Pre-PMA 2004: Sony today announced the new compact 'rangefinder style' five megapixel digital camera, the CyberShot DSC-W1. This camera has a five megapixel sensor and a three times optical zoom (which Sony claim extends in under a second), on the rear is a large 2.5" LCD monitor . The DSC-W1 will be available in both a black and silver body finish and should be in stores (in the US) around May time for $400.
SONY PACKS PERFORMANCE AND SIMPLICITY INTO NEW
RANGEFINDER-STYLE CYBER-SHOT W1 CAMERA
Cameras Large 2.5-Inch LCD Screen Makes Sharing Images Just as Fun as Capturing Them.
LAS VEGAS (PMA 2004, Booth M30), Feb. 11, 2004 Once you play with Sonys new five-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W1 camera, you will realize the adage of not judging a book by its cover also applies to digital cameras.
Available in May for about $400, its small size (a little larger than a deck of cards) belies the performance within, which is largely attributed to the inclusion of Sonys new Real Imaging Processor circuit. Designed specifically for the special tasks of digital cameras, the new processor aids in fast camera response times and extended battery life with up to 340 shots between power charges.
Either as a step-up model for those who have tried digital photography or those who are looking to cross-over from film cameras, the Cyber-shot W1 camera allows users to explore the possibilities of photography digitally.
As digital music improved music, the new Cyber-shot W1 is an example of Sonys way of improving photography digitally, said Greg Young, Sony Electronics director of digital camera marketing.
`Turn the camera on and the telescoping Carl Zeiss® Vario Tessar® 3X optical zoom lens fully extends in about a second, and the large 2.5-inch color LCD screen comes to lifesignaling that the camera is ready-to-go. For those wanting to frame a shot at eye-level, the optical viewfinder is also available.
Once on, the Cyber-shot W1 camera focuses and shoots full-resolution images in a little over one second intervals, and can capture TV-quality resolution video clips up to the capacity of an optional Memory Stick PRO flash media card.
Sophisticated Yet Simple
The W1 is built for photographers who want to capture great images through a host of automatic features to help balance light and exposure, but who also want the option to manually control the picture-taking process. Among the appealing features are:
- Five-area Multi-Point Auto Focus: The camera evaluates five
separate areas of the frame and intelligently focuses on the subject,
displaying the selected focus point.
- Multi-Pattern Measuring: Independently meters the light in
49 points of the frame to establish the optimum exposure, even when
highlight and shadow arent centered in the frame.
- Manual Exposure Controls: Flexible exposure control in which
shutter speeds from 30-1 1/1000 seconds and apertures of f2.8
5.2 can be selected.
- Live Histogram: The live histogram displays number of pixels
at each luminosity, making it easy to evaluate correct exposure for
- Auto Fill Flash: When the subject is backlit or in shadow,
the fill flash automatically fires to provide optimum exposure.
- Preset Scene Modes: With 6 scene modes, parameters can be matched
to the shooting conditions, including: Twilight, Twilight Portrait,
Landscape, Snow, Beach and Candle.
- Conversion Lens Adapter: The outer ring of the cameras lens can be removed so that the camera can accommodate various conversion lenses.
Sony DSC-W1 pictures
Unfortunately at this stage we only have preliminary specifications for the DSC-W1 and they aren't detailed enough for us to build our normal specs table.
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