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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

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Product Information
Slim and stylish, the Sony DSC-S980 DSLR camera lets you capture all your special moments and cherish them over and over again. With 4x optical zoom and 1/2.3-inch Sony Super HAD CCD sensor, this Sony Cyber-shot 12.1 MP camera not only brings the subject four times closer, but also shoots beautiful, clear photos. The image stabilization feature in the Sony DSC-S980 counters handshakes to rule out image blurs. Plus, the face detection technology in this DSLR camera smartly adjusts focus, exposure, and flash to deliver true-to-life photographs of up to eight individuals. Thanks to the 2.7-inch color LCD display on this Sony Cyber-shot 12.1 MP camera, you can easily view photos, read menu, and compose shots. All things considered, this Sony Cyber-shot 12.1 MP camera aims to be a perfect travel companion.

Product Features
  • 12.1 megapixels Super HAD CCD image sensor
    A powerful 12.1 megapixels 1/2.3" Super HAD CCD image sensor helps you capture gorgeous images with superb contrast and clarity down to the finest detail. With 12.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3 size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.
  • 4x optical zoom lens
    4x optical zoom lens captures sharp images, even from a distance, and enables close-up shooting up to just under 2" from the subject.
  • 2.7" LCD display
    A large 2.7" LCD display features sharp, natural color that makes it easy to compose shots, read menus, and view photos.
  • Face Detection technology
    Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus and exposure to deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
  • SteadyShot digital image stabilization
    SteadyShot digital image stabilization compensates for camera shake and helps prevent blur by capturing two photos at high shutter speeds and combining them into a single clear image.
  • High sensitivity mode (ISO 3200)
    High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash. In addition to high sensitivity mode (ISO), you can select up to eight ISO settings when shooting in program auto mode to adjust sensitivity to your shooting conditions.
  • Scene selection modes
    Choose from seven convenient scene selection modes to quickly adjust for specific shooting conditions, including high sensitivity, twilight, twilight portrait, landscape, soft snap, snow, and beach.
  • Easy shooting mode
    With easy shooting mode, even beginners can take great photos. In easy shooting mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings so you can just take the picture without worrying about settings.
  • Histogram display
    Histogram display gives you more control over your images with the ability to optimize exposure adjustments for better detail in both light and dark areas of a photo.
  • In-camera retouching tools
    Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera trimming and red-eye correction functions.
  • Multi-purpose resize function
    The multi-purpose resize function lets you change the aspect ratio of an image right in the camera, so you can adjust images as necessary, whether you want to display them on a compatible HDTV3, e-mail them or upload them to a blog.
  • Direct playback button
    Direct playback button provides one-touch ability to review images while shooting, or quickly start up playback mode from power-off status.

Product Highlights

Product Identifiers
UPC027242749160, 4905524580488

Key Features
Camera TypePoint & Shoot
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom2x
Sensor Resolution12.1 MP
Screen Size2.7"

Optical Sensor
Sensor Size1/2.3"
Sensor TypeSuper HAD CCD

Lens System
Focus AdjustmentAutomatic, Manual
Auto Focus typeTTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera33 - 132mm

Max Shutter Speed1/12000 sec
Min Shutter Speed1 sec
Exposure compensation±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Exposure MeteringMulti-Segment
Exposure ModesAutomatic, Program
Light SensitivityISO 100, ISO 1600, ISO 200, ISO 3200, ISO 400, ISO 800, ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max3200

Camera Flash
Flash TypeBuilt-in flash
Red Eye ReductionYes
Effective Flash Range0.5 m - 3.5 m
Flash ModesAuto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Synchro

Memory / Storage
Integrated Memory size12 MB
Supported Flash MemoryMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo

Viewfinder TypeNone

Depth0.94 in.
Height2.19 in.
Width3.67 in.
Weight4.8 Oz.

Display TypeLCD
Display RotationBuilt-in
Screen DetailsLCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Size2.7"

Microphone TypeMicrophone - built-in

Connector Types1 x USB, 1 x composite video/audio output
Expansion Slot1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo

System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System SupportedApple Mac OS 9.1, Apple Mac OS 9.2, Apple Mac OS X 10.1 - 10.5, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows XP

Battery Form FactorManufacturer specific

File Format
Still Image FormatJPEG

Max Video Resolution320 x 240

Other Features
Additional FeaturesAuto Power Save, Automatic Face Tracking, Built-In Help Guide, Built-In Speaker, Cropping An Image, Direct Print, Histogram Display, PictBridge Support, Red eye Fix, Resizing an Image, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Face DetectionYes
Shooting ModesFrame Movie Mode

Shooting ProgramsBeach, High sensitivity, Landscape, Snow, Soft snap, Twilight mode, Twilight portrait
Special EffectsBlack & White, Sepia
Continuous Shooting Speed1 frame per second
Video Capture320 x 240 - 30 fps

eBay Product ID: EPID100157357

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    Created: 02/10/10

    Nice Camera To Have

    Review For: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    The latest in the company's S-series, the Sony S980 is closely related to the S950 model which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks ago. The Sony S980 looks to be a fairly straightforward resolution upgrade of the previous camera, as it will be based around a 1/2.33" SuperHAD CCD image sensor with 12.1 megapixel resolution, just slightly higher-res than the S950's 10.1 megapixel image sensor. This imager is coupled to a 4x optical zoom lens with equivalent focal lengths ranging from 33 to 132mm, while the maximum aperture varies from f/2.5 to f/5.6 across the zoom range. Macro focusing will be possible down to a minimum of five centimeters. The S980 will forgo any optical viewfinder in favor of a 2.7" LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution.

    The Sony Cybershot S980 will be limited to a maximum ISO sensitivity of 3,200 equivalent, and will not offer true mechanical image stabilization, instead opting only for Digital Image Stabilization which functions by raising the camera's sensitivity (and along with it, the noise levels) so as to achieve a higher shutter speed and reduce motion blurring. The Sony S980 will also include face detection capable of identifying eight faces simultaneously, and will take into account the locations of detected faces when calculating autoexposure and autofocus variables.

    Other features of the Sony DSC-S980 will include six scene modes, Motion JPEG AVI video, in-camera red-eye correction and image cropping, and a multi-function terminal that will cater for both USB / video output and DC input connections. The S980's 25.9mm thick body will be available in three colors - silver, pink and black.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 04/14/09

    Excellent Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980/P 12.1 Megapixel

    Review For: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    I bought The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980/P 12.1 Megapixel three weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive an excellent digital camera.His size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan.Excellent imagen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful. Was this review helpful? Yes | No

    Created: 08/10/09

    Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 12.1 Megapixel

    Review For: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Silver

    It is small and fits in the pocket. It takes superbly good pictures. The price was reasonable and shipping was promptly. The 12.1 megapixel makes a big difference in picture quality. I used to be a Minolta fan, but the Sony Cyber-shot makes me a believer in new technolgy. I decided to buy this camera since I wanted a small size camera with a big size cameras quality.

    Ragnar Lovoll. Eidsaa. Norway

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