The seven megapixel four times zoom DSC-V3 was announced on 30th August 2004. It's the first 'prosumer' level compact digital camera from Sony since 24th February 2003 when they announced the five megapixel four times zoom DSC-V1. Despite carrying the V nomenclature and in fact having the same lens as the DSC-V1 the V3 is quite a different beast. It's larger and heavier, has a more comfortable deep rubber hand grip, a better control layout and a huge 2.5" LCD monitor. In fact it's more like a follow-up to 2001's four megapixel DSC-S85 (and there were plenty who loved that camera).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 vs. Cyber-shot DSC-V1 (differences)

 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V1
Body color Black Silver
Effective pixels 7.1 million 5.0 million
Image sizes • 3072 x 2304
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
• 2592 x 1944
• 2592 x 1728 (3:2)
• 2048 x 1536
• 1280 x 960
• 640 x 480
Movie clips • 640 x 480, 30 fps, unlimited *
• 640 x 480, 16 fps, unlimited
• 160 x 112, 8 fps, unlimited
• All with audio
* Memory Stick Pro only
• 640 x 480, 16 fps, unlimited
• 160 x 112, 8 fps, unlimited
• All with audio
Image formats • JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• RAW
• TIFF
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
• TIFF
Image processor "Real Image Processor" Unknown
Continuous • Burst, 0.9 fps (15 frames)
• Speed Burst, 2.5 fps (8 frames)
• Multi Burst
• Exposure Bracketing
• Burst, 2.0 fps (3 frames)
• Multi Burst
• Clip Motion
• Exposure Bracketing
Picture effect • B&W
• Sepia
• Solarize
• Sepia
• Negative Art
LCD monitor • 2.5" TFT LCD
• 123,000 pixels
• 1.5" TFT LCD
• 123,000 pixels
Storage • Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro
• Compact Flash Type I
• Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro
Power • Lithium-Ion NP-FR1 rechargeable
• 3.6 V, 1222 mAh (4.4 Wh)
• Lithium-Ion NP-FC11 rechargeable
• 3.6 V, 777 mAh (2.8 Wh)
Others • Enlarged display icons
• Auto review on/off
• PictBridge
 
Dimensions 120 x 57 x 69 mm (4.7 x 2.2 x 2.7 in) 99 x 65 x 57 mm (3.9 x 2.6 x 2.2 in)
Weight (inc batt) 390 g (13.8 oz) 291 g (10.3 oz)

Design & size comparison

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Five $700 seven megapixel digital cameras

This review was produced as part of a group test of five seven megapixel digital cameras, all of which offer similar features and all of which cost (at the time of posting these reviews; 2nd Dec 2004) around $700. The 'Compared to...' section of this review is shared with the other reviews. The five reviews (in alphabetical order):