Sony Digital Cameras



Quite simply, Sony digital cameras start off with an entry level model, priced around $200, and go up in specification to the $1500 bracket.

If you are looking for an easy-to-use, reasonably priced digital camera that produces high quality images, the Sony CyberShot DSC-P32, at +-$175, could be the one for you. It combines 3.2 effective megapixels with audio movie recording, 3x optical zoom and intelligent flash control.

Alternatively, at +-$200, the DSC-U40 is small, lightweight and stylish, and has 2.0 effective megapixels. Its lens is the equivalent of a 33mm lens on a 35mm camera.

For the more active and adventurous photographer, the waterproof DCS-U60 allows you to take photos underwater up to a depth of 1.5 metres. It costs about +-$250 and has 2.0 megapixels, 33mm lens equivalent, video recording and self timer functions.

Photographers who wish to have more creative control over their camera's output should take a look at the Sony DSC-P92. It costs +-$350 and has 5.0 megapixels and 3x zoom, the equivalent of a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera. With increased light sensitivity (ISO equivalent ratings of 100/200/400), both auto and manual focus, and audio movie recording at 16fps, this is a good all-round camera that combines image quality and creative flexibility.

Similar in style to the DSC-U40, the DSC-T1 is slimline and lightweight but it packs more of a punch with its 5.0 effective megapixels. Priced at +-$500, it has 3x zoom, so the equivalent of a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera, auto and manual focus, and ISO ratings of 100 or 400.

At the high end of the Sony digital camera spectrum we have the DSC-F717, which costs from +-$750. This camera also has 5.0 megapixels but comes with 5x zoom, the equivalent of a 38-190mm lens. The camera allows for a lot more creative control with program, shutter speed priority, aperture priority, manual, movie and night exposure modes. It has increased light sensitivity with ISO ratings up to 800, and multi, centre-weighted or spot metering. Other features include a rotating lens and audio movie recording up to 30fps.

The top of the range, and +-$1000, brings the DSC-F828 with its 8.0 megapixels and huge 7.1x zoom (like a 28-200mm lens). It allows for quality and creative control with auto and manual focusing, up to 800 ISO equivalent sensitivity rating, and aperture and shutter speed priority modes. You can also shoot movies of 16 or 32fps.

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