Sony Electronics’ Digital Imaging Products division
has introduced a new digital still camera with MPEG motion video, ClipMotion animation and support for Sony’s InfoLithium battery. The new camera, the Cyber-shot DSC-P20, will be available in August for about US$250.
Sony senior Vice President Takashi Kondo suggested that the new DSC-P20 has been developed for digital camera neophytes.
“The DSC-P20 model is a fun camera that makes digital photography approachable, and it also has features that will continue to engage users as
their product knowledge expands,” said Kondo.
The DSC-P20 sports a 1.3 megapixel CCD. It uses a 3x digital zoom and a playback mode that users can use to enlarge and trim images in-camera. The camera also supports MPEG EX video at 320×240 or 160×112 pixel resolution, enabling users to capture up to 90 minutes of video via a 128MB Memory Stick card. The Memory Stick is Sony’s own proprietary storage device. Users can also edit MPEG movies in-camera.
The DSC-P20 supports JPEG, TIFF and GIF image file formats. It also features ClipMotion, Sony’s own GIF animation feature that combines up to 10 pictures.
The camera also sports high-speed scan auto focus, red-eye reduction and an auto focus illuminator light. A 1.5-inch LCD display sports a 123K pixel count that enables users to view pictures and edit them.
Two AA alkaline batteries will power the camera for about 60 minutes of shooting time, but Sony said the new camera supports an optional NP-FS11 InfoLithium battery, which extends shooting time to 120 minutes.
The DSC-P20 will ship with a 4MB Memory Stick media card, USB cable, and as of yet unannounced software.
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