Memory Stick Compatibility: This
camera is compatible with Memory Stick, MagicGate Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO
and Memory Stick Duo recording media. All four types of Memory Stick can be used
to record still pictures and moving images with audio. Although this unit is
compatible with MagicGate Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media, it cannot be
used to record or play back music protected by copyright signals. A Memory Stick
Duo adapter is required to use Memory Stick Duo media with this camcorder. A
16MB Memory Stick is included with the camera.
Image Recording Format: The
camera records still images in JPEG and GIF (for Clip Motion). Moving images
with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1. The audio for still images is also
recorded in MPEG1.
Imaging Device: For optimal
image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.7" 3.2 Mega-Pixel Super HAD color CCD
imaging device with approximately 3.34 million gross pixels and 3.21 million
This camera uses a 14-Bit Digital Extended Processor (DXP) which captures the
range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended
dynamic contrast and detail.
Viewfinder and LCD Screen:
The DSC-P8 has a true zoom optical viewfinder for accurate framing at eye level,
great for added stability and for following fast moving objects. The camera also
has a 1.5" color LCD screen with 123,200 pixels and an anti-glare coating.
The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay
images that have been stored in memory. For best viewing, you can adjust the
brightness of the LCD monitor, and increase the amount of backlight in the
monitor when using the camera outdoors. To increase battery life, you can turn
the LCD screen off.
Lens: The lens has a 3x optical
zoom and a focal length of 6mm to 18mm, which is equivalent to 39mm to 117mm in
Smart Zoom: The camera features
a "Smart" zoom lens, which intelligently uses the full CCD to let you
zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the
image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends
upon the image size. When the image is VGA size (640 x 480), the digital zoom is
3.2x, and coupled with the optical zoom gives you a total zoom of 9.6x. For
larger images, the digital zoom (and total zoom) is less. When the image is 3.1M
(2048 x 1536) or 2.8M (3:2), the smart zoom does not work.
Image Size/Compression: When
recording digital still images, the DSC-P8 allows you to choose from five image
sizes and two compression (image quality) settings--Fine and Standard. The
larger the image and the higher the image quality you choose, the better the
image will be, but it also takes a larger amount of data to preserve the image.
The image sizes include:
records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of 3:2 to match
the size of the print paper used.
Auto Focus Method: There are
two auto focus functions: AF Range Finder Frame, which sets the focus position
according to the subject position and size, and AF Mode, which sets the focus
operation according to the AF response and the battery consumption:
- AF Range Finder Frame:
- Multipoint AF: The
camera calculates the distance in three areas to the left and right and
in the center of the image, letting you shoot using the auto focus
function without worrying about the image composition. This is useful
for focusing on a subject when it is not in the center of the frame.
- Center AF: This is
useful for focusing on a subject near the center of the frame.
- AF Mode:
- Single AF: This mode
allows accurate focusing over a wide range from near to distant objects,
and is useful for shooting stationary subjects.
- Monitoring AF: This
shortens the time needed for focusing. The camera adjusts the focus
before the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down, letting you
compose images with the focus already adjusted.
- Continuous AF: The
camera adjusts the focus before the shutter button is pressed and held
halfway down, and then continues to adjust the focus even after AF lock
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto
focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject
in dark surroundings. Optimal focusing distance with the AF Illuminator is up to
approximately 11 feet 5-3/16 inches (wide) and up to 8 feet 2-7/16 inches
Focus Presets: In addition to
auto focus, you can pre-set the focal distance by choosing one of the following
fixed focus settings: 0.5 m, 1.0 m, 3.0 m, 7.0 m, or infinity.
AE/AF Lock: If you have
difficulty focusing on an off-center subject, you can set and lock the focus and
exposure on the subject by pressing the shutter button halfway with the subject
in the AF rangefinder, then recompose the shot and press the shutter button
fully to take the picture.
Macro Focus: For close-ups of
small objects such as flowers and insects, this camera has macro focus
capability. With the zoom set all the way to wide, the camera can focus on
objects up to 4" from the lens. With the zoom set all the way to telephoto,
the camera can focus on objects up to 19-3/4" from the lens.
Auto Power-Off: If you do not
operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes (in the Power Save OFF mode) or
90 seconds (in the Power Save ON mode) during recording or playback, it will
turn off automatically to conserve battery power.
Note: The Auto Power-Off
function will not operate when playing back moving images, playing back a
slide show, or when a connector is plugged into the USB or Video Out jack.
Date and Time: Each time you
take a picture, the camera records the date and time on the still image. The
date and time do not appear on the LCD screen or in the viewfinder while you are
shooting. Instead, the date and time appear when you replay the stored image.
This feature can be turned off.
Self-Timer: When you use the
self-timer function, the camera will take a picture 10 seconds after you press
the shutter button.
Beep Tone: The camera makes a
beep when a function is selected. The beep can be disabled.
Shooting Modes: The camera
features the following shooting modes:
- Fireworks: fireworks are
recorded in all their splendor by setting the focus distance to infinity
- High-speed Shutter: use this
mode to shoot moving subjects outdoors or in other bright places
- Beach: this mode is for
shooting at seaside or the lakeside
- Snow: this mode brings out
colors and brightens subjects against a snowscape
- Landscape: this mode is used
for shooting landscapes at a distance
- Twilight Portrait: this mode
is used for shooting people in the foreground at night
- Twilight: this mode is used
for shooting a distant subject at night
- Auto: the camera
automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance
Picture Effects: When desired,
you can select one of the following picture effects:
- Solarize: the light contrast
is clearer and the picture looks like an illustration
- B&W: the picture is
black and white
- Sepia: the picture is
sepia-toned like an old photograph
- Negative Art: the color and
brightness of the picture are reversed as in a negative
Still Images With Audio: The
Voice Mode allows you to record a still image with an audio file. In this mode,
if you press and release the shutter button, it will record 5 seconds of audio.
If you press and hold the shutter button, it will record audio up to 40 seconds,
or until the button is released.
Multi Burst Mode: When shooting
in the Multi-Burst mode, pressing the shutter once records 16 frames in a row.
You can set the interval between frames at 1/7.5 second, 1/15 second, 1/30th
second in NTSC or 1/6.3 second, 1/12.5 second and 1/25 second in PAL. All 16
frames will be recorded as one 1.2M image (1280 x 960). When you play back
images recorded in Multi Burst mode with this camera, the 16 frames will be
played back in order, with a fixed interval between them. When the images are
played back on a computer or a camera without Multi Burst, the 16 frames will
all be displayed at the same time as part of one image.
Burst 2 Mode: You can shoot two
images in succession while pressing the shutter button only once.
Clip Motion: You can shoot a
series of small images in the GIF format to use on a home page or to attach to
an e-mail. Clip Motion is an animation function that plays back still images in
succession. Clip Motion images are played back at approximately 0.5 second
intervals. You can select from one of the following modes: Normal (160x120) or
Mobile (120x108). In Normal mode, up to 10 frames can be recorded. In Mobile
mode, you can record two frames.
MPEG Movie VX: Besides
recording still images, you can also record moving images with sound. Moving
images are recorded in MPEG format with monaural audio. Two image sizes are
available, 640 x 480 (VGA) and 160 x 112 (Mail). You can also record movies in
macro mode for excellent closeups. If you want to be in the movie, you can use
the camera's self-timer feature.
Note: The unit's flash will
not operate in movie mode.
E-Mail Mode: In E-Mail mode,
the camera records a small size image (320x240) at the same time as a still
image. Small size images are convenient for e-mail transmission.
Flash Modes: The flash can be
set to Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, or No Flash. In Auto mode, the flash
automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark. When the flash is set to
Forced Flash, it strobes with every shot. In Slow Synchro, the flash is used
regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under
dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the
flash-lit area. In addition, this camera has a "red-eye reduction"
setting, which causes the flash to pre-strobe before shooting to reduce the
red-eye phenomenon. In the Auto mode, when you shoot against a light source, the
camera automatically flashes (daylight synchro), even when there is sufficient
light around the subject.
Flash Range: The recommended
distance using the flash is 19-3/4 inches to 11 feet 5-3/16 inches (wide) and
19-3/4 inches to 8 feet 2-7/16 inches (telephoto).
Flash Intensity: When Normal
flash is too much or not enough, you can set the flash to High or Low to
increase/decrease the intensity.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be
set to Auto, 100, 200, or 400. When shooting under dark conditions or shooting a
fast-moving subject, you should use a high number setting. When recording
high-quality images, use a low number setting.
Metering Modes: You can select
Multi-Pattern or Spot Metering. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image
is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The
camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a
well-balanced exposure. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the
subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast
between the subject and the background.
White Balance: When the white
balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to
the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When
shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings
manually. In addition to Auto, the white balance can be set to Incandescent,
Fluorescent, Daylight, and Cloudy.
Exposure Adjustment: Besides
auto exposure, you can manually adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in
steps of 1/3EV.
Approximate Recording Capacity Of
The 16MB Memory Stick (Supplied):
(1632 x 1224)
1.2M (1280 x
Viewing Images: Still and
moving images can be played back on the camera's color LCD screen, or the images
may be transferred to a computer, where they can be displayed or manipulated
with the use of compatible software. In addition, the images can be played back
on a television (NTSC or PAL), if the television has an RCA
composite video input.
Index Mode: In
addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple
images at once in the index mode. This feature lets you to display three or nine
images at a time, allowing you to easily find the image you want. When the
triple image is displayed, various image information items are also displayed.
Slide Show: The Slide
Show function lets you play back images one after the other. The interval
between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 3, 5, 10, and 30
seconds or 1 minute. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected
folder) or All play (all images on the Memory Stick). When repeat is selected,
the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
Protecting Images: In
order to avoid accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge
a recorded still image up to five times the size of the original image. You can
also record the enlarged item as a new file. To select the area to be enlarged,
you can move the enlargement "frame" up/down/left/right with the arrow
buttons, and adjust the zoom with the W/T button. You cannot enlarge movies or
images recorded in clip motion or multi-burst modes.
Rotate: During playback mode,
you can rotate images clockwise or counterclockwise.
Resizing Images: After an image
is captured (still images only), you can resize the picture and save it as a new
file. Images can be resized to 3.1M, 2.0M, 1.2M and VGA. The original image is
retained even after resizing. You cannot resize a picture to a 3:2-sized image,
and if you resize a 3:2-sized image, black bands will appear at the top and
bottom of the image.
Viewing Movies: Movies shot in
640 (VGA) are displayed on the full screen. Movies shot in 160 (Mail) are
displayed in a size smaller than the full screen.
Editing Movies: You can cut
movies or delete unnecessary portions of movies.
Print Mark: You can place a
print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient
when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print
Order Format) standard.
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The
DSC-P8 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera
settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data
are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with
"Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality
photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This
intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor
lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the
PRINT Image Matching II: PRINT
Image Matching II (P.I.M. II), a technology developed--and recently updated--by
Seiko Epson Corporation, ensures that P.I.M. II-enabled digital cameras and
printers work together perfectly to produce the best possible prints. After an
image is captured, the camera automatically tags the picture with 14 optimal
image settings and includes it as part of the Exif Print header in the JPEG
file. A P.I.M. II-enabled photo printer reads and utilizes the information in
order to make the most accurate print.
Note: Cameras with P.I.M. II are
completely backward-compatible with printers with the original P.I.M.
Battery Information: The DSC-P8
comes with the NP-FC11 lithium-ion rechargeable battery. This battery takes approximately
hours to fully charge.
Battery Performance: Under
normal operating conditions the battery has the following capacity:
included software allows you to transfer images from a Memory
Stick to a computer hard drive and view and store transferred images on a
computer. The supplied CD-ROM includes:
- Pixela Image Mixer ver.1.5 for Sony
- Sony USB driver
Viewing or Transferring Images
to a Computer: By using the supplied USB cable, you can transfer the
still digital images and MPEG movie clips stored on a Memory Stick to a
computer. The computer must have these minimum system requirements:
Windows 98 Second Edition
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows XP Home Edition/Professional pre-installed (IBM PC/AT
OS 8.5.1 or later
(not compatible with Mac OS X)
Mac OS 8.6 or later is required for creating Video CDs
MMX Pentium 200 MHz or faster
Pentium III 500 MHz or faster for capturing a movie via USB or
IEEE1394 (Pentium III 800 MHz is recommended)
eMac, iBook, PowerBook, and PowerMac Series (G3 233 MHz or faster)
8.0a or later
stereo sound card with stereo speakers
MB or more (128 MB is recommended)
MB or more (128 MB or more is recommended)
250 MB for program, 1 GB or more of free space recommended for work
200 MB for program, 1 GB or more of free space recommended for work
4 MB or more of VRAM, minimum of 800 x 600 at 16-bit hi-color (65,000
DirectDraw driver compatible
ImageMixer does not run properly in less than 800 x 600 or 256 colors.
Minimum of 800 x 600
32,000 colors or more
ImageMixer does not run properly in less than 800 x 600 or 256 colors.
compatible. DirectX must be installed. A separate environment for
operating the recording device is required in order to create Video
environment running QuickTime 4 or later is required.
Video input through USB or IEEE1394 is not supported with Macintosh
PTP Manager and Image Transfer is not compatible with Macintosh