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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2

Sony Cybershot-Dsc-N2The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is a 10 megapixel point and shoot camera with an image stabilized 3x Optical Zoom lens announced by Sony today in the lead up to Photokina 2006.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 has a 10 megapixel sensor with a large 3.0 inch LCD touch screen and 1/1.8 inch CCD sensor. It has an in built photo album function that can store up to 500 images.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 will retail for $450 USD and should hit stores in October 2006.

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Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 News Release


Cyber-shot DSC-T50 and DSC-N2 digital cameras, featuring three-inch touch-screen displays and built-in slide show capability.

The new models extra-large screens with intuitive menu options allow for less physical buttons on the camera bodies, resulting in a sleeker design. They also incorporate Sonys Clear Photo Plus LCD technology for higher resolution (230K), higher contrast and optimal viewing from various angles.

You can use your photos to craft dynamic, personal narratives with in-camera slide shows complete with your own music and transition effects such as pans, wipes and fades.

With digital photography, the social interaction that happens when people share their pictures has become as important as making great photographs, said Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital still cameras and photo printers at Sony Electronics. Large, durable, scratch-resistant touch screens with enhanced photo-viewing capabilities are a means to ensuring that photo buffs get the maximum enjoyment out of using their cameras.

High-Tech Features for Creative Sharing
The ultra-slim and stylish DSC-T50 model is the new top-of-the-line camera in the T-series. It is equipped with a seven-megapixel CCD imager, a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x optical zoom lens, and 56 MB of internal memory. This camera shines with its performance and looks, shipping in bold red, black and silver. With pictures stored on an optional four-gigabyte Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards, the camera can play back more than 1,100 high-resolution images in slide show mode.

The elegant DSC-N2 camera debuts in champagne gold and is a ten-megapixel powerhouse with an extending Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3x optical zoom lens. With its built-in photo album function, this model can be a photo diary in your pocket, loaded with up to 500 of your favorite images.

Every time you snap a picture, the DSC-N2 model will store a full-resolution image on the optional media card or in the cameras 25 MB of internal memory. Additionally, it automatically resizes that same image in VGA resolution and stores it in a portion of the cameras internal memory dedicated to pocket album. No matter how many pictures are offloaded from the media card, you can choose to protect the images you want to keep and, over time, you have a collection of your favorite shots in the camera.

Taking great photos with the DSC-T50 and DSC-N2 cameras will be as enjoyable as sharing them. With shutter lag reduced to milliseconds, you can snap away until the whole story is told. Sonys Real Imaging Processor circuitry delivers fast response times and helps to prolong the life of the cameras supplied Stamina InfoLithium batteries -- up to 400 shots per full charge for the DSC-T50 model and 300 shots per full charge for the DSC-N2 camera.

Blur the Storylines, Never the Photos
These new models feature blur reduction technologies to help you get the shots you want, even in some of the most challenging conditions.

The Cyber-shot DSC-T50 camera offers Super SteadyShot optical image stabilization to minimize blur caused by shaky hands. Both of the new models incorporate high light sensitivity, up to IS0 1000 for the DSC-T50 camera and IS0 1600 for the DSC-N2 model, to facilitate shooting without blur at faster shutter speeds a necessity when capturing fast-moving subjects or taking photos in low-light environments.

Print and Share
You can spark your audiences imaginations even further with one of Sonys print and share solutions. Tell your story one snapshot at a time, from the convenience of your own home, with the Sony DPP-FP55 photo printer. Or, order multiple digital prints at, have them delivered to your home or pick them up at retail, and weave a yarn thats sure to impress your family and friends.

The Cyber-shot DSC-T50 camera ships in October for about $500. Optional accessories include the HVL-RLS ring light, used for close-up shots, for about $100, NP-FR1 InfoLithium battery, and LCJ-THA leather carrying case for about $40.

The DSC-N2 model also hits stores in October for about $450. Optional accessories include the MPK-NA marine pack for about $200, NP-FT1 InfoLithium battery for about $50, and LCS-NA leather carrying case for about $50.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N2

DCRP reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 and writes - 'While not much of an improvement over its predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 remains a very good ultra-compact camera, and it earns my recommendation. It has a nice selection of point-and-shoot features, good photo quality, snappy performance, and a capable movie mode. The DSC-N2 looks just like the DSC-N1 before it, aside from its new champagne gold color. That means that it has a compact metal body, a 3X zoom Zeiss lens, and a huge 3-inch touchscreen LCD. While the touchscreen feature is a cool thing to show off to friends, I found that its constant need for cleaning and the clunky touch-based menu system was frustrating. The LCD's outdoor visibility was just average, while in low light conditions it was better, as it brightens automatically so you can still see your subject. The N2 lacks an optical viewfinder.'

Imaging Resource reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 where they write - 'Again making waves in the digital camera marketplace, Sony innovates with the Cyber-shot DSC-N2. The camera's touch-screen technology allows for a clean body style (perfect for pockets) while enabling a much simpler user interface. Touch controls not only extend to the Sony N2's main menu functions, but also let you alter images in-camera with the Paint tool, and pinpoint focus exactly where you want it as you shoot, all with a simple touch of the screen. Add to this the Sony N2's 10-megapixel CCD, available manual exposure control, and host of creative tools, and you have an extremely capable camera that takes great pictures in a wide range of situations. Though the higher ISO settings do produce quite a bit of image noise, the Sony N2 is still quite capable of capturing useable images under very bright or dark conditions. At an MSRP of $449.95, the DSC-N2 offers a lot in its small package, and it's a clear Dave's Pick.'

Camera Labs reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 and writes - 'In terms of the enhancements, the N2 is certainly capable of resolving plenty of detail under the right conditions. We suspect our sample may have suffered from some optical issues as seen on the resolution results page, but even then at 100 ISO it resolved similar degrees of detail to a 10 Megapixel DSLR. This result is similar to the 10 Megapixel Canon A640 though, and while impressive for a compact it’s crucial to realise the quality, unlike a DSLR, will greatly reduce at higher sensitivities. That said, keep the Sony N2 at 100 or 200 ISO and it’ll deliver great images, although you might wish to turn the somewhat enthusiastic default sharpness down a notch.'

CNET Reviews the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-N2 where they write - "The Sony Cyber Shot DSC-N2 is a responsive, 10-megapixel shooter you can easily fit into your pocket. Unfortunately, compression artifacts hurt its images, and its touch screen controls feel awkward. The slightly smaller and more conventionally designed Canon PowerShot SD900 offers cleaner shots at the same resolution."

CNET Asia has a review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 and writes, "We got rather nice-looking pictures with good color, saturation and exposure with this Cyber-shot, although some of our shots turned out slightly warm. Noise at ISO 800 and ISO 1,600 marred image quality, but our shots were still fairly usable at ISO 800. The automatic white balance was accurate on most occasions, failing only under incandescent light and producing a yellow tinge to photos."

Steve's Digicams has a review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 and writes, "Like its predecessor, the N2 is a very nice compact digital camera. Offering great performance, pleasing image quality, various exposure modes, and let us not forget the massively "Cool" 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD, I do believe that the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N2 is sure to be a very popular model this year. With an MSRP of US$399, there won't be too hard of a tug on your pocket book, especially for a feature packed 10-megapixel digicam. And with that much resolution, printing ideas are almost endless!"

Megapixel has a review of the Sony DSC-N2 and writes, "The Sony DSC-N2 is an update of the DSC-N1, which aside from minor tweaks to its interface and image processing, simply moves the model up to a new plateau of resolution. Nevertheless, while offering an increase in image resolution over last year's model, it avoids taking away features its predecessor had, and does not introduce an increase in noise. So, put simply, the N2 can be thought of as more bang for less buck, since its price is considerably lower than the N1 commanded at its introduction and it offers a higher resolution while retaining the same high image quality." has a review of the Sony DSC-N2 and writes, "My series of test photos show the DSC N2 to be a versatile digital camera, at home in the majority of situations. I found the camera acted as well indoors as it did outside. ... I always like to see a digital camera offering something different to the rest. The Sony DSC N2 does this through its touch screen and also its manual exposure mode. Picture quality is good and the camera is stylish as well. Whether or not the camera offers good value for money will depend on how important these extra features are to you."

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Posted by Darren in our Sony category on September 11, 2006


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