Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: DSC-G3
- Bottom Line:
- Though it's a decent camera, the Sony Cyber-shot G3's Wi-Fi implementation is a disappointment, and makes the camera overpriced relative to nonwireless models, including its better designed but otherwise similar sibling, the DSC-T700.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.95
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 03/15/2009
- Released on: 01/08/2009
The good: Surprisingly speedy; 4GB internal memory.
The bad: Wi-Fi is slow and difficult to use; touch screen is occasionally nonresponsive; poor battery life.
The bottom line: Though it's a decent camera, the Sony Cyber-shot G3's Wi-Fi implementation is a disappointment, and makes the camera overpriced relative to nonwireless models, including its better designed but otherwise similar sibling, the DSC-T700.
SONY DSC-G3 WAS DISAPPOINTING...
by amitdoc2b on January 16, 2009
Pros: WIFI is a good idea, Nice Design, 4GB of internal Memory, Takes reliable photos.
Cons: Battery drains really fast, Fingerprint hog, Cant upload more than 10 files at once, Uploading ten 10MP photos takes 22 mins over WIFI (at 15mb download, 5mb upload speeds).
Summary: A brief background of me: I am a 4th year medical student, and purchased the DSC-G3 to replace my current DSC-M1 camera that i've owned for about 4 years. ...
Summary: A brief background of me: I am a 4th year medical student, and purchased the DSC-G3 to replace my current DSC-M1 camera that i've owned for about 4 years. I have been a loyal customer of the Sony Cyber-shot series for the past 9 years.
Here is a detailed review of what I have discovered with this camera so far:
Everyone is probably trying to find the dimensions of this camera, but as of January 16th, they have not been posted anywhere.. not even Sony's website. Now that I personally own the camera, I was able to measure it myself. The dimensions are: 3.8 x 2.4 inches. It's also 0.75 inches thick. The thickness was provided in the specs, but the length and width were not. The camera doesn't feel or look as thin as I had imagined, especially since Sony describes it as having a "slim" form factor. Its not excessively thick though either.
(2) PHYSICAL APPEARANCE:
The camera has a nice stealth black appearance. I love the slide-out design. The outer coating is actually identical to my old DSC-M1, so not much has changed in that respect. You will see fingerprints on the outer case. However, the part hiding under the slide out-case (where the lens is attached & it says "10.1 Megapixels") is much much more fingerprint prone. And of course, I expected the touchscreen to be a fingerprint hog..but I pre-purchased Boxwave's Cleartouch Anti-Glare screen protector to prevent fingerprints and scratches. If you are interested in that, it fits on perfectly.. they sell them for the Sony T700 which is the exact same screen size as the G3.
(3) BATTERY LIFE:
Battery life is advertised as "200 shots" or 100 minutes. One hour and forty minutes is somewhat disappointing, and using the WIFI will just make it drain even quicker. You'll definitely need a spare battery. And on a sidenote, I can't believe Sony includes only a NP-BD1 battery. That's the same battery as the NP-FD1, except the NP-FD1 actually tells you how many minutes you have left till your battery drains. The NP-BD1 does not provide this information. They had the nerves to advertise on the side of the camera's box that you can purchase the NP-FD1 as an optional accessory. Assuming both batteries have the same duration, I think they should have included the NP-FD1 considering we paid $500 + tax for the camera.
Setting up your photo, video, and WIFI accounts was very easy. It remembers all your info (if you want it to) so you don't have to type it again. However, uploading was again disappointing. You can only select one file at a time, and a maximum of 10 files per upload. There is no button like "select all" to upload all the photos from the folder of pictures you just took with your camera. I figure that most people will want to upload all their photos from the day. I tried uploading 10 of my 10.1 megapixel photos on Picasa, which took 22 minutes to upload & confirm they'd been posted! For the record, my WIFI connection was tested to have 15MB download speeds & 5MB upload speeds. Obviously you're going to have to take pictures with a smaller megapixel size if you want them to be uploaded quicker.
(5) PICTURE QUALITY:
I had no complaints with the auto-picture settings. They came out very clear, the flash seems much sharper than my previous camera as well. I even tried moving the camera around when trying to take pictures, but they came out very stabilized.
(6) TOUCH SCREEN;
Aside from the fingerprint issue, the touch screen boasts a 921K pixel screen. Unfortunately, the icons seem a bit blurry on the touchscreen. The photos look good on it but you can see some 'grainy-ness'. The touch screen is not easy to use with your fingers.. I don't think its meant for fingers because you have to apply so much pressure and you still can't use it smoothly. It does work flawlessly with the included "paint pen" though. Being an iPhone 3G owner, I certainly prefer using my fingers, but i'll have to keep the included pen attached to the wrist strap to go through all the touchscreen menus. I don't have a big problem with it though.
Its nice they included a charger that does not have any wires. It has the metal prongs that can be folded in for storage. I did read in the manual that if you are an international purchaser, it will require a cable to charge the camera.
I could not test the Picture Motion Browser software because I have the Macbook Pro and MAC OSX (and its not compatible with it). Honestly, I did not plan to use the software anyways so I won't try it on my Windows Virtualization program via VMWARE Fusion 2.0 on my MAC. You could just plug it in via USB and drag the photos over. I was hoping that I could just transfer all the pics to Picasa wirelessly and just get them on my computer that way... but obviously it will be tedious when you can only upload 10 photos at a time and they take 22 mins!!
Overall, you can see the G3 is not nearly worth the $500! :-(
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: DSC-G3
- Description: Share the excitement of your experiences with the slim and stylish Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it a snap to upload your photos and videos to popular sharing sites directly from your camera, and even send e-mail notifications to friends and family.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 10.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type Super HAD CCD
- Total Pixels 10,300,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 10,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 2 x
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Super Steady Shot)
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty 9
- Face Detection Blink Detection technology
- Digital Video Format MPEG VX
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 3200,
- Exposure Metering Multi-segment,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Automatic,
Normal movie mode,
- Special Effects Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Underwater,
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 1 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 steps
- Type Carl Zeiss 4 x x Zoom lens - 6.18 mm - 24.7 mm - F/3.5-4.6
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 35 - 140 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 10 groups / 12 elements
- Features Aspherical lens
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Slow synchro,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 3.1 in - 28 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 1.6 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features DPOF support,
Auto power save,
Dynamic Range Optimizer,
Smile Detection technology,
Dual image stabilization,
Built-in help guide,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3.5 in LCD display
- Resolution 921,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HD component output
- Software Drivers & Utilities,
Sony Picture Motion Browser
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.5,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000,
Apple Mac OS 9.1,
Apple Mac OS 9.2
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Docking station insert,
Audio / video cable
- Supported Battery Sony NP-BD1
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 680 mAh ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot Memory Stick PRO Duo card
- Supported Memory Cards Memory Stick Duo,
Memory Stick PRO Duo
- Internal Storage 4 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card Integrated,
- Image Storage JPEG
- Video Capture 640 x 320
- Service & Support 1 year parts and labor warranty
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4 in
- Depth 0.9 in
- Height 2.4 in
- Weight 7 oz
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom. This camera utilizes built-in Super SteadyShot stabilization to assist in taking sharper pictures.