Sony Japan has today announced a range of new 'high quality' products under the 'QUALIA' name, each product is identified simply by the QUALIA name and a three digit product number. Inlcuded as part of this range is the 'Qualia 016' an ultra-compact two megapixel digital camera which stores images on Memory Stick Duo and has a 0.55" LCD monitor installed. The camera measures just 69 x 24 x 17 mm (2.7 x 0.9 x 0.7 in) - significantly smaller than the 'U' series. The body is made almost completely from aluminium and is supplied in a very neat looking black box with a range of accessories including a flash unit, viewer unit, wide conversion lens and tele conversion lens. Yours for just 380,000 YEN ($3,200). With no word from Sony companies elsewhere in the world it does look as though this may be another exciting product only available in Japan, we will try to get confirmation on this later in the day.

Phil: Sounds like the delivery of a prototype seen back in July 2000.

Sony QUALIA 016

Specifications

Sensor 1/2.7" 2 megapixel (effective)
Lens 41 mm equiv. F2.8
Digital zoom Up to 4x
Image sizes  • 1600 x 1200
 • 1024 x 768
 • 640 x 480
Image format JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Focus range  • Normal: 0.4 m - Infinity (1.3 ft - Infinity)
 • Macro: 0.1 - 0.8 m (0.3 - 2.6 ft)
Exposure compen. +/-2.1 EV in 0.3 EV steps
LCD monitor  • 0.55" TFT LCD
 • 180,000 pixels
Flash  • Separate flash unit
 • Modes: Auto, On, Off
 • Range: 0.5 - 2.0 m
Continuous  • 1.25 fps
 • Up to 4 frames
Storage media Memory Stick Duo
Power Included Lithium-Ion battery
Controls  • Zoom controller 'touch pad' on top of camera
 • Shutter release button
Included accessories  • QUALIA 016 digital camera
 • Viewer unit
 • Flash unit
 • Wide converison lens (0.7x)
 • Tele conversion lens (1.4x)
 • Lens hood
 • Memory Stick Duo & Adapter
 • Lithium-Ion battery (three)
 • Battery charger
 • Remote / timer control unit & Remote
 • Video-out unit
Dimensions 69 x 24 x 17 mm (2.7 x 0.9 x 0.7 in)
Weight (inc batt & card) 50 g (1.8 oz)