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Sony DSCP52 Cyber-shot 3.2MP Digital Camera w/ 2x Optical Zoom

by Sony

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  • 3.2 megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor captures enough detail for prints up to 11 x 14
  • 2x optical zoom plus 3.2x digital zoom (6.4x total)
  • MPEG VX movie mode with audio recording; 1.6-inch LCD
  • Includes 16 MB Memory Stick; compatible with Memory Stick Pro media
  • Powered by 2100 mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries (included with charger); connects with PCs and Macs compatible with USB 2.0
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: DSCP52
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 3.2 MP
  • Optical zoom: 2 x
  • Minimum focal length: 41 millimeters
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Product Details

Product Manual [2.94mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 4.9 x 2.2 inches ; 10.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00008MZ0B
  • Item model number: DSCP52
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,765 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at February 24, 2003

Product Description

The fun, easy-to-use Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P52 digital camera packs in more pixels and more features than its predecessor. With its 3.2-megapixel resolution, the Cyber-shot DSC-P52 produces stunning images in a diverse range of conditions. The Cyber-shot DSC-P52 adds a 2x optical zoom (the DSC-P32 only offers digital zoom), helping you bring distant subjects closer. It's also one of the first Sony cameras to be compatible with Memory Stick Pro.

Step-up Value
Here's a Sony feature that adds value to this digital camera and differentiates it from other models in the Sony lineup.

product image Slow Shutter Noise Reduction: This process captures the scene in two exposures. The second subtracts the noise pattern from the initial shot, resulting in a final beautiful photograph that is virtually noise-free.

Optics and Resolution
The 3.2-megapixel resolution creates images large enough to print 11-by-17-inch enlargements. The 14-bit DXP system plus Super HAD CCD combine to produce excellent image detail and stunningly smooth contrast and color rendition. The Cyber-shot DSC-P52 offers a 2x optical zoom and 3.2x digital zoom for a 6.4x total.

Storage and Transfer
Images are stored on Memory Sticks, and a 16 MB Memory Stick is included. The Cyber-shot DSC-P52 is also one of the first Sony cameras to be compatible with optional Memory Stick Pro media, which can extends data capacity up to 1 GB.

Images can be downloaded to either a Mac or PC via USB connectivity, which means it can be connected to any USB-based Windows 98/Me/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 or later computer without installing any software.

Movie Mode
You can capture far more than still images with the MPEG Movie VX function. Most digital cameras' movie modes are limited to 30- or 60-second clips, but the Cyber-shot DSC-P52 can keep shooting until you've filled the memory card. When used with Memory Stick Pro media you can shoot approximately 22 minutes of video.

More Features

  • 1.6-inch LCD monitor and true-zoom optical viewfinder for more accurate framing at eye level
  • The three-area multipoint autofocus can intelligently focus on the subject and avoids mistakenly focusing on the background
  • A multi-burst mode captures 16 images (320 x 240) as part of a single 1,280 x 960 image and plays them back sequentially in the camera
  • The Multi-Pattern Measuring feature establishes a maximum exposure value, independently light metering 49 points of the frame, even where pronounced highlight and shadow are not centered
  • Five scene modes: twilight, twilight portrait, landscape, snow, and beach
  • Built-in flash with red-eye reduction, auto, forced on, forced off, and slow-syncro modes

Power, Size, and Contents
The camera is powered by the NH-AA-DA rechargeable NiMH battery (included). It measures 4.7 by 2.3 by 1.3 inches and weighs 7.9 ounces. This package includes the Cyber-shot DSC-P52 digital camera, 16 MB Memory Stick, battery and battery charger (BC-CS2), USB and AV cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with imaging software and USB drivers for Windows and Mac.

Product Description

This ultra compact Sony Cyber-Shot 3.2MP Digital Camera provides ultra high performance. A 3.2 megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor gives you detailed prints up to 11x14". The 2x optical zoom plus a 3.2x digital zoom give you a total of 6.4x. Use MPEG VX movie mode to capture high frame rate audio/video clips. Features: still image resolutions up to 2048 x 1536, 16MB Memory Stick, automatic exposure and auto focus modes, built-in automatic electronic flash, 1.6" Integrated color LCD screen, optical viewfinder, integrated USB 2.0-1.1 interface (cable included), DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compliance and AC adapter.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "intyboy" on January 20, 2004
This P-52 Cybershot camera is an incredible value, and I couldn't be happier with it. I've compared this camera with 2003 Canon, Fuji, HP photosmart and Kodak models, and the Sony wins hands down. Except in the case of the Canon, the Sony P-52 is far superior. There are almost too many pros to even list.
-The most advanced "Super H.A.D. CCD" exclusive to Sony.
-CCD is 2x as sensitive as any other company's CCD, & 6 dB less digital noise!
-beautiful, accurate colour
-extremely versatile lens takes perfect pics from 3 inches away
-very fast autofocus (1/2 a second)
-autofocus illuminator light for taking pics in the dark
-extremely fast start-up. Around 1.5 seconds!
-very fast LCD: almost no lapse time from real life to LCD.
-LCD has 6 settings for good viewing indoors or out.
-Aperture stays open up to 2 full seconds in dark. Anything longer can damage the CCD, or let in too many unwanted artifacts
-full array of manual functions (aperture [ev], focus & ISO)
-snow mode keeps the detail of the white snow
-beach mode captures the perfect blue of the water
-up to 1 GIG of memory - supports memory stick Pro!
-5 pic size settings - VGA, 1.2 mp, 2.0 mp 2.8 mp & 3.1 mp
-2.8 mp is "3:2 ratio" for perfect 4 x 6 photos
-cool multi-burst mode. Takes 2 pictures in a row, under 1 second. 16-shot option as well.
-smart flash. Even when taking picture in daylight, will sense if it is needed, and come on appropriately.
-Smart Zoom. Not a digital zoom. Picture quality does not degrade like standard digital zooms.
-very long battery life. 2 Ni-mh "Stamina" AA batteries last 67% longer than 2002 batteries.
-metal threads for tripod. Most other companies use plastic. Bad idea!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beach Queen on May 4, 2004
This camera is a great gem for the price and offers great versatility. The camera is very good quality (sturdy) and can take a few bumps and scratches, unlike many other flimsy cameras in this price range. I have owned digital cameras before and many of the typical problems are solved with the P52. I take a lot of pictures at family events, and vacations. Its a great take along camera.
- The camera turns on super fast, like in 2-3 seconds it is ready to take a shot. (this is an annoying problem with many digital cameras) And it also saves the pictures to the memory card is very fast, less than 1 second and its ready again to shoot.
- The battery useage is excellent. Even with regular alkaline batteries I've been able to take pictures for several hours, at 2Mpix Normal setting. With the included rechargeable Sony batteries it is superb on battery life.
- Camera menu is very extensive IF you want to use it. If not you can leave it on "Auto" and the pictures turn out great, most of the time.
- Can take pictures in COMPLETE DARKNESS. This I have done many times using the flash on red-eye reduction setting, it works in a regular size room (10 x 14). Great for sneaking up on sleeping family members and taking funny pictures. The flash is very powerful up to about 9-10 feet.
- The pictures tend to have redish atifacts in them, particularly when taking very close up shots of people.
- Pictures taken out doors can sometimes look too bright, almost washed out. You can make some adjustments to the ISO to fix this problem.
- Movie mode eats up the memory stick quickly, so I had to upgrade to a 256MB Memory Stick Pro ($65 at [...]) and now its great.
- Marco mode ...forget it, not good on this camera.
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66 of 84 people found the following review helpful By superman2k3 on May 22, 2003
As you would expect from a Sony camera, it has good picture quality in daylight. The night shots are not so good since it has only a 2 sec twilight mode. And the lens isn't very bright either. (P72/P32 have brighter F2.8 lens)
Battery life is excellent and LCD screen is good. World charger and NiMH batteries are included.
Check out the specs of this model carefully, its different from P72/P32. This one is 2in thick, has old & slow 2x zoom lens and is bulky.
Its a shame Sony tries to sell 3MP/2x instead of popular combination of 2MP/3x. Not to mention the extra cost of propreitary memory sticks compared to CF/SD cards. There are so many better camera's in market than this for a lower cost, I don't see any reason for this to sell.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
I have had this model for almost 2 years and I have just upgraded to the D-7 (which I am yet to use). This camera has gone 10000 pics and kinda gave up. It no longer uploads pics in order and you have to search thru the tiny images on the screen to see what you just took.

The quality of the pics is now sub-par. I took the pics for my friend's daughter's birthday party and almost all were blurry. The flash does not work properly anymore either. Mostly I just need more than 3mp to take decent pics.

* The flash is too far from the lens and casts a large shadow behind the object
* the ends of the camera are curved - good luck taking vertical timer pics, it tips over!
*it is clunky and oddly-shaped

* It does take a good movie, in two sizes (10 seconds in high setting is the max for my email capabilities)
* The memory stick plugs into my Sony TV so I can view, edit, and play movies on my TV. Obviously only a 'pro' if you have a sony tv!
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