Original Source Press Release:
Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-S85! (UPDATED)|
(Thursday, June 7, 2001 - 00:00 EDT)
Update to the DSC-S75 features 4 megapixel CCD and more...
Sony Electronics has today announced a 4 megapixel version of its existing Cyber-shot DSC-S75 digital camera, in the form of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S85. This is the same camera we first heard rumors of back in March, and it looks like they were fairly accurate, albeit not spot-on... The camera is already listed in our database, and does feature some other significant differences to the prior model, including an enhanced burst mode (2 shots per second for up to 3 shots; the S75 had only a 2-shot burst). There's also a new auto exposure bracketing option, which will capture three images with one press of the shutter button, each with slightly different exposure (either a 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV bracket can be selected in the camera's menu system).
The 3x optical zoom lens equivalent to a 34 - 102mm lens on a 35mm camera is the same as that on the S75, and the 1.8 inch, 123,000 pixel LCD display is also retained. Other features of the DSC-S85 include ISO ratings from 100 to 400, a choice of center-weighted or spot metering, built-in flash with red-eye reduction (and connectivity for Sony's HVL-F1000 external flash), and MemoryStick storage with a 16MB stick bundled. There's an array of manual features (focus, ISO, white balance, shutter/aperture priority and full manual modes), and a good choice of file formats (TIFF, JPEG, Black and White GIF, MPEG movie with sound, and Animated GIF clips for web use).
Specifications highlights for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S85 follow:
UPDATED 2001-06-07 12:21ET: Sony Japan has now posted their official press release on the DSC-S85. (Sony US will be announcing this model later today, but Sony Japan published sometime around 00:00 hours EDT.)
|Specification Highlights - full specifications here|
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S85 |
|Model Number: ||DSC-S85 |
|Camera Format: ||Compact |
|Price: ||US$799 (street) |
|Date Available: ||July 2001 |
|Image Capture |
|Image Sensor: ||0.555" 4.13 megapixel RGBG CCD |
|Image Resolution: ||2272x1704, 2272x1520, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480, 320x240 |
|Focal Length (effective): ||34 - 102 mm (3x optical zoom) |
|Digital Zoom: ||2.0x |
|Auto Focus: ||Yes (Contrast Detect type) |
|Manual Focus: ||Yes |
|Normal Focus Range: ||50 cm to Infinity; 20.4 in to Infinity |
|Macro Focus Range: ||4 - 50 cm; 1.6- 20.4 in |
|Aperture Range: ||f/2.0 (wide) / 2.5 (tele) - f/8.0 |
| Optical Viewfinder: ||Yes (Real image optical zoom type) |
|LCD Viewfinder: ||Yes (1.8 inch, 123,000 pixel) |
|ISO Settings: ||Auto, 100, 200, 400 |
|White Balance Settings: ||Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One Touch |
|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, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual |
|Self Timer (seconds): ||10 |
|Internal Flash: ||Yes |
|Flash Modes: ||Auto, Auto w/ red-eye reduction, On, On w/ red-eye reduction, Off |
|Flash Range Description: ||1 - 9.8 feet (0.3 - 3 meters) |
|Ext Flash: ||Yes (HVL-F1000 external flash sync) |
|Image Storage |
|Flash Memory: ||MemoryStick |
|Memory Included (MB): ||16MB |
|File Formats: ||TIFF, JPEG, GIF, MPEG, Animated GIF |
|More Information |
|Weight: ||423 g; 14.8 oz |
|Weight With Batteries? ||Yes |
|Size: ||125 x 52 x 65mm; 4.9 x 2.0 x 2.6in |
|Notes & Features: ||14-bit A/D conversion. Sharpening can be adjusted (5 levels). Flash level can be adjusted (auto, high, low). LCD backlight can be enabled/disabled and level adjusted. Has InfoLithium Acu-power meter to show battery life remaining in minutes at current power drain. Has 320x240 pixel 'email' mode. Can record voice memos to accompany images. Movies can be recorded in MPEG EX (160x112/320x240, 8fps up to card capacity) or MPEG HQ (320x240, 16fps w/ 10KHz audio, 5/10/15 second clip length). MPEG movies can be replayed and split into multiple movies in-camera. Playback zoom is variable 1.1 - 5x. Images can be cropped/resized in-camera. Clip motion mode creates 160x120 or 80x72 pixel Animated GIF file with 10 frames at 0.5 second intervals, and can use flash. Text mode records black-and-white GIF still image. Exposure bracketing mode captures 3 images, with exposures varied by 0.3, 0.7 or 1.0EV. Battery life rated at 90 minutes or 2500 images. AC adapter also recharges battery in-camera. Bundled with battery, AC adapter, video cable, USB cable, shoulder strap, lens cap w/ strap, 16MB MemoryStick. Optional accessories include LCM-SX semi-soft carrying case, LCS-CSC soft carrying case, ACC-CSS starter kit (soft case, battery, 8MB MemoryStick), VCL-MHG07 0.6x wide lens, VF-R52K neutral density filter kit, VAD-S70 filter adapter ring. Warranty is 90 days labor, one year parts. |
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UPDATED 2001-06-07 15:54ET: Added Source link to Sony's press release on the wires...
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|SONY ADVANCES DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WITH ITS FIRST 4.1 MEGAPIXEL DIGITAL CAMERA|
Cyber-shot® DSC-S85 Poised to Expand Digital Photography Market
SAN DIEGO, June 7, 2001 – Sony Electronics today announced its first digital still camera with a 4.1 megapixel CCD (Charged Coupled Device), the new Cyber-shot‚ DSC-S85 camera. To maximize the benefits of the new high-resolution CCD, this new model incorporates superior optics and enhanced signal processing technology.
The new Cyber-shot model features a precision Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar zoom lens with a 3x optical and 6x precision digital zoom, taking full advantage of the exceptional resolution to deliver a sharp, highly detailed image. This model also offers a Digital eXtended Processor (DXP) 14 bit A/D converter, providing for more accurate capture of detail -- particularly in highlights and shadows.
"The DSC-S85 camera opens the door to yet another segment of the digital camera market, providing the feature-rich answer for people who have waited to purchase their first digital still camera and for those who want to upgrade their current digital camera," said Takashi Kondo, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging Product Division. "It produces larger, more refined photo enlargements while retaining excellent resolution."
Advanced Feature Set
To insure accurate focus, even in dark conditions, an AF illuminator light briefly illuminates subjects to allow positive focus lock. A three-frame burst mode captures three full-resolution images at up to two frames-per-second to capture fast-moving subjects.
Alternately, automatic exposure bracketing captures three full-resolution images, each at different exposure values, to capture the best exposure possible. Bracketing increments can be adjusted at 1/3, 2/3 or one full exposure value, as needed.
Innovative Copy Function
The DSC-S85 camera is Sony’s first model to use internal memory as a Memory Stick®-to-Memory Stick copy function for seamless data transfer and easy sharing. The copy function allows users to capture images on a Memory Stick, hold them temporarily on internal memory, and then copy the images onto another Memory Stick.
"Following the success of last year’s acclaimed DSC-S70 camera, we have raised the bar for digital imaging value and performance with our recently introduced DSC-S75 and our new DSC-S85 models, establishing the S-series Cyber-shot digital cameras as a new standard in the industry," Kondo added. "We anticipate that these two models will be two of the best selling digital still cameras this year."
The Cyber-shot DSC-S85 camera also includes:
* Carl Zeiss‘ Lens - Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating offering less glare and flare with increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-to-life color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones.
* 1.5" Precision LCD – This LCD display has a 123k pixel count that enhances the detail of pictures that appear in the screen, making displayed images sharper and more true-to-life.
* ClipMotion - Sony’s exclusive GIF animation feature, ClipMotion allows users to take up to 10 pictures that the camera automatically combines to make a single ClipMotion animation file. The ClipMotion file is smaller in memory size than a standard MPEG movie for easier e-mailing.
* Versatile File Formats - Files can be saved in several ways: JPEG, TIFF (Tagged Image Fill Format) for higher quality images, GIF for text mode and two different MPEG options for motion video and sound - MPEG HQ (High Quality) and MPEG EX (Extended). MPEG EX captures 160x112 or 320x240 video continuously, up to the capacity of the Memory Stick media in use. Users can capture up to 90 minutes of continuous video utilizing a 128MB Memory Stick.
* InfoLithium“ Battery with AccuPower‰ Meter System - One battery charge lasts up to 2.5 hours in shooting mode and up to 2,500 shots. Sony’s exclusive AccuPower meter continuously displays the battery time remaining, in minutes, on the LCD screen.
* Supplied Accessories - These include a 16MB Memory Stick media card, an NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery, an AC adapter/charger, an A/V output and USB cables, and an application software/USB driver CD-ROM.
The DSC-S85 model will be available in August for about $800. The DSC-S75 model is currently available direct at SonyStyle.com or on store shelves for about $700.