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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P150 Review

September 2004 | By Simon Joinson

Review based on a production Sony DSC-P150

Announced in July 2004, The DSC-P150 is Sony's latest salvo in the megapixel wars, and the first truly compact 7 megapixel camera. It's based closely on the current DSC-P100, with the only differences - resolution aside - being the brushed metal casing. With 7 million pixels and a 3x Carl Zeiss lens squeezed into a body around 1" thick, the P150 is sure to appeal to those who want to pack a lot of power into their pocket.

  • 7.2 effective megapixels
  • Aluminum body (130cc)
  • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (3x optical zoom)
  • F2.8 - F5.2, 38-114mm (35mm equiv.)
  • Long life STAMINA battery: 320 shots per charge
  • 1.8” LCD (134,000 pixels)
  • Manual Exposure Function
  • Real Imaging Processor
  • Conversion lens compatibility via adapter
  • Scene Selection (9 modes)
  • Histogram Indication
  • USB Direct Print (PictBridge)
  • Memory Stick / Memory Stick PRO compatible (32mb Memory Stick supplied)

Sony DSC-P150 Key specifications

Street price • US: $499
• UK: £330
Body Material Metal (aluminum)
Sensor • 1/1.8" Sony Super HAD CCD
• 7.2 million effective pixels
Image sizes

• 3,072 x 2,304
• 3,072 x 2,048 (3:2)
• 2,592 x 1,944
• 2,048 x 1,536
• 1,600 x 1,200
• 640 x 480

Movie clips • 640 x 480 pixels @ 30fps
• 640 x 480 pixels @ 15fps
• 160 x 112 pixels @ 8fps
• Motion JPEG (.avi)
• With sound
• Clip length limited only by media capacity (streaming)
• 640 x 480 pixels / 30 fps only with Memory Stick PRO media

• Carl Zeiss 38 - 114mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
• F2.8-F5.2
2x digital zoom

Focus • TTL autofocus
• 5 Area Multi-Point AF
• 5-step Manual focus
• 6cm macro mode (Wide), 30cm (Tele)
Shooting mode

• Auto
• Program
• Manual
• Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Landscape
• Soft Snap
• Candle
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• High Speed Shutter
• AE compensation -2.0EV to +2.0 EV in 1/3EV steps

Sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
White Balance • Auto
• 5 presets
Image parameters

• Saturation (3 levels)
Contrast (3 levels)
• Sharpness (3 levels)
• Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)

Continuous • 0.6 to 0.9 fps (5 shots 7MP / JPEG fine)
Flash • Built-in flash
• Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, Slow Synchro
• Range (ISO auto): Wide; 0.2 - 3.5 m (0.66 - 11.48 ft)
Tele; 0.3 - 3.5 m (0.98 - 11.48 ft)
Storage • Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
• 32MB Memory Stick supplied*
Viewfinder • Real Image Optical
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT, 134,000 pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0
• A/V out
Power • NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery,
• AC adapter included (in-camera charging)
In the box*

NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium Battery
AC-LS5 Battery Charger
A/V and USB Cables
Wrist Strap
MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media
Software CD-ROM (Picture Package™ for Sony v1.0 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)

Other features

Spot & Multi-pattern metering
PictBridge and DPOF compatible
Live Histogram & playback histogram
• Autofocus Illuminator
Optional 2.6x Tele converter lens (VCL-DH2630)
Optional 1.7x Tele converter lens (VCL-DH1730)
Optional 0.7x Wide converter lens (VCL-DH0730)
Optional Camera Dock (Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA)
Optional Slave flash + bracket
Optional waterproof case (Marine Pack MPK-PHB)
Optional filter kits and filter adapter

Weight (inc batt) 147 g (5.4 oz)
Dimensions 108 x 52 x 26mm (4.25 x 2.1 x 1in)

* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area

If you're new to digital photography you may wish to read the Digital Photography Glossary before diving into this article (it may help you understand some of the terms used).

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