A further entry-level abbouncement from Sony today announced the arrival of the Cyber-shot S650, a 7.2MP addition to Sony's S series.

A further entry-level announcement from Sony today introduced the arrival of the Cyber-shot S650, a 7.2 megapixel addition to Sony’s S series. Key specs include a 3x optical zoom, Auto and Programme modes, and a choice of seven Scene Selection modes. In High Sensitivity (REI) mode, sensitivity can also be boosted to ISO 1000 and the camera sports a 2-inch LCD but no vewfinder.

A new Function Guide offers an on-screen description of each shooting mode, and a selection of flash, macro, self-timer and other settings can also be confirmed with the aid of on-screen icons. As another bonus for beginners, the Cyber-shot S650 offers guidance on how many shots can be captured on the remaining memory as well as suggesting the most appropriate image resolution for a preferred print paper size. There?s also a ?Direct Play? button that switches instantly to playback for quick confirmation of shots.

The camera accepts standard AA Alkaline batteries and Sony promises a battery life of up to 460 shots from a single charge of a Li MH battery (available as an optional extra). The Cyber-shot S650 will be available in the UK from mid February 2007. Full details are available at www.sony.co.uk

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S650 key features

7.2 effective megapixels

ISO 1000 high sensitivity (REI) for low-light shooting

3x optical zoom, 6x digital zoom, up to 14x smart zoom

Easy operation with on-screen Function Guide

Bright 2-inch (5.1cm) LCD screen

High quality Sony lens

Compact design with silver finish

16:9 mode for playback on a widescreen TV

Motion-JPEG (30fps movie mode with audio)

PictBridge for direct connection to printer without need for PC

24MB internal memory

Accepts 2 standard AA batteries

STAMINA battery life up to 460 shots (CIPA standard with LCD screen on, using optional NH-AA-2DB batteries)

Supplied accessories: 2x Alkaline batteries, AV & USB cables, wrist strap and software

Compatible with a range of optional Sony accessories

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