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Sony Cyber-shot N1 announced - New Sony digital camera the perfect combination of smooth design and fun shooting
The N1's large LCD screen features handy touch sensitive operation, making it even easier to use by allowing the user to operate various functions when shooting and playing back by simply touching the LCD screen. For example with the Free Spot AF function, you can focus on an object directly by just touching it on the LCD screen. Likewise, functions like menu, playback, forward and reverse can be controlled by just touching or tracing a finger across the LCD screen. Also featuring the paint and stamp function, which is great for families, the supplied stylus can be used to add artistic and decorative final touches to photos.
The resolution and brightness of the LCD screen is greatly improved by the incorporation of brand new Clear Photo LCD Plus technology. The improved 65 per-cent NTSC colour ratio leads to clearer and more vivid picture quality. The LCD also features a smooth anti-reflection layer to provide better image quality than conventional textured layers. It also suppresses reflections more effectively to increase the display contrast, especially outside in bright sunlight.
The Cyber-shot N1 features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens, which provides sparkling, sharp images. With the N1 there are no problems if you need to zoom even more; the camera also features a 6x Precision Digital Zoom and a 15x VGA Smart Zoom to help you view subjects near and far. With the 16:9 shooting mode you can even shoot wide-screen images for playback on your wide-screen TV.
The N1 also incorporates new viewing technologies, Pocket Album and Slideshow with Music features, which all provide the user with the most enjoyable and varied shooting and sharing experience ever from Sony.
The new Pocket Album feature allows users to carry and view up to 500 of their favourite still images on the camera's LCD screen; a separate, internal memory is dedicated to holding your pictures in VGA size thumbnails, meaning you can view them whenever you want. The internal Pocket Album is a great way to share memories and tell a story with friends. Images can be viewed on a connected TV screen, as well as on the LCD. When the maximum capacity is reached, the oldest images are automatically deleted to make space for new ones (individual images can be protected from deletion). Images are also stored in full high resolution on optional Memory Stick Duo or Memory Stick PRO Duo for you to save on a PC or print out.
The Slideshow with Music function featured on the N1 provides a truly rich slide show experience. It brings pictures to life by playing them back in a variety of slide show styles - select from Active, Simple, Stylish and Nostalgic modes and your pictures will be shown at random accompanied by a choice of four pre-set background music melodies. The supplied Picture Package software also allows users to add background music of their own choice. You can select the Music Transfer function to add your own music (MP3 or CD) to the cameras internal memory to further personalise your slide shows.
To make the very best of your memories, the camera goes one step further, blending and zooming in and out on images for a truly dynamic, movie-like slide show. You don't even have to wait to get home to enjoy this great feature - just switch to Slideshow with Music mode and the camera does the rest. There is also a Normal function for playback without mood music.
The high sensitivity capability of the Cyber-shot N1 means picture blur is significantly reduced. Traditionally this would lead to an increase in noise, however in utilising the newly developed Clear RAW NR feature, the signal to noise ratio is greatly improved. The Clear RAW NR original algorithm system reduces colour and luminance noise, enabling shooting with significantly higher sensitivity (up to ISO 800). This ensures images with less noise and finer detail; this is especially beneficial when shooting in low-light conditions, or when shooting moving objects.
The Cyber-shot N1 has a light and compact body, weighing in at only 151g. Its an ideal size to drop into a bag so you never miss a single photo opportunity with friends and family, or a fabulous view or memories from your latest holiday. And whatever the occasion, there is bound to be a suitable setting to capture it amongst the eight pre-set Scene Selection modes, including Twilight, Snow and Beach functions. Just choose your preferred mode - the shutter speed and exposure is pre-set for worry-free and convenient shooting. The N1 also features a manual exposure for users wanting to be a little more creative.
Battery performance is not a problem for the Cyber-shot N1 - with its improved Sony STAMINA technology, you can take up to 300 shots on a single charge of the supplied Lithium battery. To keep up with the shooting ability the camera offers, its Real Imaging Processor provides a very quick camera response time. If you do run out of power, just charge it up again with the supplied battery charger.
The Cyber-shot N-series also features PictBridge, the standard for printing directly to compatible PictBridge photo printers. The optional Cyber-shot Station makes charging and connecting to a PC, printer or TV even simpler. A greater range of optional accessories are available for the Cyber-shot N1, including a leather case and a new Marine housing for underwater shooting down to 40m, complete with basic control functionality (as a substitute for the standard touch-screen operation).
The Sony Cyber-shot N1 will be available from the end of November 2005 and has an estimated street price of 379.
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