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Sony Launches the Cyber-shot DSC-W5
by  -  2/1/2005

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot DSC-W5, a 5.1 megapixel update for the DSC-W1. The W5 also features a large 2.5" LCD screen, 32MB of integrated memory and 3x opitcal zoom. The DSC-W5 will retail for $350.

 Specifications

Imaging Device: 1/1.8" 5.1 Megapixel Super HAD CCD
Recording Media: Memory Stick Media, Memory Stick PRO Media
Lens Construction: 7 Elements in 5 Groups, 3 Aspheric Elements
Zoom: 3X Optical
Smart Zoom Feature: 0 -- 4.0X (at VGA Resolution), 12X Total
Digital Zoom: Precision, 0 -- 2.0X Range, 6X Total
Filter Diameter: 30mm, by required VAD-WA adaptor
Focal Length: 7.9 -- 23.7mm
35mm Equivalent: 38 -- 114mm
Aperture Range: f2.8 -- f5.6 (W); f5.2 -- f10 (T)
Auto Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual
Minimum Focus Distance: 19.7" (50cm)
Macro Focus Distance: 3.9" (10cm)
Shutter Speed: 1/8 -- 1/1000 sec. (auto); 2 -- 1/1000 sec. (twilight); 30 -- 1/1000 sec. (manual)
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 2.5" 115K Pixel LCD Screen1
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro
Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: 1.6 -- 12.5 ft. (0.5 -- 3.8m)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Burst Mode: 9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6fps
Picture Effects: Sepia, Black & White
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400
Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Beach
Self-Timer: Yes, 10 Seconds
Audio/Video Output: Yes, NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: Normal (JPEG Fine/Standard), Burst, Multi-Burst
MPEG Movie Modes: MPEG VX Fine with Audio (640 x 480 at 30fps), (MPEG VX Fine requires Memory Stick PRO media) MPEG VX Standard with Audio (640 x 480 at 16fps), Video Mail (160 x 112 at 8fps) with Audio
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Yes, Supports USB 2.02
Built-in Flash Memory: Yes, 32MB3
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity4; does not support Access Control security function
Compatible Battery: "AA" NiMH, Alkaline
Supplied Software: Picture Package for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
OS Compatibility: Microsoft Windows 98/98SE/Me/ 2000/XP Home/XP Pro Macintosh OS 9.1/9.2/X (10.0, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3)
Supplied Accessories: NH-AA-DA Rechargeable AA Batteries, BC-CS2 Battery Charger, A/V and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, Softwa