Sony Cyber Shot DSC P92

The P92 is a point and shoot 5mega pixel camera with a 3 x optical zoom. This has a high resolution Sony imager which is used by the camera for capturing the perfect picture. The P92 falls in the category of the best point and shoot camera that Sony has to offer.

The P92 has dimensions of 119.4 x 58.4 x 33.0 mm and weighs around 259g with battery and memory card. In all the P92 is an average sized point and shoot camera and in all fairness a bit bigger than what most would prefer a point and shoot camera to be. Along with the 3 x optical zoom the P92 also has a 4 x digital zoom. The focal length of the P92 ranges between 7.9mm to 23.7mm which is equivalent to 38mm to 114mm on a 35mm film camera. Largest aperture for focal length is f/2.8 to f/5.6. Along with 5mega pixel sensor the camera also has support for 4mega pixel, 3.1 mega pixel, 1.2 mega pixel and VGA mode.

The P92 has a 1.5″ TFT LCD screen and an optical real-image viewfinder aswell. The LCD screen although takes more energy but provides better framing than the optical real-image viewfinder. Pictures are stored in JPEG format with P 92 having resolutions of 2592×1944, 2592×1728, 2048×1536, 1280×960 and 640×480.

The exposure composition supported by P92 ranges between -2.0 and 2.0 EV in 1/3 stop. It also has support for flash compensation having ratings of low, normal, and high. The camera has two auto focus modes, multi and center mode. In the multi mode the camera makes use of wider set of AF sensors and attempts to pick the right focus spot itself while in the center mode the AF sensors are in the center of the view finder and one need to manually re-compose the picture. The P92 allows manual focus at pre defined distances of 0.5m, 1.0m, 3.0m, 7.0m, and infinity. In standard AF the focusing ranges between 19.7″ (50cm) to Infinity and for A/F Macro this increases to 3.9″(10cm) to Infinity. The aperture control ranges between f/2.8 to 8.0 while the shutter control is between 2 seconds to 1/2000 seconds.

There are 3 ISO levels that the photographer can make us of which includes ISO 100, 200 and 400. An auto mode is also available where the camera decides which ISO level to be chosen in order to get the proper picture. The camera like most of the other Sony cameras tends to over expose pictures to some extent. Solarize, sepia, black & white and negative art are the special effects made available in the P92. This is place where Sony is usually good but with such few options things might be as good as one would have hoped for. But still even with that, the effects used do provide good results. In the macro mode the camera dose not obtain the desired level with the minimum focus distance being half feet. There are five scene modes to select from helping the camera to take a snap using its optimum settings. The Scene modes include Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Snow and Beach. The various white balance options are Automatic, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent and Incandescent. The camera has an inbuilt flash to help take pictures in dark conditions. The various flash modes available are Auto flash, Red eye reduction, Fill-in, Slow Synchro and Flash off.

One can take movies in two resolutions, 160 x 120 and 320 x 240. The capturing time of the movies is largely dependent on two factors, one being the amount of space available and the second being the resolution being used. P92 also captures sounds while capturing the movies. Movies are stored in MPEG format and have a speed of 16 frames per second.  The P92 has a self timer which can delay the picture to be taken by 12 seconds maximum. For powering purposes the camera uses 2 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries.

The camera has 16MB of memory already present during purchase and is compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro. This increases the memory be a maximum of 1GB providing more storage space but dose not have support for high speed transfer function and access control security function. The outer connectors present in the P92 are USB 2.0, Audio-Video and DC input thus making it compatible with computers and television sets.

Over all the P92 is an average sized point and shoot camera which provides good picture quality and being one of the best point and shoot cameras available in the market it is surely worth a look.

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