Tuesday, 12 June, 2007

Kodak bolsters camera range with six new models

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Kodak has today announced six new digital cameras to be made available between now and September, four of them marking the debut of its new 'M-Series'. The M753 and M853 are 3x zoom models with 7 and 8 megapixels respectively. The M873 and M883 meanwhile both sport 8 megapixels, a large 3-inch LCD and all-metal construction with the M883 adding face-detection to the specs list. Also on the way are the Z1275 - a 12MP 5X zoom with 'photographically-advanced features' and the 7-megapixel ZD710 superzoom with 10X lens.

Introducing Four Thin, Stylish, Affordable and Feature-Packed Cameras and Two High Zoom Z-Series Cameras
LONDON , June 12, 2007 — Eastman Kodak Company today announced the global launch of a new sleek line of zoom digital cameras for the style-savvy consumer. The KODAK EASYSHARE M-Series consists of four fashionable cameras, the M753, M853, M873 and M883, all of which are capable of capturing exceptional pictures at an attractive price. “The style / value segment has become an increasingly important category in the digital imaging market,” said Julian Baust, Chairman & Managing Director, Kodak Limited. “Our M-Series line brings consumers the opportunity to expand their picture-taking experience by converging stylish, compact designs and quality digital imaging technology, with affordable pricing.”

M753 and M853
The KODAK EASYSHARE M753 and M853 Zoom Digital Cameras are equipped with 3x optical zoom lenses and 7- and 8-megapixel resolution respectively, which allows consumers to print clear, crisp images up to 30” x 40” in size. Memories captured with the KODAK EASYSHARE M-Series Cameras are displayed on a vibrant 2.5-inch LCD screen, perfect for instantly sharing clear, bright pictures and videos whether inside or outdoors. The pocketable design of the KODAK EASYSHARE M753 and M853 is available in silver and black. The cameras are complemented by a full range of fun camera accessories designed for the fashion-conscious person.

M873 and M883
Two additional zoom digital cameras in the KODAK EASYSHARE M-Series line are the M873 and M883, both offering 8-megapixel resolution and high ISO settings. While maintaining its sleek design, the M883, with built-in face detection technology, allows consumers to view their pictures and videos on a huge 3-inch LCD screen. The all-metal bodies of the M873 and M883 are available in silver.

M-Series Features
The KODAK EASYSHARE M-Series Cameras are loaded with a vast array of features that make great picture-taking incredibly simple. From high ISO settings that produce clearer pictures in low-light situations, to Digital Image Stabilization and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology, the features on board the KODAK EASYSHARE M-Series Cameras help consumers take consistently better shots.

M-Series Pricing
The KODAK EASYSHARE M753 Camera will retail for £99.99 (RRP) beginning in July 2007. The M853 and M873 will follow in August and the M883 will be available in September. The fashionable camera accessories range from £13.99 to £39.99 (RRP) and can be found on www.kodak.co.uk

Additional Cameras Introduced - Z1275 and ZD710
Also announced today, are the new KODAK EASYSHARE Z1275 and ZD710 Zoom Digital Cameras. The Z1275 is a small sized high-zoom digital camera, offering 12-megapixel imaging and 5x optical zoom with photographically-advanced features. The 7-megapixel ZD710 is a versatile, fully-automatic zoom digital camera with 10x optical zoom and high ISO. And like the M-Series cameras, both the Z1275 and ZD710 are equipped with features that help consumers take consistently better shots, like Digital Image Stabilization and KODAK PERFECT TOUCH Technology. The Z1275 and ZD710 are both available from August 2007.

About the KODAK EASYSHARE System
Kodak continues to bring groundbreaking features to its award-winning KODAK EASYSHARE Digital Photography System, enhancing the digital photography experience for consumers worldwide. The EASYSHARE System consists of digital cameras, picture frames, snapshot printers, online services, software, inkjet and thermal photo papers, and accessories—making picture-taking, sharing and archiving effortless. All KODAK EASYSHARE Products being introduced today include the latest Version 6.2 of KODAK EASYSHARE Software featuring an array of enhancements to help consumers find, create and share pictures like never before. Version 6.2 Software now includes direct access to KODAK Gallery making it simple to find albums stored online. The new KODAK EASYSHARE Software Version 6.2 can be downloaded for free. Further information on all KODAK EASYSHARE Products can be found at http://www.kodak.co.uk/

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC W5

DSC-W5 Weight: 7 oz (197 g) Body; 9 oz (253 g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist StrapDimensions: 3 7/12" x 2 4/11" x 1 6/13" (91 x 60 x 37.1mm)


1/1.8" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD : Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

3X Optical/2X Digital/6X Total Zoom : Optical zoom helps you fill the frame with your subject for better pictures. And Sony’s Precision Digital Zoom helps bring your subject closer with an extra 2X magnification.

0 -12.0X Smart Zoom™ Feature (at VGA Resolution): The Smart Zoom feature intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size-thus avoiding the image degradation of Digital Zooms.

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® Lens: The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still maintaining a compact design.

Real Imaging Processor™ Technology: The innovative Real Imaging Processor in the DSC-W5 not only improves picture quality and clarity but also improves camera response time, decreases shutter lag and improves battery stamina.

2.5" LCD Monitor: The extra-large high-resolution 115K LCD Monitor makes framing shots and reviewing pictures easy.

Live Histogram Display: Available in capture and playback the Live Histogram Displays the concentration of pixels at each luminosity value making it easy to evaluate correct exposure.

14-Bit DXP A/D Conversion: Sony's 14-bit Digital EXtended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.

5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus: By evaluating 5 separate focus areas of the frame, Sony's Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background.

Manual Exposure Mode: Manual Exposure Mode provides extended control with 46-step adjustable Shutter speed (30-1/1000 sec.), and 2-step Aperture control.

AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator: Briefly illuminating the subject, in low-or no-light conditions, the AF Illuminator helps establish a positive focus lock.

Selectable Focus Mode: Monitoring AF (Auto Focus) helps you anticipate the action by focusing even before you press the shutter release.

Multi-Pattern Measuring: Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern Measuring establishes the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow isn't centered in the frame.

Scene Selection Mode: With 7 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Candle.

Pre-Flash Metering: With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction ensure great flash shots.

Slow Shutter Noise Reduction: During long exposures, Slow Shutter NR captures the scene, and then the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear.

Memory Stick® Media and Memory Stick: Digital. Powerful. Transportable.™Memory Stick® media is compact, portable and rugged:connecting a variety of hardware and software applications.

32MB Internal Memory1 Included: Shoot without a flash memory card with 32 MB internal memory1; Slot for optional Memory Stick®, Memory Stick PRO™ media. Full 32MB of internal memory can be copied to optional Memory Stick media.

9 Shot Burst Mode: Capture up to nine 5MP shots (fine) or 100 shots VGA (standard) at 0.7 frame/sec. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports or small children.

Multi-Burst Mode: Captures 16 320x240 frames as part of a single 1280x960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 second.

MPEG Movie VX Standard/Fine Mode: Captures VGA (640x480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media. Video mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email.

Conversion Lens Compatible: With VAD-WA adaptor, you can add tele- or wide- conversion lenses for greater magnification or wider field of view, as well as protective and special effect filters.

PictBridge™ Compatibility: Connect to any PictBridge™ compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and print directly from the camera. Images can be viewed and selected for printing right on the camera's LCD, with menus for print quantity, date and index print.

Rechargeable AA NiMH Batteries: The high capacity 2100 mAh AA NiMH batteries provide reliable, long-lasting power for continuous shooting. The supplied BC-CS2 charger provides a convenient way to charge the batteries.

Supports High Speed USB 2.02:

Clear Color/Clear Luminance NR:

3:2 Aspect Ratio Mode:

Adjustable Color Saturation/Contrast:

Audio/Video Output:

MPEG1 Cue, Review and Divide:


White Balance: Automatic, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Self Timer: Yes (10 Seconds)
Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 4GB media capacity1; does not support Access Control security function
Still Image Mode(s): Burst, JPEG (Fine/Standard), Multi-Burst
Red-Eye Reduction: Yes (On/Off)
Burst Mode: 9 Shot at 0.7fps (5MP JPEG fine), 100 Shot VGA at 0.7fps (JPEG std.)
Erase/Protect: Yes
Date/Time Stamp: Yes
Media/Battery Indicator: Yes

Imaging Device: 1/1.8" Super HAD™ CCD
Recording Media: 32MB1 internal Flash Memory, Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media, Memory Stick Duo™ Media (with adaptor), Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media (with adaptor)
Megapixel: 5.1 MP

Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
LCD: 2.5" (115K Pixels TFT LCD Screen)
Lens Construction: 7 Elements in 5 Groups, 3 Aspheric Elements
Viewfinder: Optical, True Zoom
Lens Type: Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar®
Docking Station: N/A

Inputs and Outputs
USB Port(s): Yes (Supports USB 2.02)
Accessory Terminal: Mini-Jack
Input(s): N/A
Audio/Video Output(s): Yes (NTSC/PAL Selectable)

Operating Conditions
Flash Effective Range: 1"-14'9" (0.3-4.5 m)
Flash Mode(s): Auto, Forced, Off, Slow SynchroOptics/Lens
Focal Length: 7.9-23.7mm
35mm Equivalent: 38-114mm
Aperture: f2.8-f5.2 (W), f5.2-f10 (T)
Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
Focal Distance: 2 3/8" (6cm) (Minimum Macro W), 11 7/8" (30cm) (Minimum Macro T)
Aperture Range: f2.8-5.6(W), f5.2-10 (T)
Shutter Speed: 1/8-1/2000 sec. (Auto), 1-1/2000 sec. (Program Auto) , 30-1/1000 sec. (Manual)
Exposure Compensation: ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
Filter Diameter: 30mm (by required VAD-WA adaptor)
Smart Zoom® Technology: 0-12X (at VGA Resolution)
Digital Zoom: 0-2.0X (Precision)
Optical Zoom: 3X
Macro Mode: 2 3/8" (6cm)
Total Zoom: 6X

Battery Type: "AA" NiMH, "AA" Alkaline, "AA" Nickel-Metal Manganese
Battery Capacity: N/A

Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty: 1 Year Parts & Labor

Supplied Software: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows®), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh®), USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows®)
Operating System Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98, 98SE, 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0 - 10.3)

Hybrid Record Mode: N/A

Convenience Features
Movie Mode(s): MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps) (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media), MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), Video Mail with Audio (160 x 112 at 8fps)
Power Save Mode: Yes (after approx. 3 min. of inactivity)
Picture Effect(s): Black & White, Sepia
Scene Mode(s): Beach, Candle, Landscape, Snow, Soft Snap, Twilight, Twilight Portrait
Histogram Display: Yes
Real Imaging Processor™ Technology: Yes
AF Illuminator Light: Yes
PictBridge Compatible: Yes
Clear Color/Clear Luminance NR: Yes
Multi-Pattern Measuring: Yes
SteadyShot® Image Stabilization: N/A
NightShot® Infrared System: N/A
NightFraming System: N/A


Supplied Accessories:

Rechargeable AA Batteries (NH-AA-DA)

Battery Charger and Cord (BC-CS2)

A/V and USB Cables

Wrist Strap

Software CD-ROM

Optional Accessories:

Starter Kit (ACC-CN3TR)

Rechargeable NiMH Batteries (2pk)(NH-AA-2DB)

Soft Leather Carrying Case (LCS-WB)

Soft Textile Carrying Case (LCS-WD)

Conversion Lens Adaptor Mount (VAD-WA)

Wide Angle Conversion Lens4(VCL-DH0730)

Super Telephoto Conversion Lens4(VCL-DH2630)

Telephoto Conversion Lens4 (VCL-DH1730)

Polarizing Kit Filter4 (VF-30CPKS)

External Slave Flash w/Bracket (HVL-FSL1B)

Marine Sports Pak (MPK-WA)

Marine Color Filter Kit (VF-MP5K)

Memory Stick® Media (MSH-128A)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media (MSX-256S/N)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media (MSX-512S/N)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media (MSX-1GS/N)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media (MSX-2G/N)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media (MSX-4G/N)

Memory Stick PRO™ Media USB Adaptor (MSAC-US30)

Multi-slot Memory Stick Adaptor (MSAC-USM1)

1. Recording numbers are approximate and will vary depending upon the images. Available storage capacity of Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media may vary. A portion of the memory is used for data management functions. Actual available memory in MBs is:16=15, 32=30, 64=61, 128=123, 256=220, 512=460, 1GB=940MB, 2GB=1,850MB, 4GB=3.66GB. 2. Not all products with USB connectors may communicate with each other due to chipset variations. 3. Under Average Conditions: Normal Mode (JPEG), Picture quality Fine; Shooting each image at 30 second intervals; Flash operated every other shot; Power is turned on/off after every 10 shots. Actual results may vary on conditions of use. 4. VAD-WA Conversion Lens Adaptor Mount Required

©2005 Sony Electronics Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. All rights reserved. Sony, Cyber-shot, Digital, Powerful, Transportable, Memory Stick, the Memory Stick logo, Memory Stick PRO, Picture Package, Real Imaging Processor, Smart Zoom and Super HAD are trademarks of Sony. Carl Zeiss and Vario-Tessar are trademarks of Carl Zeiss. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer. PictBridge is a trademark of CIPA. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Non-metric weights and measures are approximate. All screen images simulated. Please visit the Dealer Network for more information at www.sony.com/dn

Information retreived from http://b2b.sony.com/Solutions/product/DSC-W5

Thursday, 7 June, 2007

Sony Cybershot DSC-R1

A camera that changes your view. And your mind.

Preview your exposure in real time with the new alternative to consumer DSLR, the Sony® Cyber-shot® DSC-R1 camera. Its APS-sized CMOS sensor, 5X optical zoom, and Carl Zeiss® wide-angle lens allow you to focus in on your subject without losing the surrounding beauty. All with the clarity of 10.3-megapixel resolution. Never before have these digital camera technologies been integrated into one convenient package, so it's not surprising it's a Sony.

Picture quality that speaks for itself.

While technologists will marvel over the DSC-R1's APS-C class image sensor, 10.3 Megapixels of resolution and Carl Zeiss® lens, photographers will be persuaded by something else. The pictures.

The DSC-R1 takes pictures of uncanny beauty, with supple skin tones, skies of gorgeous blue and contrast so deep and rich, it pulls the viewer in.

The 10.3 megapixels your pictures deserve.

The DSC-R1 creates pictures of such abundant detail that they reward repeated viewing. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss® lens, a remarkable, short-backfocus design and Sony's 10.3 Megapixel image sensor, you'll capture the moment as never before. And your pictures will retain detail even when you crop them and enlarge them.

From deepest shadows to brightest highlights.

Shooting with the typical digital camera means constantly navigating between losing detail in "blown out" highlights and losing detail in "crushed" blacks. The DSC-R1 boasts an image sensor some 12 times the typical size.

So you get extraordinary dynamic range from the blackest blacks to the brightest white. Your pictures will pack the punch of powerful contrast, along with the grace and subtlety of highlight and shadow detail.

All the subtlety of life itself.

The DSC-R1 matches the exceptional contrast of Sony's image sensor with the gorgeous gradation of our 14-bit Digital Extended Processor (DXP). The result is photography that's remarkably free of the "banding" and "false contouring" of lesser designs. You'll appreciate the difference on skin, blue sky and subtle tones of fabrics and flowers.

The picture and nothing but the picture.

Some pictures come with an unwanted, added ingredient. In film photography, it's called grain. In digital photography, it's called noise. In either case, it's visual texture that was not present in the original scene. Sony overcomes noise with Correlated Double Sampling on the CMOS image sensor and Clear RAW Noise Reduction in post processing. The result is photography that's incredibly clear and natural.

Beyond the ordinary.

Supple, vivid and natural, pictures taken with the DSC-R1 enjoy extraordinary color rendition. That's no surprise. It's the direct result of the Carl Zeiss® lens and a host of Sony technologies: our CMOS image sensor, our Real Imaging Processor™ circuitry and our 14-bit Digital Extended Processing (DXP).

In low light shooting, the R1 shines.

A final component of picture quality is the camera's ability to capture images in low light. Sony's extra-large CMOS image sensor converts incoming light into far more electrons than the typical digital camera sensor can.

So you can capture beautiful images in candlelight and moonlight. You can freeze the action on demanding subjects like indoor sports. And you're free to shoot in more situations without the traditional low-light tools: tripods, long exposures, image stabilization or external flash!

Pro quality in the palm of your hand.

For years, digital shooters have had two choices. Choose professional picture quality -- and live with the bulk and complexity of a digital single lens reflex (D-SLR) camera. Or choose convenience -- and live with lesser quality in the world of point-and-shoot cameras.

Now there's a third way. Because now, someone has built a professional-grade image sensor into an all-in-one camera. That someone is Sony. That camera is the DSC-R1.

How Sony did it?

The extra-large image sensors of D-SLRs simply draw so much power that they can only be active at the moment of exposure, the same as film. This means the cameras incorporate a bulky mirror box and pentaprism, the same as film SLRs. Sony broke new ground in APS-class image sensors.Sony's latest Complementary Metal Oxide Semico nductor (CMOS) technology is so power-efficient that the DSC-R1 image sensor can operate continuously, whenever the camera is on!

That's how the Sony DSC-R1 can do what other APS-class cameras can't. Only the R1 delivers Live Preview that lets you evaluate your exposure, white balance and histogram BEFORE you take the shot! And you'll appreciate the far and wide zoom coverage, versatile composition and compact size!

Shooting far and wide.

Because the APS-class image sensors of typical D-SLRs are smaller than a 35mm film frame, 35mm lenses undergo a focal-length conversion of about 1.5x. This is great for tele lenses, because it converts a 200 mm into a 300 mm. But on the wide end, a wide-angle 24 mm lens suddenly becomes a medium-wide 36 mm lens (35mm equivalent)! Here's where the DSC-R1 has a decided advantage. Its zoom lens starts at an ultra-wide 24 mm with 5x zoom to 120 mm (35mm equivalent). The wide end is perfect for shooting in tight spaces or capturing landscapes, panoramic views and group photos!

What's more, image sensors are notorious dust magnets. Having a built-in lens means there's no opportunity for dust to collect on Sony's CMOS sensor!

Now you can see what you're shooting.

When you frame a shot, you want to see what the camera sees. Unfortunately, the optical viewfinders of most APS-class cameras can't give you a visual preview of how the exposure will look, can't preview color reproduction and can't show you in advance how the camera will handle severe highlight or backlight shots. And many optical finders can't even show you the entire image frame!

Because the DSC-R1 incorporates a unique, APS-C class sensor that operates whenever the camera is on, the R1 can deliver continuous electronic Live Preview of the scene. So you really do see what the camera sees.

Framing and preview modes.

Sony gives you two ways to enjoy Live Preview of the scene. Framing Mode presents a bright, high-contrast picture that maximizes your ability to determine who and what is in the frame. Preview Mode not only "stops down" the lens but also adjusts the shutter to show you the effect of your exposure settings in real time.

Now you can actually see the effect of aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO. So you can make adjustments before you take the shot, not after! You simply can't do that with an optical viewfinder.

Shooting high and low.

Sony offers Live Preview in the eye-level through-the-lens (TTL) electronic viewfinder. Using the viewfinder can give you a more stable shooting platform, with elbows tucked in to reduce camera shake. If you need to hold the camera above or below eye level, you can frame shots in Sony's free-angle 2.0" LCD monitor. It turns and twists through a wide range, so you can hold the R1 up, position it at your waist, lower it to the floor, even point it around corners to get your shot!

Finally, a full frame viewfinder.

The optical viewfinder of the typical APS-class camera gives you a limited view of the world. Literally. These viewfinders typically show just 95% of the lens field of view. Sony's Live Preview of the scene is a better way. Because it reads the actual image straight from the same CMOS sensor that takes the picture, you always get full, 100% framing!

Better images start with a better image sensor.

The Sony® Cyber-shot® DSC-R1 camera is built around the remarkable talents of a Sony image sensor that's comparable in size to an APS-C film frame. In fact, it's more than 12 times the size of the typical digital camera sensor!

As a result, you'll experience picture quality far beyond the ordinary. And Sony's CMOS technology results in the world's first, continuously active APS-class sensor, a breakthrough that introduces a host of new capabilities to this class of camera.

Better images start with a better image sensor.

The DSC-R1 image sensor is more than 12 times the size of the typical 1/2.5-inch sensor. Other things being equal, this means twelve times the area to soak up light -- for outstanding low-light sensitivity. It also means twelve times the electrons gathered -- for superb freedom from picture noise. And it means outstanding resolution of 10.3 megapixels. At 22.5 x 14.4 mm, the sensor is comparable in size to an APS-C film frame!

The bigger picture: 10.3 amazing megapixels.

The DSC-R1 captures digital images up to 10.3 Megapixels in size. How big is a 10.3 megapixel picture? Picture this. It's almost eight times the size of a high-resolution SXGA computer screen. Now you have the freedom to crop your images -- filling the frame with your subject. Now you have the resolution for glossy magazine spreads and high-end brochures. You can even produce giant, poster-sized prints!

Seeing with CMOS technology.

The DSC-R1 represents a dramatic departure for Sony. Where all our previous digital cameras have used Sony CCDs, the R1 uses a Sony Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor. CMOS technology is ideal for the DSC-R1 because it provides much higher output speed and consumes about 90% less power than a comparable CCD.

This combination of speed and power savings enables Sony's CMOS design to accomplish something no APS-class sensor has ever done before. It operates continuously. And that makes a world of difference.

World's first continuous-use APS-class sensor.

In a film camera, the film only sees your subject for an instant, when you press the shutter. The typical APS-class image sensor is so power-hungry that it must work the same way as film, only active at the moment of exposure. Ironically, this sacrifices many of the advantages of digital shooting.

Sony's CMOS technology is a dramatic break from the past. Fast and power-efficient, the DSC-R1 image sensor can operate continuously! That's how the Sony DSC-R1 can do what other APS-class cameras can't: Live Preview of your picture's exposure, white balance and histogram!

Improving your view of the world.

When you shoot with the DSC-R1, all your pictures will benefit from the superb optical quality of a Carl Zeiss® lens with the exclusive T* (T-star) coatings. You'll also enjoy immediate, practical advantages. The DSC-R1 lens offers a remarkable combination of compact size, superb 24 mm wide angle coverage and 5x zoom to 120 mm telephoto (35mm equivalent).

The DSC-R1 can deliver these benefits because -- alone among APS-class digital cameras -- the R1 is a lens-integral design!

An integral part of the R1 system.

Logic dictates that a lens for an APS-C class image sensor should be optimized for the APS-C frame size. Unfortunately, this logic eludes most previous APS-C class digital cameras. They rely on lenses optimized for 35mm film -- lenses that are far bigger and heavier than necessary. These cameras must provide a mirror box and pentaprism, which add even more bulk.

And 35mm film lenses undergo a focal length conversion of roughly 1.5x. That's great for telephoto shots, but severely limiting for wide-angle photography. Unlike the others, the DSC-R1 lens is meticulously matched to the specific requirements of Sony's APS-C class image sensor. You get an unbeatable combination of optical performance, wide-angle coverage, zoom range, and compact size.

The legendary lenses of Carl Zeiss.

Lenses can make or break picture quality. Simply stated, your pictures can only be as good as what the lens captures. Lenses are responsible for maintaining resolution, contrast, even illumination and consistent color from the center of the picture all the way out to the corners. With so much at stake, professional photographers are notoriously finicky about the lenses they shoot with. That's why professionals love Carl Zeiss® lenses. And that's why Sony chose a Carl Zeiss lens for the DSC-R1.

Superb coverage from ultra-wide to tele.

Putting a 35mm film lens on a D-SLR with an APS-size image sensor means creating a mismatch. The lens undergoes a focal-length conversion of roughly 1.5x. This is great for tele lenses, because it converts a 200 mm into a 300 mm. But on the wide end, a wide-angle 24 mm lens suddenly becomes a medium-wide 36 mm lens (35mm equivalent)! Here's where the DSC-R1 has a decided advantage. Its zoom lens starts at an ultra-wide 24 mm with 5x zoom to 120 mm (35mm equivalent). The wide end is perfect for shooting in tight spaces or capturing landscapes, panoramic views and group photos!

Suppressing glare and flare.

A feature of top-rank Zeiss lenses, the exclusive T* (T-star) coatings control internal reflections at the glass-to-air surfaces of the lens elements. This suppresses lens "flare" or "ghosting" that can sap an image of its contrast and punch. The T* coating means 52% less reflection than a standard Carl Zeiss lens -- and a whopping 82% less reflection than a conventional lens. You get notably more natural, more vibrant images.

Superb detail, corner to corner.

The ultimate test of lens sharpness is the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) curve -- a rigorous analysis that shows how well the lens maintains contrast and detail from the center of the image all the way out to the corner. On the vertical axis is modulation from 0% to a perfect 100%. On the horizontal axis is the distance from the image center. In these demanding tests, the DSC-R1 Carl Zeiss® lens outperforms the "standard" lens of even highly regarded D-SLRs!

Expanding your options.

To achieve even greater creative freedom with the DSC-R1, take advantage of the lens accessories that work with the 67 mm filter diameter.
  • 1.7x teleconversion lens converts the camera's 120 mm tele position to 200 mm (35mm equivalent). VCL-DEH17R, requires VAD-RA adaptor.
  • 0.8x wide angle conversion lens converts the 24 mm wide position to 19.2 mm (35mm equivalent). VCL-DEH08R, requires VAD-RA adaptor.
  • Close-up lens establishes a working distance of 9-1/2 to 13 inches. VCL-M3367.
  • Polarization filter controls reflections. VF-67CP.
  • Neutral density filter controls halation in strong sunlight. VF-67ND.
  • Multi-coated protection filter protects against scratches. VF-67MP.
The shooting options you've never had before.

From high angles to low light, from fast action to 3-minute Bulb exposures, the DSC-R1 offers shooting options unlike any previous Sony camera. And exclusive Sony advantages in the lens, image sensor and viewfinder give you capabilities that D-SLRs can't match.

Framing your shot your way.

Sony believes the camera should enable you, not hinder you. That's why the DSC-R1 lens is designed to capture an unusually wide angle -- 24 mm -- along with 5x zoom out to 120 mm (35mm equivalent). That's why Sony enables you to csompose extremely high-angle and low-angle shots, using the free-angle LCD monitor as your reference.

And that's why Sony provides a Preview Mode to show exposure, white balance and histogram BEFORE you take the shot! These are capabilities no D-SLR can match.

Flexible focus.

The DSC-R1 provides a full range of focus modes.
  • Manual Focus takes advantage of a generously knurled ring on the lens barrel. As you focus, the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor images automatically expand, for a closer look at the fine image detail you're focusing on!
  • Single Shot AF is ideal for subjects that are standing still. The Auto Focus process doesn't begin until you press the shutter release halfway.
  • Monitor AF speeds the shot, an important advantage in sports photography. In Monitor AF, the camera is always "pre-focusing" and doesn't lock until you press the shutter release halfway.
  • Continuous AF is ideal for unpredictable subjects such as sports, pets and little kids at play. The camera continues to track your subject right up until the moment of exposure.
  • One Push AF gives you an automatic assist during manual focusing. The button is easily accessible by your left thumb.
Sophisticated exposure control.

Because exposure is so important in image creation, Sony provides a comprehensive range of exposure modes, including Auto, four Scene Modes, Program Auto with Shift, Exposure Compensation, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual.
  • Aperture adjusts in 16 steps from f2.8 to f16.0.
  • Shutter adjusts in 49 steps from 30 to 1/2000 seconds, not to mention Bulb Exposure for up to three minutes!
Choice of color modes.

One of the benefits of film photography is the ability to choose film emulsions. Because each type of film reacts to light differently, each offers a different color palette. In the same way, the DSC-R1 offers four different modes for color reproduction.
  • Adobe RGB represents a wide range of colors to support professional, four-color printing of magazines and brochures.
  • Standard sRGB is optimized for the most accurate reproduction on computer monitors and computer printers.
  • Vivid sRGB reproduces more intense primary colors, similar to a good reversal film.
  • RAW format brings the latent image into the digital darkroom. You can exercise exquisite control over RAW images without destroying the original data, using Sony's supplied Image Data Converter SR software. The software also converts RAW images into TIFF and JPEG files.
White balance.

Your brain makes constant adjustments, enabling you to recognize a white object as white whether it's under moonlight, candlelight, daylight or incandescent light. Unlike your brain, digital cameras need the help of White Balance. For this reason, the DSC-R1 incorporates five white balance presets, manual white balance and white balance tuning from -3 to +3. And unlike D-SLRs, the R1 enables you to preview the effect of your adjustments in the LCD monitor and electronic viewfinder!

ISO sensitivity.

The image sensor of the DSC-R1 is more than twelve times the size of the typical digital camera sensor. So the R1 is far more sensitive to light, providing you far more flexibility in low-light conditions. For this reason, you can continue to shoot handheld in circumstances where previous cameras require external flash, tripod support, image stabilization or and/or very long exposures.

Sony enables you to put this sensitivity to work by dialing up the camera's ISO setting. Where previous Sony cameras went to a maximum ISO setting of 800, the DSC-R1 offers ISO settings of 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600 and a phenomenal 3200!

Information, please.

The DSC-R1 viewfinder and LCD monitor present a wealth of shooting information. Because the R1 image sensor has a wider 3:2 aspect ratio than the viewfinder or monitor, Sony can position a full-time exposure display at the bottom of these screens. You always see status for aperture, shutter, Exposure Value over/under, focus lock, exposure lock and flash.

Selectable Grid Lines can divide the frame vertically and horizontally into thirds, for easy "rule of thirds" shot composition. Selectable Zebra Stripes give you on-screen warning of overexposure. Histogram shows you the range of scene brightness levels while you shoot. And R/G/B Histograms analyze color during playback!

Basic specifications.

Download DSC-R1 Specifications Sheet 2.6 MB; Adobe Acrobat Reader Required

Pixels 10,784K pixels (Gross)10,286K pixels (Effective)
Imager APS-C class CMOS Sensor; 21.5 x 14.4 mm effective; RGB primary color filter
Processor Real Imaging Processor™ LSI with Advanced Gradation Control System (AGCS)
Color Reproduction Adobe RGB, sRGB, Vivid RGB Filter, Primary color filter Zoom, 5x Optical (Mechanical Manual), 10x Precision Digital Zoom, 15x Smart Zoom™ feature (1 MP)
Lens Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* lens; 12 elements in 10 groups (4 aspherical); Maximum magnification ratio x0.21; Linear AF motor; 67 mm filter diameter
Aperture F2.4-4.8 (minimum F16)
Focal Length 14.3 mm-71.5 mm (35mm equivalent: 24 mm-120 mm)
Shutter 1/2000 - 30 seconds; Bulb up to 3 minutes
Focusing Range AF = 20"-infinity (500 mm-infinity)
Macro AF WIDE: 13-3/4"-infinity (350 mm-infinity); TELE: 15-3/4"-infinity (400 mm-infinity)
Recording Media Memory Stick®/Memory Stick PRO™ media; CompactFlash™ Type I/ CompactFlash Type II / Microdrive™ media
LCD Monitor 2.0-inch TFT (134k pixels) Free Angle LCD (Upward 85°, Downward 20°, Right/Left 90°)
Electronic Viewfinder 0.44 inches (235k pixels); 100% coverage; Eye sensor
USB USB 2.0 Hi-speed
Weight 2 lbs., 5 oz. (1047 g) including battery and Memory Stick media

Main features.

Photo Modes Auto, P Auto, Scene Mode (Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape)
Still Image Size JPEG: 10M (3,888 x 2,592); 7M (3,264 x 2,176); 5M (2,592x1,944); 3M (2,048x1,536); 1M (1,280x960); RAW
Response Startup: 0.68 sec (in Preview Mode); Burst: 3.0 fps, 3 shots; Shutter Interval: 1 sec.; Shutter Lag: 0.29 sec. (including AF/AE); Release Lag: 0.0075 sec.
Manual Focus Yes
AF Area Multi Point AF (5 points), Center Weighted Spot, Flexible Spot AF
AF Method Single AF, Monitoring AF, Continuous AF, One Push AF
AF Illuminator Yes
Light Metering Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot

Flash Mode Auto, Forced Flash, No Flash, Slow Synchro, Rear Syncro
Built-in Flash Guide Number 12
Flash Effective
WIDE 1'8"-12'10" (0.5-3.9 m); TELE: 1'8"-7'10" (0.5-2.4 m)
ISO Sensitivity Auto/160/200/400/800/1600/3200
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash, Manual (White Balance Tuning: -3 ~ +3, by step)
Histogram Yes (RGB Histogram in playback)
Battery Stamina CIPA standard: approx. 500 pictures with supplied NP-FM50 InfoLithium® battery

Supplied accessories.

  • NP-FM50 InfoLithium Battery
  • AC-L15 AC Adapter with in-camera charger
  • Video Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Sony PicturePackage software
  • Sony Image Data Converter SR software
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Lens cap with strap
  • Lens hood
NOTE: No Memory Stick media or adapters are included.

Optional accessories.

  • NP-FM50 spare InfoLithium® battery
  • HVL-RLA, HVL-F32X, HVL-F1000 flashes
  • STP-SA neck strap
  • LCS-CSE, LCJ-RA, LCS-RA, LCH-RA carrying cases
  • VCT-D680RM, VCT-1500L tripods
  • RM-VD1, RM-DR1 remote controls
  • VAD-RA conversion lens adaptor
  • VCL-DEH17R tele conversion lens
  • VCL-DEH08R wide angle conversion lens
  • VCL-M3367 close-up adapter
  • VF-67CP polarization filter
  • VF-67ND neutral density filter
  • VF-67MP protection filter
  • MHS-128, MSX-256S, 256N, 512S, 512N, 1GS, 1GN, 2GN,
    4GN Memory Stick® media
  • MSAC-PC4, USM1, US30 Memory Stick adapters

Wednesday, 6 June, 2007

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9

Courtesy: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyh9/

Cyber-shot DSC-H9 vs DSC-H5 - key changes
  • New sensor (8MP versus 7MP)
  • longer lens range (15x up from 12x)
  • Higher maximum sensitivity (ISO 3200)
  • Tilt-up articulated screen
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Control dial has moved to rear of camera
  • 9-point AF (was 3-point)
  • New Sports mode
  • HDTV (1080i) video output (via optional component cable)
  • Face detection
  • D-Range optimization (auto contrast)
  • In-camera retouching
  • Remote control included
  • NightShot function for shooting in the dark
  • Entirely new user interface

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels


• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 31-465mm (35mm equiv)
• 15x optical zoom
• F2.7-4.5

Maximum Image Size 3264 x 2448


• Auto
• ISO 80-3200

Top shutter speed 1/4000th

Autofocus modes

• 9 Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• Flexible spot AF

Scene modes

• Twilight • Twilight Portrait • Portrait • Landscape • Beach • Snow • Fireworks • High Sensitivity • Advanced Sports Shooting

Continuous Shooting 100 shots, 2.2fps, 8MP (max)

Flash range, Auto ISO Up to 9.8m (wide)

LCD screen

• 3.0-inch tilt-up TFT
• 230,000 pixels


• Lithium-ion NP-BG1 battery

Battery life (CIPA standard, using LCD) 280

Weight (inc batteries) 546g

Remote control Included


• NightShot infrared system
• Face Detection
• HDTV output (optional cable)
• Bionz processing engine
• In-camera effects

DSC-H9 specifications

Street price • US: $480
• UK: £320
Body Material Plastic

• 1/2.5 " Type CCD
• 8.1 million effective pixels

Image sizes

• 3264 x 2448
• 2592 x 1944
• 2048 x 1536
• 640 x 480
• 3264 x 2176 (3:2)
• 1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Movie clips

• MPEG VX Fine / Standard
(640 x 480 @ 30 / 16 fps MPEG-1 with audio)

File formats • Still: JPEG
• Movie: MPEG VX (MPEG-1)

• Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
• 31-465mm (35mm equiv)
• 15x optical zoom
• F2.7-4.5

Image stabilization Super SteadyShot®
Conversion lenses Yes
Digital zoom • 2x (24x total)
• Up to 30x Smart Zoom (dependent on selected resolution)
Focus • Auto
• Macro
• Single
• Monitoring
AF area modes • 9 Area Multi-Point AF
• Center AF
• Flexible spot AF
• Contrast detect
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: 50cm (19.7 in) minimum (W), 120cm (47.25 in) minimum (T)
• Macro: 1cm (0.4 in) wide only
Metering • Multi-pattern (49 zone)
• Center weighted
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200
Exposure compensation • +/-2EV
• 1/3 EV steps
Exposure bracketing +/- 0.3, 0.7, 1.0 EV
Shutter speed

• Auto: 1/4-1/4000sec
• P: 1"-1/4000sec
• S: 30"-1/4000sec
• A: 8"-1/2000sec
• M: 30"-1/4000sec

Aperture F2.7-5.6 (w) F4.5-8 (t)

• Program
• Aperture priority
• Shutter priority
• Manual
• 9-preset select scene modes

Scene modes • Twilight
• Twilight Portrait
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Beach
• Snow
• Fireworks
• High Sensitivity
• Advanced Sports Shooting
White balance

• Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent 1, 2, 3
• Incandescent
• Flash WB
• Manual

Self timer • 10 or 2 secs
Continuous shooting 100 shots, 2.2fps, 8MP (max)
Image parameters Natural, Vivid, Sepia, B&W, Sharpness, Contrast

• Auto
• On
• Slow Synch
• Off
• Red-eye reduction
• Front/rear synch
• Auto/Daylight synch
• Range: 0.2 - 9.8m (wide) 1.2 - 6m (tele)

Viewfinder • 0.2" EVF
• 201K pixels
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch tilting TFT
• 230K pixels
Connectivity • USB 2.0 high speed
• HD
• AV w/multi-jack
• DC in
Print compliance PictBridge, DPOF
Storage • Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo compatible
• 31MB internal memory
Power • Lithium-ion NP-BG1 battery
• BC-CSG Charger
Weight (inc batt) 554 g (1 lb 4.3 oz)
Dimensions 113.2 x 83 x 94 mm (4.6 x 3.3 x 3.7 in)