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Sanyo's Xacti DSC-S6 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture! Sanyo announces Xacti DSC-S6
(Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - 07:22 EDT)

Sanyo Japan has today announced the latest in its Xacti DSC-Sx series of digital cameras, the new Xacti DSC-S6.

Featuring radically different styling to all of the past DSC-Sx models, the Xacti S6 is slightly wider than those cameras, but shorter, thinner and lighter at the same time. This comes at the expense of the optical viewfinder, with the S6 instead offering a slightly larger (and just a touch higher resolution) LCD display instead. Optical resolution has been boosted to 6.0 effective megapixels, and the zoom lens is now slightly brighter and has been extended at the wide end a little, to a 3x optical zoom. Macro focusing is not as good as it was on the earlier S-series cameras though, with a focusing distance of 5 centimeters being the closest possible. Higher ISO sensitivity is now available, with an ISO range of 50 - 400, although the available shutter speed range is reduced somewhat. A range of scene modes has been added, and the USB connectivity boosted to a USB 2.0 high-speed connection. The camera's built-in memory drops by one megabyte, to 15MB.

Sanyo is touting two features of the camera particularly strongly in its Japanese release. One is the a fourth-generation LSI said to offer better image quality, and the other is a rather unusual shutter button. Where most cameras focus the scene with a half-press of the shutter button, and capture the image with a full-press, the Sanyo's button offers only a full-press position to capture the picture. Instead of a half-press, the button itself is touch-sensitive, and the camera focuses immediately that the tip of your finger touches the shutter button. The press release also mentions camera speed, with a 2.4 second startup time, prefocused shutter lag of 0.05 seconds, 2.25 frames per second burst mode, and 0.8 seconds to switch to playback mode.

The Sanyo Xacti DSC-S6 will ship in Japan from late October, with pricing set at ¥37,000 (roughly equivalent to US$335 / CAD$401 / €275 / £187, ignoring exchange rate fluctuations, taxes and duties). This is some ¥2000 higher than the price of the Xacti DSC-S5 which was announced last February.

Sanyo Xacti DSC-S6
Sanyo's Xacti DSC-S6 digital camera. Courtesy of Sanyo, with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera Type Compact
Manufacturer Sanyo
Model Number DSC-S6
Dimensions 3.7 x 2.4 x 1.1"
93.1 x 60.5 x 27.1mm
Weight 173.0 g
6.0 oz
Image Capture
Sensor Type 1/2.5" CCD
6.37 megapixels (total)
6.00 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Image Dimensions 3680 x 2760 (10.2 megapixels)
2816 x 2112 (5.9 megapixels)
2288 x 1712 (3.9 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
Image Preview / Review
Viewfinder No
LCD 2.0", 86,000 pixels
100% field of view
Playback Zoom 57.5x max
Lens Type 3x optical zoom
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 5.8 - 17.4mm (actual)
35 - 105mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/2.8 (wide) / f/4.9 (tele) - f/???
Focusing System 9-point
Manual Focus possible (14) steps
Focusing Range Normal: 4" - infinity (10 cm - infinity)
Macro: 2.0" - 29" (5 cm - 70 cm)
Shutter Speed 2 - 1/1500 second
Metering Modes Average, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 1.8EV in 0.3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Custom, Manual
Internal Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye Reduction, Slow-sync in Night scene mode
Scene Modes Auto, Sport, Portrait, Night scene, Landscape, Fireworks
Digital Zoom 4x
Self Timer Yes, 2 or 10 seconds
Time Lapse No
Movie Format QuickTime PhotoJPEG without audio
320x240 and 160x120
Max. frame-rate: 15 frames per second
Recording Medium SD/MMC, Built-in
File System Complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Video No
Computer USB 2.0 High Speed
Battery Type Alkaline disposable, NiMH rechargeable
Battery Form Factor 2 x AA
Product Bundle
Software Motion Director SE 1.1, Ulead Photo Explorer 8.5 SE Basic, QuickTime 6.5
Battery / Charger 2 x AA alkaline disposable battery
Flash Memory 15.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
Internal Microphone No

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