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Sony MVCCD500 CD Mavica 5MP Digital Camera w/ 3x Optical Zoom

3.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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  • 5-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens; 3x optical zoom plus 4x digital zoom (12x total)
  • Captures full-frame video (640 x 480), limited by CD media (6 minutes for 156 MB disc)
  • Stores images on 3-inch, 156 MB CD-R/RW discs; 1 CD-R and 1 CD-RW included
  • Powered by rechargeable lithium-ion battery (NP-FM50 included); connects with PCs and Macs via USB
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Product Description

Product Description

If you like superior resolution and control flexibility this Sony CD Mavica 5MP Digital Camera is for you. In addition to a 5-megapixel Super HAD sensor for image detail up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels, you get the capacity of instant-archive CD-R/RW format and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalency in 35mm photography) plus a 3.2x digital zoom. Features: 5 area multi-point auto focus, hologram AF illuminator, continuous auto focus, multi-pattern measuring, recordable CD media, slow shutter noise reduction, 14-bit DXP A/D Conversion, manual exposure controls, scene selection mode, MPEG movie VX mode, 2.5" LCD monitor, AC adapter/in-camera charger, A/V and USB cables, shoulder strap, MCR-156A CD-R and MCRW-156A CD-RW media, and software.


The Sony Mavica CD500 combines the advantages and capacity of the instant-archive CD-R/RW format with advanced resolution and control flexibility. The Mavica CD500 features a 5-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, and a movie mode that shoots full-frame video.

Step-up Value
Here's a Sony feature that adds value to this digital camera and differentiates it from other models in the Sony lineup.

product image CD-RW Media: CD Mavica cameras shoot directly to 156 MB CD-R/RW discs, so there's room for hundreds of images and movie clips for instant archiving.

Optics and Resolution
Optimized for photo enthusiasts, the MVC-CD500 offers a 5-megapixel Super HAD sensor for image detail up to 2,592 x 1,944 pixels and print enlargements up to 20 by 30 inches. Get closer to your subjects with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3x optical zoom lens (34-102mm equivalency in 35mm photography). The Mavica CD500 also features a 3.2x digital zoom.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on high-capacity 156 MB CD-R (recordable) and CD-RW (rewritable) discs, enabling you to instantly archive your shots. Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
You can capture far more than still images with the MPEG Movie VX function. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 30- or 60-second clips, but the Mavica CD500 can keep shooting until you've filled the CD-R/RW, approximately 6 minutes at full VGA resolution (640 x 480, 16 frames per second).

More Features
Flexible exposure control is provided with aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual exposure modes. For better command of motion and depth of field, the Program Shift feature allows various aperture and shutter-speed combinations from within the auto mode. The Mavica CD500's five-area multipoint AF can also evaluate five separate areas of the frame and intelligently focuses on the subject, displaying the selected focus point; or, the user can choose any of the five points for manual control.

With single, monitoring, and continuous AF modes, the photographer can optimize focusing to the situation, which is especially useful for capturing action shots. The hologram AF illuminator projects a laser pattern on the subject to artificially create contrast, even in low or no light.

Multipattern measuring independently meters the light in 49 points of the frame to establish the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow are not centered in the frame.

Other features include:

  • Large 2.5-inch TFT LCD monitor
  • Pop-up flash with auto, on, off, slow, and red-eye reduction modes
  • Hot-shoe for connecting external flash or remote control
  • Scene modes include twilight, twilight portrait, landscape, beach, and snow
  • Two-shot burst mode and multiburst mode of 16 images at 320 x 240 pixels

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery NP-FM50 (included). It measures 5.5 x 3.8 x 4.1 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. This package includes the Mavica CD500 digital camera, battery and battery charger, USB and AV cables, 1 blank CD-R, 1 blank CD-RW, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5.5 x 4.1 x 3.8 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.7 pounds
ASIN B00008O37P
Item model number MVCCD500
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #19,635 in Camera & Photo
#2,158 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com February 24, 2003

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First i want to dispell any misconceptions: just because this is a CD-based digicam does not mean it's big, slow, loud, and a battery hog. It's not exactly tiny, but it's not huge either. It's about the same size as a 35mm SLR with a small normal lens. It's as fast, if not faster, than digicams without moving parts. You can't hear the disc spinning unless you're in a quiet room and you actually put your ear up to the camera and listen carefully. The rechargeable battery that comes with it lasts over 2 hours easy (or well over 200 shots). Not bad for a cam with a CD burner and a huge LCD.
The pros:
Carl Zeiss lens. Name brand lens known among professionals for its high quality.
Big fat beautiful LCD. Its impressive. Several people can gather around and watch movies or images taken with the camera.
It can record movies. I know a lot of digicams can do this as a bonus feature, but lets face it no one uses this feature because most digicams [are bad] at taking movies. NOT THIS ONE. it takes very good movies. so you'll actually use the movie feature. about 6 min of video (640x480) with audio on a 156MB CD. There is a good mic and good speaker (for playback).
The MENUS ARE GREAT. A lot of people overlook this detail. What do i mean? well, digicams use menus for changing settings. with most of them, the menus are confusing and stupid. like you have to dig through 2 submenus and hit ok 5 times before you can change the image size/resolution. not this camera! the menus are clear and simple and there are no submenus! even a novice can pick this up and figure it out without studying an instruction manual. for example: to change image size/resolution you simply hit the image size button push up or down (theres 5 different sizes) then thats it.
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I am a professional radiographer and photographer (25 years now) and I used both the Sony CD500, CD400, CD350, CD300, as well as a Nikon Coolpix for field research x-raying mummies in Peru. This means the cameras were pushed hard.....blowing sand, huge contrast ranges, high resolution radiographs needed, fast manual control of radical light conditions, etc.....essentially most of the tough conditions and imaging requirements you can imagine. Here's what I found:

The Sony Mavica CD500 & 300 beat them all. It's not the most expensive or the best resolution but we all thought it did the best job.

Mavica CD500: best of all....resolution, reasonable recording time, great image control for exposure, close-ups, better controls, pretty much everything

Mavica CD400: best resolution but extremely slow recording time made it impossible to work with most of the time....the CD300 often got 3-4 shots while the 400 was recording one.

Mavica CD350: not enough manual control for us, but usually got great images on automatic....some problems with exposure range for close-ups though

Mavica CD300: not the best resolution, but now that I've done some prints for publication from it's highest res setting I will not be buying any more 400s....just not a significant enough difference,

plus it's not as heavy or bulky.

Nikon Coolpix: not in the running by comparison with the Sonys....although it is more lightweight....we are buying mini CDs for 33 cents each in bulk... and getting 140-180 high res

images per CD.....they are so easy to format, initialize, and copy on any CD burner that I can't believe we even considered using memory stiks, or USB downloads.
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By A Customer on August 5, 2003
I purchased this camera as a replacement for a Sony Mavica about 4 years old. I had a really good experience over those 4 years with the other Mavica.
Wanting to take advantage of the current technology in digital photography, I don't think I could have chosen better.
The quality of the 5mp photos is outstanding. This is a digital photograph that can really compete with film photography. I can't say enough about the clarity and detail that this captures. You'll have to see it to believe it.
I was able to install the software on my Windows XP home edition after a very quick phone call to the software mfg which is listed on the envelope. For XP - don't download the first driver on the list of options. The second option - Image Maker - is the only one you need and it installs fine. You see - the first option on the list isn't needed for Windows XP.
The storage on mini-CD's is perfect...and a much cheaper alternative to having film developed. With the USB connection, no need to remove the disc or finalize it until it is full.
In only 24 hours - I know this was a great decision. You'll love it!
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I went looking for a camera to use so I didn't have to pay huge amounts of money for photocopies doing archival research. This is by far absolutely the best camera I could find, and I've been using it for everything lately, not just the research. Combined with a photo printer (fairly cheap anymore) you can't go wrong.
I thought it would be bigger, but it's actually very comfortable to hold and not that heavy.
The battery lasts forever (actually about 3 hours).
With the cd-burning piece, you don't need to download your pictures to a computer. mini cd-rs are very cheap and hold about 200 MB (depending on the size of the pictures between 50-400 pictures).
The 5 MP resolution allows you to zoom in on a document so you can damn near analyze the ink content.
The menus are easy to figure out, even for slow kids like me.
None yet, except for maybe the zoom - it's only a 3-power, but I don't need much more than that.
I haven't used the USB connection at all, because I DON'T HAVE TO! (CD-Rs are awesome).
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