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Sony Announces New P-Series Digital Camera

DSC P-9 offers 4 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Sony today announced a new P-series Cyber-shot digital cameras. Sony's P-series models are compact, consumer-oriented cameras, but the new unit offers higher resolution than previous models (up to 4 megapixels), as well as some tricky new features, including a 16-shot "rapid fire" mode for taking sequential pictures. P-series cameras use Sony's Memory Stick media.

The new DSC P-9 model offers 4 megapixels of resolution an includes a USB interface for transferring images. It has an AF Illuminator mode that briefly illuminates the subject of a picture with an infrared light for an accurate focus lock in darkness. Multi-point auto focus allows the camera to choose between three separate focus areas within the frame and automatically select the best setting. Additionally, the DSC-P9 offers multi-pattern metering, which divides the scene into a matrix of 49 independently metered cells, which helps the camera select the right exposure in irregular lighting situations. Other features include

  • Built-in pre-flash exposure metering.
  • Multi-frame burst mode (16 rapid-fire sequential pictures at any of three selected intervals saved as a single digital file).
  • New MPEG Movie HQX video mode, which records non-stop, full-screen, high-resolution MPEG videos with audio up to the capacity of the Memory Stick media.

The DSC P-9 includes a 16 MB Memory Stick. (Memory Stick media is also available in 32 MB, 64 MB and 128 MB capacities for $35, $50 and $90, respectively. The DSC P-9 will sell for $600 when it ships in May. For more information, visit http//

Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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