Sony DSC-F717 Cybershot 4 to 5 Megapixel

DSC-F717 Cybershot

  • Sensor: 5.24 Megapixel CCD
  • Max resolution: 2560 x 1920 pixels
  • Lens: Carl Zeiss 9.7-45mm f/2.0-2.4 (35mm equiv: 38-190mm) w. 2x digital zoom
  • MPEG movie modes
  • Storage media: Sony Memory Stick

  • User Reviews (31)

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    kurttarvis   Expert [Jun 23, 2008]
    Strength:

    amazing image quality, long battery life, you can zoom with a ring on the end of the lens (similar to SLRs), NightShot which can be used in pitch black or for infrared, has an LCD and viewfinder, easy to use functions, can focus automatic or manually, amazing macro.

    Weakness:

    very large and awkward for some people, not great autofocus in certain times especially for rapid moving objects

    a big, yet quite sturdy camera. takes very sharp images and has a 5 megapixel sensor. It has a large lens that you can move so you can see the viewfinder in awkward situations. It also has the NightShot feature which is awesome in pitch black and can also be used with filters in daytime as an infrared camera without having to pay $400 for conversion (my main use of the camera). It has 5x optical zoom plus pretty good digital zoom. I have used for over a month and have had complete success with it and it's a great addition to put in my secondary bag (first bag is a Nikon D40x [dSLR] and a Canon EOS 1N [SLR]). Anyways, It has plenty of good features on the camera and even some cool effects right on the camera such as sepia and negative. This is a good camera that has superb image quality and it's a shame Sony no longer markets cameras with NightShot (night vision)

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    a5d   Expert [Aug 22, 2006]
    Strength:

    Lens (f/2.0-2.4, 38 - 190 mm) produces excellent 5 megapixel pictures. Battery life is measured in days. Compatible with Megabyte memory sticks. Electronic internal viewfinder easily switched to external LCD viewer. Consult a good, detailed review somewhere to see the complete list of strengths I don't use.

    Weakness:

    Slow shutter response has to be tweaked for adequate action shots. Flash will never be fast enough because the camera preflashes for exposure even without red-eye correction on (makes beautiful exposures, though). Does not have SLR otpical viewfinder. Somewhat big and awkward for some people, but no more so than most digital SLRs.

    This camera has been discontinued for a few years, now, but you might find one in good condition somewhere. I think it filled a niche that Sony failed to replace.

    It is an awkward, somewhat big camera as digital cameras go, but that is becasue It consists of a big lens with a big battery mounted in an "L" shape. It's not so big when you learn to cradle the lens in the left hand rather than grasp the body. Somewhere between these two big items the designers managed to add the focus, exposure, computers, electronic view finder, 1.8 in. LCD monitor, 5 megapixel resolution and memory stick. The lens is big because it has a maximum aperture of f/2.0 to f/2.4 and 38mm to 190 mm (equivalent) optical zoom. The battery is big because it is Lithium and won't run down in the middle of something.

    Many reviewers have complained that the camera has a slow shutter response. This was my initial experience, too, but I managed to work around that by making some of the decisions for the camera. For example, I set spot meter and center focus and use shutter priority when I am photographing something where timing is important. Whenever possible I use the prefocus half-release to tell the camera which automatic setting I want. (This harkens back to the old days when shooting slide film, where one would expose on the highlights or the shadows, depending on how the details were lit). These adjustments have given me decent shutter response.

    Another complaint from reviewres is that the "TIFF" exposures take too long. My own comparisions show that the difference between the highest resolution JPG and TIFF is not really visible. But the transfer to memory is still too slow for burst mode even using JPG. What is important with JPG exposures is that they cannot be saved as JPG a second time if they are edited. After the first crop, exposure correction, or whatever, they must be saved as TIFF or the compression algorithms will throw out detail.

    The camera makes stunning JPG photographs. I enlarged some to 16X24 and you have to be looking for problems to see them. If you enlarge too much, there may be some magenta shadowing on horizontal lines, but you are down in magnifying glass territory to see it. Barrel and pin cushion distortion have to be measured with a straight edge to be noticed.

    But the real strength of the camera lies in its low light capability. Indoor shots with no flash come out crisp and sharp. Lower light can use night focusing, and if you don't want to scare everyone in the room, you can use the laser multipoint focusing in the dark.

    This camera obviously has disdvantages compared to an SLR. THe most obvious is the fixed lens. On the other hand the electronic viewfinder gives some clue as to how the picture is going to look since exposure adjustments show in the viewfinder. The viewfinder, unlike the external LCD viewer, can be seen in sunlight and gives the same information.

    I have used the camera basically as a snapshot camera, but I get so much better shapshots than the smaller snap shot cameras that I have to loan it out occasionally when someone wants to make pictures on stage, back stage, at parties, or in other low light situations. I have also made some fairly good pictures mixed in with all the snap shots. They may or may not be professional quality, but they are at least "advanced amateur" quality. In other words, people who see them don't complain the imperfections, they usually want to know what kind of camera I used..

    Customer Service

    Never needed

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    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Tom   Intermediate [Nov 13, 2003]
    Weakness:

    There's no weaknesses

    The best camera I ever had. Easy to use, perfect foto quality.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
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