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February 2, 2005 — Sony officially announced the release of the Cyber-shot DSC-W5 today. After a quick posting on SonyStyle last week, the digital camera was put under wraps again until today. The new 5-megapixel Cyber-shot has a 3x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens and large 2.5-inch LCD screen applied to its sturdy aluminum body.
The Sony W5 has a classic look that appeals to consumers who enjoy traditional styles.The conventional façade cases the camera's unconventional versatility. Compatible with several wide and telephoto conversion lenses, the DSC-W5 is also compliant with PictBridge printers, providing printing ease and accessibility.
A Sony Real Imaging Processor works with the 5-megapixel 1/1.8-inch Super HAD CCD to create sharp pictures. There are six scene modes to appease the automatic crowd and several manual functions to please the controlling types. With the 30-1/1000th of a second shutter speed range, users have 46 settings to choose from. The aperture can be adjusted from f/2.8-f/10.
The large LCD screen boasts a live histogram display. It also has 32MB of internal memory and a slot for Sony Memory Sticks up to 1GB. The digital camera can record movie clips at full VGA resolution or the 160x112 video mail resolution setting.
The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W5 has the same dimensions, functions, and features as the W1, which was released in February 2004. The only difference is the price; the W5 retails for fifty dollars less at $349.99.