Cyber Shot Digital Cameras
by Trish Williams
Technology is making it so much easier to get a great digital
camera at a decent price, and with lots of neat extras. Sony Cyber
Shot digital cameras are just one example of the type of quality
products available with cool features. Not only do they offer
some interesting new attributes in their cameras, but also their
cameras are quite simple to use. Here we will review two different
Sony Cyber Shot digital cameras.
Sony Cyber Shot digital cameras are top of the line. Imaging Resource,
an online source says this about the DCS-F88: “With its
thin body and clever rotating lens design, the cyber-shot DSC-F88
presents yet another twist in Sony's innovative cyber-shot digicam
line. While the idea of a rotating lens is nothing new, Sony's
implementation of the concept has evolved to handle changing consumer
needs and camera attributes.
With the DSC-F88, the rotating component of the camera is oriented
horizontally and very compact, so it protrudes only slightly from
the front panel in its operating position. Thus, the DSC-F88 has
small, pocket-friendly dimensions (at least for larger coat and
shirt pockets), while offering the benefit a 300-degree lens rotation.
The lens component also acts as a power switch, activating the
camera when rotated from its "stowed" position.
The camera's thin, almost square shape and control layout take
a little getting used to, but the DSC-F88's operation becomes
intuitive fairly quickly. Because the lens front can be neatly
stowed away, there's no need for a lens cap, as the lens is protected
by the camera body when closed. The DSC-F88's 3x zoom lens features
automatic focus control, with several fixed focus settings available,
as well as an adjustable focus area. The 5.1-megapixel Super HAD
CCD produces high resolution, print quality images, with a range
of lower resolutions available as well. Combine this with the
availability of both manual and automatic exposure control, a
large selection of preset "scene" modes, and the quality
of the cyber-shot line, and the DSC-F88 is an excellent choice
for novices and more experienced users alike.”
Cyber Shot DSC-T33
In early January 2005, Sony came out with the DSC-T33, promoted
by Sony as the best Sony Cyber Shot digital camera yet. This new
camera will be available in the U.S. in March 2005 for around
$450. The DSC-T33 has already been released to Asian Markets.
So far, Sony Cyber Shot digital cameras pack a range of powerful
features into Sony's thinnest model to date. It sports a large
2.5-inch LCD viewfinder, occupying about two-thirds of the back
of the camera, so friends and family can gather round and enjoy
images the moment they are captured.
Sony’s press summary on the Sony Cyber Shot digital cameras
(DSC-T33) adds that it’s quite easy to operate. “The
new camera is simple to use, incorporating a built-in, electrically-operated
lens cover that opens instantly so you never miss a shot. With
a single push of the power button, it springs to life in less
than a second. A subtle relocation of controls also makes the
camera easier to grip and operate.
The camera maintains its trim design thanks to a Carl Zeiss®
Vario-Tessar® optical lens, which operates within the camera
rather than extending out. It also has a 5.1 megapixel CCD image
sensor and a 3X optical zoom to ensure cutting-edge image quality.”