Excerpt: This is an autofocus (19.7 inch focus range, and 2.4 inch in macro mode) compact digital camera with slim design and a copper-like metallic color, but, most of all, with a unique touchscreen interface and ultracompact body. But itâ€™s more than just an autofocus camera because Sony’s also imbued the screen with a new ability: free-spot focusing .
Excerpt: Physical Views The N2 compared in size to a standard CD. Go to Features & Controls Sony DSC-N2 Specifications Imaging Device: 1/1.7" 10.1MP Super HAD CCD Sensor Recording Media: 25MB internal Flash memory, Memory Stick Duo™ Media, Memory Stick PRO Duo™ Media Lens: Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens 6 Elements in 5 groups, 3 Aspheric Elements Focal Length: 7.9 - 23.7 mm 35mm Equivalent: 38 - 114 mm Smart Zoom Technology: Up to 3.4X (8MP), 4.2X (5MP), 5.3X (3MP),...
Conclusion: The Sony Cyber-shot N2 packs 10 megapixels and a huge touchscreen into its small casing. The rather powerful flash, manual controls and great movie mode also add the appeal of the N2 to the crowds. Despite offering more manual controls (over exposure) than your typical compact, the Sony N2 lacks custom white balance and has limited aperture options.
Pros: 3X lens, high resolution in a small body, Powerful flash, Above average battery life, Large touchscreen LCD, Fairly fast performance, Manual controls, Great movie mode, Well implemented album system, Fancy playback with the paint feature, Good image quality, low noise till ISO 400
Cons: Clunky touchscreen interface (More menus than usual), Limited aperture options; no custom white balance, Very mediocre (Slow and limited) continuous shooting, Redeye and some distortion; really noisy at ISO 1600
Summary: As with many 2006 compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot N2 is basically an enhanced version of its predecessor. Sony’s essentially taken the earlier N1, fitted a slightly higher resolution sensor, increased the sensitivity, added support for the optional GPS accessory and swapped the silver finish for gold.
In terms of the enhancements, the N2 is certainly capable of resolving plenty of detail under the right conditions.
Pros: Large 3in screen, Unique touch-sensitive control, Built-in photo album and musical slideshows, Support for optional GPS unit
Cons: Screen suffers from fingerprints, Manual, but no A or S priority, No on-screen grid option, Aggressive noise reduction at high ISOs
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 ($450) is an update to the compact DSC-N1 from last year. From the outside, the only difference between the N1 and N2 is the body color. Inside the N2 you'll find a new 10.1 Megapixel CCD, up from 8 Megapixel on the N1. Along with the new sensor comes higher ISO sensitivities, with the N2 now able to go all the way up to ISO 1600.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Stylish, compact metal body, Enormous LCD display (though see issues below), Low noise through ISO 400, Snappy performance in most areas, Some manual controls, AF-assist lamp; good low light focusing, Built-in 500 shot photo album, Nice movie mode, Enhanced slideshow feature, plus the ability to "paint" over images, Above average battery life, Optional underwater case, Support for USB 2.0 High Speed protocol
Cons: Blurry corners, Redeye, Unimpressive burst mode, Big LCD attracts fingerprints; clunky touch-based menu system, No optical viewfinder, Only three aperture choices available at any one time in manual mode, Needs more manual controls, especially for white balance, Not much built-in memory; no Mac image browser included
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-N2 – Powerful Shooting & Styling The Sony Cyber-Shot N2 was the first compact Cyber-shot camera to feature a 10.1 effective Megapixel Super HAD CCD and an impressive sensitivity rating of ISO 1600 – as a result, this digital camera produces wonderful high resolution, blur-free shots every time.
Summary: An attractive, well-built slimline camera with built in album functions, excellent video capabilities and a large touch screen.A higher-resolution (10-megapixel) upgrade to the DSC-N1 model, Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-N2 boasts a slightly larger sensor than its predecessor but retains the same retracting Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens and 3-inch LCD display.