Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F707Wow! 5 megapixels, a super-sharp lens, Hologram AF, NightShot, NightFraming and more! Killer technology, great photos from Sony!
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Page 1:Intro and HighlightsReview First Posted: 08/20/2001 (Full production model update 11/20/2001)
||5 megapixel CCD for resolution to 2,560 x 1,920 pixels
||Amazing NightShot and NightFraming see-in-the-dark technology
||Hologram Autofocus for sharp focus regardless of the light level
||Ultra-sharp 5x zoom lens (f/2.0-2.4 too!)
||Excellent color, automatic noise reduction
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Sony Electronics Inc. has long held a dominant position in the digicam marketplace,
with a wide range of models enjoying enormous popularity with consumers.
Last February (2001), the company announced six new units. Four of these
models included members of the FD Mavica family, enormously popular because
of their floppy disk (and now CD) storage media, while the other two came
from Sony's DSC Cyber-shot line, which relies solely on Sony's proprietary
Memory Stick storage media for capturing images. Since then, Sony has stayed
ahead of the competition with increasingly sophisticated technical innovations,
more competitive prices, and ever larger CCDs. The Cyber-shot DSC-S85, introduced
in June, featured a 4.1-megapixel CCD with 14-bit digitizing and a 3x Carl
Zeiss Zoom lens. Now (August, 2001), Sony has dropped another bombshell,
with the 5-megapixel DSC-F707. This model will go down in history as the
first "Night Vision" digicam, incorporating NightShot technology
(borrowed from Sony's consumer camcorder line) and NightFraming IR mode for
low-light and "no light" framing and shooting. Add to that a Hologram
Autofocus feature that zeros in on difficult low-light, low-contrast subjects,
and you've got one heck of cool camera! We expect that it will raise a lot
of eyebrows among Sony customers (and competitors!). Read on for all the
details, this is a hot one!
- 5.24-megapixel CCD delivering image resolutions as high as 2,560 x 1,920 pixels. (4.94 million effective pixels)
- 1.8-inch color LCD monitor.
- Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with data display.
- 5x optical zoom with 2x Precision Digital Zoom.
- 9.7-48.5mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens, equivalent to a 38-190mm lens on a 35mm camera
- High-tech Autofocus for challenging lighting situations (see below), plus Manual focus option.
- Hologram AF assist light for low-light and low-contrast focusing.
- NightShot and NightFraming IR modes for "no light" framing and shooting.
- Through-the-lens (TTL) flash metering.
- Adjustable apertures from f/2 to f/8.
- Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and Manual exposure modes, plus three preset Scene modes.
- Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to 30 seconds.
- Adjustable ISO with sensitivity equivalents of Auto, 100, 200, and 400.
- White Balance setting with three presets and a manual setting.
- Multi-Pattern, Center-Weighted, and Spot metering options.
- Built-in, pop-up flash with four modes.
- External flash "cold" shoe and connection socket.
- Movie with sound recording mode.
- "Burst 3," Auto Exposure Bracketing, E-Mail, Voice, and 10-second Self-Timer modes.
- Uncompressed TIFF, GIF, and JPEG image file formats (movies saved as MPEG).
- Image storage on Sony Memory Stick (16MB stick included).
- DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.
- Power from Sony NP-FM50 lithium-ion battery pack or AC adapter (included).
- AV Cable with NTSC and PAL format options
- USB cable and software CD for quick connection to a computer.
Many of our readers will be familiar with Sony's earlier DSC-F505V camera. For those wondering exactly what's different in the new model, here's a table listing the changes:
f/2.0-2.4 to f/8
f/2.8-3.3 to f/8
46 shutter speeds
30 - 1/1,000
Settable ISO 100-400
Full Manual mode added
Exp. Comp. on button
AutoExposure Lock added
9 shutter speeds
8 - 1/1,000
Auto ISO only (100-300)
Exp. Comp. on menu
(5.24 MP CCD)
(3.24 MP CCD)
Cold shoe mount for proprietary external flash
Connection for proprietary flash, no shoe mount though
In-camera charging, direct camera power connection
External charger, "dummy battery" AC adapter connection
|New Features||"NightShot" and "NightFraming" IR-based see-in-the-dark photo modes.
Hologram AF projects a laser autofocus pattern for no-light focusing.
ClearColor Noise Reduction produces amazingly low noise in all shooting conditions.
Slow Shutter Noise Reduction provides additional NR for long exposures.
Burst 3 continuous-shooting mode
MPEG EX for continuous movie recording, to limit of card capacity.
14-bit A/D vs 12-bit for 505V
Updated Y2001 user interface
(Big improvement, IOHO!)
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