Sony's 8-megapixel Cyber-Shot ready for Christmas

Sony's newest high-end digital camera for the professional home user, the 8-megapixel Cyber-Shot DSC-F828, will be released in time for Christmas.

The DSC-F828, which comes with a Carl Zeiss T* zoom lens will sell for $2,599 when it is released in the second week of December. It will also come with a 256MB Memory Stick Duo Pro card. On its own the card sells for $215.

The company claims to have invested 2 years of R&D into the camera. Its main attraction is a four colour CCD filter. Sony has added emerald to the standard red, blue green (RGB) filters on digital cameras. It claims the RBG+E filter improves colour reproduction and that it is closer to the human eye's colour perception.

Ben Smith, Sony's digital imaging product manager said the resolution in cameras today was high enough to achieve great quality. "But colour reproduction is an area we can radically improve."

Another feature introduced to this camera is the Real Imaging Processor which sees all camera functions integrated onto a single chip. One feature is the shutter time lag is reduced by 50 per cent compared to typical 5 megapixel Sony cameras. This also allows for faster shooting in continuous mode.

The camera supports RAW, TIFF, and JPEG image files. It can also capture 30 seconds of MPEG 4 video at 640x480 resolution. On top of Sony Memory Stick cards it also accepts CompactFlash and IBM Microdrive media cards.

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