Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 and Sony Np-fr1

The Cyber-shot DSC-V3 is powered by a InfoLithium battery type NP-FR1. The NP-FR1 (3.6 volts, 4.4W) in the camera via the supplied standard AC power. The advantage of the InfoLithium battery is the fact that every minute this precise information about the remaining energy of the battery. This is graphically displayed on the monitor what ultimate very user friendly. An additional advantage is that the InfoLithium battery has been the characteristic energy to maintain long, so virtually no discharges. There is nothing annoying than an advanced camera in hand with the expectation that one time recording to be made and to note that the previous week charged battery is empty again, self-discharging.

Sony DSC-V3 High Points
  • 7.41-megapixel CCD delivering image resolutions as high as 7.078 megapixels (3,072 x 2,304) from the "7.2 effective" megapixel sensor.
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor.
  • Real-image optical viewfinder.
  • Optional "live" histogram display in viewfinder.
  • 4x optical zoom with up to 4.75x Smart Zoom (depending on the resolution selected).
  • 7-28mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens.
  • Auto and Manual focus option and adjustable AF area.
  • Hologram AF assist light for low-light and low-contrast focusing.
  • NightShot and NightFraming IR modes for "no light" framing and shooting.
  • Adjustable apertures from f/2.8 to f/8, depending on zoom position.
  • Full Auto, Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus seven preset Scene modes.
  • Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 30 seconds in Manual and Shutter Priority modes, 1 to 1/2000 in Program Auto, 8 to 1/2000 in Aperture Priority, and 1/8 to 1/2000 in Full Auto mode.
  • Adjustable ISO with sensitivity equivalents of Auto, 100, 200, 400, and 800.
  • White Balance setting with six presets and a manual setting.
  • Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering options.
  • Contrast, Sharpness, and Saturation adjustments.
  • Built-in, swing-up flash with four operating modes.
  • External flash hot shoe as well as proprietary connection socket.
  • True Through-The-Lens (TTL) flash metering.
  • MPEGMovie VX mode with sound recording. (Full VGA-resolution movies, recording time limited only by memory card capacity.)
  • "Burst 8" mode captures 8 full-res shots at 2fps
  • Multi-burst (matrix of 16 images) Auto Exposure Bracketing, E-Mail, Voice, and 10-second Self-Timer modes.
  • Uncompressed TIFF, RAW, and JPEG image file formats (movies saved as MPEG).
  • Image storage on Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and Compact Flash Type I.
  • DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) and PictBridge compatibility.
  • Power from Sony NP-FR1 lithium-ion battery pack or AC adapter (included).
  • AV Cable with NTSC and PAL format options
  • USB cable and software CD for quick connection to a computer.


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-V3 is powered by an NP-FR1 InfoLITHIUM battery pack (3.6 volts, 4.4 watt-hours) and comes with an AC adapter which doubles as an in-camera battery charger. InfoLITHIUM battery packs contain a chip that exchanges information with the camera, allowing the camera to report approximately how many minutes of battery life are left at the current drain level. This information is displayed on the LCD monitor and the electronic viewfinder with a small battery graphic. The AC adapter plugs into a small socket on the camera's back panel. It can run the camera without a battery inserted, or charge the battery when the camera isn't in use.

The Li-Ion battery packs used in Sony cameras prevent me from making my usual direct power measurements, but the good news is that the InfoLITHIUM system reports projected camera runtime while the battery is being used in the camera. Despite the excellent feedback provided by the InfoLITHIUM system, I still recommend you purchase and pack along a second battery, though. (Another advantage of the Li-Ion technology used in the InfoLITHIUM batteries is that they don't "self-discharge" like conventional NiMH rechargeable cells do, and so can hold their charge for months on the shelf or in your camera bag.)



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