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Sony Cybershot DSC-S500

Luuk Jurrien
Photokina report
Friday 23rd, June 2006
Posted by: Luuk Jurrien

There is more to consider when purchasing a digital still camera than pixels and price. The new Sony Cybershot DSC S500 model offers that and more. The Sony S500 is a remarkable combination of value, simplicity and performance that makes it a perfect choice for first-time digital photographers. The Sony DSC S500 combines 6.0 Megapixel resolution with a quality 3X optical zoom lens design, terrific wide-angle shooting capability, 25MB internal Memory for capturing shots in-camera, and a bright 2.4 inch LCD screen that allows you to check your shots and share results immediately. The Sony Cybershot S500 gives you a large LCD screen for reading camera menus, composing shots, and sharing your photos on location.

Sony Cybershot DSC-S500

Sony Cybershot S500 - Optical zoom
More Megapixels give you more detail and definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject. The Sony advanced Super HAD (Hole Accumulated Diode) CCD design allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise. 3X Optical Zoom helps the Sony Cybershot S500 bring distant subjects closer and lets you frame shots for better composition; the Sony precision 2X Digital Zoom provides an additional 2X magnification to zoom in close without jagged edges.

Sony Cybershot DSC S500 camera - Memory and Video
With 25MB internal Memory, the Sony Cybershot DSC S500 digital compact camera allows you to shoot without using a memory card, then easily transfer your images to optional Memory Stick Duo media, upload photos to your computer or make prints on your digital printer. The Sony Cybershot S500 camera can capture 320 x 240 AVI audio/video clips at high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second), with length limited only by the capacity of your media.

Sony Cybershot DSC S500 specifications
• 1/2,5" Super-HAD-CCD
• 6.2 Megapixel / 6 Megapixels effective
• Large 2.4 inch TFT LCD
• Sony zoom lens
• Zoom: 3x optical / 6x digital
• 25MB internal memory
• Lens f/2.8 - f/4.8 / 32 - 96 mm (equivalent 35 mm camera)
• Shutter speed: 1 - 1/1000 Sec.
• Shutter lag: 0.38 Sec. (incl. AF)
• 30x Sequence shooting (VGA)
• Optical viewfinder
• PictBridge support
• Internal flash with pre-flash (red eye reduction)
• MPEG Movie QVGA (320 x 240 Pixel, 30 fps)
• Multipattern metering/ AF illuminator
• 5 White balance settings
• ISO: Auto 80/100/200/400
• 5 Program modes
• Memory: Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo
• Interface: USB 2.0 Full Speed
• Weight: 146 g
• Dimensions: 92.4 x 62 x 31.2 mm

Sony S500 digital compact camera -Scenes
To adjust quickly for specific shooting situations, the Sony Cybershot DSC S500 lets you choose from several convenient photo modes: Auto, P-Auto, and Scene Selections for Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candlelight, and Beach environments. You can fire off three shots automatically at 1 second intervals (VGA standard mode) or 2-second intervals (6 Megapixel mode), a great way to capture a child’s first steps or a pet’s best tricks.

Sony DSC S500 - Batteries and Software
With optional Sony NiMH rechargeable batteries, you can capture up to an amazing 350 shots, shooting capacity that’s about the equivalent of 10 rolls of 35mm film. With supplied AA alkaline batteries, the Sony Cybershot DSC S500 can capture up to 60 shots. The Sony SS500 has a built-in slot for optional Memory Stick Duo media, the compact, high-capacity storage media that are compatible with millions of devices worldwide. Sony’s new software that makes it easier to upload images from camera or Memory Stick Duo media, then organize and browse through photos on your PC screen by simply scrolling through thumbnail images.

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