Pre-PMA 2007: Last but by no means least are three new W series digital cameras, now even slimmer, and with some pretty impressive specification. Top of the tree is the W200, which is the first camera we've seen to feature a new 12 megapixel 1/1.7-inch sensor (and you thought the megapixel race was over). All three models also boast Sony's optical image stabilization. Find out more after the link.

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SONY BRINGS HIGH-DEFINITION PHOTO VIEWING TO THE LIVING ROOM

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 27, 2007 — Designed to make photo viewing entertaining and fun, Sony announced today its new Cyber-shot® W-series digital cameras featuring high-definition component output. These new cameras offer simple and direct connection to an HDTV set so you can easily integrate full 1080 HD photo viewing into your home theater.

At the top of the line is the DSC-W200 camera, the most compact 12-megapixel camera in the industry. It’s followed by the 8-megapixel DSC-W90 unit and the 7.2-megapixel DSC-W80 model. All sport Carl Zeiss® 3x optical zoom lenses; traditional, eye-level viewfinders; and large, 2.5-inch LCD screens wrapped in sleek metal bodies.

Seeing Is Believing in High Definition

These new cameras can help you turn your photos into an entertainment experience thanks to their high-definition outputs.
“As HDTV becomes more pervasive in American households, it is only natural to want to view all of your content in high definition, including photos,” said Phil Lubell, director for digital cameras at Sony Electronics. "Our new cameras support a shift in customer behavior -- from viewing digital photos on a PC to having a full entertainment experience in the living room.”

Sony is offering three accessory options to begin enjoying high-definition photo viewing. The new cameras are compatible with the Sony VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable for simple connection to an HDTV set.

The cameras can also be used with the new Sony CSS-HD1 high-definition Cyber-shot Station®, which comes with the component cable. You can connect the cameras to the station just one time, and it will also work as a charger for the camera.

For complete integration into your home theater system, there is the DSC-W80HDPR kit, which bundles a DSC-W80 camera and Sony’s DPP-FPHD1 printer package. This package consists of the VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable, a Cyber-shot cradle, a remote commander, and a digital photo printer with high-definition component output.

This new printer lets you print photos on the spot in about 45 seconds. Designed to complement any living room, it comes in elegant black and can be positioned horizontally or vertically.

All of the new cameras feature a built-in slide show function. You can play back your images with pans, fades and wipe transitions set to your choice of music clips.

Reduce Your Chances of Taking Bad Photos

With these cameras, you can be more confident in your ability to take properly-exposed, sharp photos. All incorporate Sony’s new face detection technology, which can identify up to eight faces in the camera’s LCD frame, and automatically adjust white balance and flash as well as focus and exposure.

If you decide that the flower arrangement should be in the picture as well, the new multi-point auto focus (AF) feature can automatically determine the right focus of up to nine points in the camera frame, rather than focusing on what is in the middle of the frame.

You can easily knock out blurry photos, especially in challenging low-light conditions. The cameras incorporate Super Steady Shot® optical image stabilization to safeguard against blur caused by camera shake. Their high sensitivity (up to ISO3200) settings can help to fight blur associated with fast-moving subjects. Sony's Clear RAW ™ noise reduction technology will minimize picture noise common to images shot at high ISO levels.

Edit On The Fly

The new W-series models incorporate selectable in-camera editing functions that can save you from hours of post-editing time at the computer. Equipped with Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer, the cameras can analyze captured image data and instantly determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression.

Other helpful in-camera functions include red-eye correction and retouching effects. You can create artistic photos with the soft edge filter that emphasizes a focused subject by blurring the background. The partial color filter highlights the subject by letting it remain in color while making the background black-and-white. Photos can be enhanced with the cross filter that adds four-point star effects to the light in an image, and enlivened with the fish-eye filter for an amusing fishbowl effect.

Shoot At The Speed of Life

All of the new cameras are powered by the Bionz™ processing engine, first used in Sony’s Alpha digital SLR camera system. This newly-added circuitry delivers the fast image processing speeds needed to produce color rich, detailed pictures for true high-definition photo viewing.

The Bionz engine also helps to speed up the cameras’ response times and extend battery life. On a full chare, the W90 camera can shoot up to 350 shots, the W80 model up to 340 shots and the W200 unit up to 270 shots.

The silver W200 camera will ship in May for about $400. The W90 camera will be available in March for about $300 in black and silver. The W80 model will be hit stores in March for about $250 in pink, white, black and silver. Options will include batteries, travel chargers, lenses, filters, sports packs and cases. The DSC-W80HDPR kit will be available for about $400 in April. All products can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Feb. 28 at www.sonystyle.com/newcameras.

Sony DSC-W200, DSC-W90 and DSC-W80 specifications

  DSC-W200 DSC-W90 DSC-W80
Sensor

• 1/1.7 " Type CCD
• 12.1 million effective pixels

• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels
• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 7.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4000 x 3000
• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 3254 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
• 3072 x 2304
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3072 x 2048 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Movie clips n/a
File formats • JPEG
• DPOF
Lens • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 3x optical zoom
• 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8-5.5
• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 3x optical zoom
• 35-105mm (35mm equiv)
• F2.8-5.2
Image stabilization Super Steady Shot
Conversion lenses No
Digital zoom Precision 2x, TTL 6x
Focus • Auto
• Macro
• Single
• Monitoring
AF area modes 9-point
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • AF: 34cm
• Macro: 5cm (wide) 34cm (tele)
• AF: 50cm
• Macro: 4cm (wide) 35cm (tele)
Metering • Multi-pattern
• Center-weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV in 1/3EV stop increments
• Sharpness setting: +/-1EV in 1 step increment
• Contrast Setting: +/-1EV in 1 step increment
+/-2EV in 1/3EV stop increments
Exposure bracketing 3 frames, +/-0.3/0.7/1.0EV
Shuttter speed n/a • Auto: 1/4-1/1600
• P: 1"-1/1600
Aperture F2.8-5.6 (w) F5.5-8 (t) F2.8-8 (w) F5.2-14.8 (t)
Modes • Auto
• Program Auto
• Manual
• Scene
Scene modes • Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• Fireworks
• High Sensitivity
• Extra High Sensitivity
• Soft Snap
• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• High Sensitivity
• Soft Snap
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
• Incandescent
• Flash WB
White balance fine tune n/a
Self timer 2 or 10sec
Continuous shooting n/a 100 shots, 2.2fps, 8MP (max) 100 shots, 2.8fps, 7MP (max)
Image parameters Color modes: Natural, Vivid, Sepia, B&W
Flash • Auto
• On
• Slow synch
• Off
• Red-eye reduction
• Range: 0.2-3.3m (wide) 0.4-1.8m (tele)
Viewfinder Yes
LCD monitor • 2.5-inch
• 115,000 pixel
Connectivity • USB
• HD
• AV w/multi-jack
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage

• Memory Stick / Pro Duo
• 31 MB card internal memory

Power • Lithium-ion battery NP-BG1
• BC-CSG Charger
Weight (no batt) 142 g (5.0 oz) 124 g (4.4 oz)
Dimensions 91 x 58.5 x 27.3 mm (3 9/16 x 2 5/16 x 1 1/16 in) 91 x 58 x 22.9 mm (3 9/16 x 2 5/16 x 7/8 in)

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