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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

Sony updates their already-impressive five megapixel F707, with improved user controls, better color, amazing white balance performance, and an external flash hot shoe!

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 9/2/2002

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717


Model Name:

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 
Model Number: DSC-F717 
Camera Format: Swivel 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price:  
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available:  
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Wired 
Tripod Mount: Yes 
Tripod Mount Material: Metal 
Operating System: Windows, MacOS 
Weight: 24.6 oz (696 g)
Weight With Batteries? checked 
Size: 4.7 x 2.7 x 5.9 in.
(120 x 69 x 151 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 2560x1712, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480
Movie Resolution: 320x240, 160x112
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 3:2
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 5.00
CCD Size (inches): 2/3 inch 
CCD Filter Type:  
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio: Yes 
Quality Levels: 2
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 38 - 190 mm
Zoom Ratio: 5.00x
Digital Zoom: Yes 
Digital Zoom Values: Precision 2x 
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect TTL 
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 2 - 50 cm
0.8 - 20.4 in
Min Macro Area:  
Min Aperture:  
Max Aperture: f/2.0
Aperture Range Description: f/2.0 (wide) / f/2.4 (tele) - ??? 
Aperture Step Size:  
Lens Thread: 58 mm
Lens Thread Type: Lens threads 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Eye-level Color LCD, 180kpixel 
Optical VF Accuracy:  
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy:  
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 123,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom: 5.00
ISO Settings: 100, 200, 400, 800
ISO Rating Max: 800
Number of White Balance Settings: 6
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Tungsten, 1 Push 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 30 
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: 10
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 5
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, Forced, Forced w/ red-eye reduction, Off 
Flash Guide Number (Meters):  
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 5.0
Flash Range Description: 1.6 - 16.4 ft (0.5 - 5.0 m) 
No of Flash "Pops":  
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: Hot Shoe, Ext. Sync 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: Memory Stick 
Other Memory Types:  
Memory Included (MB): 32.0
Uncompressed Format: TIFF 
CCD Raw Format: No 
Compressed Format: JPEG, GIF 
Movie File Format: MPEG 
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: Yes 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In, Flash sync (for HVL-F1000 / RM-DR1), Hot Shoe 
Included Software: Pixela ImageMixer v1.0, SPVD-008 USB Driver 
OS Compatibility:  
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 1.840 seconds
Shutdown Time: 1.700 seconds
Play -> Record: 0.820 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 4.150 seconds
Record -> Play (min res): 0.790 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.630 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.130 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.120 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 54.000 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 1.470 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 1.800 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 9
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 0.470
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 16.00
Movie Sec @ Max Res: 9999.99
Movie Sec @ Min Res: 9999.99
Download speed, KB/second:  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary InfoLithium M 
Usable Battery Types: NP-FM50 
Batteries Included: NP-FM50 InfoLithium
Battery Charger Included: Yes 
More Information
Notes & Features: Top shutter speed is 1/1000 in Shutter priority and Manual modes, but 1/2000 in Programmed AE, and in Aperture Priority, as long as you have an aperture smaller than f/5.0 selected. MPEG movie length limited only by available media. Update to Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707 with greatly improved AF / shutter lag, color rendering, white balance. Also has zoom control on lens collar (shared w/ AF), Hot Shoe, USB 2.0 interface, live histogram in 'record' mode, ISO boosted to maximum of 800, and MPEG HQX for movie length only limited by your memory card. 
Review URL: Review
Test Shots URL: Test Shots
Photo Gallery URL:  
Device Forum URL: Forum
Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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