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Connections

On the left side of the camera we'll find a neat hinged and sprung door behind which lurk the mini-USB connector and AV output terminal, just above the door is the ACC connector for connection to a proprietary Sony accessory (such as the HV-FL1000 flash unit).

On the bottom right corner of the camera is the DC-IN connector for connection to the provided AC adapter / charger. Sony lose marks here for using one of those awful rubber grommet doors (just like the G1) which had already lost its shape and was fitting badly. Hinged plastic door next time please.

All that said they gain points over the opposition for simply providing excellent rechargeable battery and an AC adapter / charger as standard.

It's a shame the designer of the left side compartment door didn't talk to the designer of the horrid rubber grommet door on the DC-IN connector...


Lens

I've already delved into the S75's lens heritage in the introduction to this review so I won't bore you with that. It's a 3x optical zoom (34 - 102 mm equiv.) F2.0 - F2.5 lens, which means it's relatively bright and so should still perform well in low light. Because it's of the retracting type it causes a slight startup delay while it extends to its normal length.

Nice new addition: if you accidentally leave the lens cap on the camera it will display "Lens cap attached" on the display until you remove it.


Flash / AF Illuminator

As with the S70, the S75 has a small internal fixed flash unit, however it's now moved to the edge of the camera (on the S70 it was more centrally positioned). Just to the left of the viewfinder lens you can just make out the AF illumination lamp, this comes on automatically in low light situations and bathes the target subject in an orange light which is used to assist the cameras AF system.


Accessory Shoe / ACC connector

A new addition to the S75 is the accessory shoe which although connection-less is designed to take the optional HVL-F1000 flash unit which is in turn connected to the camera via the ACC connector on the side.

It appears that there is also a new tripod which will be available called the VCT-D480RM which includes a remote control which connects to the S75 via the ACC connector.


Tripod mount / camera base

On the bottom of the S75 you'll find a nice shiny metal tripod mount, unfortunately Sony decided to put it in the corner of the base almost right up against the front edge of the camera, this means that on any normal tripod mount the camera has a tendency to lean forward once the mount screw is tightened.. Uh oh.

Still.. You can change the storage card and battery while it's still on there, that's a consolation.


Supplied In the Box

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

  • Sony DSC-S75 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack NP-FM50
  • AC Adapter / Charger AC-L10
  • Memory Stick MSA-8A (8MB)
  • Shoulder Strap
  • USB Cable
  • A/V Cable
  • CD-ROM: Sony USB Drivers, MGI PhotoSuite, MGI VideoSuite


Accessories

Availability of accessories may vary by region.

Memory Sticks:
MSA-8A/16A/32A/64A
 
Extra Batteries:
NP-FM50
USB Memory Stick Reader:
MSAC-US1
 

PC Card Adapter for Memory Stick:
MSAC-PC2
Floppy Disk Adapter for Memory Stick:
MSAC-FD1B/2M
Carrying Case:
LCM-SX
 
Carrying Cases:
LCS-CSC / LCS-CSP
External Flash:
HVL-F1000
(range: 1m - 8m)
Lens adapter: (52mm thread)
VAD-S70
 
Protection / ND filter:
VF-52MA
(req. VAD-S70)
Wide Angle Lens:
VCL-MHG07 (0.7x)
(req. VAD-S70)
Special effect lenses:
VF-520K
 
 
Dual external batt charger:
AC-SQ950
Tripod / Remote control:
VCT-D480RM
(on/off, zoom, shutter release)
 
 
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