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Sanyo's Xacti DSC-S5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sanyo Japan updates Xacti DSC-S4
(Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - 17:09 EST)

A press release from Sanyo Japan today announces that the company will soon roll out an update to its Xacti S-series of digital cameras.

The Sanyo Xacti DSC-S5 is largely similar to the existing DSC-S3 and DSC-S4 models, first announced nine months ago. It shares its lens and 1/2.5" sensor size with the DSC-S4 model, but where that camera had a sensor resolution of four megapixels, the DSC-S5 is a five megapixel camera. Other specifications seem to be unchanged.

Sanyo remains one of the few digicam manufacturers using software interpolation to boost its spec table; note that the DSC-S5's maximum resolution of 10.2 megapixels is interpolated 2:1 from the actual sensor resolution. This will of course bring an attendant decrease in image quality, not to mention significantly larger file sizes that will run out your available flash memory much more quickly. Better interpolation results can usually be obtained in your PC anyway.

The Sanyo Xacti DSC-S5 digital camera will ship in Japan from February 15th, at a price of ¥35,000 before tax. This translates roughly to US$331, ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties.

Sanyo Xacti DSC-S5
Sanyo's Xacti DSC-S5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Model NumberDSC-S5
Dimensions3.6 x 2.4 x 1.2"
91.3 x 61.5 x 30.8mm
Weight185.0 g
6.5 oz
Planned Price$331.00
Planned AvailabilityFeb 2005
Image Capture
Sensor Type1/2.5" CCD
5.36 megapixels (total)
5.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image Dimensions3680 x 2760 (10.2 megapixels, interpolated)
2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, Real-image optical zoom
LCD1.8", 85,000 pixels
100% field of view
Lens Type2.8x optical zoom
Image StabilizationNo
Focal Length 6.2 - 17.4mm (actual)
37 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/3.0 (wide) / f/5.0 (tele) - ???
Focusing SystemTTL 5-point
Manual Focus possible (15) steps
Focusing RangeNormal: 20" - infinity (50 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.8" - 20" (2 cm - 50 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto (50 - 200)
Shutter Speed1/2 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesProgram
Metering ModesTTL 256-segment
Exposure Compensation+/- 1.8EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceAuto, Fair, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Manual
Internal FlashModes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction (in night scene only), slow sync
Range: 0.15 - 2.8m (wide); 0.5 - 1.7m (tele)
Digital Zoom4x
Self TimerYes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time LapseNo
Movie FormatQuickTime Photo JPEG without audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 15 frames per second
Recording MediumSD/MMC, Built-in
File SystemComplies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.2)
ComputerUSB 1.1, USB 2.0 Full (LOW) Speed
OtherDC In
Battery TypeAlkaline or Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor2 x AA or 1 x CR-V3
Product Bundle
Battery / Charger2 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory16MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneNo
Tripod MountYes
Remote ControlNo
Operating System CompatibilityWindows, MacOS

Thanks to Jerry Sehl / Online Access Networks Inc. for this item!

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