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Sony DSC-F828 digital camera
at a glance
7x optical zoom
1.8" lcd viewer
MS (pro), CF I/II
Sony Li accu
Sony DSC-F828 review summary
camera date Nov 03  out of production
pixels / class 8M  SLR-like digital camera
overall rating good overall camera rating  12 reviews
image quality good image quality rating  
ease of use good usability rating  
camera body good camera body rating  traditional zoom ring
digital features average it its class digital features rating  
photogr. ctrls good photographic controls rating  7x zoom, wide
user profile user profile: digital photography enthusiast
Sony DSC-F828 specifications
lens / zoom  28 mm - 200 mm (7x) (dig: 14x)
focus / macro  auto | manual / ?  / ?
metering mode  multi-pattern / center weighted / spot
aperture  auto | manual / F2.0W / F2.8T - F8.0
white balance  auto | manual - 7 presets
shutter  auto | manual / 30s - 1/3200s
exposure  +/- 2EV in 1/3EV steps
flash / mode  pop-up - 4 modes / external / 0.5m - 5m (ISO 100)
viewfinder  ttl electronic (235,000 px)
iso ratings  100 / 200 / 400 / 800
image size  2560x1920 / 2560x1720 / 2048x1536 / 1280x960 / 640x480
image format  raw / tiff / jpeg (exif)
image compr.  fine / standard
lag/cycle times  
remote control  self timer 10s
video options  mpeg-1
audio options  
connectivity  usb 2.0
storage  memory stick (pro), compact flash I/II, microdrive
extra features  4 color Super HAD CCD
histogram display available
Sony DSC-F828 links
Reviews for novices and shutterbugs
31Aug04 Sony DSC-F828 review by
05Mar04 Sony DSC-F828 review by Quesabesde (es)
01Feb04 Sony DSC-F828 review by
31Dec03 Sony DSC-F828 review by Steves-digicams
16Aug03 Sony DSC-F828 review by Steves-digicams
Reviews for shutterbugs and professionals
05Feb04 Sony DSC-F828 review by Imaging-resource
11Jan04 Sony DSC-F828 review by Dpreview
29Dec03 Sony DSC-F828 review by Dcresource
Introductions, previews and other reviews
30Oct04 Sony DSC F828 - A User Report from China
20May04 Sony DSC-F828 review by Tom's Hardware
12Apr04 Sony DSC-F828 review by LetsGoDigital (nl)
12Apr04 Sony DSC-F828 review by LetsGoDigital
News, guides, hints & tips
17Aug03 Sony press release
Forum discussions Sony Talk Forum  Sony Forum Sony Forum
Who can help me with this camera 

Sony DSC-F828 announcement clippings

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2003 — Expert photographers know that image quality goes beyond pixel resolution, and with today's new product announcement from Sony Electronics, they will soon find a digital camera that measures up to their discerning eye by exceeding the capabilities of current technology.

The latest model (DSC-F828) in Sony's popular line of Cyber-shot® F-series enthusiast cameras represents the next level of digital still photography, which these enthusiasts will surely appreciate. With its lens-centric design, the new camera is encased in a black, magnesium alloy body, and is the first to incorporate Sony's recently announced four-color filter CCD technology and Real Imaging Processor™.

Along with the Carl Zeiss® T* optics, these components are integral in capturing color accuracy closest to what the human eye can see and setting a new benchmark in camera performance.

"With our heritage in component design, Sony is uniquely qualified to realize this new standard in image quality," said Steve Haber, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' Personal, Mobile and Imaging Products Division. "Specifically designed to handle the unique rigors of advanced digital still photography, the new Cyber-shot F828 camera embodies what we envision as a premier imaging experience."

To complete that experience, the new camera offers extensive manual controls, giving advanced photographers a broader range of mechanisms to determine focus, exposure and recording modes.

Users will have the flexibility to store their images onto CompactFlash® Type I and Type II media, as well as a Microdrive® hard disk drive or Memory Stick PRO™ media.

Seeing What the Human Eye Sees

Recognizing that current digital cameras borrow a nearly 40-year-old color reproduction system developed for televisions and computer displays (RGB, standing for red, green and blue), Sony began developing a new color filter early last year to provide more flexible color management and dramatically improve color accuracy.

This new approach (RGB+E) adds an emerald-colored pixel to the filter pattern, realizing color fidelity that is closer to human color perception. The first model to utilize this new color system, the DSC-F828, realizes a level of color accuracy not possible with other digital cameras. Specifically, photographers will notice an extraordinarily life-like rendering of blue, blue-green and red hues.

A Processor with Images in Mind

With a more accurate reproduction of the subject's color, the camera's new Real Imaging Processor then converts the four-color signal back into an ideal RGB color space with a linear matrix system.

The processor is also the engine that powers the camera's improved responsiveness, reducing shutter lag and cycle time. Because of a nearly 40 percent reduction in processing time, the Cyber-shot F828 model can capture an eight-megapixel image in almost half the time required by typical five-megapixel cameras.

Custom-designed for digital still cameras, the new processor is optimized to efficiently handle all the required tasks, which ultimately translates into increased speed with lower power consumption.

Key Features and Controls

Resolution: Sony's 8.0-megapixel CCD image sensor provides the Cyber-shot DSC F828 camera with a maximum image size of 3360 x 2460, equating into 11 x 17-inch prints at 200 dpi or 8.5 x 11-inch prints at 300 dpi.

Optics: The new camera features a Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T* 7X zoom lens (28 - 200mm, 35mm equivalent) with manual zoom for greater framing control, to fully extract the performance of the 8.0-megapixel CCD sensor.

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.

NightShot® Infrared System: Enables the camera to capture 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.

Image File Formats: In addition to JPEG and TIFF formats, the camera supports Sony's RAW format, which allows the photographer to change the parameters of an image (e.g., white balance and color depth). Software will be included for converting RAW files.

Video Recording: MPEG-VX Fine mode records video at 640 x 480 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second, up to the capacity of the storage device, for TV-quality video.

Bundled Accessories: The camera comes with an InfoLithium® M battery, AC adapter/in-camera charger, A/V output cable, USB cable, lens hood, shoulder strap and lens cap.

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