Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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S is for Sony

Sony and Santa seem like a favorite Christmas gift combination. And this year there is a perfect Hawaii gift.

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The company has "ruggedized" its Cyber-shot digital still cameras in the DSC-U60 ($250) with waterproof O-ring sealing closures and shock absorbent protections that allow the camera to be used underwater to a depth of 5 feet.

The DSC-U60 makes a handy companion on any outdoor expedition. Its vertical orientation is designed for one-handed operation and has a fast start-up time of less than one second.

The U60's buttons are laid out to be easily accessible by the thumb. With a few clicks of the Scene button, users can switch among seven modes, including an underwater setting (noted by a fish icon), which adjusts for the blue hue of water, and an action setting (noted by a running man icon), to capture fast-moving subjects.

To get technical, the camera has 2.0 megapixels (effective), no zoom, auto and four-step manual focus, program exposure only, JPEG file format only, auto ISO, 2 AAA batteries and movie mode.

The 8-megabyte Memory Stick included with the Sony DSC-U60 can only store 15 images at the camera's highest resolution. You should buy at least a 16-megabyte Memory Stick, allowing the storage of a minimum of 30 best-quality images.

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