Sony DSC-S700 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700




Features & Controls



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

The S700 features a 3x optical zoom lens with a 35mm - 105mm (35mm equivalent) focal length and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f/4.8. This is an all-glass lens constructed of 6 lenses in 5 groups. When powered down the lens retracts inside the body of the camera and is protected by an automatic lens barrier.

The contrast detection Single Area autofocus system has a minimum focus range of 19.75 in. (50cm) in Normal mode and Macro is 2.0 in. (5cm).




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

The built-in speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced On/Off and Slow Synchro. The maximum working range at ISO Auto: 19.75 in. - 11.5 ft. (0.5-3.5m) Wide; 19.75 in. - 6.6 ft. (0.5 - 2.0m) Telephoto.





The 2.4-inch color LCD is rather low-res at only 112,000 pixels and is used for framing, review and accessing the menu system. This is the only viewfinder on the camera.

Controls on the back: The Play button enter playback mode. Zoom lens controls serve as the Magnify and Index controls in playback mode. Below is the DISPlay button that controls the amount of data displayed on the LCD. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu. The 4- way controller is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images. Press "down" to enable selftimer, press "up" to change flash modes, press "left" to adjust Exposure compensation, and press "right" to enable/disable Macro focus mode. The center accepts selections. At the bottom is the Image Resolution/Delete button.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

On top is the Power on/off button, and shutter release with the Mode Dial mounted around it. You can choose from: Auto, Program, Snow, Beach, Landscape, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, High Sensitivity, and Movie.




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

On the side is the USB 2.0 (full speed) data port, and the Audio/Video output for displaying image on a TV set.



Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

The S700 stores its data on 24MB of internal memory or on Memory Stick Duo/Duo PRO cards up to 4GB in size.


Approx. Storage Capacities

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700




Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

The S700 is powered by two standard AA type batteries, alkaline or NiMH type. Sony claims that alkalines will supply enough power for up to 100 shots or 50 minutes of continuous playback. High capacity NiMH batteries will let you capture up to 460 shots or 230 minutes of continuous playback. We recommend NiMH rechargeables, they last longer and will save you money in the long run. Check out our Rechargeable Battery Page for info and prices.





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