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Sony's DSC-P5 Digital Camera. Copyright (c) 2001, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Sony announces DSC-P5 digital camera!
(Tuesday, August 21, 2001 - 09:33 EDT)

Second new Cyber-shot packs 3x optical zoom, 3 megapixel sensor into a tiny case...

Sony Electronics has announced its second addition of the day to its Cyber-shot series digital camera range, the new Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P5. The P5 features the same 3.34 megapixel image sensor as the just-announced DSC-P3, although less intrusive sensor masking gives an effective rating of 3.21 megapixels as compared to the P3's 2.82 megapixels. There's also a 39-117mm equivalent 3x optical zoom lens, 1.5" LCD display, and Memory Stick storage. Amazingly, despite the addition of a zoom lens, the ultra-compact design is just slightly smaller and not much heavier than the already tiny and very light DSC-P3.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P5 will ship in September at a price of $599. Full specifications for the camera are in our database, and highlights follow:

Click here to read our review of the DSC-P5!

Specification Highlights - full specifications here
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P5
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P5 digital camera. Copyright © 2001 The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!
Model Number: DSC-P5
Camera Format: Ultra-compact
Price: $599
Date Available: September 2001
Image Capture
Image Sensor: 3.34 megapixel (3.21 megapixel effective)
Image Resolution: 2048x1536, 2048x1360, 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
Focal Length (effective): 39 - 117mm (3x optical zoom)
Digital Zoom: Up to 2x
Auto Focus: Yes
Manual Focus: Yes (5 steps)
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity; 20.4 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 10 cm to 50cm; 4.1 to 20.4 in
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.6 (tele) - f/9.6
Optical Viewfinder: Yes (Real Image Optical Zoom type)
LCD Viewfinder: Yes (1.5 inch, 123,000 pixels)
ISO Settings: Auto (100 - 400), 100, 200, 400
White Balance Settings: Auto, Indoor, Outdoor, One-Push
Manual White Balance: Yes
Shutter Speeds: Unknown
Exp Adj Range: +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV steps
Metering Modes: Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Modes: Auto
Self Timer: 10 seconds
Internal Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, On, On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Off
Flash Range Description: 1.6 - 9.2 feet (0.5 - 2.8 meters)
Ext Flash: No
Image Storage
Flash Memory: Memory Stick
Memory Included: 8MB
File Formats: TIFF, JPEG, GIF, MPEG
More Information
Weight: 214 g; 7.5 oz
Weight With Batteries? Yes
Size: 113 x 54 x 36 mm; 4.4 x 2.1 x 1.4 in
Notes & Features: Has integrated lens cover. 14-bit A/D conversion. User-adjustable sharpening (+/-2 steps). Flash brightness adjustment (Auto, High, Low). LCD brightness adjustment (On, Off, Adjustable). InfoLithium Acu-power meter shows battery life remaining in minutes. As well as resolutions above, also has 320x240 pixel 'email' mode. Voice memo mode allows annotation of images with audio clips. Has 4 special effect 'picture modes' (unspecified). Clip Motion mode records 160x120 or 80x72 pixel Animated GIF files. MPEG recording at 160x112 or 320x240 pixels, 8 or 16fps for 5, 10 or 15 seconds. 160x112 pixel 8fps movie mode also allows up to 60 second clips. 16fps movies allow cue/review and in-camera dividing. Comes bundled with AC adapter AC-LS1, InfoLithium C battery and 8MB Memory Stick.
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Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P5 digital camera. Courtesy of Sony Electronics with modifications by Michael R. Tomkins. Click for a bigger picture!
Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-P5 digital camera. Copyright © 2001 The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:


New DSC-P5 and DSC-P3 Models Allow Consumers to Capture Great Photos Anywhere

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21, 2001 - The best camera is the one that is actually on-hand when a photo opportunity arises, and Sony has unveiled two super slender Cyber-shot® digital still cameras that fit the bill.
Created to expand the company’s successful P-series, the new DSC-P5 and DSC-P3 models are not only Sony’s smallest cameras to date – they also pack a powerful picture-taking punch.
“We have maximized miniaturization and the available technologies in these two models to refine the idea behind our P-series cameras,” said Takashi Kondo, senior vice president of Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging Product Division. “We listened to consumers who encouraged us to make cameras that are more slender, yet maintain the comfortable shape and size that make Sony’s pocket-size cameras so easy to handle.”
Though small in size, these cameras bring new features to the P series, such as an AF Illuminator for focusing in the dark, in addition to two-shot burst mode, for capturing fast action. Both models reflect operating improvements that include simplified menus.
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Pocket-sized Pedigree
The ruggedly elegant design and silver case of the Cyber-shot DSC-P5 model resembles that of its popular predecessor, the DSC-P1, but reveals a slimmer profile — thanks to a two-step barrel lens that retracts into the body of the camera; along with the development of a tiny new C-series InfoLithium® battery, with more than an hour of continuous shooting capacity, depending on use.
At a more attractive price than its predecessor, the DSC-P5 model at about $600 will still feature a powerful 3X optical, 6X digital zoom lens and a 3.34 megapixel (MP) CCD (3.2 MP effective) when it becomes available in October. It will also feature a more precise 14-bit A/D converter and MPEG EX™ movie mode.
Digital Necessities

The Cyber-shot DSC-P3 camera invokes the same style as the DSC-P5 model, but is faster and lighter due to its fixed lens with a 3X digital zoom. Its 3.34 megapixel CCD (2.8 MP effective) and high-speed focus produce stunning snapshots, especially for a digital still camera that will be offered for about $500 when it is on store shelves in October.
Both cameras have:
∑ AF Illuminator -- To insure accurate focus, even in dark conditions, an AF illuminator light briefly illuminates subjects to allow positive focus lock.
∑ Two-Shot Burst Mode -- A two-frame burst mode captures two full-resolution images at up to two frames per second to capture fast-moving subjects.
∑ ClipMotion -- An exclusive Sony GIF animation feature, ClipMotion allows users to take up to 10 pictures that the camera automatically combines to make a single ClipMotion animation file. The ClipMotion file is smaller in memory size than a standard MPEG movie.
∑ Versatile File Formats -- Files can be saved in several ways: JPEG, TIFF (Tagged Image Fill Format) for higher quality images, GIF for text mode and two different MPEG options for motion video and sound - MPEG HQ (High Quality) and MPEG EX (Extended). MPEG EX captures 160x112 or 320x240 video continuously, up to the capacity of the Memory Stick“ media in use.
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∑ Supplied Accessories -- These include 8MB Memory Stick media, InfoLithium C-series battery, AC adapter/charger, AV cable, USB cable and application software/USB driver CD-ROM.

Two Cameras on Land Use One Casing at Sea
To protect either of the cameras from water and other elements, such as sand, snow, ice and rain, users may purchase on optional a Marine Pack (MPK-P5) accessory. This underwater housing makes the cameras waterproof up to nearly 133 feet (40 meters). When it comes out in October for about $250, it will be supplied with a neck strap and an anti-fogging lens solution.

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