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The Cybershot DSC-N1 is Sony's latest consumer digital camera. It features a
38-114/2.8-5.4 (equivalent) 3x optical zoom and an 8MP 1/1.8" sensor. The most
novel features however are a 3" LCD screen, a built in "album" of 500
of your favorite shots at VGA resolution (640x480), stored in the camera's
internal memory. You can also create multimedia slide shows with fades,
transitions, pans, wipes and zooms, choreographed to pre-loaded or user
The LCD is also a touch screen and is used to select menus and camera
functions, reducing the need for dedicated buttons. There is no optical
viewfinder , so the LCD screen is used for composition as well as playback.
While the DSC-N1 may not be what some photographers are looking for, it's what
a number of consumers seem to want - a camera with which they can easily share
images with family and friends without the need for a PC. The price will be
around $500 and it is expected to be available in mid-November.
Here's a copy of the Sony Press Release:
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 3, 2005. Sony adds more enjoyment and value to your digital
photography with its new full-featured compact digital camera with built-in photo
sharing functions that goes beyond just picture taking.
About the size of a deck of playing cards, the stylish Cyber-shot® DSC-N1
is a high-performance, 8-megapixel camera, with an amazingly large, 3-inch,
touch-screen LCD that is rare for a compact camera of this size. The N1 features
a new album function that automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite images
in VGA resolution, and uses them to create dynamic slide shows with music and
transition effects – in the camera.
Since the introduction of compact cameras with large LCDs, consumers have
increasingly been using their cameras to not only capture moments, but also share
and show them immediately on the LCD screens,” said James Neal, director of
digital imaging products at Sony Electronics. “The combination of these
functions makes the N1 ‘more than just a camera’, because it takes
sharing to a whole new level.”
All You’ll Need in a Compact Camera
Take pictures with the confidence that you’ll get excellent picture
quality. With the DSC-N1’s 8-megapixel Super HAD™ CCD, its resolution
is extraordinary for a compact camera. The camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario
Tessar® lens lets you capture images with the utmost sharpness and
Sony’s Real Imaging Processor® LSI provides excellent color accuracy
and incredibly fast response times. Its advanced power management system delivers
long battery life; up to 270 shots per charge (actual battery life depends on
usage conditions). With shutter lag minimized to just 9 milliseconds, you
won’t miss life’s most important moments.
Moreover, the N1 offers excellent ISO sensitivity, which is of particular
importance when shooting in low-light conditions. You can capture faster action
at night with less blur or, in certain conditions, avoid using a flash
With an optional Memory Stick PRO Duo™ media card, shooting high-quality
video is a breeze. MPEG-VX fine mode allows you to record MPEG video with 640x480
pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of a compatible
Your Pictures on the Big Screen
Now showing pictures to your friends and family is even more enjoyable. The
Cyber-shot N1’s 3.0-inch LCD screen is almost the size of an actual
photograph – large enough for easy viewing. The camera’s menu
functions are accessible with your finger or thumb, and its innovative
touch-screen interface reduces the need for traditional keys next to the LCD,
allowing for a large screen in a very compact body. With Sony’s Clear
Photo® LCD technology, your images will be bright, with high-contrast, and
easy to view in virtually any environment.
Store Up to 500 of Your Favorite Photos
The N1’s album function automatically stores up to 500 of your favorite
images for a “pocket full of memories.” By recording each image
separately, once in full-resolution and again in 640x480-resolution, your
favorite images accumulate for easy recall and sharing wherever you go.
When you release the shutter, the full-resolution image is saved to an
optional Memory Stick Duo™ media card or in the camera’s 26MB of
internal memory. Automatically, the image is resized to 640x480 and stored in the
portion of the camera’s internal memory dedicated to the album.
Because you will take hundreds or perhaps thousands of pictures with your N1,
the album function lets you protect the images you want to keep, so that over
time you will have a collection of your favorite photos with you wherever you go.
And with the camera’s file management system, you can quickly locate your
images; simply search for pictures by the month and date that you originally
To expand your playback options, you can view your photos on your television,
through the optional Cyber-shot Station™ cradle, or on your PC. You decide
how to share your photos, Sony lets you do it.
For even greater personalization of your photos, the DSC-N1 model also has a
distinctive paint function that let’s you draw symbols or words on the
pictures in your album using your finger or the supplied stylus.
Dynamic Slide Shows Without a PC
Now you can bring your photos to life with this latest model’s slide
show function. The N1 creates slide shows directly on the camera without using a
PC. Images can be played back with such advanced features as transitions, pans,
wipes, fades and zooms, choreographed to pre-loaded soundtracks. You can also use
your own music, using the camera’s supplied software. With the
camera’s built-in speaker, your slide shows are sure to have that cinematic
effect with sound to complete the experience.
More for Your Memories
Sony has even more ideas for enjoying your camera’s pictures and sharing
them with family and friends. Connect the N1 model to a Sony DPP-FP50 digital
photo printer and make prints at home or turn them into postcards or even
If you need to print tens or even hundreds of pictures, or want to share funny
video clips, Sony’s online photo service can make the job simple. At
www.imagestation.com, you can create your own online photo and video albums,
order prints, or make customized gifts from coffee mugs and photo books to
calendars and T-shirts.
The camera comes supplied with a Lithium Ion battery, battery charger,
multi-connector cable, wrist strap, stylus, and software CD-ROM. Optional
accessories include the Cyber-shot Station™ cradle, a marine pack, and
leather carrying case.
The Cyber-shot N1 digital camera will be available in mid-November for about
$500 online at SonyStyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores
(www.sonystyle.com/retail), and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders
begin online today at www.sony.com/n1.
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