The F55 is housed in a stylish and highly durable aluminum body and is small enough (4-1/8 x 3-1/8 x 1-15/16" WxHxD) to fit in your pocket. Besides capturing high-quality JPEG still images, the CyberShot also captures 5-, 10- or 15-second MPEG movies in either 320 x 240 or 160 x 122 resolution.
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The F55 was the first of Sony's two megapixel cameras to employ the new 2- inch, 122,000-pixel hybrid color LCD screen. The DSC-F505 also uses this new LCD display.
Unlike other "solar" LCD
screens, the Sony hybrid does not use a trap door to direct the light
onto the panel. You switch off the backlight and let the high ambient
or sunlight directly illuminate the display.
Here's the F55 being used in the direct sunlight with the backlight turned off and showing a perfectly readable LCD screen - it really works!
The LCD backlight consumes quite a bit of power. When it's switched
off Sony claims a 20% increase in the battery runtime.
There's nothing on the top of the camera other than the shutter release
button and some advertising for that Carl Zeiss lens.
The bottom of the F55 is perfectly flat which makes for excellent
stability on a tripod. Speaking of which, that's a metal tripod
socket. Other than that all we find down here is the access door for
On the left side are the I/O ports, the LCD brightness control and the battery access door.
On the right side is the mode dial to switch the camera between still
picture record, playback and movie recording mode. Below the mode dial
is the playback speaker.
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