|Type||Bridge digital camera|
|Lens||Fixed, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 38–190 mm equiv. (5× zoom)|
|Sensor||8.80 mm × 6.60 mm CCD|
|Maximum resolution||2,560 × 1,920 (5 million)|
|Film speed||100, 200, 400, 800|
|Storage media||Memory Stick (PRO)|
|Focus areas||AI Multi-Segment|
|Shutter speed range||30–1/2000 s|
|Continuous shooting||3 frames @ 2.0 frame/s|
|Viewfinder||Electronic with dioptre adjustment, TFT-LCD|
|LCD screen||1.8" / 123,000 pixels|
|Weight||659 g (including battery)|
- Analog focus ring can now double as a zoom ring
- Addition of a "P" mode, ISO 800 option, and (with constraints) 1/2000 shutter speed
- Better Noise Reduction Algorithm; NR automatically applies for slower than 1/30 shots
- More natural color rendition (in particular, less "red overshoot")
- Quick Review: The last photo can be reviewed by holding on the shutter button after the photo is taken.
- USB 2.0 for faster file transfer to a PC or a printer
- Supports Memory Stick Pro with capacity of 256MB and up (original Memory Stick has a maximum capacity of 128MB per side)
F717 retained all distinctive features from F707, such as:
- 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.
- LCD/EVF switchable via a hard switch on the back
The F717 was succeeded by DSC-F828 in August 2003.
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 correcting a wrong parameter with Sony factory adjustment software. The fix was only performed at Sony service centers.
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. 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.
- "DSC-F717 Cyber-shot® Digital Still Camera Focus Issue | Sony USA". www.sony.com. Archived from the original on 2019-01-22.
- "Widespread CCD problems in consumer imaging products".