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Sony's New Cyber-shot Digicam Hits 4 Megapixels

6/07/2001 05:03:00 PM Eastern

Park Ridge, N.J. -- Sony Electronics today announced its first 4.1-megapixel digital still camera, the new Cyber-shot DSC-S85 camera.

The new Cyber-shot model will be available in August for about $800.

The camera features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar zoom lens with a 3x optical and 6x precision digital zoom. This model also offers a "Digital eXtended Processor" (DXP) 14 bit A/D converter, providing for more accurate capture of detail -- particularly in highlights and shadows.

The DSC-S85 has an AF illuminator, which briefly illuminates subjects to allow positive focus lock. A three-frame burst mode captures three full-resolution images at up to two frames-per-second to capture fast-moving subjects.

Alternately, automatic exposure bracketing captures three full-resolution images, each at different exposure values, to capture the best exposure possible. Bracketing increments can be adjusted at 1/3, 2/3 or one full exposure value, as needed.

The DSC-S85 camera is Sony's first model to use internal memory as a Memory Stick-to-Memory Stick copy function for data transfer and sharing. The copy function allows users to capture images on a Memory Stick, hold them temporarily on internal memory, and then copy the images onto another Memory Stick.

The camera has an InfoLithium Battery with AccuPower Meter System, which lets one battery charge lasts up to 2.5 hours in shooting mode and up to 2,500 shots. The AccuPower meter continuously displays the battery time remaining, in minutes, on the LCD screen.

Supplied Accessories include a 16MB Memory Stick media card, an NP-FM50 InfoLithium battery, an AC adapter/charger, an A/V output and USB cables, and an application software/USB driver CD-ROM.

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