Sony Corp. has updated its W-series digital still camera line with two new models that feature large LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors and are more compact than previous models.
The two new cameras, the DSC-W30 and DSC-W50, both offer a 6-megapixel resolution and have a 3X optical zoom lens. The main difference between them is in the size of the LCD monitor on their rear, the W30 has a 2-inch monitor while the W50 has a 2.5-inch monitor.
Other features include a light sensitivity setting up to ISO1000, which should make it easier to capture images in low-light conditions. Sony has also reworked the software to offer on-screen textual explanations of the various icons that appear on camera displays and sometimes confuse users. The explanations can be turned off if they are not needed. The cameras record images on Memory Stick Duo cards.
The W30 measures 89 millimeters by 59 mm by 23 mm (3.5 inches by 2.32 inches by 0.91 inches) and weighs 153 grams (5.4 ounces) and the W50 measures 89 mm by 57 mm by 23 mm (3.5 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.91 inches) and weighs 157 grams (5.54 ounces).
The DSC-W30 will be available later in February in the U.S. and will cost $230 and the DSC-W50 will be launched in March and will cost $250.
Updated Feb. 15, 2006 5:35 PM: Added imperial length and weight measurements for the metrically impaired.