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Sony DSCU60 2.0 Megapixel Digital Camera

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  • Durable for active lifestyle; waterproof up to 5 feet; one-handed operation
  • Fast start up (0.9 seconds); built-in flash with red-eye reduction; 1-inch LCD monitor
  • Includes 8 MB Memory Stick; compatible with Memory Stick Pro media
  • Includes rechargeable NiMH AAA batteries and charger; connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
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Product Description

The DSCU60 Features A 2 Megapixel Effective Resolution 1632 x 1224 Pixels A 1 inch Hybrid LCD Monitor And So Much More With The Rugged Design And One Handed Operation This Is A Camera With A Sport Lifestyle In Mind DSCU60 Is Waterproof It Can Be Taken To The Pool The Beach And Even Underwater Though Only To 1.5 Meters 5 Feet It Has An Underwater Scene Mode To Match The Shooting Conditions Under Water

From the Manufacturer

Capturing summer memories just got more fun with the new DSC-U60 Cyber-shot U Digital Camera. The DSC-U60's rugged, water-proof design brings picture taking to greater depths, even up to 5 feet underwater. Its unique vertical angle, designed for one-handed operation and fast start up time ensure that every shot can be captured. Includes 2.0 megapixel effective resolution, 1x Optical Zoom, 1.0 Hybrid LCD Monitor and so much more. Finally a camera designed for your sport utility lifestyle!

Features include:

  • Active Design: The DSC-U60 has been designed to be durable, yet easy to use. With its unique "one-handed" operation this camera can be taken to more "Active" lifestyles such as the pool, the beach, while skiing, and even underwater; allowing you to capture even more spontaneous and creative memories.
  • Waterproof (5 Foot Depth): Beach, Pool, Ski Slope? Splash Resistant and Waterproof up to 5 feet in depth, the DSC-U60 is the go anywhere camera for any occasion, for any weather condition.
  • 1/2.7" 2.0 Megapixel Effective Super HAD CCD: Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD's provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.
  • Fast Start-up (0.9 sec.): Lets you capture your precious memories at the speed of life, rather than miss "The" shot, waiting for your camera to start up.
  • Pre-Flash Metering: With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and calculates exposure through the lens directly from the CCD for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction insure great flash shots.
  • Memory Stick Media: Digital. Powerful. Transportable. Memory Stick media is compact, portable and rugged--connecting a variety of hardware and software applications.
  • Red-Eye Reduction: The Red-Eye Reduction system uses a series of pre-flashes that causes the subject's pupils to contract, reducing the possibility of reflection from the back of the eye that causes the red-eye problem.
  • Scene Selection Mode: With 6 Scene Modes (Soft Snap, Illumination Snap, Twilight, Active Outdoor, Vivid Nature, Underwater), the camera parameters are changed to match the shooting conditions.
  • 12-Bit DXP A/D Conversion: Sony's 12-bit Digital EXtended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 4096 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.
  • 1.0 " Hybrid LCD Monitor (64K): Monitors the scene for accurate framing. The Reflective LCD absorbs and reflects the ambient light through the LCD to improve brightness in sunlight.
  • Auto Bright Monitoring: To help framing in low or no-light situations, the CCD gain is briefly increased to provide an extra bright display on the LCD viewfinder just before exposure.
  • Selectable Picture Size: Select 640 x 480 (VGA) picture size for on-screen viewing and email applications, or 1632x 1224 (UXGA) picture size great for photo quality 5" x 7" prints.
  • VGA Burst Mode: Captures five (5) 640 x 480 frames, which allows for the ability to capture fast moving objects in separate files for viewing at a later date.
  • MPEG Movie Mode (No Audio): Capture up to 15 seconds of 160 x 112 MPEG video for very small files that are perfect for emailing to family and friends.
  • Playback Zoom: During playback, zoom either 2.5X or 5.0X on the image.
  • USB Interface: Allows digital still images and MPEG1 movies, stored on Memory Stick Media, to be easily transferred to Microsoft Windows operating system compatible or Macintosh computers equipped with USB terminals. Simply plug in the supplied USB cable from your camera to the computer's USB port for fast access to your pictures.
  • USB Bus Powered for File Transfer: Using the supplied USB cable, power is supplied to the camera, allowing for easy transfer of still images and MPEG1 movies directly from the camera to the PC. No need for an additional power source.
  • Picture Effects: Select from 4 Picture Effects (Negative Art, Sepia, Black & White, Solarize) to add creativity to ordinary pictures.
  • Picture Indexing: Finding a special picture stored on the Memory Stick Media is easy with the Picture Index mode. View four images at a time for convenient and quick access to your images.
  • Rechargeable NiMH Batteries: Reliable power is provided by Sony's Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) AAA Stamina batteries with external charger.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.4 x 1.7 x 4.6 inches
Item Weight 7 ounces
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
ASIN B00009YFXC
Item model number DSCU60
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3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,712 in Camera & Photo
#347 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com June 29, 2004

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By Peter Bowman on September 19, 2003
The U-60 is a gem. I bought it for water sports and to have a small rugged carry-anywhere digicam (I also have an Olympus C-700 for more technical and telephoto shots). I keep it in my pocket and often get those "I wish I had a camera right now" spontaneous shots that I used to miss. It's fast to start, easy to understand, very user friendly, small to carry, and gets decent resolution pics. It goes surfing every time I do. Especially fun and useful is the "burst mode" that takes five shots in a row. It addresses that frustration of "shutter lag" and "shutter timing" that can happen with digital action shots. More info:
PROS:
Small, cheap, rugged, easy to use, good software, good battery life, decent resolution, well waterproofed, cheap batteries, burst mode, battery-saving lowlight LCD mode, card reader unnecessary.
Cons: No viewfinder, tiny LCD, no opt. zoom, burst pics are only 600x400. (although I adjusted to all these shortcomings and didn't miss them!)
For it's intended use, it excels.
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Although the DSC-U60 has almost none of the features one has come to expect on a digital camera, it does what it does flawlessly. What it does is snap simple, hi-resolution photos in any environment without fail.

It has no zoom lens. What you see in the viewfiner is what you get, period. You point, you shoot, that's it.

It is (or at least mine is) really, truly waterproof. This is an absolutely essential feature for me, and is the raison d'etre of the DSC-U60. If you don't need a waterproof camera, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you kayak, canoe, fish, or camp, it's really cool to have a camera you don't have to worry about getting wet. I've killed a number of cameras on river trips, and probably lost some great photos as a result. This puppy has been in rivers, lakes, and hot tubs, and hasn't skipped a beat.

The lens is great, the electronics are great, and the resolution is superb. Although 5 or 6 MP is becoming standard these days, the DSC-U60 takes extremely sharp, clear photos, good for printing or viewing on-screen.

If you need anything more or less than a waterproof point-and-shoot, you will be disappointed. This would be a really poor choice for a general-purpose camera. There are better, sharper, and easier-to-use cameras out there with way more features for much less money.

On the other hand, if (like me) you really need an indestructable camera for simple, high-quality snapshots, you couldn't ask for more.
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I really like this camera. It takes great pictures. It easy to use when out kayaking. It has fallen in the water and been entirely submerged with no problems. It's sporty looking and very easy to use. I highly recommend it.
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For 2mp cam with no zoom, this little thing takes some nice shots. I have used it in a party setting, in a heavy shorebreak and out on reef break a short paddle out from the shore. Has not let me down yet. This is not suitable for a main digicam, and I don't really see myself getting prints from it but for web, email and general electronic use it's great.

Some issues with battery life however, be prepared to get a backup set or two of the rechargable sony bateries. Also as others have mentioned the "burst" mode resolution is tiny and the video mode is really only usable as a last resort, and I mean aliens landing/second coming type last resort. Don't buy it for those modes but still consider it, at $150 it's a bargain.
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I really like the Sony DSCU60 digital camera, it's special to take it to the beach and take pictures under the water. With 2.0 megapixel it's not for pros but the quality its great for point and click cameras. The only con: no audio with video recording but for 150$ I think its ok
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I have had the camera since 2004 and it still works. I use it like most people for outdoor activities. I don't do anything special to prevent it from getting wet. However, on my last kayak trip I noticed condensation behind the LCD. Based on what I have read in the other reviews the end may be near.

Its a great design, the one handed shape. It tucks into a life vest or a ski pocket. I never put it in a case, its always at hand. It was inexpensive and the pictures can be great. Its best features in order are, water proof, small size, and easy to deploy. That puts the camera in play in more situations than a SLR or even most point and shoots. That makes for some good pictures.

The video is a joke and there is no sound. The lack of a zoom is fine. Most zooms are pretty anemic. The resolution when you blow it up is lame by today's standards. It eats batteries so carry a bunch of rechargeables and a charger or use lithium disposables (but recycle them!!!)

I believe they don't make the camera anymore, but I really would like Sony to update the thing pretty much as is but with a sharper lense (skip the zoom though), more resolution, better water proofing, and better quality of construction. If they could produce it for less than $150 bucks I bet they could sell a bunch of them.
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I have had one for over 10 yrs and saw this one online. I love it for its simplicity and it takes excellent pics! Though no tele-photo or the extras one purchase with other cameras. But if one know how to use software, that is not an issue.
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