New Pocket Camera Shoots Pro Quality Pictures

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Specs as released by Sony:

Image Sensor Sensor Type 1.0-type (13.2mm x 8.8mm) Exmor RS CMOS sensor, aspect ratio 3:2
Number of Pixels [Effective] Approx. 20.1 megapixels
[Gross] Approx. 21.0 megapixels
Lens Lens Type ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (9 aspherical elements including AA lens)
F-number (maximum aperture) F1.8 (W) – 2.8 (T)
Aperture Type Iris diaphragm (7 blades)
ND Filter Auto / On (3 steps) / Off
Focal Length (f =) f = 8.8-25.7mm
Focal Length (f=) 35mm format equivalent [Still Image 3:2] f= 24-70mm [Still Image 16:9] f= 26-76mm
[Still Image 4:3] f= 25- 73mm [Still Image 1:1] f= 30.5-89mm
[Movie 16:9] f= 25.5-74mm (SteadyShot Standard), f= 30-86mm (SteadyShot Active), f= 33.5- 95mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active)
[Movie 4K 16:9] f=28-80mm (SteadyShot Standard), [HFR 960fps] f=42-118mm (Quality Priority), f=60-170mm (Shoot Time Priority)
[HFR 480fps] f=28-80mm (Quality Priority), f=42- 118mm (Shoot Time Priority)
[HFR 240fps] f=26-75mm (Quality Priority), f=28-80mm (Shoot Time Priority)
Focus Range (from the front of the lens) AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.17 ft.) to Infinity
T: Approx. 30cm (0.99 ft.) to Infinity)
Optical Zoom 2.9 x (Optical Zoom during movie recording)
Clear Image Zoom*1 [Still Image] Approx. 5.8x
[Movie] Approx. 5.8x
Digital Zoom*1 [Still Image] Approx. 11x
[Movie] Approx. 11x
Screen Screen Type 7.5 cm (3.0 type) (4:3) / 1,228,800 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Brightness Control Manual (5 steps) / Sunny Weather
Adjustable angle Up: approx. 180 degrees, down: approx. 45 degrees
Viewfinder Screen type / Number of dots 0.39-type electronic viewfinder (XGA OLED), 2,359,296 dots
Brightness Control Auto/Manual (5 steps)
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.59x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (dioptre) (35mm equiv.)
Eye-point Approx. 20mm from the eyepiece, 19.2mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1 (dioptre) (CIPA standard)
Diopter -4.0 to +3.0m-1
Camera Imaging Processor BIONZ Yes (BIONZ X)
SteadyShot [Still Image] Optical
[Movie] Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation (Anti Rolling type)
Focus Mode Single-shot AF / Continuous AF / DMF / Manual Focus
Focus Area Wide / Center / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Expanded Flexible Spot / Lock on AF (Wide/Center/Flexible Spot (S/M/L)/Expanded Flexible Spot)
Lock on AF Yes
Light Metering Mode Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
Exposure Control Yes
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)*2 Auto (ISO 125-12800, selectable with upper/ lower limit), 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800 (Extendable to ISO80/100)
Multi Frame NR : Auto (ISO 125- 12800), 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400 / 12800 / 25600*3
ISO Sensitivity (Movie) Auto (ISO 125 -ISO 12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000 / 5000 / 6400 / 8000 / 10000 / 12800
Minimum Illumination (Movie) Auto: 1.2 lux (Shutter Speed 1/30″)
White Balance Mode Auto / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluor.: Warm White / Fluor.: Cool White / Fluor.: Day White / Fluor.: Daylight / Flash / C.Temp. / Filter / Custom
Shutter Speed iAuto (4″ – 1/2000) / Program Auto (30″ – 1/2000) / Manual (Bulb, 30″ – 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (30″ – 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30″ – 1/2000)
Electronic Shutter iAuto (4″ – 1/32000) / Program Auto(30″ – 1/32000) / Manual (30″ – 1/32000) / Aperture Priority (30″ – 1/32000) / Shutter Priority (30″ – 1/32000)
Image Control Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Colour Space (sRGB / Adobe RGB), Quality (RAW / RAW&JPEG / Extra fine / Fine / Standard)
Noise Reduction Long exposure NR: On / Off, available of shutter speeds longer than 1/3 sec.
High ISO NR: Normal / Low / Off
Dynamic Range Functions Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step))
Shooting Mode AUTO (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR (Memory Recall) 1,2,3, Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), HFR Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene Selection Portrait, Sports Action, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Pet Mode, Gourmet, Fireworks, High Sensitivity
Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum)*4 Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: approx. 16 fps, Continuous Shooting: approx. 5.5 fps *5
Self-Timer 10sec. / 5sec. / 2sec. / 3 or 5 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable / Bracketing shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. delay selectable
Drive modes Single, Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Self-timer (cont.), Single-bracketing*6, Cont.-bracketing*6, White balance bracketing*6, DRO bracketing*6
Panorama Sweep Panorama
Photo Creativity Yes
Picture Effect [Still Image]
Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
[Movie]
Toy camera, Pop Colour, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Mono.
Creative Style Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, Black & White, Sepia, Style Box
Picture Profile Off/PP1-PP7 (Black Level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-2, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Color Mode, Color Level, Color Phase, Color Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset)
Flash [Flash Mode] Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Sync / Flash Off
[Flash Range]
ISO Auto: Approx.0.4m to 10.2m (1.31 ft. to 33.46 ft.) (W) / Approx. 0.4 m to 6.5 m (1.31 ft. to 21.33 ft.) (T)
ISO12800: up to Approx. 20.4m (66.93 ft.) (W) / Approx. 13.0m (42.65 ft.) (T)
Recording Compatible Recording Media*7 Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro*8, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)*8, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card (UHS-I), SDXC Memory Card (UHS-I), microSD Memory Card*8, microSDHC Memory Card*8, microSDXC Memory Card*8
Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movie: XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible, MP4
Recording Format (Movie Audio) XAVC S: LPCM 2ch / AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator) / MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch
Colour Space (Still) sRGB, Adobe RGB
File Format DCF / DPOF / EXIF / MPF
Number of Recorded Pixels (Image Size) [3:2] 20M (5,472×3,648) / 10M (3,888×2,592) / 5M (2,736×1,824)
[4:3] 18M (4,864×3,648) / 10M (3,648×2,736) / 5M (2,592×1,944) / VGA
[16:9] 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528)
[1:1] 13M (3,648×3,648) / 6.5M (2,544×2,544) / 3.7M (1,920×1,920)
[Sweep Panorama] Wide (12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
Still Image Number of recorded pixels (Image Size) during Movie [16:9] 17M (5,472×3,080) / 7.5M (3,648×2,056) / 4.2M (2,720×1,528)
Movie Recording Mode NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920×1,080/50p) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/50i) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/50i) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/25p) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/25p), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M (3,840×2,160/25p) / 25p 60M (3,840×2,160/25p), XAVC S HD:50p 50M (1,920×1,080/50p) / 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/25p) / 100p 100M (1,920×1,080/100p) / 100p 60M (1,920×1,080/100p), MP4: 28M (1,920×1,080/50p) / 16M (1,920×1,080/25p) / 6M (1,280×720/25p)NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode
AVCHD: 28M PS (1,920×1,080/60p) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/60i) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/60i) / 24M FX (1,920×1,080/24p) / 17M FH (1,920×1,080/24p), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M (3,840×2,160/30p) / 30p 60M (3,840×2,160/30p) / 24p 100M (3,840×2,160/24p) / 24p 60M (3,840×2,160/24p), XAVC S HD:60p 50M (1,920×1,080/60p) / 30p 50M (1,920×1,080/30p) / 24p 50M (1,920×1,080/24p) / 120p 100M (1,920×1,080/120p) / 120p 60M (1,920×1,080/120p), MP4: 28M (1,920×1,080/60p) / 16M (1,920×1,080/30p) / 6M (1,280×720/30p)
HFR <Recording>
NTSC/PAL Selector: [PAL] mode
XAVC S HD:50p 50M (1,920×1,080/250fps), 50p 50M (1,920×1,080/500fps), 50p 50M (1,920×1,080/1000fps) / 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/250fps), 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/500fps), 25p 50M (1,920×1,080/1000fps)NTSC/PAL Selector: [NTSC] mode
XAVC S HD:60p 50M (1,920×1,080/240fps), 60p 50M (1,920×1,080/480fps), 60p 50M (1,920×1,080/960fps) / 30p 50M (1,920×1,080/240fps), 30p 50M (1,920×1,080/480fps), 30p 50M (1,920×1,080/960fps) / 24p 50M (1,920×1,080/240fps), 24p 50M (1,920×1,080/480fps), 24p 50M (1,920×1,080/960fps)<Sensor Readout Number of effective pixels>
Quality Priority: 240fps/250fps (1,824×1,026), 480fps/500fps (1,676×566), 960fps/1000fps (1,136×384)/Shoot Time Priority: 240fps/250fps (1,676×566), 480fps/500fps (1,136×384), 960fps/1000fps (800×270)
Print Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)
Interface Input and Output Terminal Multi/Micro USB Terminal*9, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI
NFC NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
Wi-Fi Yes (IEEE802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz band))
Eye-Fi Yes
Power Power Source DC3.6V (supplied battery) / DC5.0V (supplied AC adaptor)
Battery System NP-BX1 (supplied)
Power Consumption (Camera mode) Approx. 1.9W with LCD monitor and approx. 2.3W with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
USB Charge/USB Power Supply Yes (Shooting, Playback)
Battery Life [Still Images*10]
Monitor: Approx. 280 / Approx. 140min., Viewfinder:Approx. 230 / Approx. 115min.[Movies (actual shooting)*11*12]
Monitor: Approx. 45 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 45 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB)[Movies (continuous shooting)*11]
Monitor: Approx. 80 min., Viewfinder: Approx. 85 min. (In [MP4 28M] mode, max. continuous shooting time is approx. 20 min. and max. file size is 4GB)*13
Others PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Shooting functions Eye AF / Face Detection / Face Registration / Still Image Recording (during movie recording) / Smile shutter / Grid Line / Quick Navi / Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll) / WB Bracket / DRO Bracketing / MF Assist / Peaking / Zebra / Marker Display / Micref Level / Step Zoom / Quick Zoom / Self-portrait timer / TC/UB / Photographer Name & Copyright / ISO Auto Minimum Shutter Speed / PC Remote Control
Playback Functions BRAVIA Sync / 9/25-frame index view / Auto orientation / Slide Show / Forward/Rewind (Movie) / Delete / Protect / Motion Shot Video / Beauty Effect / TRILUMINOS Colour*15/ 4K image output
Supplied accessories Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, strap adapter, Instruction Manual
*1
Optical zoom from the wide side.
*2
REI = Recommended Exposure Index
*3
Achieved by using overlay burst shooting.
*4
You may not be able to shoot images in Burst mode depending on the Shooting mode.
*5
Speed will be slowing after taking some shots.
*6
Self-Timer is available.
*7
For movies, compatible Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark2), Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card or microSD / microSDHC / microSDXC card (Class 4 or faster speed is recommended) can be used.
*8
with Adaptor (optional)
*9
Supports Micro USB compatible device.
*10
The LCD screen is turned on, shooting once every 30 seconds, the zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends the flash strobes once every two times, the power turns on and off once every ten times.
*11
Continuous shooting is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications,default setting).
*12
Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom, stand-by, power off.
*13
Based on non-stop recording until the limit (29 minutes or 4GB) has been reached, and then continued recording again. Shooting functions such as zoom will not be available.
*14
Models capable of extended-gamut recording and HDMI transmission function for both still images and movies.
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