Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 Review
Never shy of giving the consumer an almost bewildering array of choices, in May 2004 Sony added yet another (its fifth) 5 megapixel, 3x zoom camera, the DSC-F88 to its 2004 range. Seasoned Sony watchers will immediately recognize the inner swivel lens design, which has made several appearances in Sony's product lineup since the DSC-F1 back in 1996. What makes the F88 slightly different to its predecessors is the inclusion of a 3x Carl Zeiss zoom lens (which uses the same folded optics as the Cyber-Shot T1) and an optical viewfinder; it is also a little larger than the F1/F5/F55/F77 models that came before it. Specification-wise the F88 is very similar to the T1 and W1, save for a smaller screen and the aforementioned swivelling lens, which rotates through 300 degrees, giving considerable shooting versatility and the ability to take perfect self-portraits. As well as a wealth of scene modes the F88 has a smattering of real photographic controls (including a full manual exposure mode) and a very capable movie mode (640x480 pixels, though only at 16fps). Here's a quick run-down of the key features:
- 5.1 Million effective pixels Super HAD CCD
- 3x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens
- 10 scene modes
- InfoLITHIUM stamina battery
- Optional wide angle converter lens and docking station
- MPEG1 movie mode
- 1cm 'magnifying glass' mode
- 300 degree rotating lens
|Street price|| US: $409
|Body Material||Metal and plastic|
|Sensor|| 1/2.4 " CCD, 5.25 million total pixels
5.1 million effective pixels
|Image sizes|| 2,592 x 1944
2,048 x 1,536
1,280 x 960
640 x 480
|Movie clips|| 640x480 pixels @ 16fps
Duration only limited by card capacity (streaming)
MPEG1 with sound
38 - 114mm equiv. (x optical zoom)
|Focus|| TTL Autofocus
5-area multi point AF
Single shot or Monitoring AF (continuous)
8cm macro mode (Wide), 25cm (Tele)
1cm 'Magnifying Glass' mode
Manual focus (6 presets)
|White Balance|| Auto
|Image parameters|| Saturation (3 levels)
Contrast (3 levels)
Sharpness (3 levels)
Picture effects (Black & White, Sepia)
|Continuous||1.6 fps, up to 9 frames (5MP fine mode)|
Auto, Manual on/off, Red-eye reduction: on/off, Slow sync: on/off
Range (ISO auto): W 0.15 - 2.2 m (0.5 - 7 ft), T 0.25 - 2 m (9.5 - 6.5 ft)
Compensation (+, normal, -)
|Storage|| Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
32 MB MS supplied
|Viewfinder|| Optical Real Image type|
|LCD monitor|| 1.8" TFT, 134,000 pixels|
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 High Speed
A/V out (via multi connector or dock)
|Power|| InfoLITHIUM NP-FR1 rechargeable (in-camera charging)
(includes AC adapter)
Spot & Multi metering
|Weight (inc batt)||163 g (5.7 oz)|
|Dimensions||97.8 x 74.4 x 25.6mm (3 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 3 1/4in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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