Tucked in the center of the battery compartment door, this button unlocks the door, allowing it to slide outward. The shutter time is long so if you are trying to take a picture right after another it doesn’t work, you have to wait about seconds When it’s time to charge, just pop the batteries into the included charger. Great camera with lots of features! And for good reason: For starters, all of the camera’s scene and exposure modes are now accessible through the Record menu, and the mode selection dictates the available menu options.

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When zoomed in, you can also use the trim feature I’ll describe in a second. You can view and organize your photos as you can see above. Feedback Jeff welcomes your comments or questions.

The basic photo information shown on the LCD is very limited. All in all, exposure performance was on the good side of average. Menu setup is similar to previous Cyber-shot designs, though the DSC-P72 does have a couple of changes relative to prior units.

The LCD menu system offers the following options: Below the Mode dial and adjacent to the Menu and Display buttons, this five button control pad features four arrow keys and a center “OK” button. For starters, all of the camera’s scene and exposure modes are now accessible through the Record dybershot, and the mode selection dictates the available menu options.

The manual included with the P72 is decent, but still has a lot of that “VCR manual” feel. The DSC-P72 performed about average in the macro category, capturing a minimum area of 3.


Explore the images on the pictures pageto see how the DSC-P72’s images compare to other cameras you may be considering.

Outdoors, color was very good, although Fybershot skin tones tended to be a little pink. Some corner softness was present in wide angle shots, but the effect wasn’t too strong overall.

In Twilight mode, images were bright only as low as one foot-candle 11 luxwhich is about equivalent to average city street lighting at night.

Voice mode records a short sound clip to accompany an image, useful for attaching voice captions. The Rec Mode menu has been expanded on the models, but it’s still missing the TIFF mode of old I think most people don’t mind though. Product Repair Repair information and service assistance. The computer does not recognize the USB connection from a Sony digital camera.

A small, sculpted ridge serves as a finger rest when holding the camera, improving your grip to a surprising degree. The only thing to see down here is the metal tripod mount, which is neither in the center of the camera, nor inline with the lens.

This distortion is visible as a slight colored fringe around the objects at the edges of the field of view on the resolution target. The DSC-P72 did a pretty good job with our night test photo look, a new location!

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72

Have a look at the photo gallery and decide for yourself. The down arrow activates the Self-Timer option, while the right arrow controls the Macro mode. The P72 moves between images quickly in playback mode, and it shows a low res version before a high res one replaces it. How Does it Compare.


DCRP Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72

Note that you cannot use the Smart Zoom at the higher resolutions. Like other Sony cybeershot, the DSC-P72’s playback mode goes beyond the basic features found on most point-and-shoot cameras. Despite the reasonably good run time performance of the P72, I strongly recommend that you pick up another set or two of high-capacity NiMH rechargeable batteries.

You’ll get a scrollable list of information that you can see above.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P72 3.2MP Digital Camera – Silver

See all 3 new other listings. The latter two modes being introduced for the first time to the Cyber-shot line.

Overall, the P72 is a good choice for anyone wanting a capable, portable camera that takes good photos in a variety of circumstances. This is a fairly typical range, slightly biased toward the telephoto end relative to the more common mm range found on many 3x zoom-equipped cameras.

Here’s a sample movie for you to look at, recorded at the VGA resolution.

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