Sony DSC-S700 Review

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700

Review posted 4/30/2007


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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S700 is an entry-level model featuring 7.2-megapixels of resolution and a Sony 3x optical zoom lens. The camera fits comfortably in your hand and has a large, 2.4-inch TFT LCD screen for easy viewing and image sharing.

This new model features blur-reduction technologies (ISO) and substantial internal memory (24MB) for shooting without a media card. Storage capacities can be expanded further with optional 4GB Memory Stick Duo ™ or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ flash media cards.

High sensitivity mode is also available on the S700, which helps to reduce the chances of taking blurry photos, especially in low light situations. With settings up to ISO1000, you can shoot at higher shutter speeds to capture the candles on a birthday cake or the city lights without using a flash.

The compact S700 is ready to capture pictures whenever the moment strikes. Powered by Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuit, this Cyber-shot model boasts a quick start-up, fast shot-to- shot times, and long battery life -- up to 460 shots per charge using rechargeable NiMH batteries.

For those moments when a simple still picture does not capture the entire mood, the S700 also captures GVGA (320x240) resolution .AVI format Motion JPEG video at 30 frames, with audio.

A function guide and resolution guide is also standard. When menu icons are selected, a simple text explanation is displayed on the LCD screen. This function guide is readily-accessible through a convenient mode dial. The resolution guide is helpful when deciding on the best resolution for prints. When you select the resolution in the menu, a pop-up screen provides the ideal print size for that particular setting.

The camera's image resolution is ideal for making high-quality prints. Simply connect the model to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital photo printer and print from the convenience of your own home. You can even create postcards or calendars using the printer's supplied software.


S700 Features:

  • Sony Super HAD 7.2-megapixel CCD imager
  • Sony 3x optical zoom lens (35 - 105mm equivalent range)
  • Single Area Autofocus system
  • 2.4-inch color LCD and with playback zoom
  • Auto, Program, 6 Scene and High Sensitivity modes
  • QVGA movie mode 320x240 @ 30fps w/sound
  • High Sensitivity ISO 1000 for better low-light pictures
  • Powered by 2 standard AA type batteries
  • USB Direct-print with any PictBridge compatible printer
  • USB 2.0 (full-speed) connectivity for PC and Mac
  • 24MB internal memory and optional MS Duo cards


The Cyber-shot DSC-S700 camera is available for around US$180 and is supplied with AA" type one-use Alkaline batteries (x2), AV cable, USB cable, Wrist strap, and Software CD-ROM. Options include an accessory kit (ACC-CN3TR) for about $40, NH-AA-2DB 2500 mAh NiMH rechargeable cells for about $9, an AC Adapter (AC-LS5K) for about $40, etc.


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S700 Specifications
Imager 7.2 megapixel effective, 1/2.5" (12mm) Sony Super HAD CCD
Lens Sony 5.8 to 17.4 mm (35 - 105mm equivalent in 35mm), 6 elements in 5 groups
Zoom 3x optical, 2x precision digital
Aperture Range f2.8-5.6(W), f4.8-9.7 (T)
LCD 2.4" color TFT LCD, approx. 112,000 pixel
Focus System Contrast detection
Focus Range Minimum focus distance in Normal mode is 19.75 in. (50cm), Macro is 2.0 in. (5cm).
Focus Mode Single AF
Shutter Speed 1/8 - 1/2000 (Auto), 1 - 1/2000 (Program)
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000
Metering Mode Multi-pattern with Spot option
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Flash
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/2 EV steps
Recording Modes Stills: Exif Ver. 2.21 JPEG compliant; Movies: .AVI (Motion JPEG)
Adjustment Resolutions 7M, 3:2, 5M, 3M, 2M, VGA, 16:9 HDTV
Shooting Modes Auto, Program, Snow, Beach, Landscape, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, High Sensitivity, and Movie
Picture Effects Normal, Rich, Neutral, Black & White, Sepia
Movie Mode QVGA (320x240) with Audio at 30fps
Image Playback a. Still Image; Single, Index display, Image enlargement, Slide-show, Resize, Rotate
Movie; Playback
Direct Printing Options PictBridge, Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching III and DPOF
Flash Built in
Flash Modes Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro
Flash Working Range ISO Auto: 19.75 in. - 11.5 ft. (0.5-3.5m) Wide; 19.75 in. - 6.6 ft. (0.5 - 2.0m) Telephoto
Selftimer 10 or 2 seconds
Memory 24MB internal memory
Removable Media Card Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO
Outer Connector USB connecter (Auto-connect, USB mass storage)
Auto-connect USB 2.0 Full speed
System Requirements Microsoft® 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0-10.4)
Operating Environment a. Operation: 32° - 104°F (0° - 40°C), 30 - 90% humidity
b. Storage: -4° - 140°F (-20° - 60°C), 10 - 90% humidity
Power Supply Two AA alkaline or NiMH batteries
Size 3.6" x 2.4" x 0.98" (91 x 61 x 25.1mm)
Weight 5.3 oz (149 g) Body; 7.0 oz. (198 g) including Battery and optional Memory Stick® DUO Media
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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