Something we reported last week, me thinks Sony need to start doing worldwide announcements (theres this thing called the Internet don't you know...) "Second Generation Cyber-Shot(TM) Digital Camera Offers More User Control and Improved Images With 3.3 Mega-Pixel CCD and Advanced Manual/In-Camera Options". US Availability is said to be June, priced at $900 (the same street price as the F505) and that makes it very competitive against the rest of the 3 megapixel mob.

Full press release:

Sony's New Cyber-Shot DSC-F505V Advances Key Features And Resolution of Original Award-Winning Cyber-Shot DSC-F505

Second Generation Cyber-Shot(TM) Digital Camera Offers More User Control and Improved Images With 3.3 Mega-Pixel CCD and Advanced Manual/In-Camera Options

PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V digital camera which combines a 3.34 mega-pixel CCD, an effective 2.62 mega-pixel resolution, new interpolation technology and advanced features for improved imaging and user control. The new Cyber-shot DSC-F505V adds Sony's 3.34 mega-pixel CCD imager to the acclaimed lens arrangement of its award winning predecessor, DSC-F505. The effective 2.62 mega-pixel resolution achieves a 24 percent increase over the Cyber-shot DSC-505 and the 3.7 mega-pixel interpolated mode offers the largest image size from a Sony digital camera. The new model also includes advanced features such as 12 bit A/D conversion for wider dynamic range, TIFF mode for maximum color fidelity and in-camera image resizing options -- giving users precise control over the outcome of their pictures.

With Sony's newly developed proprietary Super Resolution Converter (SRC), the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V is also able to provide larger sized images with interpolation of greater accuracy.

Because SRC takes original data directly from the CCD before JPEG compression, it performs interpolation with up to 16 times more actual picture data than conventional methods. Relying on newly developed high-speed DSP technology, SRC provides the benefit of larger images of remarkable clarity without many of the drawbacks commonly associated with interpolation.

The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V's increased resolution, powerful 5x optical zoom, extensive manual controls, high quality MPEG1 movie mode and a 130 degree rotating lens for difficult-to-get shots, once again raises the bar for digital still cameras.

``The original Cyber-shot DSC-F505 earned high marks for its lens arrangement and signature form factor,'' said Jay Sato, Sony Electronics' vice president of Digital Camera and Services Marketing. ``The new Cyber-shot DSC-F505V retains the best of the original product, while adding increased performance and new features for the digital imaging enthusiast.''

High Resolution, Manual Features and Exceptional Optics

The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V offers an advanced Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar Lens and a 5X optical and 10X precision digital zoom (equivalent to an f=38-190mm on a 35mm camera).

A manual focus ring gives users a level of control not usually found in digital cameras. An expanded focus indicator magnifies the LCD display for easy focusing by eye -- the method commonly used in conventional photography.

A number of other enthusiast features on the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V include manual selection of 9 aperture and 19 shutter speeds, selectable TIFF mode and a minimum focusing distance of less than 1``.

The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V also features MPEG High Quality Mode, which allows for MPEG full frame playback on a standard television -- rather than 1/4 frame playback that had been previously available -- and an increased frame rate of 16 frames per second that results in smoother movement.

In addition to a built-in intelligent flash, the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V adds an external flash terminal for use with the HVL-F1000 optional flash. With a range of over 30 feet the HVL-F1000 allows the DSC-F505V to capture images at longer distances under adverse lighting. The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V communicates mode and exposure intelligence directly with the flash. The optional Sony HVL-F1000 flash is available now for about $120.

All of Sony's Cyber-shot digital cameras offer long life through a rechargeable InfoLithium® battery with AccuPower(TM) meter. The battery life is approximately 70 minutes or 1300 image in still image standard mode with the LCD on.

In addition to the above, the Cyber-shot DSC-F505V is equipped with a number of innovative features that include:

  • Selectable 4:3 or 3:2 image aspect ratio, offering the same aspect ratio as standard photography, Cyber-shot cameras are great for traditional print sizes;
  • In-camera zoom and trim - allows for cropping and blowing-up of stored images, without relying on external photo manipulation programs;
  • In-camera resizing - allows for the size reduction of stored images, permitting easier e-mailing of images, and more room for image storage;
  • Auto-orientation, which allows the camera to recognize landscape or portrait formats, and playback in correct orientation;
  • USB high-speed transfer;
  • Precision Digital Zoom, which uses newly, developed technology to deliver a smoother and more natural digitally zoomed image.
  • The DSC-F505V rounds out the 2000 line of Cyber-shot cameras (DSC-S30, DSC-S50, DSC-S70 and DSC-D770).

The entire line of Cyber-shot digital cameras utilize Sony's Memory Stick® media, an ultra-small integrated flash media designed to easily share data, text, graphics or digital images between an array of audio, video and PC products. Currently, Memory Stick media is available in 8, 16, 32 and 64 MB sizes, and sells for about $30, $50, $80 and $140, respectively. Sony expects to introduce up to a 256 MB Memory Stick card by next year.

The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V comes bundled with an 8MB Memory Stick that can capture up to 80 still images in VGA resolution, shoulder strap, AC adapter/charger unit and all applicable drivers and software. The Cyber-shot DSC-F505V will be available in June for about $900.