Sony DSC-V1 Cyber-shot 5MP Digital Camera


  • 5 megapixel sensor (2592 x 1944 pixels) for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
  • 4x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom (16x total)
  • Nightshot infrared feature; MPEG VX movie mode with audio recording; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
  • Includes 32 MB Memory Stick; compatible with Memory Stick Pro media
  • Powered by Lithium-Ion InfoLithium battery (NP-FC11) that is charged in-camera by connecting an A/C adapter (included)


If you thought you could only get true-to-life resolution, definitive control and stunning output from an SLR camera, check out Sony’s new DSC-V1 Cyber-shot, a digital still camera that combines the control you prefer with extraordinary performance and a uniquely-compact design.

Optics and Resolution

A Super HAD CCD image sensor delivers massive 5.0 megapixel resolution (effective) for clear printouts at up to 20×30 inches. The 4x optical/4x Smart Zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens gives you exceptional control, providing the 35mm equivalent of 34mm-136mm. The macro focus distance is 3.9 inches, and shutter speed varies from a high of thirty seconds to a low of 1/1000 second.

Storage and Transfer

The camera stores pictures and video on Sony Memory Sticks and is compatible with Memory Stick Pro technology. It interfaces with a PC via a USB 2.0 connection.

Movie Mode

It is possible to shoot MPEG movies with audio at a resolution of 640×480 or 160×112.

More Features

A ten-second self-timer makes it easy to take shots that include the entire family, and noise-reduction technology is designed to make low-light photos less grainy. The camera also incorporates a laser to assist with auto-focusing for crisp shots.

Other features include:

  • NightShot infrared system
  • Manual exposure controls
  • 1.5 inch LCD
  • Auto daylight synchro fill flash
  • Hot shoe and ACC terminal

Power and Size

The camera is powered by an included rechargeable InfoLithium NP-FC11 battery. It measures 3 15/16 by 2 9/16 by 2 1/5 inches and weighs 10.9 ounces (without batteries). The battery is charged in-camera by connecting to the included AC adapter.

What’s in the Box

This camera comes with an AC adaptor, AV cable, USB cable, wrist strap, 32 MB Memory Stick, and a software CD-ROM with drivers for Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000 Professional/XP Home/Pro and Macintosh OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2.


Body type
Body type Ultracompact
Max resolution 2592 x 1944
Other resolutions 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h 4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels 5 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 5 megapixels
Sensor size 1/1.8″ (7.144 x 5.358 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format TIFF
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 34–136 mm
Optical zoom 4×
Maximum aperture F2.8–4
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4 x (VGA))
Manual focus Yes (13 steps)
Normal focus range 40 cm (15.75)
Macro focus range 10 cm (3.94)
Number of focus points 5
Screen / viewfinder
Screen size 1.5
Screen dots 123,000
Touch screen No
Live view No
Viewfinder type Optical (tunnel)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 3.50 m
External flash Yes (hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Ext
Continuous drive 2.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (10 sec)
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions MPEG VX (640 x 480, 16 fps, unlimited)
Format MPEG VX
Storage types Memory Stick / Pro
Storage included 32 MB Memory Stick
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote control Yes (Optional wired)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description InfoLithium (NP-FC11) & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 298 g (0.66 lb / 10.51 oz)
Dimensions 99 x 65 x 57 mm (3.9 x 2.56 x 2.24)
Other features
Orientation sensor No
Timelapse recording No