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Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot T500
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 08:58 EDT)

Sony has today announced a new Cyber-shot T-series digital camera model, the Sony T500.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 features a ten megapixel CCD sensor coupled to a Zeiss branded 5x optical zoom lens that incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization. Maximum aperture in the Sony DSC-T500 varies from f/3.5 to f/4.4 across the zoom range. There's no optical viewfinder, with image framing and playback on the T500 achieved solely on a 3.5", 230,000 dot LCD display.

The Cyber-shot T500 is capable of recording 1,280 x 720 or 640 x 480 pixel videos at 30 frames per second, with a ten minute maximum clip length. Unusually, the Sony Cyber-shot T500 can actually capture photos during the recording of videos, saving up to three still images with a press of the photo button while a movie is being captured. The Cyber-shot DSC-T500 also includes Sony's face detection technology,, and offers ISO sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 3,200 equivalent.

Power on the Sony T500 comes from a proprietary Lithium Ion rechargeable battery. Connectivity options on the DSC-T500 include USB 2.0 High-Speed, standard definition NTSC / PAL video output, and high definition HDMI upon purchase of an optional cable. Images and videos shot with the Sony DSC-T500 are stored on Memory Stick Duo cards or 4MB of built-in memory. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500 ships from September 2008 priced at US$400, and available only in a black brushed-metal finish.

For more details, read our Sony T500 preview or browse the detailed specifications and official press release below.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T500
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Camera Type Ultra Compact
Manufacturer Sony
Model Number DSC-T500
Dimensions 3.8 x 2.3 x 0.8"
97.0 x 59.3 x 21.4mm
Weight 180.0 g
6.3 oz
Planned Price $400.00
Planned Availability 2008
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.3" Sony Super HAD CCD
10.30 megapixels (total)
10.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Image Dimensions 3648 x 2736 (10.0 megapixels)
3648 x 2432 (8.9 megapixels)
3648 x 2056 (7.5 megapixels)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 3.5", 230,000 pixels
Playback Zoom 8.0x max
Lens
Lens Type Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar; 12 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspheric
5x optical zoom
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 5.8 - 29.0mm (actual)
33 - 165mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.5 (wide) / f/4.4 (tele) - f/10
Focusing System 9-point / center / spot / flexible (touch) spot AF with AF assist lamp
Manual Focus possible (4) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 8" (1 cm - 20 cm)
Exposure
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Shutter Speed 1 - 1/1000 second
Exposure Modes Program
Metering Modes Multi-pattern, center-weighted, spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent 1/2/3, Incandescent, Flash
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Slow Syncro, Flash Off
Range: ISO Auto: Approx. 0.15m (0.49
Creative
Scene Modes High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Hi-Speed Shutter
Digital Zoom Up to 2x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Movie Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with audio
Storage
Recording Medium Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Built-in
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (Exif v2.21)
Connectivity
Video Yes, NTSC / PAL switchable
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Cradle
Power
Battery Type NP-FD1 InfoLithium rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary
Product Bundle
Software Picture Motion Browser
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NP-FD1 InfoLithium rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory 4.0MB Internal
Other
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Mic ophone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes
Remote Control No
More Photos
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T500 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
 

Original Source Press Release:

NEW SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERA’S VIDEO CAPTURE GOES HIGH DEF

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 28, 2008 – Sony is adding high-definition movie recording to its digital camera line with the introduction of the Cyber-shot® DSC-T500 model.
This 10-megapixel camera features wide and full-screen 720p movie recording at 30 frames per second in fine, standard and VGA recording modes. This resolution is three times higher than standard-definition movies.

The movie function is based on the MPEG4 AVC/H.264 codec for video compression and stereo audio. Benefits of the format include high-quality video as well as small file sizes that are easy to download, upload and share.

“Our research revealed that people like to shoot video with their point-and-shoot cameras, but were very dissatisfied with the video quality and the resulting large files,” said Phil Lubell, director of digital camera marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our new T500 fulfills this customer need for a digital camera that delivers high-quality movies in a small form factor.”

Movie capture on this model is further enhanced to include zoom while in recording mode and high-sensitivity shooting for natural- or low-light environments.
The camera can continuously record a video clip up to 10 minutes in length. It can hold hours of clips by expanding the camera’s capacity with a Memory Stick® media card (media sold separately), which now has capacities up to 16 GB.

It also features a dual photo and video capture mode. Simply press the photo button while in movie mode and capture up to three photos with no recording interruption.

Powerful Features for Exceptional Images
The T500 camera integrates a wide (16:9), 3.5-inch (measured diagonally), transflective, touch panel LCD screen for easy navigation, framing and viewing in strong light conditions. It has a Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lens with a wide field of view (33 – 165 mm, 35 mm equivalency). It incorporates Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization and high sensitivity settings up to ISO3200 helps combat blur and facilitate flash-free shooting for natural-exposed photos.

The model also incorporates face detection technology, an intelligent function that automatically detects up to eight faces in the camera frame and adjusts focus, exposure and flash.

High Definition Living
The T500 camera connects to a compatible HD television via an HDMI™ cable (sold separately). Photos and videos can be enjoyed as slide shows in high definition for a cinematic experience.

Subjects can take center stage as slideshows move through sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Slide shows are given a boost with background music, including use of up to four pre-recorded music tracks of up to five minutes in length. You can even add your own tunes, using the bundled software.

Pricing and Availability
The DSC-T500 is supplied with Picture Motion Browser software for easy organizing and viewing of images. Sleek and compact, it will ship in elegant black with a brushed metal finish in late September for about $400.

All cameras and a range of accessories can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Aug. 29 at www.sonystyle.com.

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Editor’s Note: The viewable area of LCD displays is measured diagonally. For additional information about Sony products, your readers can call toll-free (888) 222-SONY, or visit Sony's web site at www.sonystyle.com. Press releases and digital images are available for the news media at Sony Electronics’ news and information web site at www.sony.com/news.

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