Sony DSC-W120 Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120
Resolution: 7.20 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
Kit Lens: 4.00x zoom
(32-128mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Extended ISO: 100 - 3200
Shutter: 1 - 1/1600
Max Aperture: 2.8
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.3 x 0.9 in.
(88 x 57 x 23 mm)
Weight: 4.3 oz (123 g)
MSRP: $200
Availability: 03/2008
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony DSC-W120 specifications

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Sony W120 Intro

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120 couples a seven megapixel sensor to a Zeiss-branded 4x optical zoom and a 2.5-inch 115,000 pixel LCD display. There's also an optical viewfinder, an increasingly rare feature that's useful when the LCD is difficult to see or when trying to conserve power.

Sony W120 Features

The DSC-W120's 32 - 128mm equivalent lens is slightly wider than most, and incorporates Sony's Super Steady Shot optical image stabilization. Autofocus is performed by a 9-point Contrast Detection system with AF assist lamp. Other W120 features include ISO sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 3200, a Memory Stick Duo / PRO Duo card slot plus 15MB of built in memory. The W120 derives its power from a proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which is CIPA rated for about 350 shots on a charge. The W120 also offers high definition component video output, via an optional proprietary cable or cradle.

Additional Sony W120 features and details (adapted from the press release):

  • The DSC-W120 features Sony’s “smile shutter” mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles – without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.
  • The Cyber-shot W120 includes Sony’s improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select “child priority” or “adult priority” and the camera will detect up to eight faces in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.
  • The Sony W120 incorporates a number of powerful features, including: Sony’s D-Range Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based on your subject’s location; an improved auto focus system that includes macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; and high sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200.

Sony W120 Pricing and Availability

The Sony Cybershot W120 is priced at $200, and will reach US retail shelves from March 2008. The W120 will be available in black, silver, blue or pink.

 

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