Sony DSC-S780 Review

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S780

Review posted 6/3/2008

Click on the S780 for a 360° QTVR tour

Sony has enhanced the features of their S series line of entry-level compact models, with the updated DSC-S780 and DSC-S750 Cyber-shot digital cameras.

Both of the new entry-level digital still cameras feature Sony's face detection technology, which identifies up to three faces in the camera's LCD frame and automatically adjusts focus and exposure for well-exposed, natural-looking photos.

Like almost all of Sony's 2008 offerings, these new S series models includes Sony's improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select "child priority" or "adult priority" and the camera will detect up to eight faces in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.

Sony has also upgraded the two models' power source to Lithium Ion batteries, instead of AA batteries, to extend battery life and allow for a body design that is just 1-inch slim. The DSC-S780 and DSC-S750 cameras can capture up to 270 and 280 shots on a single full charge, respectively.

The 8.1-megapixel DSC-S780 and the 7.2-megapixel DSC-S780 models incorporate CCD imagers, 3x optical zoom lenses, and 2.5-inch LCD screens for easy framing and viewing of photos. Higher sensitivity settings up to IS01250 have been added to both models to help reduce the risk of blurry photos when shooting in low-light conditions.

The cameras are equipped with 22MB of internal memory so you can start shooting as soon as the camera is out of the box. Their capacities can be expanded easily with an optional Memory Stick Duo™ or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card, now available in capacities up to 16 gigabytes.

Cyber-shot S780 Major Features:

  • Sony 8.1 Megapixel effective Super HAD CCD image sensor
  • Sony 3x Zoom lens (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm photography)
  • MPEG Movie: 320x240 w/audio
  • Auto, Program AE, plus 10 Scene modes
  • Live histogram display in capture and playback
  • 5 Area Multi-point AF; Multi Point or Center AF modes
  • Face Detection technology
  • 2.5" TFT color (153,600 pixels) LCD Screen with Auto Brightness
  • ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red Eye Reduction and Slow Synch
  • USB 2.0 Auto-Connect to host computer
  • Powered by Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • 22MB internal memory plus Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro compatible
  • DPOF and PictBridge direct-print USB compatible

The Cyber-shot DSC-S780 comes in silver, with an MSRP of US$179.99, and is available now. It ships with: NP-BK1 Lithium-ion battery pack, BC-CSK charger, AV cable, USB cable, wrist strap, and software CD-ROM.

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The Cyber-shot DSC-S780 and a CD for size comparison.

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Sony DSC-S780 Specifications

Image Device: 1/2.5" 8.1 Megapixel Effective Sony Super HAD™ CCD
Recording Media: 22MB of internal memory
Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick Duo PRO Media (up to 8GB)
Zoom: Sony 3X Optical, 5.8 - 17.4mm (35-105mm equivalent in 35mm)
6 elements in 5 groups, 3 aspheric elements
Digital Zoom™ Feature: o - 2.0x (Precision)
Filter Diameter:N/A
Auto Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7 in (50cm) - infinity (telephoto)
Shutter Speed: Auto (1/8-1/2000 sec.), Program Auto (1-1/2000 sec.)
Aperture Range:Auto and Program Auto: F2.8 (W) - F9.7(T)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 2.5" 153,600 Pixel TFT LCD Screen
Optical Viewfinder: N/A
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synch Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range:ISO Auto: Approx.1.6 - 11.5 ft. (0.5 - 3.5m) Wide / 1.6 - 6.6 ft (0.5 - 2.0m) Telephoto
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent (1/2/3), Incandescent, Flash
Color Modes: Black & White, Normal, Sepia, Vivid
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1250
Exposure Modes: Auto, Program Auto, Movie, High Sensitivity, Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow
Self-Timer: 10 or 2 seconds
Video Output:NTSC/PAL Selectable
MPEG Movie Mode: 320 x 240 with Audio
AF Illuminator Light:No
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Supports USB 2.0 high speed
Memory Stick PRO™
Media Compatibility:
Tested to support up to 8GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: Lithium-Ion NP-BK1 3.6V, 970 mAh
Supplied Software: Windows: Picture Motion Browser Vers 2.2 + USB Driver
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® 2000 Professional, Me, XP Home and Professional
Macintosh® OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.0-10.4)
Supplied Accessories: NP-BK1 rechargeable battery, BC-CSK battery charger, dedicated A/V and USB cables, Wrist strap, Software CD-ROM
Note: No Memory Stick® DUO media or adaptors are included.
Dimensions (WxHxD, excluding protrusions): 90.8mm x 56.0mm x 26.5mm
Weight: Approx 5.3 oz (150g) with MSDuo card $ supplied Accessories
NOTE: Specifications as represented by the manufacturer.

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