Sony W150 Intro
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W150 couples a 8.1 megapixel sensor to a Zeiss-branded 5x optical zoom and a generous 2.7" LCD display. There's also an optical viewfinder, an increasingly rare feature that's useful when the LCD is difficult to see or when trying to conserve power.
Sony W150 Features
The DSC-W150's 30 - 150mm equivalent lens is slightly wider than most, and incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by camera shake at slow shutter speeds. Other W150 features include ISO sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 3200, a Memory Stick Duo / PRO Duo card slot plus 15MB of built in memory. It also has an underwater shooting mode, suggesting that an underwater housing will be released to accommodate this body design. The W150 derives its power from a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which is CIPA rated for about 400 shots on a charge. The W150 also offers high definition component video output, via an optional proprietary cable or cradle.
The Cyber-shot W150 includes Sony's latest face detection technology, which can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. "Child priority" or "Adult priority" modes are available, and the camera will detect up to eight faces in a frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash.
The W150 also features Sony's new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) technology, which allows the camera to automatically select what it "thinks" is the optimal scene mode for a variety shooting situations. In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will not only take a photo based on the user's settings, but will automatically take a second photo if it determines that another setting would yield better results. The user then has two images to choose from.
The Sony W150 offers a number of additional features, including: Sonyís D-Range Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based on your subjectís location; and in-camera editing functions such as "unsharp mask" to sharpen images.
Sony W150 Pricing and Availability
The Sony Cybershot W150 is priced at $250, and will reach US retail shelves from April 2008. The W-series lineup features a wider range of color choices than previous models, including pink, blue, champagne gold and red.