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Sony Press Release

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 24, 2003 - For all those digital photographers who spend time on web sites or with magazines obsessing about the trade off between features and pocketability, Sony is introducing the Cyber-shot® DSC-V1 digital still camera.

"A signature of Sony design is an ergonomically comfortable device small enough to become part of everyday personal gear, but powerful enough to satisfy sophisticated needs," said Steve Haber, senior vice president for Sony Electronic's Digital Imaging Products Division. "The Cyber-shot V1 camera is just this combination."

Available in May for about $700, and barely larger than a deck and a half of cards, the Cyber-shot V1 camera will offer a 5-megapixel imager and a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® lens with 4x optical zoom sharpness and color accuracy. It will also feature a hot shoe and accessory terminal. Plus, there are several Sony-only features, including a rechargeable Infolithium® battery system, with to-the-minute awareness of remaining battery life, along with Nightshot® and NightFraming features for taking crisp pictures in no or low-light conditions.

Let the User Experiment
This model was built for a special class of photographer who wants ultimate control over the picture-taking process, but who also wants the option to call upon automatic features to help balance light and exposure. Among the features that will appeal to the purist are:

Manual Exposure Controls: Flexible exposure control is provided with aperture priority, shutter priority and manual exposure modes for better command over motion and depth of field.

Program-Shift Dial: Situated next to the LCD for easy access, this dial allows the user to select from a range of available combinations of aperture and shutter settings for control over motion and depth of field while remaining in an automatic exposure mode.

Five-area Multi-Point Auto Focus: The camera evaluates five separate areas of the frame and intelligently focuses on the subject, displaying the selected focus point, or the user can choose any of the five points for manual control.

Hologram AF™ Illuminator: Projects a laser pattern on the subject to create contrast for precise focus, even in low or no light.

Multi-Pattern Measuring: Independently meters the light in 49 points of the frame to establish the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow aren't centered in the frame.

Auto Fill Flash: When the subject is backlit or in shadow, the fill flash automatically fires to provide optimum exposure.

NightShot Infrared System: Captures infrared images in total darkness at a distance of up to 15 feet.

NightFraming System: To capture crisp images in low or no light, this feature illuminates the subject with the NightShot system for proper framing, focuses with Hologram AF illuminator and lights the scene with the appropriate amount of flash.




1/1.8" 5.0 Megapixel Effective SuperHAD™ CCDSuper HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

Traditional, Yet Compact Design A unique combination of performance and compactness, the DSC-V1 puts high performance imaging right in your hand!

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® Lens Famous for sharpness & color accuracy, the Vario-Sonnar 4X Optical zoom lens features 8 elements in 7 groups with aspheric elements.

0 - 4.0 Smart Zoom (at VGA size) Smart Zoom intelligently uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size—thus avoiding the image degradation of Digital Zooms.

5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus Evaluating 5 separate areas of the frame, Sony’s Multi-Point AF system intelligently focuses on the subject, and displays the selected focus point. Alternately, choose any of the 5 points for manual control.

Hologram AF™ Illuminator Projecting a Class 1 laser pattern, Hologram AF reads the contrast between the pattern’s edge and the subject for precise focus, even in low or no light.

Continuous Auto Focus To maintain accurate focus lock with fast moving subjects, Continuous AF keeps focusing until the moment of exposure.

Multi-Pattern Measuring Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern Measuring establishes the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow isn't centered in the frame.

Memory Stick® Media Digital. Powerful.Transportable.™ Memory Stick media is compact, portable and rugged connecting a variety of hardware and software applications.

Slow Shutter Noise Reduction During long Twilight mode exposures, Slow Shutter NR captures the scene, and then the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear.

14-Bit DXP A/D Conversion Sony’s 14-bit Digital EXtended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow
with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.

Manual Exposure Controls Flexible Exposure control is provided with Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Exposure modes.

Program Shift lets you select aperture/shutter speed combinations for direct control of motion and depth of field, while still in Program AE mode.

Pre-Flash Metering With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and redeye reduction insure great flash shots. Auto Daylight Synchro Fill Flash When the Multi-Pattern Measuring system determines the subject is backlit or in shadow, fill flash automatically fires to provide optimum exposure.

Dynamic Flash White Balance By evaluating the Pre-flash, white balance can be set to the color temperature of the flash for greater color accuracy.

Live Histogram Display The live histogram displays number of pixels at each luminosity making it easy to evaluate correct exposure.

5 Megapixel (2592 x 1944) Image Size With its high resolution CCD, the DSC-V1 captures in 4 different image sizes, Fine or Standard JPEG compression.

NightShot® Infrared System Capture infrared digital images in total darkness at up 15 feet. By illuminating the subject
with infrared light and removing the CCD's IR cut filter, the NightShot® system makes infrared digital imaging a reality.

NightFraming System To capture beautiful color images in low or no light, NightFraming illuminates the subject with the NightShot® system for proper framing, focuses with Hologram AF and lights the scene with flash.

1.5" LCD Monitor High resolution 123K pixel design and anti-glare coating help provide excellent viewing and image playback clarity.

Multi-Burst Mode Captures 16 320x240 frames as part of a single 1280x960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 second frame intervals provide convenient motion analysis.

MPEG Movie VX Mode Captures VGA (640 x 480 high frame rate (16 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media. Video Mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email.

Hot Shoe and ACC Terminal Connect Sony's HVL-F32X flash or Remote Controls with ACC terminal, or synchronize other flash units or studio lighting with the Hot Shoe terminal.

Rechargeable Infolithium® Battery Provides reliable, long-lasting power for continuous shooting, without "memory
effect". AC-LS5 adapter/ charger provides stable power for USB transfer.



S P E C I F I C AT I O N S Sony Cybershot V1

Imaging Device: 1/1.8" 5.0 Megapixel Effective Super HAD™ CCD
Recording Media: Memory Stick® Media, Memory Stick PRO™ Media
Zoom: 4X Optical, 4X Smart Zoom (at VGA size), 16X Total
Filter Diameter: 52mm w/Adaptor
Focal Length: 7 - 28mm
35mm Equivalent: 34 - 136mm
Aperture: f2.8 - 4.0
Focus: 5 Area Multi-Point AF with Manual select,
13-step Manual Preset
Minimum Focus Distance: 15.7" (40 cm)
Macro Focus Distance: 3.9" (10 cm)
Shutter Speed: Auto, 1/8 – 1/2000 sec, Manual 30 sec – 1/1000
Manual Exposure: ±2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps
Color LCD: 1.5" 123K Pixels Low Temperature Polysilicon TFT
Flash Modes: Auto/Forced On/Forced Off/Slow Synchro
Red-Eye Reduction: On/Off
Flash Effective Range: 1.6 – 11.5 ft (0.5 – 3.5m)
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent,
Incandescent, One-push Manual
Picture Effects: Black & White, Solarize, Sepia, Negative Art
ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800
Scene Modes: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape,
Beach, Snow, Fast Shutter, Fireworks
Self Timer: Yes, 10 Seconds
Video Output: Yes NTSC/PAL Selectable
Still Image Modes: JPEG (Fine/Std.), TIFF, Burst, Auto
Bracketing, Email, Voice Memo
MPEG Movie Modes: MPEG VX (640x480, 16fps, with audio)
MPEG Video Mail (160x112, 8 fps with audio)
Clip Motion: Normal (160x120), Mobile (80x72)
Microphone/Speaker: Yes/Yes
USB Terminal: Yes, Supports USB 2.0
Memory Stick PRO™ Media Compatibility: Tested to support up to
1GB media capacity; does not support high speed transfer
function; does not support Access Control security function
Battery Type/Capacity: InfoLithium® NP-FC11 780 mAh Rated
Supplied Software: Pixela™ Image Mixer Software for Sony v1.5,
USB Driver SPVD-008
OS Compatibility: Microsoft® Windows® 98/98SE/Me/2000
Professional/XP Home/Pro; Macintosh® OS 8.5.1/8.6/9.0/9.1/9.2
Supplied Accessories: NP-FC11 InfoLithium® Rechargeable
Battery, AC-LS5 AC Adaptor/In-camera Charger, A/V
and USB Cables, Wrist Strap, MSA-32A 32MB Memory
Stick® Media; Software CD-ROM
Dimensions (W/H/D): 3 15/16" x 2 9/16" x 2 1/5" (99 x 65.2 x 56.9 mm)
Weight: 10.9 oz (298g) (w/Battery, Memory Stick® Media, Strap)

3 Shot Burst Mode
3 Shot Auto Exposure Bracketing
Spot Auto Focus
Adjustable Color Saturation/Contrast
Clear Color/Clear Luminance NR
MPEG1 Cue, Review and Divide
3:2 Aspect Ratio mode
Video Output
4 Mode In-Camera Picture Effects
13 Step Manual Preset Focus


NP-FC11 InfoLithium® Battery
AC-LS5 AC Adaptor/In-camera Charger
LCS-VHA Deluxe Soft Leather CarryingCase
LCS-VHB Deluxe Semi-Soft Carrying Case
LCS-CSB Sport Style Carrying Case
LCS-CP2 General Carrying Case
HVL-F32X External Auto-ProgrammableFlash
HVL-F1000 External Flash
VAD-VHA Conversion Lens Adaptor Ring
VCL-DEH07V Hi-grade Wide End Conversion Lens
VCL-DEH17V Hi-grade Tele end ConversionLens
VF-58CPKS Polarizing Filter Kit*
VF-58M Neutral Density Filter Kit*
VF-58SC Special Effects Filter Kit*
* VAD-VHA Conversion Lens Adaptor Ring
MSA-32A, MSA-64A, MSA-128A Memory Stick® Media
MSA-128S2 Memory Stick® Media with Select Function (256MB total)
MSX-256, MSX-512, MSX-1G Memory Stick PRO™ Media
MSAC-HGA8 Memory Stick® Media Carrying Case
MSAC-US70 Memory Stick PRO™ Media
USB Adaptor/Mouse
MSAC-US20 Memory Stick PRO™ Media
USB Adaptor
MSAC-PC3 Memory Stick PRO™ Media PC Card Adaptor
VMC-14UMB Replacement USB Cable
RM-VD1 Multi-Function Wired Remote Control
VCT-D680RM Remote Control Tripod
VCT-R640 Lightweight Tripod
VCT-MTK Travel Tripod

Memory Stick®

2592x1944 2592x1728 2048x1536 1280x960 640x480
Media1 (5MP) (3:2) (3MP) (1MP) (VGA)
16MB 6/11 6/11 10/18 24/46 97/243
32MB 12/23 12/23 20/37 50/93 196/491
64MB 25/48 25/48 41/74 101/187 394/985
128MB 51/96 51/96 82/149 202/376 790/1,975

Memory Stick PRO™ Media1

256MB 92/174 92/174 148/264 357/649 1,428/3,571
512MB 188/354 188/354 302/537 726/1,320 2,904/7,261
1GB 384/723 384/723 617/1,097 1,482/2,694 5,928/14,821
JPEG Still Image Mode Fine/Standard Picture Quality
MPEG Movie Clip Motion (Images) 16 Frame Multi-Burst

Memory Stick® 640x480 160x112 160x112 80x72 1280x960
Media (VX Mode) (Mail Mode) (Normal-10f) (Mobile-2f) (Fine/Std)
16MB 42sec 11m 13s 88 486 24/46
32MB 87sec 22m 43s 178 982 50/93
64MB 176sec 45m 40s 358 1,971 101/187
128MB 5m 54s 91m 34s 718 3,951 202/376

Memory Stick PRO™ Media
256MB 10m 41s 165m 35s 1,190 3,571 357/649
512MB 21m 44s 336m 43s 2,420 7,261 726/1,320
1GB 44m 23s 687m 19s 4,940 14,821 1,482/2,694
Maximum Recording Time (minutes/seconds)

Battery Recording-# Shots* Recording-Minutes* Viewing**
Fully Charged LCD On/Off LCD On/Off No. Images/Batt. Life
NP-FC11 170/230 85min/120min 3600/180min
*Under Average Conditions:
Normal Mode (JPEG), Picture quality Fine; Shooting each image at 30 second intervals;
Zoom is alternated from Wide to Telephoto ends; Flash operated every other shot; Power is
turned on/off after every 10 shots; Actual results may vary on conditions of use.
**Viewing single images consecutively, at about 3 second interval.




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