Sony Cyber Shot DSC-N2 Review

Overall, the Sony Cyber Shot DSC-N2 is a quick, compact, all metal body, point and shoot camera, especially with its large touch screen size. This large touch screen size enables easy playback of pictures and movie without having to connect to the PC. The turn-on and turn off time is fast. The quality of the photos in ten mega pixels DSC-N2 has amazing clarity and so is the case with videos also. The N2 is a fast focusing camera. The optical zoom works really nicely like the digital zoom. The shutter lag s is largely unnoticeable even in slow shooting speed and the in between shot shutter speed is nice. The touch screen display allows for changing of modes, colors and other settings easily. There are little manual controls therefore fewer buttons to accidentally hit upon. . The only disadvantage being the time it takes to navigate between herds of screen menus to choose the option that is buried deep inside. The N2 is compact enough to gather fingerprints over its LCD screen unless assisted by the stylus for operation. There is a built-in photo album with DSC N2 that allows for easy viewing of pictures and users can even “paint” over the images with the help of the stylus. Unlike many competitors, Sony scores with its bundled software that can transfer audio files to the N2. These are especially useful with slideshow where they can add glamour to the pictures. It permits audio download from CDs and supports even the MP3 format. The outdoor shooting quality is average and better indoors and in low light where the screen brightens automatically. The camera supports two modes of digital zoom. The Precision zoom is the usual old one but the Smart Zoom allows enlarging the image without compromising on image quality. There is no optical viewfinder on the camera that may be disappointment for some. The battery is lightweight but the charging time is painfully long. There is a major drawback with the pictures. They are not stamped with date when printed and there is no option to enable this on the camera.

Product Description

Sony’s DSC-N2 Cyber-shot(R) Digital-Camera opens a new world of shooting and sharing, with outstanding 10 mega pixel still imaging performance and internal memory that holds up to 500 VGA images for pocket album viewing anywhere, anytime. A huge 3.0″ LCD Monitor with Clear Photo LCD Plus technology provides touch-screen convenience for controlling camera functions and searching thumbnail images — and Free Spot AF lets you focus on a subject by just touching it on screen. It also features Slide Show play capability. Precise Carl Zeiss optics provides 3x zoom capabilities with further magnification available using up to 6x Digital zoom. The DSC-N2 includes 26 MB internal memory for capturing images in-camera and has a slot for using Sony Memory Stick Pro-Duo memory cards. The internal memory is nice for trying the camera out but, using the maximum 10-mega-pixel mode, barely provides space for a couple pictures. For practical use of this camera, especially when using both still and movie modes, it’s wise to go for an optional 1GB memory card. The camera ships with a proprietary high-stamina Lithium Ion rechargeable battery (and charger) for optimal performance. Automatic Electronic-Flash – Flash Modes – Auto/On/Slow Synch/Off; Red-Eye Reduction – On/Off (all modes); Flash Effective Range – 0.6 – 16.4 ft, (0.2 – 5m) White Balance – Auto, 5-presets Selectable ISO settings – Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1000 Unit Dimensions (WHD) – 3 13/16? x 2 3/8? x 7/8? (96.7 x 61.1 x 22.7mm); Weight – 5.5 oz (151 g) body; 6.8 oz. (185 g) including battery and Memory Stick(R) media

Technical Details

10.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints

3x optical zoom; 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD displ

Free Spot Focus allows you to focus on a subject by touching it on your LCD screen

ISO up to 1600 for better low-light performance; VGA-quality video with sound at up to 30 fps

Powered by one Lithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery; stores images on Memory Stick Duo/PRO Duo media (25MB internal memory included)

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