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.