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Sony announces 7mpix P-series Cyber-shot|
(Wednesday, July 21, 2004 - 00:00 EDT)
Sony USA has today announced a new model for its Cyber-shot DSC-P series of digital still cameras that takes the line to a new resolution high of seven megapixels.
The Cyber-shot DSC-P150 updates the existing DSC-P100 model, with which it shares the same body and 3x optical zoom lens,but adds a new seven megapixel CCD imager - making it the first compact camera at this resolution (and we're sure, not the last, given the fact that many manufacturers will probably be able to slot the 1/1.8" imager into their existing digicam design with a minimum of fuss). One other obvious update differentiating the DSC-P150 from its predecessor is a new brushed metal finish for the body, as can be seen in the photos below.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 will ship in mid-September at an expected price of $499.
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 |
|Imaging Device || |
|1/1.8" 7.2 (effective) Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD |
|3072 x 2304, 3072 x 2048, 2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 1280 x 960, and 640 x 480 pixels |
|Recording Media ||Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media |
|Lens Construction ||7 Elements in 5 Groups, 3 Aspheric Elements |
|Zoom ||3X Optical |
|Smart Zoom™ Feature ||0 – 14.0X (at VGA Resolution) |
|Digital Zoom ||Precision, 0 – 2.0X range, 6X total |
|Filter Diameter ||30mm, by required VAD-PHB adaptor |
|Focal Length ||7.9 – 23.7mm |
|35mm Equivalent ||38 – 114mm |
|Aperture ||f2.8 - f5.2 |
|Auto Focus ||5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual |
|Minimum Focus Distance ||19.7" (50cm) |
|Macro Mode ||2.4" (6cm) |
|Shutter Speed || |
|1/8 – 1/2000 sec. (Auto) |
|1 – 1/2000 sec. (Program Auto) |
|30 – 1/1000 sec. (Manual) |
|Aperture Range ||f2.8/f5.6 (W), f5.4/f10 (T) |
|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 ||0.66 – 11.48 ft. (0.2 - 3.5m) |
|White Balance ||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash |
|Burst Mode ||5 Shot (7 MP JPEG fine), 100 Shot (VGA/JPEG std.), 1.1fps |
|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 |
|Self-Timer ||Yes, 10 Seconds |
|Audio / Video Output ||Yes, Multi-pin connector, NTSC / PAL Selectable |
|Still Image Modes ||Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst |
|MPEG Movie Modes || |
|MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps), |
|(MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media) |
|MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), |
|Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio |
|Microphone / Speaker ||Yes / Yes |
|USB Terminal ||Yes, Supports USB 2.0 (Not all products with USB connectors may communicate with each other due to chipset variations.) |
|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 and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Software CD-ROM |
|Dimensions ||4 1⁄4" x 2 1⁄8" x 1" (108 x 52 x 26mm) |
|Weight ||5.4 oz (147g) Body; 6.7 oz. (183g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap |
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|Sony's New Cyber-shot DSC-P150: World's Smallest 7.2 Megapixel Camera|
SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2004 – Sony's new Cyber-shot ® DSC-P150 is the world's first compact point-and-shoot digital camera in the marketplace loaded with 7.2 megapixels, putting breathtaking, near-professional-quality photos in your shirt pocket or handbag. It will be available in September for less than $500.
The P150 camera yields an image size of 3072 x 2304 – making it the first pocketable camera capable of capturing enough pixels to make 300-dpi 8” x 10” enlargements.
The P150 has also been empowered with Sony's own recently introduced Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry that ensures fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, and puts extra speed and performance behind automatic features such as auto focus and auto exposure. That means you'll never miss that one-in-a-million shot because the camera is always ready to take great pictures.
“Not only does the Cyber-shot P150 camera offer tremendous value, it takes incredibly vivid and lifelike digital photos, capturing color and detail previously unavailable in such a compact camera ,” said Greg Young, general manager for Sony Electronics Digital Still Camera marketing.
Compact in Size and Feature-Filled
The Cyber-shot P150 digital camera is equipped with features typically found only on more full-sized cameras. At just 1 inch thin, it's easy to hold, use, and carry with you in your pocket or purse.
The Cyber-shot P150 features a Carl Zeiss ® Vario Tessar ® 3X optical zoom lens to complement and maximize the benefit of the camera's high resolution.
The P150 also has a bird-like appetite when it comes to consuming battery power. With up to 310 shots per charge of the InfoLithium™ battery the Cyber-shot P150 lets you snap away and preview images on the 1.8-inch LCD screen without fear of running down the charge.
Beyond the easy point-and-shoot features, the Cyber-shot P150 also has manual flash and exposure settings, and nine preset scene modes such as twilight, landscape, snow, beach and fireworks, letting the user quickly select the best setting based on shooting conditions.
With the optional Cyber-shot Marine Pack (MPK-PHB), the Cyber-shot P150 becomes an underwater camera with water resistance to a depth of up to 132 feet. For those who want greater flexibility, the P150 can be used with optional telephoto and wide-angle conversion lenses.
Cyber-shot Station: A Perfect Resting Place
Finally there's a better place to put your digital camera other than a desk or table drawer. Fitting in next to a TV or PC, the new Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA camera accessory, available now for about $80, accommodates the Cyber-shot DSC-P150 camera for playing back slideshows on a TV or transferring images to your PC while charging the camera's batteries.
The bundled infrared remote controller intelligently commands the docked camera via the Cyber-shot Station to toggle between captured videos and still pictures. And when connected to a PictBridge ™ -compatible printer such as Sony's PictureStation ® DPP-EX50 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is as easy as a press of the remote controller's button.
The Cyber-shot P150 camera includes a 32MB Memory Stick ® media card, and is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO ® high-capacity media cards.