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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-P200 (UPDATED)
(Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 20:31 EST)

Sony's second digital camera announcement of the day in the runup to the Consumer Electronics Show is the Cyber-shot DSC-P200.

As with the other announcement, the P200 is a minor update to an existing model - in this case updating the DSC-P150 with cosmetic changes and a slightly larger LCD. Where the P150's LCD was a 1.8" type, the P200 offers a 2.0" display with the same resolution. The cosmetic changes account for a slight difference in size and weight, the P200 being 3 grams lighter than the P150, as well as being just slightly thicker, but not quite as wide or tall. One final difference we noticed when browsing the specifications is that the P200 comes with a newer version of Sony's Picture Package software.

As with the P150, the P200 has a sensor resolution of 7.2 effective megapixels, coupled with a 3x optical zoom lens and Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO media storage. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200 will ship next month for approximately $400, $100 below the price of the P150 when it reached the market last September.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P200 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Imaging Device 1/1.8" 7.2 (effective) Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD
Image Resolution
3072 x 2304 (7MP)
3072 x 2048 (3:2)
2592 x 1944 (5MP)
2048 x 1536 (3MP)
1280 x 960 (1MP)
640 x 480 (VGA)
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-PHC adaptor
Focal Length 7.9 – 23.7mm
35mm Equivalent 38 – 114mm
Aperture f2.8 - f5.2
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 ±2.0EV, 1/3EV steps
Color LCD 2.0" 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 Mode
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
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ 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 v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
OS Compatibility
Microsoft® Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional
Macintosh® OS 8.5.1, 8.6/ 9.0 - 9.2/ X (10.0, 10.1)
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" x 2" x 1" (104 x 51.5 x 27.9mm)
Weight 5.0 oz (144g) Body; 6.3 oz. (180g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap
More Photos
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P200 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2005-01-05 21:42ET: Full specifications and introduction added to this item.

Original Source Press Release:

Sony's Best-selling Cyber-shot P Series Celebrates Five Great Years With Introduction Of 7.2-Megapixel DSC-P200

LAS VEGAS, (CES, Booth #N109), Jan. 5, 2005 – Get ready to fall in love all over again. Five years after the Cyber-shot® Series first hit the market, the new DSC-P200 is expected to capture the hearts of consumers with unsurpassed grace, speed and style. Loaded with 7.2 megapixels, this compact point-and-shoot digital camera puts spectacular photos in the palm of your hand.

More compact than its predecessor model, the P200 camera slips comfortably into a shirt pocket or handbag. The camera’s slimmed down design makes it even more convenient for users to snap breathtaking photos anytime, anywhere. It will be available next month for less than $400.

“Since the Cyber-shot P Series was introduced, it has been one of our best selling camera families,” said Hiroshi Takahashi, vice president for digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “The P200 will take this to greater heights with its advanced features, lower pricing, and more compact design.”

Blazingly Fast
The new P200 model is powered by Sony’s own Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry, which delivers extremely fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, and puts extra speed and muscle behind automatic features like auto focus and auto exposure. You’ll never have to worry about missing a shot because the camera is always at the ready.

The new model features a Carl Zeiss® Vario Tessar® 3X optical zoom lens and a generous 2-inch LCD screen, making it easy for friends and family to gather round and enjoy images the moment they are captured.

Small Package, Big Benefits
The camera is packed with features and benefits typically found on more full-sized cameras. At just one inch thin, it takes vibrant digital photos, capturing color and detail not commonly found in such a compact camera.

With nine pre-set scene modes – such as twilight, landscape, snow, beach and fireworks – you can quickly select the best setting based on appropriate shooting conditions. The P200 also has battery power to spare. With approximately 310 shots per charge of the InfoLithium™ battery, the camera lets you snap away without fear of running down the charge.

Great photos are just part of the picture. The camera also captures and plays back high resolution moving images. The MPEG-VX Fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second.

The new camera can also be used with Sony’s Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA camera accessory, available now for about $80, for playing back slideshows on a TV or transferring images to a 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-FP30 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is as easy as a press of the remote controller's button.

The Cyber-shot P200 camera includes a 32MB Memory Stick® media card. It is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO® high-capacity media cards.


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