Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 Review
AC Adapter / Battery Charger
|Like most other Sony's but unlike many other digital cameras the DSC-V3 charges its battery in-camera by connecting the camera to the supplied AC-LS5 AC adapter / charger brick. This has two advantages, the first is that you don't have to mess around removing the battery each time you want to charge and secondly you get an AC adapter in the box, with most camera's is an option.|
On the left side of the camera (from the rear) are a column of connectors, the ACC terminal at the top (for Sony accessories and external flash), a USB 2.0 port (Hi-Speed) and A/V out (video and audio). With the rubber cover in place only the ACC terminal is left exposed. The final connector (not shown here) is the DC-IN which is on the rear of the camera just below the 4-way controller.
Compared to other seven megapixel digital camera lenses
(35 mm equiv.)
Startup extend time
(wide - tele)
|Canon PowerShot G6||Canon Zoom||35 - 140 mm (4x)||3.0 sec||F2.0 - F3.0|
|Casio Exilim EX-P700||Canon Zoom||33 - 132 mm (4x)||2.1 sec||F2.8 - F4.0|
|Olympus C-7000 Z||Olympus Zoom||38 - 190 mm (5x)||1.0 sec||F2.8 - F4.8|
|Pentax Optio 750Z||smc Pentax||37.5 - 187.5 mm (5x)||2.8 sec||F2.8 - F4.6|
|Sony DSC-V3||Carl Zeiss||34 - 136 mm (4x)||2.5 sec||F2.8 - F4.0|
Base / Tripod Mount
|On the base of the camera is a metal tripod mount, and yet again it's not positioned in line with the lens and it's also too close to the compartment door to allow it to be opened when the camera is on a tripod.|
Internal Flash / Auto Focus Assist Lamp
The DSC-V3 features yet another new type of flash, we're not sure if we can call it 'pop-up' or not, it flips up 90 degrees on its axis from the closed position (on the right below). The flash provides a range of 2.5m. As noted by a member of the dpreview team it's a pity the flash didn't have a third position firing directly upwards and providing a 'bounce flash'. The flip-up mechanism on our pre-production camera wasn't final and sometimes didn't close flush, we assumed this was a pre-production problem however having now received a production camera we can see that it's the same. It's not really what we expect of Sony build / design quality.
Auto Focus Assist
|The DSC-V3 has a hot-shoe capable of two way communication with the flash unit. Specifically the HVL-F32X flash unit supports all of the advance features and communication protocol. Additionally the flash hot-shoe can also trigger third party flash units, although sync only.|
Supplied In the Box
Sony DSC-V3 digital camera |
• 32 MB Memory Stick
• Battery Pack NP-FR1
• AC adapter / charger AC-LS5
• Neck strap
• USB Cable
• Video Cable (A/V)
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