Sony Cyber-shot W7 Review
Announced along with a 5MP twin (the W5), the DCS-W7 is part of the second generation of Sony's 'traditionally-styled' compacts designed to appeal to the first-time user moving from a film camera to digital. Essentially the same as a Cyber-shot P200 in a larger more conventionally-styled body (and with a bigger 2.5-inch screen), the W7 builds on the success of the W1, which was something of a surprise hit last year. But does the W7 have what it takes to compete in the increasingly crowded 7 megapixel compact market? Read on to find out. Here's a brief summary of the main spec highlights:
- 7.2 million effective megapixels
- High quality aluminum body
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens (3x optical zoom)
- F2.8 - F5.2, 38-114mm (35mm equiv.)
- STAMINA battery life: up to 380 shots per charge
- 2.5” LCD (115,000 pixels)
- Manual exposure function
- Real Imaging Processor
- AF illuminator
- MPEG VX Fine movies with audio
- Scene selection (7 modes)
- Histogram indication
- Optional tele and wide lens adaptors
- 32MB internal memory, plus Memory Stick slot
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 key specifications
|Street price|| US: $399
• 1/1.8" Super HAD CCD
• 3072 x 2304
• 640 x 480 @ 16.6 / 30 fps
Carl Zeiss 38 - 114mm equiv. (3x optical zoom)
|Focus||• 5-Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• 5-Step Manual
6 cm macro mode (Wide)
|Shutter Speeds||• 1/8 – 1/2000 sec (Auto)
• 2 – 1/2000 sec (Program Auto)
• 30 – 1/1000 sec (Manual)
|Apertures||F2.8 – F5.2 (W), F5.6– F10 (T)|
|White Balance||• Auto
|Image parameters||Color effects (Sepia, Black and White)|
|Continuous||5 Shot 7MP (JPEG fine), 100 Shot VGA (JPEG std.), 0.9fps|
• Modes: Auto, forced on, forced off, slow sync, red-eye reduction
• Range: 11.8 in - 14.8 ft. (0.3– 4.5m)
|Storage|| Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
32MB internal memory
No removable media supplied
Real Image Optical
|LCD monitor|| 2.5 " TFT
|Connectivity|| USB 2.0 High Speed
|Power|| 2x AA type battery (alkaline, NiMH, NiMH)
NH-AA-DA rechargeable AA batteries supplied
|In the box*||
PictBridge and DPOF compatible
|Weight (inc batt)||
197 g (6.9 oz) (without batteries and card)
|Dimensions||91 x 60 x 37 mm (3.5 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)|
* Supplied accessories may differ in each country or area
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