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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5


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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 is similar to the W7 with a few feature changes. It still retains the high-end Carl Zeiss optics and a 1/1.8-in. image sensor, but with 5.1 effective megapixel resolution.

Feature-wise, the Sony W5 is similar to the Sony W7 with 3x optical zoom, an AF Illuminator to help achieve focus in low-light situations, and up to 30 sec. shutter speed in manual mode for capturing night shots. The LCD monitor is an extra large 2.5 in. (115K resolution). The Sony W5 does not come standard with a memory card since it has 32MB internal flash memory.

Differences from the Sony W7: Burst mode is at 1.6fps (9 shots max.), the upper end of the shutter speed is at 1/1,000 sec, and Macro is at 10cm.

Just like the W7, the Sony W5 allows the addition of optional wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and filters (30mm); the VAD-WA adaptor is required. The W5 is PictBridge compatible, allowing direct printing from the camera to any PictBridge compatible printer.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W5 should appeal to photographers looking for an ultra compact high resolution take anywhere digital camera.

Sony DSC-W5
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Image Sensor 5.1 effective megapixels
1/1.8 in. Super HAD™ CCD
  Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar (Filter Diameter: 30mm, by required VAD-WA adaptor)  
  Focal Length 7.9-23.7mm (38-114mm, 35 mm equivalent)  
  Aperture Range F2.8–F5.6 (W); F5.2–F10 (T)  
  Optical Zoom 3x  
  Macro 10cm / 3.9 in.  
  Auto Focus 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual; AF Illuminator  
  Shutter Speed 1/8 – 1/2000 sec. (auto); 1– 1/2000 sec. (P Auto); 30 – 1/1000 sec. (manual)  
  Exposure Control Auto, Program Auto, Manual, Scene Selection  
  Shooting Modes

Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, Beach;

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;

Burst Mode: 9 Shot (JPEG fine), 16 Shot (JPEG std.), 1.6fps;
Self-Timer: 10 sec

  Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps  
  Light Metering Multi Pattern, Centre-Weighted, Spot  
  White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent  
  Viewfinder Optical  
  LCD 2.5" 115K Pixel LCD Screen  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100, 200, 400  
  Storage Media 32MB internal flash memory (A portion of the available storage capacity is used for data management functions. Actual available memory is 30MB.);
Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media (Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to 1GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function)
  Battery "AA" NiMH, Alkaline  
  Included Accessories
No memory card supplied
NH-AA-DA Rechargeable AA Batteries, BC-CS2 Battery Charger
A/V & USB (2.0) Cables
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), SPVD-012.1 USB Driver, Cyber-shot Life tutorial (Windows)
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 91 x 60 x 37.1 mm /
3 9/16x 2 3/8x 1 7/16 in.
  Weight (Body only) 197g / 6.9 oz;
253g / 8.9 oz. w/Battery, Media, Wrist Strap
  MSRP US $349.95 / CDN $449.99  

Product technical specifications (including MSRP and Included Accessories) are as represented by the manufacturer and subject to manufacturer's change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Product color availability and included accessories may also differ by country or area. Please verify the latest specs from the appropriate manufacturer's site.

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