Sony DSC-N2 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2



Features & Controls



Sony DSC-N2

The N2 features a 3x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 7.9 - 23.7mm optical zoom with 38 - 114mm coverage (as compared to a 35mm camera) and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f5.4   This is a high quality, all-glass lens that retracts safely inside the camera when powered down.

Focusing is handled by a 5-point Multi-point AF system with selectable center or spot AF modes and a low-light focus assist illuminator. The working focus range is from 50 cm (19.7") to infinity in normal mode and in Macro the coverage is from 6 cm (2.4") to infinity. You can also manually select one of 5 focus distance presets from 0.5m to infinity.



Sony DSC-N2

The built-in flash has modes for Auto flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash Cancel. The flash has a working range of: 0.6 - 15.7 ft, (0.2 - 4.8m) at wide angle, using ISO Auto.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2

Brighten up your photographs like never before with the optional HVL-FSL1B slave flash from Sony (about US$99.) It is designed to operate in sync with your Cyber-shot digital camera's internal flash without having to connect a cable. Approx. coverage is from 11.5 ft. - 20 ft. (3.5m - 6.1m).

The HVL-FSL1B is equipped with a light control switch and is compatible with the red eye reduction and pre-flash functions of your digital camera. It includes a bracket to make installation a snap.



Sony DSC-N2

On the top is the shutter release, power button and the microphone.





Sony DSC-N2

The huge 3-inch color touchscreen LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels of resolution dominates the back of the camera. It's the viewfinder and it's also used for image review, accessing the menu system and for sharing your photos with friends and family. This is a hybrid display for use in any lighting conditions. Sony's "Clear Photo LCD" technology provides higher resolution, contrast ratio and brightness as well as a wider viewing angle.



Sony DSC-N2

Controls on the back:  At the top is the zoom lens controls buttons, they serve as the Enlarged and Index buttons in playback mode. On the side is the Mode switch with positions for Review, Record and Movie. The MENU button calls up or dismisses the touch-screen menus. The Monitor button controls the amount of data overlayed on the LCD screen.

All camera settings are accessed via onscreen "virtual" buttons as shown above. It is quick and rather intuitive to change settings this way versus many button pushes and navigating onscreen menus. (More details about this on the next page).



Sony DSC-N2

The touch screen can even be used to control the autofocus point during capture.



Sony DSC-N2

The I/O multi-connector is on the bottom. The included cable adapter has outputs for USB 2.0 high-speed transfer to the computer or connection to a PictBridge printer, Audio- Video for display on a TV (NTSC or PAL), Audio is monoraul and a jack for the optional AC power adapter.



Sony DSC-N2

Located on the side in the battery compartment is the Memory Stick Duo card slot. The DSC-N2 comes with a 25MB of internal memory and can use any capacity Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Pro Duo card up to 2GB.

The higher performance MS PRO Duo cards are required for recording movies in the 640-Fine VX mode. This mode captures VGA video at 30 frames per second.


Approx. Storage Capacities

Sony DSC-N2

Sony DSC-N2





Sony DSC-N2

Power is supplied by a proprietary Sony NP-BG1 3.6v 3.4WH Lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack. Sony quotes a battery life of approx. 300 images or a viewing time of approx. 300 minutes. The battery is replenished out of the camera with the included AC battery charger.



Sony DSC-N2

Take your camera underwater with the MPK-NA marine pack from Sony. Designed to protect your DSC-N1 or DSC-N2 Cyber-shot® digital camera, the MPK-NA is made from rugged A.B.S. plastic and glass and allows you to submerge your camera to a depth up to 132 feet.

The MPK-NA also defends your camera from rough weather, like rain or snow. Its compact design features bright yellow highlights so it's easy to identify in low visibility. It even includes a durable hand strap.



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