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Sony MVC-CD400

Sony expands its CD-equipped camera line, adding a four megapixel CCD, a huge buffer memory, Hologram Autofocus, and a standard hot shoe!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 2/20/2002

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Sony Mavica MVC-CD400


Model Name:

Sony Mavica MVC-CD400 
Model Number: MVC-CD400 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price:  
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available:  
Remote Control: No 
Remote Control Type: n/a 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System:  
Weight: 22.5 oz (638 g)
Weight With Batteries? checked 
Size: 5.4 x 3.7 x 4.0 in.
(138 x 95 x 101 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2272x1704, 2272x1520, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 4.00
CCD Size (inches): 1/1.8 inch 
CCD Filter Type:  
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 2
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 34 - 102 mm
Zoom Ratio: 3.00x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: 2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Auto/Manual 5-Area Contrast 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps: 13
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 4 - 50 cm
1.6 - 20.4 in
Min Macro Area:  
Min Aperture: f/8.0
Max Aperture: f/2.0
Aperture Range Description: f/2.0 (wide) / 2.5 (tele) - 8.0 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread: 52 mm
Lens Thread Type: Body Threads w/ Adaptor 
Optical Viewfinder: No 
Optical VF Type: n/a
Optical VF Accuracy: n/a
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy:  
LCD Size (inches): 2.5
LCD Resolution: 123,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 5.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400
ISO Rating Max: 400
Number of White Balance Settings: 6
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Hold 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time:
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1000 
Exp Adj Range: 2.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer:  
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 5
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, On, On w/ red-eye reduction, Off 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters):  
Flash Range Description: 1.6 - 16.4 feet (0.5 - 5.0 meters) 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot shoe, Accessory Terminal 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CD-R 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB):  
Uncompressed Format: TIFF 
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG, GIF 
Movie File Format: MPEG, Animated GIF 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable:  
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In 
Included Software: Pixel ImageMixer v1.0 
OS Compatibility:  
Performance Timing
Startup Time:  
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record:  
Record -> Play (max res):  
Record -> Play (min res):  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE:  
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus:  
Shutter Lag, Prefocus:  
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format:  
Cycle Time Max Res:  
Cycle Time Min Res:  
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 3
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 2.000
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 16.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary InfoLithium M 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium Ion Rechargeable 
Batteries Included: NP-FM50 InfoLithium M
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: 14-bit DXP. Manual focus has 13 steps, autofocus has five areas which can be selected manually or automatically by the camera. AF illuminator is a Hologram AF type (similar to DSC-F707, projects pattern of laser light onto subject to aid focusing). Has EV indicator in Manual exposure mode. Shutter speeds of 1/2 to 8 seconds available in Slow Shutter NR mode only. Shutter speeds in auto are 1/30 to 1/1000 second. Has review and quick-delete feature (image taken can be seen and confirmed before saving to CD, or discarded to save storage if it is not a good photo). Has Clear Color and Luminance NR modes (flatten noise in areas of uniform color/luminance). Sharpening level can be adjusted +/- 2 steps in 1-step increments. Flash level can be set to auto, high or low. Has voice memo mode. LCD has solar-assisted backlight and is adjustable. Shows shots taken and remaining, and battery life remaining in minutes using Acu-Power Meter. Can capture a burst of 16 consecutive frames at 320x240 pixel mode, speed unspecified. Clip motion mode captures an animated GIF file at 160x120 or 80x72 pixel resolution. Playback zoom allows display of images at 1.1 to 5x zoom. Has in-camera MPEG cue and review features, as well as image trimming/resizing. Maximum MPEG file length is limited only by available CD-R/CD-RW disc space. Supplied battery charger is part number AC-L10. Includes lens cap. Comes bundled with 6 x CD-R discs and 1 CD-RW rewriteable disc. Optional eye-level magnifier DSAC-MVC is available.  
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL: Photo Gallery
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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