Oct 26, 2004

Full Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P41 Digital Camera

by James Murray

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P41 is one of the more economically priced Cyber-shot models, retailing for around US $179.95. Containing a surprisingly large 1/2.7 inch, 4MP CCD, this model is armed to surpass most similarly priced models with higher image quality. However, this camera is only capable of 3x digital zoom, with absolutely no optical zoom capability. With limited custom control settings available, the Cyber-shot P41 is clearly made for the point-and-shoot consumer. The focus is predominately Auto based, with distance settings available through the on-screen menu. The camera's compact shape, rounded corners and slight weight make it easy to transport within the user's pocket. The camera includes direct print capabilities, a 1.5 inch LCD and a real image optical viewfinder.

The camera is PictBridge direct-print ready, although there is no video/audio out, and the user must rely upon either card readers or the USB port located on the back of the camera. This camera, by its design, price, and the manufacturer's intent, is a fitting model for those users seeking a simple, large-CCD point-and-shoot camera with movie modes and a straightforward design.