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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 is a digital camera released as an upgrade from the original DSC-F707.

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Pros

Moveable lens/LCD screen control is a major selling point - provides users with true flexibility, especially when shooting things substantially taller than they are

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Handles exceptionally well in bright light environments - great for outdoor shooting, especially on the beach and amongst other reflective surroundings

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Burst-style image modes help to capture fast-paced, spontaneous content - gives users a better chance of attaining a usable still image than the manual modes

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Functions as an excellent upgrade to the Cyber-Shot 707 model - performs much faster while incorporating a host of updated software features and improved hardware components

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Cons

Relocated zoom control is not conducive to focused, accurate shooting - sometimes difficult to locate, possibly requiring the user to take their eyes off the subject

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Subtle, transparent light levels are difficult to capture effectively - not recommended for users who frequently shoot sunsets, rainbows or sky shots in general

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Not ideal for capturing spontaneous action shots - shutter speed may be too slow to capture fast-paced, unplanned content

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Doesn't work well with Sony lenses - most components add a considerable amount of weight to the unit while significantly reducing light response

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717 is a digital camera released as an upgrade from the original DSC-F707. It too features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens with a 5x optical /2x digital zoom, and a 5MP CCD. However, it adds along a larger 32MB memory stick, improved AF, shorter shutter lag, faster startup time, and improved AWB. Plus the newly added multi-burst mode lets the user capture 16 320x240 frames as part of a single 1280x960 image that plays back sequentially. There’s also a live histogram that displays the number of pixels at each luminosity to evaluate exposure. Like its predecessor, the unit is limited to 320x240 videos (besides multi-burst) and 2560x1920 stills. Included is infrared illumination and an infrared filter for taking photos in complete darkness.

Features
  • Digital Camera
  • Upgrade from DSC-F707
  • Larger Memory Stick
  • Improved AF
  • Shorter Shutter Lag
  • Faster Startup Time
  • Improved AWB
  • Multi-Burst Mode
  • Live Histogram Display
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar Lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom / 2x Digital Zoom
  • Low-Resolution Video Capture
  • Low-Resolution Gif Creation
  • High-Resolution Still Capture
  • Night Shot Infra-Red Illumination 
Specifications
  • Still Resolution: JPEG Up to 2560x1920
  • Video Resolution: MPEG-EX Up to 320x240
  • Animated GIF Resolution: Up to 160x120
  • Compatibility: Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000/XP Home/Pro
  • Compatibility: Mac OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Memory: Included Memory Sticks (16MB)
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