Sony’s new Cyber-shot DSC-P150 is the world’s first compact point-and-shoot digital camera with 7.


: Sony’s new Cyber-shot DSC-P150 is the world’s first compact point-and-shoot digital camera with 7.2 megapixel resolution.


Scheduled for worldwide release in September, it features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom and a focal length range equivalent to 38-114mm in 35mm format. The P150’s slim aluminium body measures only 108 x 51.5 x 26.6 mm and is available in silver, blue and black. The P150 camera has many similarities to the DSC-P100 – including a 9mm diagonal enhanced Super HAD CCD sensor but its higher photosite count yields an image size of 3072 x 2304, making it the first pocketable camera capable of capturing enough pixels to make 300-dpi A4 enlargements. Like the P100, it features Sony’s Real Imaging Processor circuitry that ensures fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, and puts extra speed and performance behind automatic features such as auto focus and auto exposure. Beyond the easy point-and-shoot features, the Cyber-shot P150 also has manual flash and exposure settings and nine preset scene modes that include twilight, landscape, snow, beach and fireworks. The 1.8-inch LCD monitor displays a new animated and enlarged icon whenever the user changes the Macro, Flash or Self-Timer setting. Short video clips can be captured in two modes: high-resolution MPEG Movie VX Fine (480 x 460, 30 frames per second), which requires optional Memory Stick PRO storage, or MPEG Movie VX Standard with the supplied Memory Stick.
Onboard connectivity options include support for Sony Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and an enhanced version of the PictBridge interface for direct-from-camera printing. Up to 310 shots can be captured with each charge of the supplied InfoLithium battery. Optional accessories include the new Cyber-shot Station CSS-PHA docking station and the Cyber-shot Marine Pack (MPK-PHB) which is waterproof to 40 metres. The local release date and RRP for this camera will be posted on this site when they are available. Product details can be viewed at