Viewing And Printing Images
Viewfinder and LCD Screen: The DSC-W120 has an optical viewfinder for
accurate framing at eye level, great for added stability and for following fast
moving objects. The camera also has a 2.5" color LCD screen with 115,200 pixels
(resolution 480 x 240). 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.
15 MB Internal Memory: This camera has 15 MB of internal memory. Even
when there is no Memory Stick inserted in the camera, you can record images
using the internal memory. This memory is not removable.
Memory Stick Compatibility:
This camera is compatible with the
following recording media:
Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. All
compatible Memory Stick Duos can be used to record still pictures and moving
images with audio. Although this unit is compatible with MagicGate Memory Stick
Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo media, it cannot be used to record or play back
music protected by copyright signals. You can copy still images recorded to the
camera's 15MB internal memory to an inserted Memory Stick Duo card.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG
format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.When
recording digital still images, the DSC-W120
allows you to choose from seven image sizes. When recording moving images, you can
choose from three different image sizes and frame rates. The options include:
||Still Image Internal Memory
||Still Image Memory Stick Duo Capacity
|Approx. 15 MB
(3072 x 2304)
(3072 x 2048)
(2592 x 1944)
(2048 x 1536)
(640 x 480)
(3072 x 1728)
(1920 x 1080)
Note: The 3:2 option records images in a horizontal to
vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper
used. The 16:9 option recorded images fills the entire screen.
Both edges of the image may be cut off when printing
||Video Internal Memory
||Video Memory Stick Duo Capacity (total)
|640 x 480
Fine (approximately 30 fps)
x 480 Standard (approximately 17 fps)
|320 x 240 (approximately 8fps)
Note: Movies with the image size set to 640 x 480 Fine cannot be
recorded using the internal memory.
For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.2mm (1/2.5" type)
Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 7.4-million gross pixels
and 7.2-million effective pixels. More pixels give you more detail and
definition when you make big prints or crop in tight on your subject.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens: The Vario-Tessar lens is specially produced for very compact cameras. This
specialized design allows quick auto-focus, appealing zoom range while still
maintaining a compact design. The lens has a 4x optical zoom and a focal length
of 5.35mm to 21.4mm, equivalent to 32mm to 128mm in 35mm photography. It
has a maximum aperture range of F2.8(W) to F5.8(T).
Smart Digital Zoom: The camera has a
Precision Digital Zoom of 2x. Combined with the 5x optical zoom, the maximum
total zoom is 8x. The camera's Smart zoom technology 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:
Smart zoom is not compatible with 7M, 3:2-6M, or 16:9-5M image
Double Anti-Blur Solution: With
Super SteadyShot Optical Stabilization and high sensitivity (ISO 3200), the DSC-W120 compensates for
shaky hands, minimizes blur, brightens images, and allows flash-free shooting to
preserve the mood. Super SteadyShot Optical Image Stabilization compensates for
shaky hands and minimizes blur with a built-in gyro sensor that detects camera
movement and sends correcting signals to a stabilization lens, so there's no
need to crop in on your shot to reduce blur.
Function Guide: An
on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera
functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The
function guide can be turned on or off as desired.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image.
The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a
dark image when skewed to the left side.
Date and Time:
Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and
time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along
with the image.
If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes, it will turn off
automatically to conserve battery power.
Battery Information: The DSC-W120 comes with the NP-BG1 lithium-ion
rechargeable battery and BC-CSGC battery charger. This battery takes approximately
5.5 hours to fully charge. It can reach a "practical charge" in
approximately 4.5 hours. Under normal operating conditions the
battery has the following capacity:
||Number of Images
||Battery Life (min)
|Record Still Images
|Playback Still Images
You can select whether the camera captures one image or multiple images at a
time. The Recording Modes include:
- Normal: shoots only one
frame when the shutter button is pressed
- Burst: shoots up to 100
images in succession when you press and hold down the shutter button;
recording interval is as fast as 0.46 seconds (varies depending upon the
image size setting)
- Self-Timer: you can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or
2-second delay so you can be in the picture
Auto Focus Mode: You can choose from
the following AF modes:
- Multi-Point AF:
focuses on 9 points throughout the frame, useful when your subject is not
- Center AF: focuses on the center of
useful for shooting stationary subjects
- Spot AF: focuses on the area of the
frame you specify, allows for small subject or narrow focus area
In addition to auto focus, you can pre-set the focal distance at one of
the fixed focus settings; 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, 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.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides
fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. The AF
Illuminator is most useful within approximately 8.125' of the subject.
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 as close as 2" from the lens. With the
zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects as close as
13-1/2" from the lens.
Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:
- Auto Adjustment: camera automatically adjusts the focus,
exposure and white balance
- Program Auto:
exposure adjusted automatically, manual adjustment of white balance, color
mode, and flash level available
- Scene Selection Modes: choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
- High Sensitivity: shoot without flash in low light, reducing blur
- Smile Shutter:
shutter released automatically when the camera detects a smile
- Soft Snap:
capture subject with a softened background
- Twilight Portrait: shooting
people with a dark background
- Twilight: used for shooting a
distant subject at night
focuses only on a distant subject, such as a
- Beach: for shooting at seaside or
use with a white background
record fireworks against a night sky
- Easy Shooting: allows you to shoot still images using the minimum
necessary functions with easy-to-see indicators
- Movie Mode: allows you to record movies with audio
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to
-2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.
DRO: Powered by the exclusive Sony Bionz high-speed processing engine,
Dynamic Range Optimization (DRO) preserves image data in bright highlights and
reveals more detail in shadows or backlit areas, for great results even in
difficult lighting conditions. By using DRO, the DSC-W120 analyzes the shooting
scenes and automatically corrects the brightness and contrast to improve the
Face Detection: When activated,
the Face Detection function detects the faces of up to eight subjects and adjusts the
focus, strobe, exposure, white balance, and pre-strobe for red-eye reduction.
Face Detection helps make skin tones look more natural and eliminates harsh
facial glare. The DSC-W120 features four different modes of Face Detection.
- Auto: selects the face the camera is to automatically focus on
- Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on child's face
- Adult Priority: detects and shoots with priority on adult's face
Smile Shutter Mode: The DSC-W120 helps you capture more smiles by shooting automatically when your subject laughs, smiles, even grins. You select the person to watch and the expression to catch, the Face Detection system and intelligent Smile Shutter algorithm do the rest.
You can choose from the following Smile Detection Shutter Mode settings.
- Subject Detection:
- Auto: detect and shoots smiling faces automatically
- Child Priority: detects and shoots with priority on child's
- Adult Priority: detects and shoot with priority on adult's
- Smile Sensitivity Detection:
- Low: detects a big smile
- Medium: detects a normal smile
- High: detects even a slight smile
The flash can be set to Auto, Forced Flash, Slow Synchro, or Off.
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. The red-eye feature also has an
automatic setting, engaging when the camera detects a face in the frame.
Flash Range: The recommended distance using the flash is
to 12.75' with the zoom set
to wide and 1.625' to 6.25' with the zoom set to telephoto. The Flash Level can
also be increased or decreased.
High Sensitivity Mode:
For better shots in low light, or when you can't use flash, you can set the
camera to the high sensitivity mode of ISO 3200.
The ISO speed can be also be set to Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. 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.
You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. 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. Center-weighted metering
measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the
brightness of the subject. 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
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. When using flash, you can
select the flash white balance mode. In addition to Auto and Flash, the white
balance can be set to Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent),
Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white
fluorescent), Daylight, and Cloudy.
Color Mode: When desired, you can select one of the following color
normal color tones
bright and deep color
- Sepia: sepia-toned like an old photograph
- B & W: in
black and white
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. You can select a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for
the camera's video output to match the aspect ratio of your television.
High Definition Playback: You can view an image recorded on the camera
by connecting the camera to an HD (High Definition) TV with the optional HD
Component Output Adapter Cable (sold separately).
Note: Images shot in VGA image size cannot be played back in HD
Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait
(vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image
in the portrait position.
Auto Review: This feature displays the recorded image on the screen
for approximately two seconds immediately after shooting a still image.
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 up to six images, allowing you to easily find the image you want.
The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can
select from 5 slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose
from the 8 selections. The
interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5,
and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the
selected folder) or All play (all images on the Memory Stick Duo). When repeat is selected, the images
are replayed in a continuous loop.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to eight
times the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left
to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in
90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Wide Zoom Display: During playback, you view still images recorded at
a 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratio as 16:9 wide on the camera's LCD screen. In this case
the top and bottom of the image will be slightly cropped.
Images: You can delete a selected
image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid
accidentally deleting an image, it can be protected.
Music Transfer: You can change the music
files that are preset at the factory with your own music, using the Music
Transfer program in the supplied CD-ROM.
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 2.21): The
DSC-W120 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 originals.
Capability: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a new standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
Software: The DSC-W120 comes
with a CD-ROM containing the following:
- Picture Motion Browser
(Ver.3.0.01): compatible with Windows operating systems only
- View images saved on your
- View photos organized by date
- Edit images
- Display the shooting
locations of still images on maps online (Internet connection required)
- Create a new data disc (CD
burner drive or DVD burner drive required)
- Print or save still images
with the date
- Music Transfer: compatible with Windows and
Macintosh operating systems
- Change the music files on the camera and replace them with your own
selections; upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs
- Cyber-shot Handbook: a
detailed instruction booklet (PDF)
- Product Registration: register your camera online
- Step-Up Guide: explains how to use the camera with optional
System Requirements: You can
copy images from the DSC-W120 to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The supplied Picture Motion Browser software can only be used on a Windows PC; it cannot be used on a Macintosh. The supplied Music Transfer software can be used on both a Windows PC and a Macintosh.
The minimum requirements are:
- OS: Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional (SP4), XP (SP2), or Vista (64-bit and Starter
editions not supported)
- CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(Pentium III 800 MHz of faster recommended)
- Memory: 256 MB or more
(512 MB or more is recommended)
- Hard Disk: 400 MB or more (required for
- Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more colors
- Interface: USB jack
- OS: OS 9.1,
9.2, Mac OS X v10.1 to v10.5 (OS X v10.3 or v10.5 for Music Transfer)
iMac, eMac, PowerBook, Power Mac G3/G4/G5, Mac mini
- Memory: 64 MB or more
(128 MB or more is recommended)
- Hard Disk: 250 MB or more (required for
- Interface: USB jack