Sony DSC-F88 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88

Review posted 7/19/2004

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-F88 features a compact, metal body, fitted with an internal Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3X optical zoom lens that allows it to rotate 300 degrees, so you can see your pose in the camera's 1.8-inch LCD screen before snapping the picture, providing you with a flexible shooting style.

Its 5.1 megapixel CCD image sensor ensures great picture quality, while its Sony Real Imaging Processor makes it blazingly fast with a near immediate start-up and impressive shot-to-shot time, so you can capture memories as they happen.

There are several angles you can capture with the F88's rotating lens including waist level and above-the-head shots. Its ability to rotate makes the camera perfect for hard-to-obtain low angle candid shots and for taking above-the-head close-up shots during crowded events. Creative shots can also be captured with the camera's self-timer feature. Set the camera on table, angle the lens as needed and trigger the self-timer for steady self-portraits.

Beginners or anyone can capture a picture quickly using the Auto or Program AE exposure modes. For those wanting complete control over the photographic process, the Manual exposure mode allows users to adjust the aperture from f3.5 - f8 (Wide): f4.2 - f9 (Tele), and set the shutter speed from 30 - 1/500 seconds. And the ten pre-programmed Scene modes allow users to capture optimum images in various shooting situations. Other advanced features include five-area auto focus, multi-pattern metering, auto fill flash, live histogram, and USB 2.0 High speed connectivity.

The F88 employs a rechargeable InfoLithium battery system for quick recharging time, which means that you will spend less time charging and more time taking pictures. The new camera also accepts both the Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO memory cards.

DSC-F88 Features:

  • Sony 5.1 Megapixel effective CCD image sensor
  • Carl Zeiss 3x optical zoom 6.7-20.1mm (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • Rotating lens (300 degrees)
  • Still Image: 2592x1944, 2592(3:2), 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480
  • MPEG VX with audio (640 X 480, 16.6fps), Video Mail with audio (160 x 112, 8.3fps)
  • Auto, Program AE, Full Manual plus 10 pre-programmed Scene modes
  • 9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6 fps
  • Focus-Assist lamp for low light shooting
  • Live histogram display
  • 5 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
  • 1.8" (134,000 pixels) LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400
  • Adjustable color saturation, contrast and sharpness
  • Clear Color/Clear Luminance Noise Reduction: Automatically cleans up long exposure images
  • 14bit A/D Conversion - allows a wider dynamic range from highlight to shadow
  • Built-in flash: Auto, Forced On, Forced Off, and Slow Synchro (Red-Eye reduction On or Off)
  • Supports High Speed USB 2.0
  • NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium 3.6V 4.4Wh Battery and charger included
  • Memory Stick & Memory Stick Pro compatible to 1GB, 32MB MS included.
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

The Sony Cyber-shot F88 is available now for about $450

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The Cyber-shot DSC-F88 and a CD for size comparison.

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5-Megapixel duo, the Cyber-shot DSC-F88 and DSC-P93.

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Sony DSC-F88 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.4" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD
Still Image Sizes: 5M 2592x1944
3:2 2592x1728
3M 2048x1536
2M 1600x1200
VGA 640x480
Recording Media: Memory Stick Media (32MB included), Memory Stick PRO Media
Zoom: Carl Zeiss 3X Optical, 6.7 - 20.1mm (38-114mm equivalent in 35mm)
Smart Zoom™ Feature: 0 - 4.0X (at VGA Resolution), 12X total
Digital Zoom: Precision, 0 - 2.0X range, 6X total
Auto Focus: 5 Area Multi-point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7" (50cm)
Macro Focus Distance: 3.1" (8 cm), Magnifying Glass mode 0.4" (1 cm)
Shutter Speed: 1/8 - 1/1000 sec. (auto)
1 - 1/1000 sec. (Program Auto)
30 - 1/500 sec. (manual,)
Aperture Range: f3.5 - f8 (Wide); f4.2 - f9 (Tele)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 1.8" 134K Pixel LCD Screen
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: 0.5 - 7.2 ft. (0.15 - 2.2m)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Burst Mode: 9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6 fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, High Speed Shutter, Magnifying Glass
Self-Timer: 10 Seconds
Video Output: NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst
MPEG Movie Mode: MPEG VX with Audio (640 X 480, 16.6fps),
Video Mail (160 x 112, 8.3fps) with Audio
AF Assist Lamp: Yes
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports High Speed USB 2.0
Cradle Compatible: Yes (optional Cyber-shot Station CSS-FEB)
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: Designed for use with NP-FR1 InfoLithium® Rechargeable
Supplied Software: Picture Package™ for Sony ver 1.0, USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/X (10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
Supplied Accessories: NP-FR1 Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery, AC-LS5 Battery Charger, A/V to Multi-Connector and USB to Multi-Connector Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory Stick® Media, Software CD-ROM
Dimensions: 3 15/16 x 2 15/16 x 1" (98 x 75 x 25.6 mm)
Weight: 6 oz. (163g) Body, 7.4 oz. (202g) Body w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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