updated 07:30 am EDT, Mon August 30, 2004
Sony Cyber-Shot cameras
today introduced three new Cyber-shot digital cameras. The pocket-size 5.1-megapixel T3 camera is Sony's thinnest digital camera, measuring less than three-quarters of an inch. Using Sony's Real Imaging Processor circuit, this new model shoots bursts of up to four full-resolution images at three frames per second; incorporates a built-in, electrically operated lens cover; offers a startup time of under 1 seocond; features a large 2.5-inch LCD; offers an internal 3x/4x optical/digtal zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens; can capture 640x480 MPEG-VX video at 30fps; and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards. It will be available in October for about $500, including a USB cradle.
The 4.1 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-L1 camera is available in brushed silver,
dark blue matte, black and a striking dark red piano gloss. It features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3X optical zoom len, a 1.5-inch LCD, MPEG Movie VX Fine mode (640x480 resolution), and more. The silver DSC-L1 camera will be available in mid-October, while the blue, black and red models will ship in January--each for about $300. Sony will an accessory kit (ACC-CFT) with a leather carrying case and a spare battery; a leather carrying case (LCS-UP); a gray polyurethane carrying case (LCS-UQ/H); and a $100 sportspack durable housing (LCS-UQ/H) to guard the camera in water up to three meters deep.
Sony also launched its 7.2 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-V3 digital still camera, featuring a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens with 4x optical zoom. The new design incorporates a 2.5-inch LCD viewfinder and offers support for Memory Stick PRO and Compact Flash I media formats. It features the ability to record in the RAW format; can capture of up to eight full-resolution images at more than two frames per second; includes manual exposure controls and a Hologram AF Illuminator to create contrast; offers multi-pattern measuring; support for an external flash; and offers NightShot Infrared System for capturing images in total darkness at a distance of up to 15 feet as well as NightFraming to capture images in low or no light. It will be available in late October for about $700.