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Sanyo's DSC-S1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo announces DSC-S1 digital camera
(Friday, August 22, 2003 - 03:37 EDT)

Sanyo Japan has announced a new 3.3 megapixel model for its Xacti (pronounced Zack-Tee) line of digital cameras.

The DSC-S1 couples its effective 3.2 megapixel rating with a 3x optical zoom lens, 5-area AF, 1.6" LCD display, optical viewfinder, built-in flash, SD / MMC storage and USB connectivity. Power comes from 2 AA or 1 CR-V3 battery, with alkaline disposables coming in the camera bundle. Sanyo remains one of the few digital camera manufacturers whose cameras feature interpolation, allowing this camera's spec sheet to list a rather misleading maximum image size of 2880 x 2160 pixels. The actual sensor resolution is 2048 x 1536 pixels.

The Sanyo Xacti DSC-S1 comes only in a silver body color (a choice of colors is quite common in Japan). Pricing is set at ¥40,000 (equivalent to US$340 / CAD$478 / €311 / £215 ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). The camera will go on sale in Japan from September 19th, with a monthly production of 30,000 units.

Sanyo DSC-S1
Sanyo's DSC-S1 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Effective Pixels Approx. 3,200,000 pixels
Image Sensor 1/2.7-type RGBG CCD with 3,330,000 total pixels
Recording Medium SD Memory Card, MultiMediaCard
File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF format); DPOF and Exif Ver2.2 compliant
Video Clip: QuickTime Movie
Image Resolution
Still Image:
2880 x 2160 pixels (interpolated)
2048 x 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
Burst Mode:
2048 x 1536 pixels
1600 x 1200 pixels
640 x 480 pixels
Video Clip: (frame rate: 15 fps)
320 x 240 pixels
160 x 120 pixels
f = 5.6 - 16.8mm (equivalent to 36 - 108mm on a 35mm camera)
3x optical zoom lens with 7 elements in 6 groups
F2.8 (W) - F4.9 (T), Auto focus
Focusing Range Standard: 50cm - infinity; Full Range: 6cm (W) / 16cm (T) -50cm
Shutter Speed
Still Image and Burst Mode: 1/2- 1/2000 second (1/30 - 1/2000 second with flash enabled)
Night Portrait: 2 - 1/2000 second
Video Clip: 1/30 - 1/10000 second
Digital Zoom
Record Mode: Max. 4x
Playback Mode: Max. 45x, dependent on image size
Autofocus 5-area TTL AF
Exposure Control Program AE; Exposure compensation: +/-1.8EV in 0.3EV steps
Sensitivity Auto (approx. ISO 50 to 200)
White Balance
Auto: Full auto TTL
Manual: 4 preset (Fine, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent)
Self-timer 2 or 10 seconds
Automatic / On / Off / Red-eye Reduction
(Slow Synchro in Night Portrait Mode)
LCD Display 1.6" TFT color LCD; Approx. 80,000 pixels. Field of view approx. 100%; 7-step brightness adjustment.
Viewfinder Real-image optical zoom viewfinder
Video output (NTSC / PAL compliant composite video output, proprietary jack)
USB 1.1 (proprietary jack)
Power Source
2 x AA alkaline disposable batteries (included)
1 x CR-V3 lithium disposable battery (optional)
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries (optional)
AC adapter (DSA-34A; optional)
Battery Life
LCD off, record mode: Approx. 570 images
LCD on, record mode: Approx. 220 images
Playback mode: About 260 minutes
Dimensions 99.8 (W) x 63 (H) x 30 (D) mm (excluding projections)
Approx. 145g (body only)
Approx. 190g (including alkaline batteries, and SD memory card)

Thanks to Jerry Sehl / OANI.net for this item!

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