Sony DSC-U60 Review

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CyberShot DSC-U60

Posted 7/29/03

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Capturing summer memories on the beach or at a nightclub just got more fun with the new Cyber-shot® U-60 digital camera. The DSC-U60's ruggedized and waterproof design brings picture taking to places users would be cautious in taking a conventional camera: the ski slope, the beach, the side of a mountain, even up to 5 feet underwater.

Fully weatherproofed with O-ring sealing closures, the new Cyber-shot U60 unit is a digital camera designed to meet the rigors of an active lifestyle. Its unique vertical orientation (designed for one-handed operation) and fast start up time (less than a second) ensure that the user remains a part of the activity even when taking a picture.

Adding to that experience, the Cyber-shot U60 model's buttons are laid out to be easily accessible with the thumb. With a few clicks of the Scene button, users can switch between seven different scene modes, including an underwater setting (noted by a fish icon) to adjust for the blue hue of water and an action setting (noted by a running man icon) to capture fast moving subjects.

For one-step USB photo transfer from the camera to a PC, the camera comes bundled with Sony's new Image Transfer software - a completely automated, plug-and-play program that offers quick downloading and storing of all digital photos.

DSC-U60 features:

  • 2.0 Megapixel CCD for up to 1632x1224 images
  • Waterproof to a depth of five feet
  • 1.0-inch, backlit reflective color TFT LCD;
  • MPEG video recording (w/o audio) in 15-sec 160x112 clips;
  • Soft Snap Scene Mode for warmer skin tones;
  • Underwater Scene Mode to counteract the blue hue of water;
  • VGA Burst mode captures up to five 640x480 frames at 2 frames/second;
  • 4 Mode Intelligent Flash with TTL Pre-flash metering and Red Eye Reduction;
  • Picture Effects: Negative Art, Sepia, Black & White, and Solarize;
  • Flash Modes: Auto, Auto Red Eye Reduction, Forced Flash, and No Flash;
  • USB 1.1 connectivity
  • "AAA" Rechargeable NiMH Batteries and Charger included,
  • Sony Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media
  • OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98 / 98SE / Me / 2000, Professional, XP Home and Professional, Macintosh® OS 8.5.1 / 8.6 / 9.0 / 9.1 / 9.2, Mac OS X 10.0 / 10.1

Supplied Accessories: "AAA" Rechargeable NiMH Batteries, Battery Charger, USB Cable, MSA-8A(8MB Memory Stick media), Wrist Strap, Software CD-ROM.

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The DSC-U60 is available now for about $249 (July 2003).

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The super-compact DSC-U30 and the DSC-U60.

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Cyber-Shot DSC-U60 Specifications

Imager 1/2.7" 2.0 Megapixel effective Super HAD CCD
Image Sizes Still: 1632x1224, 640x480
MPEG: 160x112
Burst: Up to five images @ 640x480 at 2fps
Recording Formats Still: JPEG
Movie: MPEG EX 160x112 in 15sec clips, no audio
A/D Conversion 12-bit DXP
Lens Sony single focal length 5.0mm (33mm 35mm equiv) F/2.8
No filter threads
Focus Auto Focus: (center weighted) 3.9 inches to infinity
Manual Focus: 4-Step Manual Preset from
3.9 inches to infinity
ISO Sensitivity Auto
White Balance Auto
Exposure Metering Auto
Shutter Speeds Automatic (1/8 to 1/2000)
Exposure Compensation N/A
Flash Modes Auto, Auto Redeye, Forced, and Off
Flash Range 1.6 to 6.0 feet (0.5m to 1.8m)
Color LCD Color LCD: 1.0" 64K Pixels TFT Reflective LCD
w/backlight(on/off option)
Picture Effects Solarize, Black & White, Sepia, and Negative Art
Playback Zoom none
Playback Index 4 frames
Storage Supplied 8MB Memory Stick, use any Memory Stick or Memory Stick Pro
Connections USB 1.1
Battery Supplied 2x AAA NiMH and charger
Supplied Software Pixela® ImageMixer for Sony v1.0, Sony SPVD-008 USB driver
Dimensions 2 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches (60.2 x 116.8 x 43.3mm)
Weight 6.7 oz. (191g) w/Batteries, Memory Stick Media, and Neck Strap
OS Compatibility Microsoft® Windows® 98 / 98SE / Me / 2000, Professional, XP Home and Professional, Macintosh® OS 8.5.1 / 8.6 / 9.0 / 9.1 / 9.2, Mac OS X 10.0 / 10.1
Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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