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...
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)
CD-ROM: Sony USB Drivers, MGI PhotoSuite, MGI VideoSuite
Availability of accessories may vary by region.
USB Memory Stick Reader:
PC Card Adapter for Memory Stick:
Floppy Disk Adapter for Memory