 1440 resolution and fixed 36 mm equiv. focal length lens and lower price of $499. Many parts of this review will apply to both cameras.

Sony DSC-P5 compared to Sony DSC-P1

  Sony DSC-P5 Sony DSC-P1
 
CCD 1/1.8" 3.3 megapixels 1/1.8" 3.3 megapixels
A/D converter 14 bit 12 bit
Image sizes 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360 (3:2),
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360 (3:2),
1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Lens 3 x optical zoom
39 - 117 mm equiv. (F2.8 - F5.6 )
3 x optical zoom
39 - 117 mm equiv. (F2.8 - F5.3)
AF Illuminator Yes No
Manual Focus Yes, 5 distances No
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400 Auto
Program AE modes Twilight Four: Twilight, Twilight+, Landscape, Portrait
Flash range 0.5 - 2.8 m (1.6 - 9.2 ft) 0.3 - 2.0 m (1.0 - 6.5 ft)
Burst mode Yes, 2 frames No
MPEG EX Yes No
Battery InfoLithium C, NP-FC10 (2.4 Wh) InfoLithium S, NP-FS11 (4.1 Wh)
Dimensions 113 x 53 x 36 mm
(4.4 x 2.1 x 1.4 in)
113 x 53 x 44 mm
(4.4 x 2.1 x 1.7 in)
Volume 216 cm3 264 cm3
Weight (inc. batt) 214 g (7.8 oz) 250 g (8.8 oz)


If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this review (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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This review is Copyright 2001 Phil Askey and the review in part or in whole may NOT be reproduced in any electronic or printed medium without prior permission from the author. For information on reproducing any part of this review (or any images) please contact: Phil Askey.

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