Viewing, Editing and Printing Images
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 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.
31 MB Internal Memory: This
camera has 31 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
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG
format. Moving images with audio (monaural) are recorded in MPEG1.
For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 7.18mm (1/2.5" type), 8.1 Mega-Pixel (Effective)
Super HAD color CCD imaging device with approximately 8.286-million gross pixels
and 8.083-million effective pixels. More megapixels 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.
Bionz Processor: The camera is
powered by the exclusive Sony Bionz high-speed processing engine which preserves
image data in bright highlights and reveals more detail in the shadows or
backlit areas to give you great results in very difficult lighting conditions.
LCD Screen: The
DSC-H7 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.
Viewfinder: In addition to the
LCD screen, the camera has an electronic, 0.2" LCD color viewfinder with 200,000
pixels that allows you to shoot in traditional camera style, and save battery
power by turning off the LCD screen. The viewfinder has an adjustable diopter
that allows you to change the focus of the viewfinder to your vision. A button
on the back of the camera lets you switch between the LCD screen and the
viewfinder as desired.
Lens: The lens has a 15x optical zoom and a focal length
of 5.2mm to 78mm, which is equivalent to 31mm to 465mm in 35mm photography. It
has an aperture range of f/2.7-5.6 (W), f/4.5-10 (T).
Digital Zoom: The camera has a
Precision Digital Zoom of 2x. Combined with the 15x optical zoom, the maximum
total zoom is 30x.
The "Smart" zoom
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 76x. 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 and/or the precision
Image Size: When
recording digital still images, the
allows you to choose from six image sizes. 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 A4/8.5"x11" print |
| 3M || 2048 x 1536 || Up to 5"x7" or 4"x6" print |
| VGA || |
640 x 480
| For e-mail |
| 16:9 (HDTV) || 1920 x 1080 || Display on 16:9 HDTV |
| Moving Image Size || Frames/Second ||
| 640 (Fine) (640 x 480) || Approximately 30 fps || Display on TV (high quality) |
| 640 (Standard) (640 x 480) || Approximately 17 fps || Display on TV (standard) |
| 320 (320 x 240) || Approximately 8 fps || For email |
option records images in a horizontal to vertical proportion of
3:2 to match the size of the print paper used.
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.
Face Detection: When activated,
the Face Detection function detects the faces of your subject 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
Double Anti-Blur Solution: With
Super SteadyShot and high sensitivity (ISO 3200), the DSC-H7 compensates for
shaky hands, minimizes blur, brightens images, and allows flash-free shooting to
preserve the mood. The Clear RAW Noise Reduction reduces the picture noise that
can ruin low-light shots.
Focusing Methods: The
Sony DSC-H7 gives you four methods of focusing:
- Multi-Point AF: The camera has a 9-area multi-point autofocus. The
camera calculates the distance in nine areas in three rows of three points
around the center of the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not
centered in the frame.
- Center AF: The camera focuses only on the
subject framed in the AF range finder in the center of the image
- Flexible Spot AF: The
camera focuses on an extremely small subject or a narrow area. You can move
the AF range finder around the frame to the point where you want to focus.
- Manual: You can focus
manually, guided by a distance bar in the display.
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 12' 5-5/8" with the zoom set to wide and up to
9' 10-1/8" with the zoom set to telephoto.
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.
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 13/32". With the zoom set all the way to
telephoto, the camera can focus on objects down to 3' 11-1/4" from the lens
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.
Remote Control: The camera
includes the RMT-DSC1 wireless remote control. The remote control enables you to
access and navigate through the menu, operate the zoom, start and stop a slide
show, and operate the shutter release. The remote is powered by a CR2025 Lithium
Lens Hood/Adapter Ring: The
camera includes an adapter ring and lens hood. The lens hood is recommended when
you're shooting in bright lighting conditions, such as outdoors, to reduce the
image quality deterioration caused by unnecessary light. The lens hood, as well
as optional conversion lenses, requires the use of the adapter ring. When not in
use, the lens hood can be mounted on the camera in reverse.
Battery Information: The DSC-H7 comes with the NP-BG1 lithium-ion
rechargeable battery and BC-CSGB battery charger. This battery takes approximately 5.5 hours to fully charge.
It can reach a "practical charge" in approximately 4.5 hours.
Battery Performance: Under normal operating conditions the
battery has the following capacity:
| Function || Image Size || LCD or |
| Number of Images || Battery Life (min) |
| Record Still Images || All Sizes || LCD || Approximately 300 || Approximately 150 |
| View || Approximately 320 || Approximately 160 |
| Playback Still Images || All Sizes || LCD || Approximately 7200 || Approximately 360 |
| Record Movies (Continuous) || 320 || LCD || N/A || Approximately 160 |
| View || Approximately 170 |
Shooting Modes: The camera features the following shooting modes:
- Auto Adjustment: The camera automatically adjusts the focus,
exposure and white balance.
- Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the
exposure adjusted automatically.
- Shutter Speed Priority:
You set the shutter speed manually between 1/4000 and 30 seconds, and the
camera sets the aperture value for the best exposure.
- Aperture Priority: You set
the aperture manually between F2.7 to F8 (W) or F4.5 to F8 (T), and the
camera sets the shutter speed for the best exposure.
- Manual Exposure: You set
the aperture and shutter speed manually
- Scene Selection Modes: You
can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
- High Sensitivity: The
camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur.
- Portrait: The camera
softly blurs the background to accent the person in the foreground.
- Advanced Sports Shooting:
This setting is suitable for shooting scenes with fast movement such
as sports. While the shutter is pressed halfway down, the movement of
the subject is predicted and the focus is adjusted.
- Twilight Portrait:
This mode is used for shooting
people in the foreground at night.
- Landscape: This mode is used for shooting
landscapes at a distance.
- Twilight: This mode is used for shooting a
distant subject at night.
- Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or
- Snow: This mode shoots whitish scenes brightly.
- Fireworks: This mode
allows you to record fireworks in all their splendor.
Picture Effects: When desired, you can select one of the following
- Normal: Image is shot with
normal color tones.
- Vivid: Sets the image to
bright and deep color.
- Natural: The image has
- B & W:
The image is recorded in monochrome.
The picture is sepia-toned like an old photograph.
Continuous Shooting Modes:
You can select whether the camera captures one image or multiple images at a
time. The Continuous Shooting 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. The
recording interval is approximately 0.46 seconds, longer depending upon the
image size setting.
- Exposure Bracket: Records
a series of three images with the exposure values automatically shifted. One
photo is taken under exposed, one is taken over exposed, and the third is
taken at the set exposure. You can select a bracket shift of +/-0.3EV,
+/-0.7EV, or +/-1.0EV.
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 @ approximately 30 frames per second (Fine), 640 x 480 @ approximately
17 frames per second (Standard), and 320 x 240 @ approximately 8 frames per
second (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.
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 32' 1-7/8" with the zoom set
to wide and 3' 11-1/4" to 19' 8-1/4" with the zoom set to telephoto.
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, 80, 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), One Push, One Push Set, Daylight, and Cloudy.
Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to
-2.0EV in steps of 1/3EV.
Approximate Still Image Recording
| Image Size || Internal Memory || Memory Stick Duo Capacity |
| Approx. 31 MB || 128 MB || 256 MB || 512 MB || 1 GB || 2 GB || 4 GB || 8 GB |
| 8M |
(3264 x 2448)
| 10 || 40 || 72 || 148 || 302 || 620 || 1225 || 2457 |
| 3:2 |
(3264 x 2176)
| 10 || 40 || 72 || 148 || 302 || 620 || 1225 || 2457 |
| 5M |
(2592 x 1944)
| 13 || 51 || 92 || 188 || 384 || 789 || 1559 || 3127 |
| 3M |
(2048 x 1536)
| 21 || 82 || 148 || 302 || 617 || 1266 || 2501 || 5017 |
| VGA |
(640 x 480)
| 202 || 790 || 1428 || 2904 || 5928 || 12154 || 24014 || 48166 |
| 16:9 (HDTV) |
(1920 x 1080)
| 33 || 133 || 238 || 484 || 988 || 2025 || 4002 || 8027 |
Approximate Movie Recording
| Image Size ||
Internal Memory || Memory Stick Duo Capacity |
Approx. 31 MB || 128
MB || 256
MB || 512
MB || 1
GB || 2
GB || 4
GB || 8
| 640 |
| --- || --- ||
| 640 |
| 320 ||
Viewing, Editing and
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.
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 images
in rows of three or rows of four, 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, and
Normal). Each effect has a default preset music soundtrack, or you can choose
from the 4 selections. The
interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 3, 5, 10,
and 30 seconds, 1 minute, 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.
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.
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.
Retouching Images: The Retouch
Menu allows you to make adjustments of a still image or apply special effects.
The following effects can be applied to still images:
- Soft Focus: you can blur
the periphery around a chosen point.
- Partial Color: you can
surround a chosen point in monochrome
- Fisheye Lens: you can
apply a fisheye effect around a chosen point
- Cross Filter: you can add
a starburst effect to bright points in the image
- Trimming: you can crop
images to remove unwanted portions
- Red Eye Correction:
removes red-eye effect caused by flash
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.
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-H7 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
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.
with CD-ROM software, which contains the following:
- Picture Motion Browser
(Ver.2.0.05): This software allows you to:
- 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: allows you
to change the music files on the camera and replace them with your own
selections. You can upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs.
- Cyber-shot Handbook: a
detailed instruction booklet (PDFs)
- Product Registration:
allows you to register your camera online
- ImageStation XPRESS Upload
Software: allows you to easily upload your pictures to your computer
Note: Picture Motion
Browser and ImageStation XPRESS are compatible with Windows operating
System Requirements: You can
copy images from the DSC-W80 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:
- Copying Images: The
recommended environment for copying images includes:
- Windows: Microsoft
Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows XP
Professional, and a USB jack
- Macintosh: Mac OS 9.1,
9.2, Mac OS X (v10.1 to v10.4) and a USB jack
- Picture Motion Browser:
The recommended environment for using Picture Motion Browser includes:
- OS (pre-installed):
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, or Windows
- Sound Card: 16-bit stereo sound card with stereo
- CPU: Pentium III 500 MHz or faster
(Pentium III 800 MHz recommended)
- Memory: 128 MB or more
(256 MB or more is recommended)
- Software: DirectX 9.0c
- Hard Disk: 200 MB or more (required for
- Display: Screen
resolution: 1024 x 768 dots or more colors; High Color (16-bit color) or
- Music Transfer: The
recommended environment for using Music Transfer on a Windows PC is the same
as for Picture Motion Browser (above). The recommended environment for using
Music Transfer on a Macintosh includes:
- OS (pre-installed): Mac OS
X (v10.3 to v10.4)
- CPU: iMac, eMac, iBook,
PowerBook, PowerMac G3/G4/G5 series, Mac mini
- Memory: 64 MB or more (128
MB or more is recommended)
- Hard Disk: Disk space
required for installation--approximately 250 MB