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Sony Intros Cybershot DSC-F717

Pro-level digital camera offers 5 megapixel resolution By Dave Nagel
Sony has unveiled its new Cybershot DSC-F717 digital camera. The new model is designed for professional users and offers a 5.02 megapixel resolution. It will be available in October.

The F717 combines point and shoot functionality with several manual controls. It offers Carl Zeiss optics, ISO sensitivities of 100/200/400/800 and shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 second in auto mode.

Other features include:

  • Five-area multi-point focusing system;
  • Live histogram display;
  • Multi-burst mode;
  • File folder option that allows photographers to create and select specific folders for customized photo-indexing;
  • Rotating zoom-control ring;
  • Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 5x optical zoom lens with F2.0 aperture;
  • Two LCDs (a 1.8-inch LCD screen and a through the lens electronic viewfinder);
  • USB connectivity, including USB 2.0 and 1.1;
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  • Laser focusing system for low-light focusing;
  • Spot metering, center-weighted averaging and multi-pattern metering.

The camera ships with a 32 MB Memory Stick, an InfoLithium M battery, an AC adapter/in-camera charger, an A/V output cable, a USB cable, a shoulder strap and a lens cap. It will be available in October for about $1,000. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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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