Jul 3, 2005

Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 digital camera review

Looking for the best digital camera that is compact and easy to use? Look no further than the new 4.1 Megapixel Cybershot S40. Sony's Cybershot DSC-S40 digital camera lets you jump into digital photography with a high megapixel resolution and a low price. In addition to 4.1 MPs, you get PictBridge compatibility for easy printing without a personal computer, and the ability to capture up to six minutes of MPEG movie with sound. All featuring Carl Zeiss 3x Optical Zoom lenses, ideal for high-resolution digital images and prints, and superb Stamina power efficiency. Designed more for the beginner to intermediate user, it offers ample simplicity with a wide variety of fully automatic exposure modes.
Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 digital camera review
Sony Cybershot DSC-S40

Steve's Digicams has a review up of this Cybershot and he concluded-
"Image quality was great for a camera in this class. The Zeiss 3x optical zoom lens produced sharp images throughout its 32 to 96mm (35mm film equivalent) range. We noticed only slight amounts of chromatic abbreviation (purple fringing) present around extreme highlights as well as moderate barrel distortion at full wide angle, but virtually no pincushioning at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Outdoors, it captured images with good color balance and accurate exposure. In high/low contrast areas, I saw virtually no noise, even when viewing images at 100%. Our indoor portrait samples showed natural skin tones, and the built-in flash does an excellent job of illuminating subjects in small to medium sized rooms.
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Bottom line - the Sony Cyber-shot S40 will make a great choice for those who want to dive into the digital age, but don't want to reach too far into their pocketbook. Its combination of speedy performance, good overall image quality and affordable $199 price tag, makes it a worthy competitor in the entry-level digicam class."
Features:
  • Effective 4.0 Megapixel (1/2.7" Gross 4.1 Mega Pixel Super HAD™ CCD) in a compact, easy to hold body
  • 3x Optical Zoom/6x Precision Digital Zoom helps you better frame your shots
  • Up to 10x Smart Zoom™ (at VGA Resolution) uses the full CCD to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size and avoiding image degradation
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens is specially made for very compact cameras to allow quick auto-focus and appealing zoom range while maintaining a compact design
  • Sony’s Real Imaging Processor™, for more natural colour, accurate picture quality, faster response and an improvement in energy efficiency
  • 1.5" LCD Monitor (77K) makes framing shots and reviewing pictures easy
  • 14-bit Digital Extended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail
  • Auto Bright Monitoring helps framing in low or no-light situations
  • 5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus System evaluates 5 separate focus areas of the frame and can intelligently focus on the subject instead of the background
  • AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator: An amber light briefly illuminates the subject, in low or no-light conditions, helping to establish a positive focus lock
  • Selectable Focus Mode: Monitoring AF (Auto Focus) helps to anticipate the action by focusing even before you press the shutter release
  • Auto Daylight Synchro Fill Flash: If the Multi-Pattern Measuring system determines the subject is backlit or in shadow, fill flash automatically fires to provide optimum exposure
  • Pre-Flash Metering: With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering
  • Slow Shutter Noise Reduction captures the scene during long exposures and then adjusts the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear
  • 7 Scene Selection: Choose from 7 different scene selections and your camera is automatically set to the correct shooting conditions (Scene Selection choices: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Soft Snap, Landscape, Beach, Snow, Candle Picture Effect: B&W, Sepia)
  • Memory Stick® Media and Memory Stick PRO™ Media-compatible
  • 32MB Internal Memory: Shoot without a Flash Memory card with 32 MB internal memory. Great for backup when you forget your Memory Stick media or require extra storage
  • MPEG Movie VX Standard/Fine Mode with Audio: Captures VGA (640x480) high frame rate (up to 30 frames per second) audio/video clips with length limited only by the capacity of the media
  • Video mail mode captures smaller file sizes suitable for email
  • Playback Zoom, Trim and Resize: During playback, magnify any portion of an image up to 5X and trim to the area of interest and save as a new file
  • PictBridge™ Compatibility lets you connect to any PictBridge™ compatible printer with the supplied USB cable and print directly from the camera
  • STAMINA™ battery system allows you to capture approximately 110 shots with supplied alkaline batteries or approximately 550 shots with optional NiMH rechargeable batteries
Read the full Sony Cybershot DSC-S40 digital camera review here.