Sander Sassen van HardwareCentral trakteert ons op een review van de Sony MVC-FD95 en CD1000. Beide camera's hebben een zelfde optical systeem, een 2,1 megapixel HAD CCD met een maximale resolutie van 1600x1200. Ook hebben ze 10x optical en 20x digitale zoom en macro support, zodat je mooie close-ups kunt maken. De MVC-FD95 is uitgerust met een 4x floppy drive. De CD1000 maakt daarentegen gebruik van een 156MB CDR. De MVC-CD1000 gebruikt een stuk minder compressie en genereert 900KB JPEG'jes en kan ongecompresseerde TIFF plaatjes opslaan van ongeveer 6 MB:
Whereas the FD95’s image quality, especially in the higher resolutions, was affected by the strong compression algorithms used, the CD1000 has plenty of disk space to store any image, even in uncompressed format, thus doing away with any image quality compromise. Although the FD95 uses the same excellent optics as the CD1000 it lacks the uncompressed TIFF format or the lower compression of the CD1000 making it a less obvious choice for the professional or home-professional.
For the less demanding user however, anyone that isn’t making a living off of photography or doesn’t spend every single spare hour with a camera strapped around his neck, the FD95 will fit all your needs. From the universal floppy based storage to the speed at which images are stored, there isn’t a storage media that offers the same broad acceptance as the floppy disk. Your captured images can be looked at and accessed on any computer, PC or Mac, which has a floppy drive.
The CD1000 offers all that the FD95 has to offer and then some, with the 156MB CD-R media you can store an even larger number of images, without sacrificing image quality. The cheap CD-R media used blends in perfectly with the floppy based Mavica and offers great value in terms of MB/cents. Operation and speed are on par with that of the FD95 and the finalized CD-Rs can be read by any CD-ROM capable of handling the 3-inch (77mm) format.
Overall both cameras performed admirably and we had difficulties favoring one over the other if not for the CD1000’s image quality. Due to the excellent optics, the broad range of features and the manual adjustment possibilities for focus, white balance, etc. both camera’s will handle just about any scene perfectly and produce crisp and clear images. We’ll leave it up to you to decide between floppies or CD-R, if the CD1000 included a CD-RW drive, rather than a CD-R drive, offering rewrite capability, things would have been different though, we would have picked the CD1000 every time.