Sony Electronics Inc. announced Monday four new digital cameras ranging in price from US$400 to $900. The new models include both floppy disk and Memory Stick media.
The high-end MVC-FD97 has a 10X Optical Zoom, image stabilization, 2.1 Mega-pixel resolution and USB connectivity. The camera will be available in March for $900.
The USB-ready MVC-FD92 combines a powerful 8x optical/16x digital zoom, 1.3 megapixel resolution (with 1.6 megapixel interpolated mode), with direct floppy disk and direct Memory Stick media capability. The camera will be available in March for about $600.
The MVC-FD92 and MVC-FD97 both offer MPEG Movie Mode to capture up to 60 seconds of MPEG motion video and audio, uncompressed TIFF mode for enhanced image quality, and Voice Memo Mode to add narration to still images.
The 10x optical zoom MVC-FD75 and 3x optical zoom MVC-FD87 both are due in February for around $400 and $500, respectively. The new MVC-FD87 also supports Memory Stick media with the use of an optional MSAC-FD2M adaptor.
The VC-FD87, MVC-FD92 and MVC-FD97 have a 4x HiSpeed floppy disk drive, options for 3:2 picture ratios and 12-bit A/D conversion.
The entire FD Mavica line uses a rechargeable InfoLithium battery with an AccuPower meter, providing a life of approximately 960 shots, or 1 1/4 hours, in still image standard mode. And with the Sony AccuPower meter, the battery life remaining is displayed by the minute on the 2.5-inch LCD monitor.