Click to take a QTVR tour of the s30
The DSC-S30 has a Sony 3x (equivalent to a 35mm 39-117mm) optical zoom with a 2x
digital zoom option. High-speed scan autofocus with 5 manual focus presets plus
macro mode. To insure the best possible image quality there is a 12-bit A/D
conversion, 4-step adjustable sharpness and 4-mode white balance. Exposure control
can be any one of seven Program AE modes with Aperture priority (F2.8 - F11) or
Shutter priority (4 - 1/725 sec).
On the back is a 2-inch EX-Bright TFT color LCD with 123,000 pixel resolution. It
serves as the camera's viewfinder, picture review, menu and data display.
The backlight is adjustable via a switch on the side as well as a finer adjustment
in the setup menu.
When the camera is not being used you turn the LCD around backwards and
latch it up against the back of the camera to protect the screen.
On top is the speaker (beep sound only), mode dial and the shutter release.
The only thing on the bottom is a metal tripod socket.
Here's the left and right side views, a little farther down and we'll
open up the door on the right side and show you what's in there.
The S30 sports a 3x optical zoom equivalent to a 35mm 39-117mm lens. It has a 2x digital zoom option but this is a crop and magnify operation that results in a somewhat degraded image. The lens is threaded for 37mm filters and add-on lenses. Unlike other 3x zoom lenses this one does not extend or retract.
Focus range is 10 inches to infinity in normal mode and down to 1.2 inches in the
macro mode. The focus is either automatic or manually controllable via presets for
0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m or infinity.
The built-in intelligent flash has Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced and Suppressed
modes plus variable intensity adjustment (high, normal, low) via the menu. The
working range is from one to just over eight feet. .
On the left side of the camera are the I/O ports: A video output port which is
user-selectable for NTSC or PAL formats. And a high-speed USB data port.
On the right side is the combination battery and memory compartment.
The battery is a Sony "M" series NP-FM50 InfoLITHIUM rechargeable 7.2v "battery
with a brain" -- it tells you on the LCD exactly how many minutes of runtime is
left. Additional NP-FM50 batteries are available for $60 - it's always a
good idea to have a second battery.
The storage media is the Sony Memory Stick, a 4MB module is supplied.
Memory Sticks are now available in 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64MB capacity and 128MB and
256MB size are scheduled in the next year. I recently purchased a 64MB
stick for less than $100 so the prices are now less than comparable sized
CompactFlash cards. For latest Memory Stick pricing
The Sony DSC-S50 and the DSC-S30 Cybershot are almost physically identical. The major difference is the S50 has a higher resolution 2.1 megapixel imager and can record movies and sound.
Bundled SoftwareThe S30 comes with MGI PhotoSuite SE on CD and is compatible with Windows 95, 98 and NT as well as Mac OS 7.5 and higher. MGI PhotoSuite SE downloads images from the camera via the USB port and there's a standard USB cable included. The S30 transfers very quickly on the USB port at around 900KB/second.
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