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Sony's DSC-F55DX digital camera, front left quarter view. Courtesy of Sony. Sony Japan announces DSC-F55DX! (UPDATED)
(Thursday, February 22, 2001 - 12:10 EST)

Sony releases minor update to the DSC-F55V in Japan; adds support for i-Jump, Picture Paradise...

Sony Japan has today officially announced the new DSC-P30 and DSC-P50 digital cameras which we saw at PMA, as well as what appears to be a minor update to the DSC-F55V digital camera (itself an update to the DSC-F55K).

The DSC-F55DX features specifications almost identical to those of its elder sibling, including a 37mm-equivalent fixed focal length lens on a 180-degree swivel, 3.34 megapixel CCD with only 2.6 megapixels effectively used due to sensor masking, 2" LCD display and MemoryStick storage.

In fact, the only changes we can spot are that the camera is now listed as compatible with Sony's Picture Paradise software (which permits image viewing/editing on the PlayStation 2 games console), and with the i-Jump service which allows Japanese users to send image thumbnails from their PC to up to 16 cellular phone users. It is likely that the camera has had its software updated to match the newer models announced alongside it, as well.

With such minimal changes we would guess that the new model will likely not be sold outside of Japan, however we'll let you know if we hear otherwise! Without any further ado, full specs for the DSC-F55DX (already in our database as well) follow:

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F55DX
Sony's DSC-F55DX  digital camera, front left quarter view. Courtesy of Sony.
Model Number: DSC-F55DX
Camera Format: Compact
Retail Price: Unknown
Date Available: 2001-04-20 (Japan only)
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 0.55" 3.34 megapixel RGBG CCD (2.60 megapixel effective)
Image Resolution: 2240x1680 (interpolated), 1856x1392, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 37 mm (Fixed focal-length)
Digital Zoom: 3x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Normal Focus Range: 25 cm to Infinity; 10.2 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10cm - 25 cm; 4.1 - 10.2 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 - f/8
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (2.0 inch, 122000 pixel)
ISO Settings: Unknown
White Balance Settings: Auto, 3 preset, manual
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: 8 - 1/1000 second
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV
Metering Modes: Center-weighted, Spot metering
Exposure Modes: Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Self Timer (seconds): 10
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, On, Off
Flash Range Description: 0.3 - 2.5 meters
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: MemoryStick
Memory Included (MB): 8
File Formats: JPEG, TIFF, GIF, MPEG
More Information
Remote Control: No
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 300 g; 10.5 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 103 x 79 x 48 mm; 4.1 x 3.1 x 1.9 in
Notes & Features: Updated version of the DSC-F55V. Features in-camera crop and resize capability. Adds support for i-Jump software which sends image thumbnails to cellular phones. Adds support for Sony's Picture Paradise software on the PlayStation 2 platform.

UPDATED 2001-02-22 15:08ET: The PC Watch website has posted a news item detailing the Japanese DSC-P30 / DSC-P50 / DSC-F55DX launches. There are no new details on exactly what differs on the DSC-F55DX as compared to the DSC-F55V, but PC Watch's Yamada Kumio has provided three photos of the new camera which may be of interest...

UPDATED 2001-02-26 16:56ET: Sony have confirmed for us that the DSC-F55DX is a Japan-only model, and that there are no plans to introduce this camera in the United States.

Source: Sony Japan website
Thanks to Yamada Kumio / digitalcamera.gr.jp for this item!

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