Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

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Sony DSC-F717
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717.jpg
Type Bridge digital camera
Lens Fixed, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 38–190 mm equiv. (5× zoom)
Sensor 8.80 mm × 6.60 mm CCD
Maximum resolution 2,560 × 1,920 (5 million)
ASA/ISO range 100, 200, 400, 800
Storage Memory Stick (PRO)
Focus modes Single, Monitor, Continuous
Focus areas Multi-Segment, Center weighted, Spot
Shutter speed range 30–1/2000 s
Continuous shooting 3 frames @ 2.0 frame/s
Viewfinder Electronic with dioptre adjustment, TFT-LCD
Rear LCD monitor 1.8" / 123,000 pixels
Weight 659 g (including battery)

The Sony DSC-F717 is a bridge digital camera announced by Sony in 2002. It features a 5.0 megapixel CCD sensor (8.80 × 6.60 mm). It has a 38–190 mm equiv. Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens with an aperture of f/2.0-f/2.4 which can be considered as a very fast lens in its class.

Photos taken can be saved as JPEG or TIFF. Recording movie clips in MPEG EX/HQX is also possible.

It was made in Japan, uses the Sony infoLITHIUM M-size battery and saves to Memory Sticks.

Special features[edit]

  • The camera uses a swivel body, good for complicated situations. It can be rotated in 36 degrees angled down (for overhead shooting) or 77 degrees angled upwards.
  • The DSC-F717 uses the relatively rare "Hologram AF Assist" which helps the contrast detect AF system to lock AF in low light.
  • It also features NightShot and NightFraming which removes the infrared cut-off filter from the CCD thus making the camera "able to see in the dark" and enabling two infrared LEDs illuminating the scene at short range. Aperture and similar settings are forced to auto and are limited (this might be due to the fact, that it was possible to photograph through thin clothing with an additional IR passing filter). Because of the limitations it's giving the opportunity to be used in IR photography only partly.