The F707 now has a connection-less accessory shoe mounted just
behind the pop-up flash. It's designed to take the optional HVL-F1000
flash unit which is in turn connected to the camera via the ACC
connector just beside the shoe.
The ACC connector is also used for wired remote control RM-DR1
or the remote control included on Sony's VCT-D480RM tripod.
The F707's flash unit is now electro-mechanically operated (gone
is the sliding lever). It will automatically pop-up from the lens
barrel either when required (Auto Flash mode) or when selected (Forced
The flash has a rated range of of 0.5 - 5 m (1.6 - 16.4 ft) which
is pretty ambitious for its size.
As I mentioned earlier the F707 uses another Carl Zeiss designed
5x optical zoom lens. It's big and bright with a maximum aperture
of F2.0 at wide angle (38 mm) and F2.4 at telephoto (190 mm). And
that's impressive for such a long focal length lens.
Looking at the lens straight on it's obvious that the actual glass
elements are much larger than in the original F505 lens.
You may also have noticed the additional LED windows
dotted around the lens rim, the two at the top provide IR light for the
NightShot and NightFraming features (they glow a very slight red colour
when switched on). The third on the right side in this picture is the
laser output for Hologram AF (below).
"Now I know you gonna dig this". Here's a neat
party trick to wow your friends (are the guys on STF going to love this
or what), aim the camera at a dark wall and half-press the shutter release,
the camera will paint a pretty laser pattern on the wall.
This pattern is used to assist the contrast detect AF
system in locking AF in low light situations. The pattern appears for
approximately one second and does appear to work (in most circumstances).
We'll test it in a bit more detail later in the review. I'm told by Sony
that this class 1 laser is completely safe to aim directly at a persons
face (yes, really).
Tripod mount / camera base
Probably one of the best positioned tripod mounts of any digital
camera. The F707's tripod mount is located on the base of the lens
barrel and is surrounded by four rubber feet. Its location means
that you get the ultimate stability (clamping the lens) while still
being able to rotate the rear body up or down when the camera is
on the tripod.
Supplied In the Box
Supplied in the box are:
Sony DSC-F707 Digital Camera
Battery Pack NP-FM50
AC Adapter / Charger AC-L10
Memory Stick MSA-16A (16 MB)
CD-ROM: Sony USB Drivers, MGI PhotoSuite,