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Sony Cyber-shot T33 launched - Ultra Thin and Highly Stylish 5.1 effective Megapixel camera
Sony's Cyber-shot T33 is an ultra-thin, 5.1 effective Megapixel camera that benefits from a variety of imaging, energy and picture-enhancing features. Chief among these is the Sony Real Imaging Processor that lies at the heart of the camera, controlling a diverse range of functions such as image processing speed and exposure evaluation and leading to energy efficiency and accuracy in colour reproduction.
In conjunction with the Real Imaging Processor, the Vario-Tessar 3X Zoom lens from the world-famous Carl Zeiss Company provides pin sharp focus and smooth zooming. The lens has been specially designed with a folded path optical lens system to keep the camera slim and offers superior optical quality (11 elements in 8 groups, including 3 aspheric elements, 1 prism) for such a compact mechanism.
For extending picture-taking opportunities, Sony also incorporates a 6X Precision Digital Zoom into this model. A Smart Zoom function allows you to add even more detail to your image by using the higher mega pixel CCD to zoom in to your subject by up to a factor of twelve and cropping the image to VGA size. Of course the third part of the imaging trio is the Super HAD CCD. This provides 5.1 effective Megapixel resolution, which make the Cyber-shot T33 capable of taking highly detailed pictures and supports large image printing.
About Stamina and ease of use
The camera would be nowhere without power, and for this the Cyber-shot T33 makes use of a rechargeable InfoLITHIUM battery that, combined with Sony's STAMINA power management, can provide 180** shots on one charge.
For viewing your images and framing your shots on the sizeable 2.5-inch Hybrid LCD monitor, the Cyber-shot T33 makes use of Sony's Clear Photo LCD anti-reflective technology for higher contrast, resolution and brightness, as well as an enlarged colour range. Thanks to Sony's Hybrid technology, the LCD is able to present your subject, menu and images clearly in bright, outdoor conditions, such as at the ski resort or on the beach, where contrast can often cause viewing problems. The panel protects the LCD and the menu has also been enhanced for ease of use, activating a new animated and enlarged icon feature whenever the user changes the Flash, Macro or Self-Timer setting.
Ease of use is also behind the provision of the nine Scene Selection modes offered by the Cyber-shot T33. As well as setting automatic exposure, aperture and shutter speed for a variety of conditions and environments (such as twilight portrait, landscape or fireworks), there is a high-speed shutter mode and a Magnifying Glass mode. This latter mode works well in conjunction with the large LCD, presenting macro images magnified up to 3.3 times and allowing close shooting down to a distance of 1cm.
The camera has several advanced focussing options including Multi-point and Spot Auto Focus (AF) as well as options for saturation, contrast and sharpness. There is an exposure bracketing setting and noise reduction options include Clear Colour NR and Clear Luminance NR to produce images with finer detail and less noise.
Compact storage is provided by Memory Stick Duo(tm) and Memory Stick PRO Duo(tm), connectivity options include Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and an enhanced version of the PictBridge* interface provides a way for the Cyber-shot T33 to connect directly to a compatible printer without the need for a PC.
About the Real Imaging Processor
The Real Imaging Processor was designed by Sony to provide a faster start-up time, enhanced colour reproduction and an improved signal to noise ratio, resulting in greatly improved picture quality and camera operation. Considerable multi-burst shooting is possible thanks to the Real Imaging Processor as well as a beneficial effect on the battery performance of the Cyber-shot T33. It also makes high-resolution video possible with this digital still camera, recording footage in MPEG Movie VX Fine (480 x 460, 30 frames per second) format - the recording time is only limited by the capacity of your Memory Stick PRO Duo (tm) media (optional).
About the Cyber-shot Station and Accessories
Supplied with the Cyber-shot T33, the Cyber-shot Station is a powered cradle that allows the camera to be docked when not being used for shooting. The Cyber-shot station begins charging the battery as soon as the camera is docked and tilted at an ideal angle the camera can provide a slideshow on its large 2.5-inch LCD monitor. It also provides USB, printer and AV connectivity, so viewing images on a TV or working with them on a PC is simply done.
Sony also includes a variety of accessories with the Cyber-shot T33. These include a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo(tm) and Adaptor, an AC Adaptor, Wrist Strap, Camera holder for tripod, a CD containing software (including Picture Package, Image Mixer) and USB driver, as well as AV and USB cables. Other optional accessories include an NP-FT1 InfoLithium Battery, several stylish carrying cases as well as underwater housing (MPK-THB) which allows diving with your camera to a depth of 40 meters.
Cyber-shot T33 specifications
- Clear Photo LCD (2.5" Hybrid)
- 5.1 effective Megapixels
- 3x Optical Zoom, up to 12x Smart Zoom, 6x Precision Digital Zoom
- Macro 1cm (in Magnifying Glass Mode)
- Quick Operation (Start-up 1.3 sec, Shutter Time Lag 0.23 sec, Shutter Release Lag 0.009 sec)
- Slim and Compact High Quality Aluminium Body with Hair Line Finishing
- Real Imaging Processor
- MPEG VX Fine with Audio
- AF Illuminator
- Histogram Indication
- USB 2.0 High Speed Transfer
- Scene Selection Mode
- PictBridge Compatible
- Long Battery Life (approx 180 shots by CIPA standard)
* Cyber-shot Station Supplied
* PictBridge is a trademark
** The measurement method is based on the CIPA standard (CIPA: Camera & Imaging Products Association). Subject to errors and technical changes.