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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Sony announces Cyber-shot DSC-T33 (UPDATED)
(Wednesday, January 5, 2005 - 20:32 EST)

Sony USA has today announced its new Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera in the runup to this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An update to the DSC-T3 model that was announced last August (but never offered in the USA), the DSC-T33 is visually very similar to that model - only slight styling tweaks differentiate the two. These account for a slight difference in size and weight; the new model is 21 grams lighter and slightly thicker but not quite as wide or tall as its predecessor.

Under the skin, most features are also the same - five megapixel CCD imager, 3x optical zoom lens with a prism to fold the optical path, Memory Stick Duo storage. Initial specifications we were provided with suggested that there may be a difference in buffer size / burst speed, but it isn't clear if this may be a mistake, rather than an actual change.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33 will ship in March 2005 for about $450, some $50 below the price that was initially planned for the DSC-T3.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T33
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Imaging Device 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Effective Super HAD CCD
Image Resolution
2592 x 1944 (5MP)
2592 x 1728 (3:2)
2048 x 1536 (3MP)
1280 x 960 (1MP)
640 x 480 (VGA)
Recording Media Memory Stick Duo™ Media, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media
Lens Construction 11 Elements in 8 Groups (Including 3 Aspheric Elements, 1 Prism)
Zoom 3X Optical, 2X Digital Zoom, 0 – 4X Smart Zoom™ Feature. Up to 12X Total Zoom (depending on resolution)
Filter Diameter N/A
Focal Length 6.7 – 20.1mm
35mm Equivalent 38 – 114mm
Aperture f3.5 – f5.6 (W); f4.4 – f10.0 (T)
Focus 5 Area Multi-Point AF, 5 Step Manual Preset
Minimum Focus Distance 19.7" (50cm)
Macro Focus Distance Selectable 3.1" (8cm), Magnifying Glass Mode 0.4" (1cm)
Shutter Speed Auto (1/8 – 1/1000 sec), Program Auto (1 – 1/1000 sec), High Speed (1/250 – 1/1000 sec)
Aperture Range f3.5 – f4.4
Exposure Compensation ±2.0EV, 1/3EV steps
Color LCD 2.5" 230K TFT Pixels Hybrid LCD Screen
Flash Modes Auto / Forced On / Forced Off / Slow Synchro
Red-Eye Reduction On / Off
Flash Effective Range 3 7/8" – 5' 1/4" (0.1 – 1.6m)
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Burst Mode 4 Shot (5MP JPEG fine) .33 FPS, 100 Shot (VGA Fine) .71 FPS
Picture Effects Black & White, Sepia
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes Beach, Candle, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter, Landscape, Magnifying Glass Mode, Snow, Twilight, Twilight Portrait
Self-Timer Yes, 10 Seconds
Audio/Video Output Yes, by Supplied Multi-connector Cable
Still Image Modes JPEG (Fine / Standard), Burst, Auto Bracketing
MPEG Movie Mode
MPEG VX Fine (640 X 480, 30 fps) with Audio, (MPEG VX Fine Requires Memory Stick PRO™ media)
MPEG VX Standard (640 X 480, 16.6 fps) with Audio,
Video Mail (160 x 112, 8.3fps) with Audio
Microphone/Speaker Yes/Yes
USB Terminal Yes, by Supplied Multi-connector Cable, Supports USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media Compatibility* Tested to support up to 512MB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Battery Type/Capacity InfoLithium® NP-FT1, 2.4W (680mAh)
Supplied Software Picture Package™ for Sony v1.1 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh) ImageData Converter v1.5 Macintosh), 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-LM5 Battery, Charger, UC-TA Cyber-shot® Station, Camera Holder for Tripod, A/V and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick Duo Adapter, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions 3 7/8" x 2 3/8" x 7/8" (99.4 x 60.9 x 20.7mm)
Weight 4.4 oz (125g) Body; 5.3 oz (150g) Body w/Battery, Media & Wrist Strap
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Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-T33 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!

UPDATED 2005-01-05 21:17ET: Full specifications and introduction added to this item.

UPDATED 2005-01-10 12:32ET: Removed reference to buffer size / burst speed as early Sony documents contradict themselves on this point.

Original Source Press Release:

Sony Cyber-shot Line Slims Down

New DSC-T33 Camera Combines Thin Profile with Big Performance

LAS VEGAS, (CES, Booth #N109), Jan. 5, 2005 – Sony’s best-selling Cyber-shot T-series of digital still cameras just got even slimmer with the introduction of the 5.1-megapixel DSC-T33 model.

With a depth of just one-half inch, the new camera packs a range of powerful features into Sony’s thinnest model to date. It sports a large 2.5-inch LCD viewfinder, occupying about two-thirds of the back of the camera, so friends and family can gather round and enjoy images the moment they are captured.

Incredible Image Quality
One of the camera’s most distinctive features is an anti-reflection Clear Photo LCD, ™ which enhances viewing quality by preventing reflected light from interfering with the displayed image. The LCD offers a number of improvements, including higher contrast, brightness and resolution. Whether you’re entertaining at home or snowboarding with the family, the LCD allows you to spot your subject easily, no matter the lighting conditions.

“The T33 is a worthy addition to our outstanding line of T Series digital cameras,” said Hiroshi Takahashi, vice president for digital imaging at Sony Electronics. “Its improved visibility and refined design make it a must-have for image-conscious consumers looking for a powerful yet stylish digital camera.”

Easier to Operate
The new camera is simple to use, incorporating a built-in, electrically-operated lens cover that opens instantly so you never miss a shot. With a single push of the power button, it springs to life in less than a second. A subtle relocation of controls also makes the camera easier to grip and operate.

The camera maintains its trim design thanks to a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® optical lens, which operates within the camera rather than extending out. It also has a 5.1 megapixel CCD image sensor and a 3X optical zoom to ensure cutting-edge image quality.

Speed and Stamina to Spare
Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry, in the Cyber-shot T33 is lighting fast, so it can shoot full-resolution images at one-second intervals. And with approximately 180 shots per charge of the camera’s InfoLithium™ battery, you can snap away to your heart’s content without fear of running down the power.

The T33 camera offers more than great still pictures. With optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media cards, the camera can capture and play back high-resolution motion video. The MPEG-VX Fine mode helps to record MPEG video with 640x480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the memory card being used.

Cyber-shot Station
With the supplied Cyber-Shot Station USB cradle, there’s now a better place to put your digital camera other than a dresser drawer or desk. Using the cradle, the DSC-T33 camera can play back slideshows on a TV or transfer images to your PC -- all while charging the camera’s batteries. And when connected to a PictBridge™–compatible printer, such as Sony’s PictureStation® DPP-FP30 digital photo printer, printing a specific image is a breeze.

The Cyber-shot DSC-T33 camera will be available in March for about $450.


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