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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7


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Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is basically a W1 with a few feature changes. It still retains the high-end Carl Zeiss optics and a 1/1.8-in. image sensor, but now with 7.2 effective megapixel resolution.

Feature-wise, the Sony W7 is similar to the Sony W1 with 3x optical zoom, an AF Illuminator to help achieve focus in low-light situations, up to 30 sec. shutter speed in manual mode for capturing night shots, and 0.9fps burst mode (5 shots vs. 9 shots for the W1) to capture fast moving subjects. The upper end of the shutter speed is now faster at 1/2,000 sec. The LCD monitor is still an extra large 2.5 in. but with less resolution (115K vs. 123K for the W1). New also is the 32MB internal flash memory, and so the Sony W7 does not come standard with a memory card. Macro is closer at about 6cm.

Just like the W1, the Sony W7 allows the addition of optional wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and filters (30mm); the VAD-WA adaptor is required. The W7 is PictBridge compatible, allowing direct printing from the camera to any PictBridge compatible printer.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W7 is available in black or silver bodies and should appeal to photographers looking for an ultra compact high resolution take anywhere digital camera.

Sony DSC-W7
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Image Sensor 7.2 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 6cm / 2.3 in.  
  Auto Focus 5 Area Multi-Point AF, Center AF, 5-Step Manual; AF Illuminator  
  Shutter Speed 1/8 – 1/2000 sec. (Auto); 2 – 1/2000 sec (Program Auto); 30 – 1/1000sec (Manual)  
  Exposure Control Auto, Program Auto, Manual, Scene Selection  
  Shooting Modes Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight portrait, Soft snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Candle;
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: 5 Shot 7MP (JPEG fine), 100 Shot VGA (JPEG std.), 0.9fps;
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 TFT 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 2GB media capacity; does not support Access Control security function)
  Battery “AA" NiMH, “AA" Alkaline, “AA" Nickel-Metal Manganes  
  Included Accessories
No memory card supplied
NH-AA-DA Rechargeable AA Batteries, BC-CS2 Battery Charger and Cord
A/V & USB (2.0) Cables
Strap (Wrist)
Software CD-ROMs: Picture Package™ for Sony v1.6 (Windows), Pixela™ ImageMixer VCD2 (Macintosh), 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 $449.95 / CDN $599.99  

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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