Sony Cybershot V1 - PMA 2003
Sony Cybershot V1 digital camera
It has to be a very interesting job to be one of the engineers that had to work on the new Cyber-shot V1 camera. Its body is completely new designed and equipped with a new high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar lens with a 4x optical zoom range. This optical focal range is equivalent to 34-136mm on a 35mm camera. The camera is equipped with a 1/1.8" 5 Megapixel CCD which will result in a rich detailed and large format photo quality print. This new model is also one of the new generation digital cameras that support the optional Memory Stick Pro media as well as the standard Memory Stick. The new Memory Stick Pro card is available in 256, 512MB and 1GB storage capacity. The Cyber-shot V1 brings the range of compact high-resolution cameras to a new level.
According to Akihiro Nishikawa, Director at Sony Digital Imaging Europe, the new Cyber-shot V1 will offer intuitive functionality and freedom in creative photography. Sony has made some major ergonomic improvements to the user interface so the camera is quick and easy in use. The Cyber-shot V1 is not just a camera; it is loaded with a lot of features like the new Carl Zeiss Sonnar lens and a 5 million effective Megapixel Super HAD CCD. A Sony developed 14-bit DXP (Digital Extended Processor), Clear Colour/Luminance Noise Reduction and a lot of major technological achievement can be added to this new compact camera.
Sony Cybershot V1 digital camera
Sony Cybershot V1 camera
Sony V1 camera
The Cyber-shot V1 is equipped with the Nightframing function, which combines three features to achieve perfect framing, perfect focus and perfect exposure in low or zero light conditions. The first, NightShot, uses infrared technology to frame the subject in complete darkness. When the shutter release button is pushed half way down, NightShot disengages and Hologram AF takes over. This uses a laser to detect the edges of the subject revealed by NightShot, allowing the camera to perfectly focus on it. When the shutter release is pushed all the way down, the pre-flash fires to determine the exposure before the picture is taken under the main flash. A new, Advanced Accessory Shoe provides a number of enhancements to the flash operation, allowing wireless connection and helping to ensure perfect exposure levels every time. The new Hot Shoe gives a pre-flash capability, automatically adjusts exposure and is compatible with an analogue camera flash. When only the most accurate measure of lighting conditions will suffice, a histogram display showing luminance distribution in the form of a graph makes it easy to judge the correct exposure levels. Continuous Auto Focus allows users to get the correct focus using the shutter button. Normally, pushing the shutter button half way down will "lock" the image, but with this model if the camera is set to this mode it keeps on focusing until it reaches the correct level. The natural quality of colours can be preserved by three straightforward settings for contrast, sharpness and saturation, and Program Shift allows for various combinations of shutter speed and aperture at the same exposure level.
Some more specifications of the Cyber-shot V1 are:
Smart Zoom function of max. 16x (VGA), Single AF, Monitoring AF and Continuous AF, exposure control of -/+ 2EV with 1/3 EV step, selectable white balance with 7 settings, multi pattern, centre weight and spot metering, AE lock, 6 selectable scenes, 3 picture effects, Pre flash, selectable ISO setting of 100, 200, 400 and 800 ISO, Hologram AF, Histogram, 1.5-inch LCD with 123,000 pixels, optical viewfinder, MPEG VX, burst mode of 3 images, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and audio/video interface.
A full range of dedicated Sony accessories is optionally available for this camera, to offer even more creative flexibility. The weight of this to become successor is 270g (excl. battery and card), dimensions are 99.5x65.2x56.8mm. The Cyber-shot V1 will be available throughout Europe from the beginning of June 2003.
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