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Sony's DSC-S75 digital camera, front left quarter view. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource.  All rights reserved. More on Sony DSC-S75!
By Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource
(Saturday, February 10, 2001 - 00:22 EST)

Sony unveils 3 megapixel 3x zoom digicam with a whole boatload of features...

The evening has gone on a lot longer than expected, but as promised earlier we have more information on one of Sony's newly announced digital cameras, the DSC-S75. All of the other new Sony cameras are already in our camera database as per our previous news item, and we expect to have summaries for these new cameras along with Sony's official press releases posted tomorrow, amongst other news...

Scheduled for an April 2001 release, the new DSC-S75 features a 3.34 megapixel CCD image sensor, Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens, both automatic and manual capabilities (shutter, aperture, focus, white-balance, sharpening, flash strength). Other highlights of the design include 14-bit A/D conversion, ISO ratings from 100 to 400, center-weighted or spot metering, a 5-mode flash and connectivity for an external HVL-F1000 flash unit.

The design includes both a 1.8" LCD display and a real-image type optical viewfinder, and uses Sony's InfoLithium battery and MemoryStick flash card technologies. Files are recorded in JPEG / TIFF (still images), or Animated Gif / MPEG (videos), and the camera can record up to the MemoryStick's capacity (90 minutes on a 128MB card) of 8 frames per second video at 160 x 112 pixels, or up to 15 seconds of 320 x 240 16 fps video. Full specifications are as follows:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Sony DSC-S75
Sony's DSC-S75 digital camera, front right quarter view. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
General
Model Number: DSC-S75
Camera Format: Compact
Retail Price: $699
Date Available: 2001-04-30
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.55" 3.34 megapixel RGBG CCD
Image Resolution: 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Lens
Focal Length (effective): 34 - 102 mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: 2x
Auto Focus: Yes, contrast-detection type
Manual Focus: Yes, 13 step
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity19.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 0.4 - 50 cm1.6 - 19.7 in
Aperture Range: F2/F2.5 (wide-angle) - F8 (telephoto)
Display
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.8 inch, 123000 pixel)
Exposure
ISO Settings: Auto, 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One-Touch Hold
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 8 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted, spot
Exposure Modes: Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
Self Timer (seconds): Unknown
Flash
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction auto, Forced, Red-Eye Reduction Forced, Off (level adjustment auto/high/low possible)
Flash Range Description: 1 - 9.8 feet
Ext Flash: Yes, connection shoe for HVL-F1000 flash
Image Storage
Flash Memory: MemoryStick
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG, TIFF, MPEG video (320 x 240 or 160 x 112), Animated GIF (160 x 120, 80 x 72)
More Information
Weight: 423 g15.2 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 125 x 52 x 65 mm4.9 x 2 x 2.6 in
Notes & Features: Carl Zeiss lens. 14-bit A/D conversion. 13 possible aperture settings, 40 possible shutter speeds, 5 possible sharpness settings. LCD backlight can be turned on/off and brightness adjusted. Acu-power battery meter. MPEG video is at 320 x 240 16fps up to 15 seconds, 160 x 112 or 320 x 240 at 8fps up to card capacity (90 mins on 128MB MemoryStick) Capable of trimming / resizing images and trimming / 6x fast-reviewing MPEG video in-camera. Bundled with lens cap, NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery, AC-L10 charger, MGI PhotoSuite v8.1, MGI PhotoSuiteSE v1.1, MGI VideoWave III SE, Sony SPVD-004 USB Driver.
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Sony's DSC-S75 digital camera, front view. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's DSC-S75 digital camera, front left quarter view. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource, all rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
 


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