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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W120/W130/W150/W170

Date posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Now let's move onto four new W-series cameras. Here we go:

Cyber-shot DSC-W120 [specs]

  • 7.2 effective Megapixel CCD
  • F2.8-5.8, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 32 - 128 mm
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Ultra-compact metal body comes in pink, blue, black, and silver
  • 2.5" LCD display with 115,000 pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation
  • Same face and smile detection, movie mode, playback tools, and HD video output as cameras above
  • Optional wide and telephoto conversion lenses
  • 15MB onboard memory + MS Duo slot
  • Uses NP-BG1 li-ion battery; 350 shots per charge
  • Ships in March for $200

Cyber-shot DSC-W130 [specs] - changes:

  • 8.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • Comes in pink, black, and silver
  • 370 shots per charge
  • Priced at $230

Cyber-shot DSC-W150 [specs] - changes:

  • F3.3-5.2, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 30 - 150 mm
  • 2.7" LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • Same iSCN feature as the DSC-T300
  • Images can be filtered in playback mode by date, smile, and more; slideshow feature is more sophisticated than the other models
  • Comes in champagne, red, black, and silver
  • 400 shots per charge
  • Ships in April for $250

Cyber-shot DSC-W170 [specs] - changes:

  • 10.1 effective Megapixel CCD
  • Lens is equivalent to 28 - 140 mm
  • 390 shots per charge
  • Priced at $300




SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23, 2008 – Sony is introducing a line of colorful W-series Cyber-shot® digital cameras with new imaging technologies for easier photo capture.

The 10.1-megapixel DSC-W170 and 8.1-megapixel DSC-W150 models feature Carl Zeiss® 5x optical zoom lenses with wide angles of view, 28 mm – 140 mm and 30 mm – 150 mm, respectively, and 2.7-inch LCD screens along with eye-level viewfinders. Rounding out the series are the 8.1-megapixel DSC-W130 models and 7.2-megapixel DSC-W120 units with 4x optical zoom and 2.5 inch LCD screens.

The lineup features a wider range of color choices than previous models – from playful pink and blue to sophisticated champagne gold and red.
Newly-available on the W-series cameras is Sony’s “smile shutter” mode, which automatically captures an image when your subject smiles – without having to press the shutter. This function even lets you prioritize adult or child faces to capture photos only when the intended subjects smile.

Smart Technology to Capture Better Photos

Each of the new W series models includes Sony’s improved face detection technology, which, like the smile shutter technology, can now distinguish between the faces of children and adults. You can select “child priority” or “adult priority” and the camera will detect up to eight faces in the camera frame and optimize focus, exposure, white balance, and flash control.

The W170 and W150 cameras feature new intelligent scene recognition (iSCN) technology, which allows the camera to automatically select the optimal scene mode for a variety shooting situations.  In advanced iSCN mode, the camera will take a photo based on the user’s settings. If the camera determines that another setting would yield better exposure, it will automatically take a second photo with that setting. The user ultimately has two images to choose from.

Powerful Features for Outstanding Images

The series features a number of powerful features, including: Sony’s D-Range Optimizer to retrieve picture detail in photos with harsh highlights or dark shadows; semi-manual focus that allows you to select the focusing distance based on your subject’s location; an improved auto focus system that includes macro ranges; Super SteadyShot image stabilization; high sensitivity settings up to ISO 3200; and in-camera editing functions such as “unsharp mask” to sharpen images.

Enhanced Playback Options

The W170 and W150 units are equipped with advanced image management functionality. Filtering options allow you to search for photos by date and smile. Images can be viewed by date or in a helpful calendar view, and organized in the cameras’ “favorites” folder for quick retrieval of beloved images.

The slideshow function of W170 and W150 has also been upgraded. Photos can be selected using the same advanced filtering options available in playback mode and transitions have been improved through the application of face detection technology. Now your subjects can take center stage as the slideshow moves through sophisticated pans, fades and wipes. Improvements to the background music function include a choice of more tracks, longer tracks, and multiple tracks for longer slideshows.

To view your images in 1080 high-definition resolution, you can connect each of the cameras to a compatible HDTV sets via HD component cable or Sony’s HD Cyber-shot Station® cradle (both sold separately).

Price and Availability

In pink, blue, black and silver, the DSC-W120 camera will be available for about $200 in March.  The DSC-W130 model will be offered in pink, black and silver for about $230 that same month. The DSC-W150 model will hit retail in sophisticated champagne, red, black and silver for about $250 in April. The DSC-W170 model will also be available then in those same colors for about $300.

The new models can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges, and at authorized dealers nationwide. Pre-orders begin on Jan. 31 at www.sonystyle.com.