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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

8.1-megapixel digital camera

Item # 158DSCW100

Sony's DSC-W100 houses remarkable photographic power in its slim, silver body.

Sony's DSC-W100 houses remarkable photographic power in its slim, silver body.

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Item # 158DSCW100

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About the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

Sony's DSC-W100 houses remarkable photographic power in its slim, silver body. Its sophisticated lens and 8.1-megapixel recording capability combine for beautifully clear pictures. Pop it in a pocket or purse, and you're ready to capture life's special moments in gorgeous detail, wherever and whenever they happen.

Sony's DSC-W100 houses remarkable photographic power in its slim, silver body. Its sophisticated lens and 8.1-megapixel recording capability combine for beautifully clear pictures. Pop it in a pocket or purse, and you're ready to capture life's special moments in gorgeous detail, wherever and whenever they happen.

All those megapixels give you more flexibility with your photos. Imagine making poster-sized prints of treasured vacation snapshots — a white sand beach against bright blue Caribbean water, or a rainbow over Niagara Falls — with no blocky picture distortion. Or you can crop out sections of a photograph and enlarge them, while still enjoying a high-quality image.

You also get an array of useful features. An advanced image processor improves the camera's response time, for less shutter lag and longer battery life. 3X optical zoom brings you closer to distant subjects. And the cam's high-sensitivity settings are ideal for shooting in low-light environments, such as concerts or plays, without using the built-in flash. Pick up optional Memory Stick Duo™ cards to store your images. But even if you forget to bring a card along, you can still catch the action using the cam's built-in 64MB memory.

A bright 2-1/2" viewscreen makes it easy to frame your shots and review images. This camera's movie mode lets you record smooth motion video clips with impressive clarity. The high-speed USB interface allows speedy image transfer when connected to a compatible computer. And PictBridge capability offers easy direct printing with compatible photo printers. It all adds up to simple shooting with excellent results.


Product highlights:

  • 8.1-megapixel effective recording
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens
  • 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom)
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm
  • Real Imaging Processor™ for high-quality images and faster camera response
  • 2-1/2" LCD screen
  • optical viewfinder
  • top JPEG resolution: 3264 x 2448
  • 16:9 widescreen photo mode (1920 x 1080)
  • MPEG VX movie mode with audio (top setting of 640 x 480 and 30 frames per second)
  • High Sensitivity mode for low-light shooting without flash
  • five-area multipoint autofocus
  • 6 scene modes, including Beach, Twilight, Soft Snap, and Landscape
  • shutter speed: 1/8 - 1/2,000 second (auto mode), 30 - 1/1,000 (manual mode)
  • manual control of aperture and shutter speed
  • variable ISO (sensitivity) settings
  • macro mode (focus as close as 2-3/8" from subject)
  • built-in flash
  • built-in mono microphone and speaker
  • high-speed USB interface
  • PictBridge-compatible
  • 64MB built-in memory (holds about 16 images at highest quality setting)
  • compatible with Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo™
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-3/16"D
  • weight: 5.9 oz. (without battery)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable InfoLithium® battery (NP-BG1)
  • AC battery charger
  • USB & audio/video cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM (for Windows®)
  • MFR # DSCW100

What's in the box:

  • Digital still camera
  • NP-BG1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/3.4Wh) in a clear plastic case
  • BC-CSG Battery charger
  • 58" USB-A/V cable with in-line ferrite cores (has a mono RCA audio connector/RCA composite video connector and USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
  • 1 Wrist strap
  • Cyber-shot Application Software CD-ROM
  • User's Guide
  • "Read This First" sheet
  • Warranty sheet
  • Online registration sheet
  • "Quick Start Guide for connection to your computer" sheet
  • Application Software information card
  • Cyber-shot Accessories catalog

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Features & specs

LCD Screen Size 2.5"
Adjustable-angle LCD ---
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen ---
Waterproof ---
GPS-enabled ---
Lens 35mm Equivalent 38-114mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 2x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output ---
Internal Memory 64MB
Memory Stick Yes
CFexpress Cards No
CompactFlash Cards No
SD Cards No
XQD Cards No
Sensor Size 9.10mm
Megapixels 8.068e+006
Image Stabilization None
Highest Resolution 3264 x 2448
4K Video No
Video Resolution ---
Width (inches) 3-15/16
Height (inches) 2-1/2
Depth (inches) 1-3/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.8
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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General Features
Recording Images
Viewing, Editing and Printing Images
Supplied Software

General Features

Memory Stick Compatibility: This camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo, MagicGate Memory Stick Duo, and Memory Stick PRO Duo. All compatible of 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.

64 MB Internal Memory: This camera has 64 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.

Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.

Imaging Device: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/1.8" 8.1 Mega-Pixel (Effective) Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 8.303 million gross pixels and 8.068 million effective pixels.

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.

Viewfinder and LCD Screen: The DSC-W100 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. 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 7.9mm to 23.7mm, which is equivalent to 38mm to 114mm in 35mm photography.

Smart Zoom: When the zoom exceeds 3x, enlargement is carried out using a "Smart" zoom, 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 5x, and coupled with the optical zoom gives you a total zoom of 15x. For larger images, the digital zoom (and total zoom) is less. When the image is 8M (3264 x 2448) or 3:2 (3264 x 2176), the Smart (digital) zoom does not function, leaving you with only the optical zoom.

Image Size/Compression: When recording digital still images, the DSC-W100 allows you to choose from seven 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. When recording moving images, you can choose from three different image sizes and frame rates. The image sizes include:

Still Image Size Resolution Usage Guidelines
8M 3264 x 2448 Up to A3/11"x17" print
3:2* 3264 x 2176 Match 3:2 aspect ratio
5M 2592 x 1944 Up to A4/8"x10" print
3M 2048 x 1536 Up to 5"x7" print
2M 1632 x 1224 Up to 4"x6" print
VGA 640 x 480 For email
16:9 (HDTV) 1920 x 1080 Display on 16:9 HDTV
Moving Image Size Frames/Second  
640 (Fine) (640 x 480) Approximately 30 Display on TV (high quality)
640 (Standard) (640 x 480) Approximately 17 Display on TV (standard)
160 (160 x 112) Approximately 8 For email

*This option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of 3:2 to match the size of the print paper used.

Multi-Point AF: The camera has a 5-area multi-point autofocus. The camera calculates the distance in five areas to the top, bottom, left, right and in the center of the image. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame. You can also choose Center AF, which focuses only on the subject framed in the AF range finder in the center of the image.

AF Mode: You can choose from the following AF modes:

  • Single AF: This mode is useful for shooting stationary subjects.
  • Monitor AF: This mode shortens the time needed for focusing. The camera automatically adjusts the focus before you press and hold the shutter button halfway down, letting you compose images with the focus already adjusted.

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 10.53' with the zoom set to wide and up to 7.89' with the zoom set to telephoto.

Focus Presets: In addition to auto focus, you can pre-set the focal distance by choosing one of the following 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. 

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 2-3/8" from the lens. With the zoom set all the way to telephoto, the camera can focus on objects up to 11-7/8" from the lens.

Auto Power-Off: If you do not operate the camera for approximately 3 minutes, it will turn off automatically to conserve battery power.

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.

Battery Information: The DSC-W100 comes with the NP-BG1 lithium-ion rechargeable battery and BC-CSG battery charger. This battery takes approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge.

Battery Performance: Under normal operating conditions the battery has the following capacity:

Function Image Size LCD Screen Number of Images Battery Life (min)
Record Still Images All Sizes On Approximately 360 Approximately 180
Off Approximately 410 Approximately 205
Playback Still Images All Sizes On Approximately 10600 Approximately 530
Record Movies (Continuous) 160 (Mail) On N/A Approximately 180
Off N/A Approximately 210

Recording Images

Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera automatically adjusts the focus, exposure and white balance.
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically.
  • Manual Exposure Shooting: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure manually (both the shutter speed and aperture value).
  • Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
    • High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur.
    • Twilight: This mode is used for shooting a distant subject at night.
    • Twilight Portrait: This mode is used for shooting people in the foreground at night.
    • Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the lakeside.
    • Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at a distance.
    • Soft Snap: This mode lets you shoot the color of a person's skin with a bright, warm color tone.

Picture Effects: When desired, you can select one of the following picture effects:

  • B & W: The image is recorded in monochrome.
  • Sepia: The picture is sepia-toned like an old photograph.
  • Natural: The image has quiet color.
  • Vivid: The image has bright and deep color.

Burst Mode: You can shoot images until the maximum number of images are shot when you press and hold the shutter button. The maximum number of images shot continuously depends on the image size and image quality settings:

  Fine Standard
8M 4 6
3:2 4 6
5M 5 9
3M 8 14
2M 13 23
VGA 73 100
16:9 (HDTV) 13 23

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, or 1/30 second. All 16 frames will be recorded as one 2M image (1632 x 1224). 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.

MPEG Movie VX: Besides recording still images, you can also record moving images with sound. Moving images are recorded in MPEG1 format. The following image sizes are available: 640 x 480 (Fine), 640 x 480 (Standard), 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. Movies with the size set to 640 x 480 (Fine) can only be recorded on a Memory Stick PRO Duo.

Note: The unit's flash will not operate in movie mode.

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.

Flash Range: The recommended distance using the flash is 7-7/8" to 19.74' with the zoom set to wide and 11-7/8" to 10.53' with the zoom set to telephoto.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1250. 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 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 well-balanced exposure.

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 adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.

Approximate Still Image Recording Capacity:

Image Size Image Quality Capacity
32 MB 64 MB (internal memory) 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB
(3264 x 2448)
Fine 8 16 32 59 121 247 506
Standard 15 30 60 109 223 456 934
[3264 x 2176 (3:2)]
Fine 8 16 32 59 121 247 506
Standard 15 30 60 109 223 456 934
(2592 x 1944)
Fine 12 25 51 92 188 384 789
Standard 23 48 96 174 354 723 1482
(2048 x 1536)
Fine 20 41 82 148 302 617 1266
Standard 37 74 149 264 537 1097 2250
(1632 x 1224)
Fine 33 66 133 238 484 988 2025
Standard 61 123 246 446 907 1852 3798
(640 x 480)
Fine 196 394 790 1428 2904 5928 12154
Standard 491 985 1975 3571 7261 14821 30385
16:9 (HDTV)
(1920 x 1080)
Fine 33 66 133 238 484 988 2025
Standard 61 123 246 446 907 1852 3798

Approximate Movie Recording Capacity:

Image Size Capacity
32 MB 64 MB (internal memory) 128 MB 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 2 GB
Movie: 640 (Fine) - - - 2 minutes, 50 seconds 6 minutes 12 minutes, 20 seconds 25 minutes, 10 seconds
Movie: 640 (Standard) 1 minute, 20 seconds 2 minutes, 50 seconds 5 minutes, 50 seconds 10 minutes, 40 seconds 21 minutes, 40 seconds 44 minutes, 20 seconds 1 hour, 31 minutes
Movie: 160 22 minutes, 40 seconds 45 minutes, 30 seconds 1 hour, 31 minutes, 30 seconds 2 hours, 51 minutes, 20 seconds 5 hours, 47 minutes 11 hours, 44 minutes, 20 seconds 24 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds

Viewing, Editing and Printing Images

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 nine images at a time, allowing you to easily find the image you want.

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, or 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 Duo). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

Deleting/Protecting 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.

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 multi-burst mode.

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 8M, 5M, 3M, 2M and VGA. The original image is retained even after resizing. You cannot resize a picture to a 3:2 or 16:9 image, and if you resize a 3:2 or 16:9 image, black bands will appear at the top and bottom of the image.

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 2.21): The DSC-W100 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.

PictBridge Printing 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 brand.

PRINT Image Matching III: PRINT Image Matching III (P.I.M. III), a technology developed--and recently updated--by Seiko Epson Corporation, ensures that P.I.M. III-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. III-enabled photo printer reads and utilizes the information in order to make the most accurate print.

Note: Cameras with P.I.M. III are completely backward-compatible with printers with the original P.I.M. technology.

Supplied Software

Software: The DSC-W100 comes with Cyber-shot Viewer, which allows you to do the following:

  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on your computer
  • Organize images on the computer into a calendar by shooting date
  • Retouch, print, and send still images as e-mail attachments

System Requirements: The supplied software can be used on a Windows PC but cannot be used on a Macintosh. Your Windows computer must have these minimum system requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP Professional Edition pre-installed
  • CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster (Pentium III 800 MHz recommended)
  • Memory: 128 MB or more (256 MB is recommended)
  • Hard Disk: 200 MB or more
  • Sound: 16-bit stereo sound card with stereo speakers
  • Display: 800 x 600 dots or more colors; High Color (16-bit color, 65,000 colors) or more

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