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Sony DSC-P72 Digital Camera [3MP 3xOptical]

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • 3.2 effective Megapixel Sony Super HAD CCD
  • 3x optical zoom
  • MPEG Movie VX with audio
  • STAMINA NiMH batteries supplied
  • Memory Stick PRO compatible
  • Supplied Accessories
  • 16MB Memory Stick, 2x NiMH Batteries, Charger, AV-Cable, USB Cable, Strap

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 3.3 x 5.8 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: DSC-P72
  • ASIN: B00008J1BD
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,494 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The fun and easy-to-use DSC-P72 offers an effective 3.2 megapixel image quality to produce stunning images in a diverse range of conditions. In addition, the camera includes compatibility with Memory Stick PRO, extending the data capacity to 1 GB.

Picture quality, contrast and colour rendition are all superb on the DSC-P72, and the camera produces superb high-quality prints. The 3.2 effective megapixel resolution gives printed photographs a quality that matches analogue photography (up to standard 10 x 15 cm), allowing users to zoom in closer and crop to get the shots they want. The 14 bit DXP system plus Super HAD CCD combine to produce excellent image detail, smooth contrast and stunning colour rendition. The Smart Zoom function allows users to get closer to their subjects without sacrificing image quality. The camera intelligently adjusts the ratio of zoom based on the resolution of the image, achieving up to 9.6x magnification.

Thanks to a number of improvements in flash operation, the camera intelligently makes adjustments to light conditions. An exposure warning means you always have the right exposure. The camera will detect the exposure level before taking the shot and a blink a warning if it is not enough. Slow Synchronised Flash operates at a slow shutter speed for shooting foreground objects in twilight backgrounds, giving clarity to the background as well as to the foreground. Auto Daylight Synchronised Flash automatically measures the exposure level for foreground objects that have light behind them and Flash White Balance will adjust for correct white balance in colourful shots.

The DSC-P72 offers many features that allow shots to be taken with minimum fuss. Start-up times have been reduced to just a couple of seconds while newly designed control functions mean that the camera can be operated by little more than the touch of a thumb. Burst Mode takes two shots in rapid succession, doubling the chances of acquiring those once-in-a-lifetime shots. The camera uses buffer memory to temporarily speed up data transmission between shots and is ideal for sports, action and wildlife photography.

Users can also capture far more than stills using the MPEG Movie VX function, which makes it possible to record VGA quality movies with sound. Used with Memory Stick PRO, the camera has a maximum 1 GB of memory, allowing approximately 44 minutes of movie recording.

Review

Buy it. -- Total Digital Photography, June-03


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera packed with usefull features 11 Nov 2003
By A Customer
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I have had this camera for a few days now and have found it very easy to use, it has a multitude of functions if you choose to use them or can just be left in "auto" mode for point and shoot stuff. My only concern while choosing was that the LCD screen would be too small but having used it this is not the case and the quality of the display is far superior to previous cameras I have owned. Can't really comment on the battery life as yet but they've lasted a couple of days of tinkering so far with no probs. This is probably one of the best cameras in this price range and has a very well put together feel to it (typical of Sony) highly recommended.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product. 31 Oct 2003
I absolutely love this camera.
I got this camera for my 18th birthday (August 2003) and have used it so much (13 videos, 700+ pictures). Why i wanted a camera was partly for art. With being an artist, you have to go out and take loads of pictures and then choose the best ones. An example of this was a few days ago, i went out and took 60 pictures (this capacity taking in account that you buy an extra 128mb stick). I kept on switching the camera off and on when i saw something i wanted to photograph and draw later on. Amazingly after all of this activity, the batteries were still on full! not even half way down. The batteries seem to last forever. Even when viewing the thumbnails multiple times. If the batteries do run low, just charge them up, doesnt take long at all.
It is extremely easy to navigate your way around the camera. Just by clicking on "menu" , brings up options in changing the type of picture you want to take (twilight, outside, winter....), you can even rotate and resize the thumbnail on the camera for easy viewing. If you dont like the picture, simply delete it. Another suprising feature which came with the camera was the option of recording video, with sound! The video comes out with good quality and you can record at least 5 minutes of video if you have a 128mb stick.
Unless you are a professional photographer, this camera will suite you. Its for the every day user, to capture the moment with 3.2 megapixels. Maximum resolution to take them at, the default, is 2048 x 1536. Big enough i would say. Each image at this size takes up about 1.3Mb. Then with other paint programs, you can make the size much smaller on the PC with compression. Can hold 101 pictures with a 128mb card. Many more if you lower the resolution.
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150 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Fantastic 11 Nov 2003
- I would first like to stress that i have experience of many digital cameras as my family enjoy photography to a large extent. My father has the 5.0 Megapixel Sony camera and i have to say the shots aren't as good as the P72 - and thats for sure! My mother has a FujiFilm 1.5 Megapixel camera - it has nothing against the P72 quite obviously! My father also has a 3.2 Megapixel Olympus camera which i shall comment on later.But I would also like to stress though that i am not simply brainwashed because i bought the camera. As i have said before, i have seen many shots from different cameras, i did my research and have found the P72 to be in the top league.
- So with this in mind, i feel it necessary to tell you that this camera is fantastic! It is incredibly easy to use, the build quality is excellent and as for the picture quality, well i was amazed - rather irritatingly it even managed to catch some perspiration on my forhead with amazing clarity!
- Battery life is superb. When pitched against the battery life of the Olympus P350 (i think thats what it's called - basically the 3.2 megapixel camera in the same price region as the P72), it wins by miles.
- I cannot understand why on earth people have claimed it takes 'poor night time shots' because in my experience they are incredible! To exemplify this, i recently took a picture of a red couch in total pitch black conditions. Not only did the shot look as though it was in daylight but the image quality was second to none. Colour and cushion patterns defined with exceptional clarity.
- The reason i gave it four stars instead of five is down to the fact that, so far as i can tell, it isn't particularly good at taking motion shots.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really pleased 13 Nov 2003
By A Customer
this is my first digital camera so I didn't want to spend a lot of money but I didn't want something that wasn't going to be any real use. I did a lot of research and this camera seemed to fit my needs IE easy to use and has a good lens. I looked at a camera that had 4 Million Pixels but the reviews said that the lens wasn't up to the job so pictures weren't as sharp as a 3 Million Pixels one with a decent lens. It's not all about the number of pixels. You do have to buy a bigger memory stick as the one supplied is way too small. I didn't buy the Sony one but went for a cheaper 124 MB and it's great. If you want a mid range "point and push" I can recommend this camera. Also buying on Amazon rather than the high St I saved over 100 GBP.
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130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy! 11 April 2003
I'd been looking around for a while for an inexpensive compact digital camera that can provide reasonably good quality pictures for my family photos. Immediately when the Sony Cybershot DSC-P72 became avialable here, I'd got hold of it without much hesitation. The reason being it's a good buy considering the features I get for this price, especially the 3.2 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, MPEG movie with sound, and most of all its compactness.
The camera is easy to operate that I did not even need to read the user guide before starting to use the basic features.
The image quality is also excellent when using the 2048x1536 resolution with fine setting.
The use of AA battery also makes it easy to find emergency replacement in case the original two that come with the camera go flat.
Oh yes, the image/video transfer and editing software that comes along with it is really excellent! It allows all images to be transferred to my notebook computer (via USB) automatically once I connect up the cable without any intervention required (you can if you want to). It also allows me to create slide show of images and video with many professional looking transition effects easily. It also provides the conversion to Video CD format (with navigation menu) and direct writing to CDR/CDRW.
However, the 16MB memory stick that comes with it is a little too small in capacity, so I'd upgraded it to a 128 MB version. By the way, the camera also supports the new Memory Stick Pro which gives a much larger capacity (up to 1GB I think).
Overall, it is a good buy for the price I paid and I'm so far satisfied with its performance as a novice user.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple & easy to use camera with great results!
I’ve owned the SONY DSC-P72 for well over a year now and I’ve been nothing but happy with it. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2006 by Chris Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good
I bought the Sony DSC P72 digital camera in July 2003.
At the time it had rave reviews and was supposedly one of the best mid range digital cameras to buy. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2004 by A. S. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish Quality
Buy a Sony I thought and I would buy some sort of reliability. For 13 months the camera worked well then without reason the lens cover stopped opening, I took it to an approved... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute bargain!
Fantastic camera, loads of modes available, brilliant price, you can't go wrong with 126 GBP for a Sony. 16Mb memory stick too small, need to buy a bigger memory stick. Read more
Published on 28 July 2004 by "retaliatefirst"
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Digi Camera for money!
Nice Camera, packed with features for 126 odd quid. Camera styling starting to look a little dated in comparison to later Sony Cybershots, but for more then 100 less doesn't... Read more
Published on 23 July 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Dsc-P72 Excellent!
Just got back from Rome and used this camera, i am amazed at the quality of this camera for the price. Read more
Published on 21 July 2004 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I got my Kodak Easyshare DX6340 wet on holiday - and got myself a Sony DSC-P72 as a replacement (The Easyshare was very expensive in Portugal). Read more
Published on 13 July 2004 by Lyric
2.0 out of 5 stars Errrm definately not for me........
Like 80% of most people reading through these reviews, I had never owned a digital camera before and in fact hardly used a regular 35mm one, but needed one for an upcoming event... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2004 by RKS76
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 3MP camera on market
I have taken hundreds of photos with my Sony Cybershot P72. They are being sold cheap now to make way for the new models. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2004 by C. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entry Level Digital Camera
Excellent introduction to digital photography. The perfect holiday snapshot camera. The enclosed software could be a little easier to use, but the manual is comprehensive and the... Read more
Published on 27 May 2004 by "zasad6"
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