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The DSC-F1 is a early digital camera introduced in 1996 from Sony. This camera is often said to be the first Cybershot camera, but that branding is not used on the camera, packaging or documentation. The similar updated F2 model does have the CyberShot branding.
It features a 350,000 pixel 1/1.3" CCD sensor, producing color photos with a maximum resolution of 640 x 480. Images are stored in JPEG format. The fixed focus lens is a Sony Video Lens 4.8mm f/2 at a 35mm equivalent. It is mounted on a 180 degree rotating platform. It is able to focus from 0.7m to infinity and in macro mode from 0.08 to 0.25m. The built-in flash has a maximum distance of 3m. There is 4MB of built-in memory which can store 58 pictures in standard mode, 30 in fine and 108 in snapshot mode. Along with the optical finder, the viewing system include a 61,380 dot 1.8" color LCD screen. The camera seem to have been designed for left handed users as a majority of the buttons are on the left side of the body. It uses a jog wheel style control system (again on the left) for manipulating the the user interface. The right of the body has the function dial knob and the shutter release. For connectivity, it uses a 9 pin connector based on RS232 protocol. IrDA inferred is also supported. Power is with a rechargeable 3.6v lithium ion LIP-10 battery.
In early 1997, an updated model was available in some regions called the DSC-F2. There is not a significant change in specifications to this camera. It is indeed an improved model that is a bit faster and more responsive. Battery consumption has also been improved slightly. In late 1997 another update was released called Cyber-shot DSC-F3.
|DSC-F1 back view|
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