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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 features high resolution, small price point
by Allison Johnson -  2/19/2009

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 debuted earlier this week in a flurry of pre-PMA camera announcements. It's a basic point-and-shoot, but Sony has managed to equip it with a couple of user-friendly tech goodies and a sizable 12.1 megapixel sensor.

A thinner camera with bulkier specs
In terms of specifications, Sony has stepped up several of this camera's features compared to previous S series models. It sports a slightly larger LCD at 2.7 inches, 4x optical zoom range, and a higher resolution sensor at 12.1 megapixels. Physically, the S series cameras are trending toward a slimmer build, with the S980 just under 24mm wide.

User-frienldy technology
On the technology side, the S980 includes a pared-down selection of Sony's intelligent features, but offers enough to keep the casual photographer happy. Steady Shot digital image stabilization, six pre-programmed scene modes, and face detection technology round out the S980's tech profile. A few in-camera retouching options are also available, including image cropping and red-eye correction.

Pricing and availability
The Cyber-shot DSC-S980 will become available for pre-order in March and will reach retail outlets sometime in April for $149.