Sony DSC-S75

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Sony DSC-S75

Introduction & Physical Views

First Look posted 2/09/01
Full review posted 3/10/01

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The DSC-S75 CyberShot leads off Sony's new product line of digital still cameras for 2001 and will be available in May. The ergonomically-designed DSC-S75 features a Sony 1/1.8" 3.34-MegaPixel Super HAD CCD, both an optical view finder and a 1.8-inch EX Bright, 123,000-pixel color LCD display. It is equipped with a fast Carl Zeiss F2.0 3X optical 7-21mm (34-102mm 35mm equiv) Vario Sonnar zoom lens and a new Jog Dial navigator. The camera's two-frame burst mode allows you to capture high-paced action, with faster auto focusing for quicker response.

The DSC-S75 also features full screen playback and the option to take video in MPEG HQ and MPEG EX movie modes. MPEG EX movie mode will continuously record video up to the capacity of the flash media. This means that 90 minutes of video at can be continuously recorded on 128MB Memory Stick media. Additionally, images can be captured in JPEG, TIFF, Text or Clip Motion (animated GIF) formats.

The DSC-S75 is the first consumer camera to offer a 14 bit A/D converter allowing for more accurate capture of detail. The focusing system of the DSC-S75 is unique to the Sony line in that, as the focusing wheel is adjusted, the LCD display shows the image coming in and out of focus. It is also equipped with an AF illuminator to adjust focus in poor lighting situations.

The camera also has expanded manual controls. Aperture priority lets the photographer decide depth of field, or how much of the scene is in focus. Shutter priority lets the photographer choose shutter speed to freeze action appropriately and, with full-manual control, both aperture and shutter speeds can be adjusted to best fit picture needs. The D-S75 is powered by an InfoLithium® "M" battery, allowing for up to 3,000 shots on a single charge.

Physical Views

Sony DSC-S75

Sony DSC-S75

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Sony DSC-S75 and Minolta S304

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DSC-S75 Specifications

Imager 1/1.8" 3.34-megapixel CCD
Image Sizes Still: 2048x1536, 2048x1360 (3:2), 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480

MPEG: 320x240 and 160x120

ClipMotion GIF: 160x120 and 80x72

Recording Formats Still: JPEG, TIFF, GIF

Movie: MPEG EX (160x120 or 320x240 @ 8fps length limited only by available storage media - 45 mins on 64MB)

MPEG HQ (160x120 or 320x240 @ 16fps preset lengths of 5, 10 15sec)

A/D Conversion 14-bit DXP
Lens Carl Zeiss 3X F2-2.5 7-21mm (34-102mm 35mm equiv)
52mm lens adapter (optional)
Focus Contrast Detect w/AF illuminator light
Autofocus 19.7" to infinity
Macro AF 1.6" minimum
13-step Manual focus
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400
White Balance Auto, Outdoor, Indoor, One-Push Custom
Exposure Metering Center-weighted Averaging or Spot
Shutter Priority Range 8 sec to 1/1000 sec in 40 steps
Aperture Priority Range F2.0-8.0 in 13 steps
Manual Exposure Yes with EV indicator
Program AE Twilight, Landscape or Portrait
Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
In-Camera Sharpening +/- 2 in 1 step increments
Flash Modes Auto, Forced, Redeye, Off
Flash Level Adjustment Auto, High, Low
Flash Range 1 to 9.8 feet (0.3m to 3.0m)
External Flash Optional HVL-F1000 via ACC port and flash shoe
Color LCD 1.8-inch 123,200 pixels (560x220) TFT w/backlight
Eyelevel Viewfinder Optical, true zoom with diopter adjustment
Playback Zoom 1.1 to 5X in 17 steps
Playback Index 9 frames
Review / Quick Delete Yes / Yes
Trimming / Resizing Yes / Yes
MPEG 6X Cue/Review Yes, EX or HQ
Storage Supplied 8MB Memory Stick, can use any capacity Memory Stick
Connections Video, USB, AC power, ACC flash port
Battery Supplied InfoLITHIUM NP-FM50 7.2v 8.5Wh (1180mAH)
w/AC-L10 charger & AC supply
Supplied Software MGI PhotoSuite 8.1, MGI PhotoSuite SE 1.1 Sony SPVD-004 USB driver
Dimensions 4-5/8 x 2-7/8 x 2-5/8 inches
117 x 71 x 64 mm
Weight (w/out battery) 16.0 oz (462 g)

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