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Battery

The P5's new 'InfoLithium C' battery is tiny, it's the same size as just four Memory Stick's stacked on top of one another. The battery (NP-FC10) is labelled as 3.6 V, 2.4 Wh which makes it about 40% less powerful than the 'S' series battery used in the P1, about the same power output as Canon's NB-1L used in the IXUS / ELPH digital cameras. The battery charges in-camera by simply connecting the supplied AC adapter / charger.


Connections

Sony have now rearranged all of the cameras connectors to be conveniently placed together behind a rubber cover on the back of the camera. From left to right: DC-IN (from supplied AC adapter / charger), USB digital I/O (cable supplied), A/V output (for use with supplied cable, ends in video and audio RCA jacks). It would have been nice to have a hinged plastic door here, I'm always cautious of the rubber types, especially considering that you have to open this one every time to charge the camera. (Perhaps a docking / charging station solution next time).


Camera Base / Tripod Mount

The bottom of the camera is simple enough, a plastic 'foot' covers the entire base with a single (?) rubber strip down one side and the tripod mount about half way. Good news is that the mount itself is metal, bad news is that it's located quite close to the edge of the camera which may lead to the camera tilting forwards on a tripod head.

Not always a serious concern for a camera in this market segment.


Flash / AF Assist Lamp

The P5's flash unit is mounted on the left side of the camera front, beside it is a photocell which is used to regulate the flash output. Beside this is the viewfinder window and the next 'dot' is the new AF assist lamp which appears to be a similar unit to that used on the S75/S85. The AF assist lamp comes on automatically for exposures of approximately 5 EV or less, it uses an orange coloured light to assist the camera's contrast detect AF system.


Supplied In the Box

Supplied in the box are: * exact contents may vary by region

  • Sony DSC-P5 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack NP-FC10
  • AC Adapter / Charger AC-LS1A
  • Memory Stick MSA-8A (8 MB)
  • Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • CD-ROM: Sony USB Drivers, MGI PhotoSuite, MGI VideoSuite


Accessories

Memory Sticks:
MSA-8A/16A/32A/64/128A
 
Additional Batteries:
NP-FC10
USB Memory Stick Reader:
MSAC-US1
 

 
PC Card Adapter for Memory Stick:
MSAC-PC2
Floppy Disk Adapter for Memory Stick:
MSAC-FD1B/2M
 

Availability of accessories may vary by region.
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