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Page 1:Intro and HighlightsReview First Posted: 02/9/2001
|*||3.3-megapixel CCD delivering 2,048 x 1,536 images|
|*||14-bit digitization for exceptional tonal range and detail|
|*||3x Carl Zeiss lens for sharp, crisp images|
|*||MPEG-EX movie recording eliminates record-time limitations|
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Sony Electronics has long held a dominant position in the digicam marketplace, with a wide range of models enjoying enormous popularity with consumers. Last spring (February, 2000), they stunned the digicam world by announcing no fewer than six new models. This year (2001), they repeated this hat trick at Spring PMA in Orlando, FL, once again announcing six new units. As they did last year, this year's announcements affected both the Mavica and Cyber-Shot lines.
The subject of this review is the Cyber-Shot DSC-S75, the successor to last year's DSC-S70. The new model sports the same 3.3-megapixel CCD and ultra-sharp Zeiss lens as the S70, but adds numerous user-interface enhancements, 14-bit digitizing for superb highlight detail and low image noise, and improved movie mode capabilities. Oh yes, Sony also dropped the price significantly, with an introductory street price of only $699. (At the time this is written, it is about the lowest price offered for a full-featured 3-megapixel camera.) Read the full review below for the details, but we'll say right at the outset that we think Sony has done just about everything right with this new model. Its combination of great features, price, and image quality make it one of the standout bargains at the upper end of the prosumer digicam world!
This review is based on a production-level prototype unit: All image-related characteristics were in final trim, the only possible changes prior to full production models would be minor user interface changes. (And even those appear unlikely.)
- 3.3-megapixel CCD delivering up to 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution images.
- 3x, 7-21mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens (equivalent to a 34-102mm lens on a 35mm camera).
- 2x precision digital zoom.
- 1.8-inch color LCD monitor.
- Auto and manual focus control.
- Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Scene exposure modes.
- Shutter speeds from 1/1,000 to eight seconds.
- Apertures from f/2.1 to f/8.0.
- Movie mode with sound and Clip recording.
- Spot metering and AE Lock functions.
- Built-in flash with four operating modes.
- External flash connection jack and mounting shoe.
- Adjustable white balance with four modes.
- Automatic ISO or 100, 200, and 400 equivalent settings.
- JPEG, GIF, and uncompressed TIFF file formats.
- Images saved to Memory Stick media.
- USB cable for high-speed connection to a PC or Mac.
- Software CD containing MGI PhotoSuite, MGI VideoWave, and USB drivers.
- Power from NP-FM50 rechargeable InfoLITHIUM battery pack or included AC adapter.
- DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatibility.