Sony DSC-F717 Press release
Europe has announced today the introduction of its most sophisticated ever Cyber-shot
digital still camera. Designated DSC-F717, this new camera builds on the success
of the companys established high-end camera range and sets new standards
in digital acquisition. Sony claims that this new model represents a strategic
element in its efforts to attract traditional photography enthusiasts to convert
"For the demanding photographer, the DSC-F717 offers the best of both
worlds," explained Akihiro Nishikawa, Director at Sony Digital Imaging
Europe. The Carl Zeiss lens, hot shoe, zoom ring, histogram indication, ISO
options and fast shutter speeds are just a few of the features that rank this
camera alongside some of the very best traditional cameras. At the same time
intrinsically digital features, such as various noise reduction functions and
NightFraming provide a much larger creative canvas for the serious photographer
to work on."
The DSC-F717 caters for the most discerning digital photographer. Sonys
Super-HAD CCD with 5 million effective pixels and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar
lens with F2.0-2.4 provide stunning image quality. Add a Sony-developed 14-bit
digital extended processor and numerous other technological refinements and
this camera achieves a picture quality that meets professional requirements.
A range of enhanced camera features include shutter speeds from 30 to 1/2000
sec. and ISO settings up to 800. The DSC-F717 is equipped with a manual zoom
ring, which gives photographers more control over their picture. The ring can
also be used as a manual focus ring and additionally, the camera features a
zoom lever which is convenient when taking shots of moving objects.
Hot shoe connections are something that photography enthusiasts are well used
to and enable the connection of additional external flash systems without using
Digital speed and versatility
In developing the DSC-F717, Sony has pushed back the frontiers of digital technology
in a number of ways. The cameras start up time and shutter interval are
significantly less than previous camera models. With 1.4 seconds start up time
and a shutter interval of 1.9 seconds, users are ready to shoot almost straightaway.
Another new feature is a histogram display - a luminance distribution diagram,
which is displayed live. This sensitive measurement device is a superb reference
tool when adjusting exposure settings to suit the ambient lighting conditions.
Downloading images using the DSC-F717 is very quick and easy, thanks to the
integration, for the first time, of the new hi-speed USB 2.0 interface. Another
advanced facility is the image transfer software, which comes bundled with each
camera. Once the software is installed on to a PC and the camera connected via
the USB port, images are automatically up-loaded to a selected directory and
sorted in to pre-scribed folders that can be organised and annotated by the
Manual and automatic shooting
Aperture, exposure and focus are manually adjustable, while several automatic
programs implement digital effects and exposure metering methods, including
centre-weighted metering, spot metering and multi-pattern metering to ensure
users the ideal exposure. In case of multi-pattern metering, the camera image
is divided into no fewer than 49 metering areas. The processor calculates each
area individually and constructs an exposure pattern ideally suited to that
Users can rely on the cameras focusing skills as well. A Hologram AF
function uses laser hologram technology that is safe for the human eye. Hologram
AF increases the cameras focus range so that you get precisely focused
images even under low contrast conditions. On occasions when the light is poor,
the DSC-F717 uses this laser technology to accurately measure focus longer distance,
resulting in greater focusing range and, in low-contrast shooting conditions,
much more precise results.
Using the capabilities of NightShot, the Nightframing function enables users
to see and frame a subject in low or zero light conditions. Push the shutter
button halfway down and Night framing activates Hologram AF, enabling the camera
to focus on the subject. Then, the NightShot function automatically shuts off
and the integrated Pre Flash turns on before taking the shot. The result: precisely
metered, beautifully framed and focused images under any lighting conditions.
Battery life is an important issue to photographers. The DSC-F717 is equipped
with a InfoLITHIUM M Series battery, which offers more power and
longer operating time. A fully charged NP-FM50 rechargeable battery has a life
of up to 3,5 hours continuous use.