Sony Cybershot DSC-V1 Review
Top of camera controls
Controls on the top of the camera are isolated to the right hand side. The power switch sits to the left of the the mode dial which surrounds the shutter release button. Below and to the left is the nightshot / nightframing lever. The power button turns the camera on and off instantly (there's no delay unlike some cameras).
Exposure / Camera Mode Dial
Enters playback mode, this displays the last image/movie recorded. Cursor arrows or jog-wheel can be used to scroll through images (other functions described later).
| Auto Exposure ('Auto
Automatic exposure mode, camera meters the scene and selects best combination of aperture and shutter speed and ISO sensitivity to properly expose the image. You can not change ISO, white balance, exposure compensation etc.
|P||Program Auto Exposure
Automatic exposure mode, camera meters the scene and selects best combination of aperture and shutter speed (and ISO if set to Auto) to properly expose the image. The DSC-V1 is the first Sony prosumer digital camera to provide flexible exposure selection, you can roll the jog dial to select equivalent exposures (different combinations of aperture and shutter speed).
Shutter Priority Auto Exposure
Aperture Priority Auto Exposure
|M||Full Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any combination of the above. Use the jog-dial to switch between shutter speed or aperture, click then roll it again to change the value. The LCD view changes to reflect the look of the final image at this exposure. The exposure compensation readout now displays the difference between the selected exposure and the metered exposure up to a maximum of +/-2.0 EV.
Special Scene Exposure
Enters camera setup mode (described in more detail later).
NightFraming shooting mode
NightFraming can only be used in Auto or Program AE (P) exposure modes, it allows you to use the light sensitive NightShot mode to frame the subject before taking the final shot in normal mode (flash exposure). Flash can not be disabled in this mode, slowest exposure is 1/30 sec. Example shooting sequence:
- Switch to NightFraming, a small click is heard as the IR filter is removed from the CCD, IR lamp on the front of the camera comes on and screen turns 'NightShot Green'
- Use this 'NightShot' view to frame the subject
- Half-press shutter release and IR filter is replaced screen returns to full colour, (if enabled) Hologram AF (laser focus) will lock focus on subject, IR filter is again removed and screen returns to 'NightShot' view, flash pops up if not already up
- Fully depress shutter release, IR filter is replaced, flash fires and full colour image is taken
- Screen returns to 'NightShot' type view
NightShot shooting mode
NightShot can only be used in Auto or Program AE (P) exposure modes. Flash can not be enabled in this mode, slowest exposure is 1/5 sec. Example shooting sequence:
- Switch to NightShot, a small click is heard as the IR filter is removed from the CCD, IR lights on the front of the lens come on and screen turns 'NightShot Green'
- Frame subject
- Half-press shutter release and AE and AF lock (Hologram AF is NOT used in this mode)
- Fully depress shutter release and shot is taken in 'NightShot' mode (green sepia B&W)