Record mode display

Here you can see an example of Program AE (P) exposure mode with full information overlay (including live histogram), note that there are two other display modes with less information (here and here) . Settings overlaid are:

71 mins battery life, 5.0 Mp/Fine, Folder '101', 392 frames remaining, Manual WB, Program AE exposure mode, Flash cancel, ISO 100, Multi metering, Macro focus, Single focus, Wide area AF, +0.3 EV exposure compensation, F3.2 / 1/30 sec exposure.

Here we have already half-pressed the shutter release and are ready to shoot. The AF frame turns green and a steady green dot is shown at the top of the display.

A review image is shown only if (and while) you hold the shutter release button after the shot has been taken.

Pressing the 4-way controller to the left in record mode displays the last image taken (Review mode). The DSC-V1 uses a 'rough' image which it replaces after loading the full image data (approx. two seconds for a Fine quality 5 mp image). This display can be instantly removed by half-pressing the shutter release. You can not browse other images although you can magnify.

An example of movie capture mode, the time remaining indicator shows that there is enough storage space for a continuous movie of just over 45 minutes. This is at 640 x 480 with a 1 GB Memory Stick Pro.

Example of Shutter Priority mode (before half-pressing the shutter release). The white arrow beside the shutter speed and the blue jog dial icon indicate that rolling the jog dial will change the shutter speed. An 'NR' prefix before the shutter speed indicates automatic noise reduction will be applied to this exposure.

Example of Aperture Priority mode (before half-pressing the shutter release). The white arrow beside the aperture and the blue jog dial icon indicate that rolling the jog dial will change the aperture.

Example of Manual exposure mode, as you can see the live view image (and histogram) change to reflect the final image. You can change shutter speed and aperture simply by clicking and rolling the jog dial. Here you can see Program Shift AE in action, the 'P' has turned into 'P*' and we have shifted the exposure (by clicking and rolling the jog dial) from the automatic 1/30 sec, F3.2 to 1/10 sec, F5.0.
Switching to NightFraming mode immediately removes the Infrared filter (you'll hear the click) and the display turns green. The two IR lamps on the front of the lens bathe the subject in IR light. Fully depressing the shutter release takes a shot in normal mode.

NightShot mode operates in the same way as NightFraming, except that the final shot is taken in the same IR sensitive mode used for focusing.

An improvement on the DSC-V1 is the numerical display of the current zoom position as you change zoom (x1.8 in this case). An example of a scene exposure mode, in this case 'Portrait mode'.

Manual Focus / AF Area

Press the FOCUS button once to enter manual focus mode, roll the jog dial to change the focus distance (13 positions plus Infinity). No ruler is displayed on screen and no frame magnification is supplied making it sometimes difficult to judge accurate focusing. Press the FOCUS button twice to change the AF area (you can also do this by moving the jog dial pointer). Roll the jog dial to select between seven AF area/modes; spot AF (center), multipoint (covers three horizontal AF areas), center, left, right, bottom, top.