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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717

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The Sony Cybershot DSC-F717 is a bridge digital camera, introduced by Sony in September 2002.

Sony DSC-F717
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F717.jpg
TypeBridge digital camera
LensFixed, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 38–190 mm equiv. (5× zoom)
Sensor8.80 mm × 6.60 mm CCD
Maximum resolution2,560 × 1,920 (5 million)
ASA/ISO range100, 200, 400, 800
StorageMemory Stick (PRO)
Focus modesSingle, Monitor, Continuous
Focus areasMulti-Segment, Center weighted, Spot
Shutter speed range30–1/2000 s
Continuous shooting3 frames @ 2.0 frame/s
ViewfinderElectronic with dioptre adjustment, TFT-LCD
Rear LCD monitor1.8" / 123,000 pixels
Weight659 g (including battery)



F717 features the same 5.0 megapixel CCD sensor and 38–190 mm equiv. Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens as its predecessor, the 2001 DSC-F707. Major improvements were found in the chipset, on-board softwares, algorithms and button layouts.

Sony's proprietary Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro is used to store photos and film clips.

It was one of the first digital cameras with a USB 2.0 port, which allows faster file transfer to a PC or a printer.

The F717 was succeeded by DSC-F828 in August 2003.

Notable featuresEdit

  • Swivel body design: the lens can be rotated from 36 degrees down to 77 degrees up.
  • Hologram AF Assist: projects a laser grid to help acquire AF lock in low-light environments.
  • NightShot and NightFraming: In these modes, infrared cut-off filter is temporarily lifted away from CCD, enabling IR detection, which practically allows the camera to "see in the dark". Two infrared LEDs provide short-range active IR illumination in both Night modes. In NightShot mode, Aperture and shutter parameters are forced to "auto", because of potential "see through clothing" concerns.
  • Analogue lens ring: used as zoom ring in autofocus mode and as focus ring in manual focus mode.
  • Quick review function: The last photo can be reviewed by holding on the shutter button after the photo is taken.

Defective batchesEdit

Some very early production units may experience inaccurate focus with Laser Hologram on. Sony admitted the problem as a minor design flaw, and offered free examination and repair service. Serial numbers of potentially affected units were also announced. According to Sony, it is fixable by a firmware upgrade which corrects a wrong parameter. The upgrade is only performed at Sony service centers. [1]

Around 2004-05, many F717 users reported CCD-related defects. It was later confirmed that many Sony CCDs made from late 2002 to early 2004 suffer from a large-scale manufacturing defect. Interestingly, the aforementioned first-run units seem to be immune to this failure, as they used CCDs built from old production techniques. [2] As a remedy, Sony offered free CCD replacements for affected units till 2007, and in some countries, till 2010. This recall would cover units with expired warranty.