Sony today introduced two new slender Cyber-shot digital still cameras, the DSC-P5 and DSC-P3, which the company says are its "smallest cameras to date." Both cameras, due in October, offer a new new features such as a AF Illuminator for focusing in the dark and a two-shot burst mode. The $600 DSC-P5 has a 3x/6x optical/digital zoom, 3.34 megapixel resolution, a more precise 14-bit A/D converter and MPEG EX movie mode, while the $500 DSC-P3 camera only has a 3x digital zoom.
The cameras also include ClipMotion, Sony's GIF animation feature that can automatically combines up to 10 pictures into a single animation file as well as support for JPEG, TIFF, GIF, and two different movie modes. Both also ship with an 8MB Memory Stick InfoLithium C-series battery, AC adapter/charger, AV cable, USB cable and appropriate drivers.
Sony also introduced a new Marine Pack (MPK-P5), which protects both cameras from water and other elements, such as sand, snow, ice and rain. The underwater housing offers "waterproof" protection up to nearly 133 feet (40 meters). It is due in October for about $250 and will include a neck strap and an anti-fogging lens solution.