Sony DSC-W100 Review
By Movable Type Admin
Features & Controls
The Cyber-shot W100 features a Carl Zeiss 3x Zoom, 7.9 - 23.7mm (38 to 114mm equivalent), F2.8 - F5.6 zoom lens. It is constructed of 7 elements in 5 groups with 3 Aspheric elements. When powered down, the lens retracts into the body and is protected by a built-in shutter, no lens cap is necessary.
Equipped with a low-light AF-assist lamp, the 5 Area Multi-point contrast detection
autofocus system has a range of 19.7" (50cm) - infinity in normal mode and from 2.4"
(6cm) - infinity in Macro focus mode. There is a 4-step manual focus adjustment with
infinity available as well.
The speedlight has modes for: Auto, Forced On, Forced Off and Slow-sync, with Red-Eye reduction.
The working range at ISO Auto: 8 in. to 19.6 ft. (0.2 - 6m) (W), 11.8 in. to 10.5 ft. (0.3m - 3.2m) (T.)
The flash squelches down nicely for macro exposures and
has 3 power output settings.
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.
The eyelevel optical viewfinder provides 80 - 85% frame coverage but lacks dioptric
adjustment. The two LEDs indicate flash and focus status.
The high resolution 2.5-inch color LCD has 115,000 pixels and can be used for preview, review and accessing the camera's menu system. The monitor can display a realtime histogram in record mode if desired.
Controls on the back:
The playback mode "arrow" button. The Mode Dial has positions for: AUTO, Program AE, Manual,
High ISO, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Beach, Landscape, Soft Snap and Movie.
The MONITOR button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of information
The MENU button calls up and dismisses menu screens.
The 4-WAY CONTROLLER
is for navigating menus, changing settings and selecting playback images.
The center button accepts menu selections. In record mode the 4-way buttons are
used for: "Up" change flash modes, "Down" enable selftimer, "Left" is
Exposure Compensation and "Right" is for Macro focus mode.
The TRASHCAN button is for image deletion in review mode and is used to select the
Image Resolution in record mode.
Top controls: The Power on/off button. The shutter release button is in the center of
the Zoom lens control for Wide and Telephoto - also functions as Index and Magnify
when in review mode.
The I/O port is located on the left hand side of the camera, and when connected to the supplied
cable, provides an A/V output (video is NTSC or PAL, audio is monaural) and a USB 2.0 (high
speed and PictBridge compatible) data port. On the right side is a DC IN jack for an AC power
The W100 stores its data on ~64MB of internal memory and optional Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick Duo PRO Cards. Memory Stick PRO media is required for capturing the MPEG-VX Fine mode 30fps motion video clips.
Approx. Storage Capacities
The W100 is powered by a Sony Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 3.6V, 3.4Wh (960 mAh) battery pack. Sony's Stamina technology provides power for up to 360 shots (with LCD on.) This pack is charged in the handy BC-CSG charger. It features folds away prongs, which is great for traveling and easy storage.
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