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Sony announces new F-series Cyber-shot|
(Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - 01:03 EDT)
Sony USA has today announced its new Cyber-shot DSC-F88 digital camera, an interesting model that uses the same lens system as the DSC-T1 in a swivel-body design similar to past F-series models - but with the addition of an optical viewfinder.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 has a resolution of 5.1 megapixels from a 1/2.4"-type SuperHAD CCD image sensor, yielding a maximum resolution of 2,592 x 1,944 pixels (a 3:2 mode and lower resolutions are also available). The 3x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar branded optical zoom lens is enclosed entirely inside the camera's body, mounted in a swiveling lens enclosure that can be rotated 300 degrees to capture images from a wide variety of angles. Other features include a 1.8 inch 134k pixel LCD display, Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO storage, a nine-shot burst mode at 1.6 frames per second, a live histogram display in record mode, 5-area multi point autofocus system with AF illuminator and optional continuous AF mode, manual exposure mode with 2-step aperture control and 46-step shutter control, 49-area multi-pattern metering, 10 scene modes, PictBridge compatibility, an MPEG movie mode, USB 2.0 High-Speed connectivity, power from a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, and compatibility with an optional Cyber-shot Station for battery charging and image transfer.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 digital camera will go on sale in July, at a price of US$450.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 |
|Imaging Device ||1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD |
|Recording Media ||Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media |
|Lens Construction ||10 Elements in 13 Groups, 4 Aspheric |
|Zoom ||3X Optical |
|Smart Zoom Feature ||0 – 4.0X (at VGA Resolution), 12X total |
|Digital Zoom ||Precision, 0 – 2.0X range, 6X total |
|Filter Diameter ||N/A |
|Focal Length ||6.7 - 20.1mm |
|35mm Equivalent ||38 - 114mm |
|Aperture Range ||f3.5 - f8 (W); f4.2 –f9 (T) |
|Auto Focus ||5 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual |
|Minimum Focus Distance ||19.7” (50 cm) |
|Macro Focus Distance ||3.1” (8 cm), Magnifying Glass mode 0.4” (1 cm) |
|Shutter Speed || |
|1/8 - 1/1000 sec. (auto) |
|1 - 1/1000 sec. (Program Auto) |
|30 - 1/500 sec. (manual) |
|Exposure Compensation ||+/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps |
|Color LCD ||1.8” 134K Pixel LCD Screen |
|Flash Modes ||Auto / Forced On / Forced Off / Slow Synchro |
|Red-Eye Reduction ||On / Off |
|Flash Effective Range ||0.5 – 7.2 ft. (0.15 - 2.2m) |
|White Balance ||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent |
|Burst Mode ||9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6 fps |
|Picture Effects ||Sepia, Black & White |
|ISO ||Auto, 100, 200, 400 |
|Scene Modes ||Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter, Magnifying Glass |
|Self-Timer ||Yes, 10 Seconds |
|Audio / Video Output ||Yes, by supplied multi-connector cable |
|Still Image Modes ||Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst |
|MPEG Movie Modes || |
|MPEG VX with Audio (640 X 480, 16.6fps) , |
|Video Mail (160 x 112, 8.3fps) with Audio |
|Microphone / Speaker ||Yes / Yes |
|USB Output ||Yes, by supplied multi-connector cable, supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed |
|Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility* ||Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function |
|Compatible Battery ||Designed for use with NP-FR1 InfoLithium® Rechargeable |
|Supplied Software ||Picture Package™ for Sony v1.0 (Windows), Pixela ImageMixer™ VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows) |
|OS Compatibility || |
|Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro |
|Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/X (10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3) |
|Supplied Accessories ||NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery Charger, A/V to Multi-Connector and USB to Multi-Connector Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Software CD-ROM |
|Dimensions ||3 15⁄16 x 2 15⁄16 x 1" (98 x 75 x 25.6 mm) |
|Weight ||6 oz. (163g) Body, 7.4 oz. (202g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap |
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|New Sony Cyber-Shot camera inspires innovative picture-taking|
300-Degree Lens Rotation Allows You Flexible Shooting Style
SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2004 - Sony, the market leader in consumer digital cameras, has blended the fun of a rotating lens with the speed and clarity of a five-megapixel Cyber-shot® digital still camera in the new DSC-F88 model.
The F88 camera's compact, all-metal body is fitted with an internal Carl Zeiss® Vario Tessar® 3X optical zoom lens that allows it to rotate 300 degrees, so you can see your pose in the camera's 1.8-inch LCD screen before snapping the picture, providing you with a flexible shooting style.
There are several interesting flexible angles you can capture with the F88 camera's rotating lens including waist level and above-the-head shots. Its ability to rotate makes the camera perfect for hard-to-obtain low angle candid shots and for taking above-the-head close-up shots during crowded events.
Creative shots can also be captured with the camera's self-timer feature. Set the camera on table, angle the lens as needed and trigger the self-timer for steady, professional self-portraits.
Another feature of the F88 is the camera's optical eye level viewfinder that, when the lens is rotated, allows you to focus in on your subjects while they view the LCD and adjust their pose assuring they will be happy with their picture.
"How many times have you seen someone turn their camera around and snap a self-portrait or have their subject demand to see the results?" said Greg Young, general manager for Sony Electronics' digital camera unit. "We know that consumers like to use their digital cameras in new and interesting ways, so we took special care to create a Cyber-shot camera that adapts to special situations that call for flexible shooting angles."
The camera's 5.1 megapixel CCD image sensor ensures great picture quality while the camera's Sony Real Imaging Processor™ makes it blazingly fast with a near immediate start-up and very fast shot-to-shot time so you can capture memories as they happen.
The F88 employs a rechargeable InfoLithium® battery system for quick recharging time, which means that you will spend less time charging and more time taking pictures. The new camera also accepts both the Memory Stick® and Memory Stick PRO™ memory cards.
Priced at about $450, the DSC-F88 digital camera will be available online at SonyStyle.com and at retailers nationwide in July.
Meet the Cyber-shot DSC-F88 Camera's Best Friends
There are also a couple of optional accessories that will add to your fun including:
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- Wide Angle Lens (VCL-07FEB): With this wide lens conversion (available in July for about $60) consumers can expand their camera's field of view, helping to capture an entire scene. It's especially helpful in self-portrait circumstances while holding the camera an arm's length away.
- Cyber-shot Station (CSS-FEB): The Cyber-shot Station accommodates the DSC-F88 camera (available in July for about $80), making it easy to transfer images to your PC while recharging the unit's battery.