SONY Cyber-shot DSC-U10

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Introduced in late 2002, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U10, or simply the Cyber-shot U is a 1.3 megapixel “submimi” digital camera with a tiny 1-inch LCD. As shown in the figure above, it is no larger than a roll of 120 film and it weights only 118g including batteries (two AAA’s)! Yet the designer(s) still managed to fit a built-in flash and a relatively fast (f2.8) auto-focus prime lens in it. The camera can be powered up either by sliding the lens cover open or using the power button on the top. Given the level of technology back in early 2000’s, it also has a pretty fast start up time. Beside its ultra compact design, the Cyber-shot U also offers an interesting feature, as shown in the figure below, that is not nomrally found even for a high-end point-and-shoot : manual zone-focusing capability.

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This camera uses first generation Memory Stick and records images (JEPG of course) with a resolution up to 1280 x 960 pixels on it. Below is a comparison between (from the right): the original Sony Memory Stick (introduced in 1998), the PRO Duo (introduced in 2002) and a (more commonly seen) SD card.

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Finally, let’s take a look at some sample photos taken by this little camera:

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Status: In Collection

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