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Sony CyberShot DSC-P10
Sony CyberShot DSC-P10

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Sony CyberShot DSC-P10

Editor's Review

Like Sony's other Cybershot P-models, the DSC-P10 offers easy operation and compact styling. Despite its small size, The P10's 5-megapixel sensor is capable of taking pictures that can be printed at 8x10" or larger. While the P10 receives a relatively high score, a surprising number of owners complain about inconsistent image quality and a green tint to many of their pictures.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4x digital zoom
  • auto and preset manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG file format only
  • ISO range 100 - 400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00027242626515
  • Release Date: Dec 11, 2003

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Sony CyberShot DSC-P10 Reviews

Sony CyberShot DSC-P10 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
HARD AS NAILS (Paul Armstrong — 03/19/2009)

Bought this camera when it first came out and at the time it was one of the best Digital cameras out there for the money!
i was advised off a profesional photographer that the 5m pixels was adequate and that Sony were a very reliable company. I still have this camera today and it has been knocked about and taken everywhere, the quality of the pictures it takes are as good or better than the latest cameras about today and it has never let me down. Its so solid and remember if a camera lasts this long with daily use it can only be good, dont let people fool you, when they pull this camera down, remember what you can pick this up for now and try and find another camera with the build quality and I will take my hat off to you. Happy taking pictures!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Too Good To Give Up! (Maria Acevedo — 02/19/2009)

I've owned this product ever since it was first sold. I have no complaints non what so ever! Still works great to this very day. I only chose to give it away to a relative because my boyfriend bought me a newer version of the Sony Cybershot.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good while it lasted (ood enough!Jerry Thorneywork — 03/16/2008)

First I found that pictures in bright light have vertical streaks, smear, not a malfunction according to the book but llimits versatility. Now after about 200 shots the screen has packed up ,flashing stripes,and the camera won't take photos. Sony shops advice 'get a new one! . not good enough!

  • 1.0 out of 5
180 repair on dark screen - Camera never used more than 6 times (Cliff Lowe — 07/31/2007)

This product is defective. They want 180.00 up front before they will even look at the product. This camera was never used - mother-in-law couldn't stand it - small buttons and too many options. Don't buy anything from Sony if they can't make a dependable product - and there is something defective about this product with it going dark.

  • 3.0 out of 5
my favoriable device (GASIM — 06/09/2007)

dsc p10 is amazing camera i have ever seen it has good resolution and lovely metal body.also the varous opetions and features makeit more easy and flexable among all cameras ilove it so much becuase it gives me and my family a happy moments.

  • 2.0 out of 5
I've Owned two Cybershots and both eventually developed Dark Spots (Dianne Purdy — 02/20/2007)

I've owned two Sony 5.1 Cyber Shot Cameras in a Three Year Period. Both Cameras after being used for about a year started showing dark spots on my pictures. These spots multiply as time goes by. They start on the upper left side and continue to spread. Needless to say, I'm extremely disappointed with this product. It's very easy to use but for the Cost, I expect them to last longer than they do.

  • 3.0 out of 5
CCD and LENS broken at same time!!! (kjones — 01/16/2007)

Sure, its a "coincidence" that other people w/ the DSC-P10 are them having the lens go out at the same time as the screen. I am one of those too. SONY, RECALL THIS PROBLEM NOW! How many people have to waste their money on your product before you reaize it is a manufacturers concern....and not a consumers error.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony DSC-P10 Review (David — 01/02/2007)

Overall, the Sony DSC-P10 digital camera takes excellent pictures if you have a steady hand. A good hand is needed for 2 things. First, like most 'instamatic' type cameras, there is a delay between the time you push the button to take the picture and the actual exposure shot. Second, when in automatic mode, often the ASA is set low so the shutter speed is slow, which makes it easy to blur the picture. The menus are easy to navigate. The user manual could do a better job explaining some functions, such as the effect of changing the EV values, etc. Biggest downers are the boot up time, and the inability to change the delay time between button push & picture taking. Do I recommend this camera? Yes I do.

  • 1.0 out of 5
recently got ccd repair (Clifford Rustamally — 11/21/2006)

just got my camera back from ccd repair. Guess what lcd screen works fine now but camera won't focus at all. Service dept. says the lens is gone and could have failed at the same time as the ccd. What a coincidence!!! The camera was working fine before the ccd problem. They want 260.00cdn to fix the lens. Very disappointed considering i did not damage the camera. I'm currently trying to contact customer relations on the matter. If no resolution I will be contacting the newspaper about how sony is ripping off it's customers. Many people seem to be having problems with the lens there should be a recall.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Easy to use Cam (sandhya — 10/10/2006)

Gives great photos, the flash is powerful .. let's one take photos in pitch darkness... Video recording is gud ..but quality of the video could be rated at 3/5

  • 3.0 out of 5
Flash Light BURST (Raghu — 09/07/2006)

I got Sony P10 in 2003. The Flash Light suddenly Burst when we made a Photo. So annoying, and now the replacement of Flash Cost $200/-.

It was good till the last picture that was shot. But just 3 year life span is too short.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Free repair for LCD problems (J — 09/03/2006)

The camera worked great. Suddenly without warning LCD died.
But all you need to do is go to At this site you will receive info on sending your camera back to Sony for free repair including S&H. I have not sent mine out yet, but it looks promising. You have until Oct. 2 2007 to do this. There was a lawsuit and everything filed against Sony. Check out the website.

  • 2.0 out of 5
LCD problems (Jorge — 08/28/2006)

After 3 years of great shots, the quality and colours were amazing, the LCD, and the pictures, show a magenta colour in the right of every picture. Then the LCD starts showing a kind of moving lines (it was the begining of a failure that I didn't imagine that could happen) and now nothing: the LCD is death. No reason for this after so much care with the management of the camera. And after so many people complains about this kind of failure... Sony, in my opinion, isn't not recommended any more.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Good While it lasted (Steve Kinney — 08/10/2006)

...but now, totally unusable. LCD display first started with multi-colored bands across screen, then fluttered on and off, now black completely.

This camera was extremely well taken care of, never in wet, dusty or sandy environments.

Spent over $1000 on the camera, and all lenses and options. VERY disappointed and will never buy a Sony again. Ever.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Its been good (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the DSC-P10 in 2003. I spent $450 with a rebate. It is a good point and shoot camera. The process time is about average. I have kept it in a padded case the entire time I have owned. I see a lot of people have had problems with the LCD. I do not use the LCD often since it drains the battery, that could be why I have not had any problems. The quality of pictures are good, no problems with blurring. I am thinking of upgrading to a camera with more optical zoom.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Poor quality photos (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The resolution of photos, even at 5.0 MP, has deteriorated over the past two years that I have owned the camera. Photos for the first few months were good, but none taken recently even approach this quality. Very disappointed in the camera and would not recommend it.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Wonderful at first, but more and more pics were blurry until finally the LCD (and images) were wildly distorted in vertical bands. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I just got the repair quote of $181 + shipping. I was so pleased with the 1Gb memory stick we got last year, but now I'm not sure I want another Sony. It's worth noting that I was obsessively careful when handling and storing this camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
LCD Display!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought my camera 2.5 years ago. After a little bit more then 6 mounths the LCD-display just light up when i was charging the camera. It was broke. Just like the crystals was short circuit.

Send it for warranty repair and i was told i must have droped it. I told them i had been very gentle with the camera and that i never had droped it and also told him to check if there is any mark on the camera. He checked and couldn�t see any and then he told me i must have pressed on the display so it got broken. (SIGH)

Today i was out to take some shots but now the camera doesn�t work at all.
I decided to open the camera to see if it was any visible damage on the LCD display and i found a manufacture fault on it.
The metall covering around the LCD display was damaged. I could see this was a manufacturing fault because it was no other damage around this so it must have been mounted damaged and it was just a matter of time before it got broken completely. Probably many will have this problem but when is hard to tell.
The way i was meet by the SONY customer service i will never buy a single SONY product again. And that include expensive LCD-TV, STEREO, CAMERA etc.

And my advice!! Never buy a SONY product since they will never take care of there own manufacturing problems.

  • 2.0 out of 5
blurry Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I purchased this camera about 2 years ago, and have had most of the problems that other respondents have had. I am a watch collector and buy and sell watches and when selling a watch the purchaser wants to see clear detailed pictures. I went to take some photos of a particular watch and found that it was impossible to take a close up picture. They would come out so poorly that you cannot make out the name on the watch. I went the store where I purchased the camera and was told that it has become a common complaint for this model. I guess it's just an expensive disposable camera no more Sony products for me.

  • 1.0 out of 5
BLURRY (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

At first the camera worked just fine, over time the pictures started coming out BLURRY. On Christmas eve, the LCD screen went black. I am very disappointed in the quality of the camera. I do NOT recommend this camera to ANYONE.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Never ever think about this model Worst model I have ever seen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

We purchased this camera two years back investing 410 US dollars upto last week it's working fine . All of a sudden once we tried to take a picture the LCD Screen is totally Unstable , completely bulr Image and Light orange color line in the middle.
We have take so much on this camera.
Never kept aside always covered in clean sheet and kept in camera over never exposed to high temperatures.
When we checked for warranty it's got expried year back and then we tried to sent it for service centre for repair when we enquired for that for which they were talking a flat rate service forthis particular model is US $180 and shipping chages costs around $50 For which we can get new camera.
So never thought of purchasing new models immediately after releasing in market especially sony company.
Never ever think about purchasing sony camera.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst piece (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Started having problems after manufactures warranty expired. Purchased extended warranty. Sent it thrice for repairs. Third time came back with a lame excuse for corrosion saying the piece is not covered under warranty and so lost the piece

  • 2.0 out of 5
Great until it stopped working. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

The camera served me well for two years, and one day out of the blue it just... stopped working. Like everyone else mentioned, the CSD display just up and died for no reason whatsoever. I never dropped or damaged it physically in any way. Very disappointing.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Took GREAT Pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My husband purchased for me after vacation pictures were ruined through a photolab. It took great pictures up to about a month ago. Sharp and clear...............I have used several for advertising and postcards! But then the LCD Screen started showing distorted and blurred images as well as pixs. Really disappointing since the pixs of my first grandbabies, twins are ruined. Back to the drawing board! Ughh!

  • 1.0 out of 5
cant be used in dust or sand; guaranty is a farce! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I had this camera less than one year, took it to the Sudan used it there and it broke down due to sand. Had it repaired (no garantie for sand damage or water or fall or what not) for 329,18 Euro!!! received it back on the 10.5. 2005. Used it in Germany for ca. 1 week - and again it broke down. Send it in again- and again sand damage! repair costs should be ca. 100 Euro (no garantie since sand damage). Since there is very little sand in the air in Berlin I can't understand this. In anycase this camera will be send to the garbage.
In anycase if one wants to use this camera in the home in a clean, dry and dust free environment -then its a good camera. If you want to use it outdoors on your vacation - buy a Nicon -we had one for 5 years also in Egypt and the Sudan and never any problem.

  • 3.0 out of 5
greenish picture (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

good features, easy to use... a very powerful camera

  • 1.0 out of 5
CyberShot Shot! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Shutter will not work. When I push the button to take the picture, I get a green light, and an amber light, but no flash, or shutter activity.

I have A/C and D/C power, the battery is charged, memory stick is not locked, view screen is working, lights are on. I have "Re-set" the camera two different ways, changed memory sticks, and reformatted them. Still nothing changes.

The camera is only 18 months old, has had little use, and has not been dropped, or abused.

My wife was taking pictures when the camera/shutter locked up.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great camera but with short life span. (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Great camera to have. Spent quite a few hundred pounds to upgrade meomory stick and underwater accessories. At first was very happy with shots, however after about a year of usage, shot became blured and camera screen was not being focused properly, and shot were being taken of poor quaility. CCD DISPLAY PROBABLY DAMAGE, probably not worth changing!!!

  • 2.0 out of 5
Disappointing Purchase (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

After 2 years of use (about 600 photos) the LCD screen shows a blurred line and all pictures show a blurred distorted area in the upper half.
I did not expect this from a $400+ camera. The repair is supposed to cost at least $170.
I better look for a sturdier new camera (certainly not a Sony).

  • 1.0 out of 5
Choose another one !!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

Forget this camera, it's very fragile, only 6 months of use with less than 200 pictures and problem with CCD, US $300,00 to fix ....

  • 2.0 out of 5
if it's Sony it will break (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

It takes fine pictures once you get the hang of it, though the shutter lag is a definite drawback. But the real problem is its ridiculous fragility &; my wife took the camera out of her backpack only to find the screen cracked and ruined. It was never dropped, it just somehow managed to take its own life. I'm sure SONY could make a sturdier camera but they don't. If they're hoping that I will go out and buy a new CyberShot they're wrong. I'll take my dollars elsewhere.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Very pleased!! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the dsc-p10 a year ago, it was my first digi-cam, and just WOW! I love how its looks, and it handles superb. I wouldn't trade it for the world (unless for a dsc-p200 :-)). There was only one thing bad about it; the standard storage capacity is poor, but I'm going to buy a 512 or 1 gig MS, so hey, shoot on!:-)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Get the 30mm Wide lens and Good Case (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

By adding the 30mm Wide lens and Delux carry case, I have given the camera the ability to perform like it was designed to. Why the Corp. decided to sell this "Computer" without the ability to see it's object properly.....I dunno! Get the wide lens and it is the best you can ever hope to own...... all the issues described in the forum ceased to exist with the wide lens. Green was an issue.....not with the 30mm...... TOTALY SATISFIED!!!!

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great video, good pictures (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I bought the DSCP10 and although I really like the camera, there is a major problem with it randomly turning off and on. The lens will retract randomly and the power will say it is on, and every few minutes it will extend the lens and retract it again. Although the camera takes good pictures I have noticed a green tint to it. Even though my camera isn't working correctly, Sony is going to replace with a new one if I send it to them. I bought it open box, so getting a new one for maybe 10-20 dollars in S&H isn't a bad deal. Overall a good camera, but there are definitely flaws in it.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Love the camera! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My husband bought the camera for our family over a year ago. I have loved everything about the camera. It takes fantastic pictures! It is in new condition and I use it just about every day!!! The quality is great. Sony makes great products!!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
great pictures but short lifespan (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

this was my first digital camera. was able to take unbelievably beautiful pictures with wonderful colors and resolution. unfortunately, it just conked out (problem still to be diagnosed) despite my purchasing a replacement and pricey infolithium C battery. I have a feeling I might be better off buying a new camera than having it fixed. now my dilemma is whether to stick with Sony cybershot (like dsc100) since I have the memory stick or try another one like a canon PowerShot A95.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Fantastic camera for all occasions (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My first digital camera was a Fujifilm MX-700 2.1M. I upgraded myself to this Sony P10 a couple of years ago and am VERY SATISFIED.

The quality of the pictures is very good and it has a more powerful flash than the MX-700 I had. It can also take better night shots.

It is also good at close-shots (Macro) but don't push it ;). I use this camera at 3.1, 4.1 and 5.0 resolutions, have bought 2x128 memory sticks in order to have enough shooting capabilities during holidays. Pity it doesn't come with a bag, the Cybershot carrying pouch cost $50 (too expensive).

I have also taken short movie clips and am very satisfied as well (640x480+sound).

As for the "fragile" reviews and "I let it fall from 3 feet high", COME ON!!! it is an electronic appliance! I have owned two digital cameras in the past 5 years and NONE of them have broken down and have NEVER let them drop. Be real!

  • 2.0 out of 5
CCD -Problems (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

In bought he camera in July 2003, earlier this year, in February 2005, the image on the LCD started to become totally distorted as well as the pictures I took. I brought it to the Sony Service center for diagnostic check-up and was told that the CCD was not good. To fix it would cost about $255

  • 1.0 out of 5
VERY fragile LCD view Screen (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

My wife bought me this camera for Christmas. After taking maybe 20 shots, I dropped the camera (in a padded case) about three feet to a carpeted floor. The LCD display broke. The problem was not covered by either the store extended service plan or the manufacturer. The repair cost (quoted by Sony) was actually more then the cost of the camera new. The customer service folks at Sony were terrible. One said, "Treat your camera like it was a TV." Of course, I don't take my TV skiing and hiking with me, so that's kind of hard! Bad product, bad organization! I will never buy a Sony product again!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Use the wrist strap! (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
This is my first digital camera and overall I'm very happy. Good picture quality is marred only by the camera's speed - with small children you'll miss the smile that lasts but a second. and BEWARE -- I dropped this camera ONCE ONLY and the LCD screen cracked in half and is completely unusable. Despite these 2 problems I'm looking at getting another Cybershot - it's a good camera for us point & shoot types.