Sony Launches New Cameras

Sony has unveiled two new compact cameras - one that offers a super-high resolution and another that's super small.

Sony has introduced a new 7.2 Megapixel compact digital camera in the form of the new Cyber-shot V3.

This camera is encased in a robust black aluminium metal camera body and features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 4x optical zoom. Surprisingly Sony has given users a choice of storage formats with dual slots for both Memory Stick of Compact Flash giving users a choice. There is also a USB 2.0 connection mode.


The camera offers full manual control and a range of exposure controls. There’s a 2.5in LCD screen for lining up pictures and images can be made in RAW or TIFF formats to take advantage of the ultra high resolution. Sports and wildlife photography fans will appreciate the high-speed burst mode of eight shots at 2.5 frames per second and MPEG movies with sound.

Sony also claims that its Real Image Processor improved the cameras efficiency enabling it to shoot up to 300 images on a single charge.

The V3 will be available in Europe at the end of October 2004.

At the other end of the scale is the new Cyber-Shot L1. This compact camera has 4.1 Megapixel CCD and a 3x optical Carl Zeiss zoom lens and is housed in a robust aluminium metal body.


Connectivity is via USB 2.0 and images are stored on Sony’s Memory Stick Duo. The camera is also PictBridge compatible enabling you to transfer images to a compatible printer via USB without using a PC.

The Real Image Processor enables the L1 to capture high-speed burst images of 1.3 frames per second, and it can record MPEG movies at 480 x 460 resolution, at 30 frames per second. The stamina battery is rated at approximately 240 shots.

The L1 will be available in Europe at the end of November 2004.


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