Sony F717 released in 2001... Superb lens, and full controls, ahead of its time. (Price in 2001: $1000)


Sample photos taken with SONY F717

Miami Metrozoo

Infrared photos

Infrared photos

Combining point-and-shoot convenience with a host of manual photographic controls, this camera is sure to inspire digital photographers to expand creativity and get better results. Armed with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, ISO sensitivities of 100/200/400/800 and shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 second in auto mode, the DSC-F717 produces stellar results, even in the most demanding of shooting situations.

2/3" 5.0 Megapixel Super HAD™ CCD

Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCDs provide excellent image quality by allowing more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise.

Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® Lens

Famous for sharpness & color accuracy, the Vario-Sonnar 5X Optical zoom lens features 13 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspheric elements and 6 blade aperture. Its fast f2.0 aperture is great for low light shooting.

5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus

Evaluating 5 separate areas of the frame, Sony's Multi- Point AF system intelligently focuses on the subject, and displays the selected focus point. Alternately, choose any of the 5 points for manual control.

Manual Focus/Zoom Ring

Take precise control of zoom and manual focus with the lens mounted ring. Fast, intuitive framing is easy with its natural "feel", and two-speed action.

Hologram AF

Projecting a Class 1 laser pattern, Hologram AF reads the contrast between the pattern's edge and the subject for precise focus, even in low or no light.

Multi-Pattern Measuring

Independently metering 49 points of the frame, Multi- Pattern Measuring determines the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow are randomly distributed.

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.

14-Bit DXP A/D Conversion

Sony's 14-bit Digital Extended Processor captures the range between highlight and shadow with up to 16,384 values, for extended dynamic contrast and detail.

Slow Shutter Noise Reduction

At shutter speeds 1/25 sec. and longer, Slow Shutter NR captures the scene, and then the CCD noise pattern with a dark frame exposure. By subtracting the two, even long exposures can be clear.

Dynamic White Balance

Accurate color balance under changing lighting and exposure settings is realized by linking the White Balance to the Exposure and Flash systems. Manual setting allows calibration with white card.

Manual Exposure Controls

Flexible Exposure control is provided with Aperture Priority (f2 - 8), Shutter Priority (30 sec-1/1000 sec) and Manual Exposure modes. EV Compensation and flash output level allow fine tuning.

Live Histogram Display

Available for capture and playback, the live histogram displays number of pixels at each luminosity to evaluate exposure.

Eye-level & 1.8" LCD Viewfinders

For accurate framing and following fast action, both the 180K pixel eye-level finder and 1.8" 123K pixel LCD provide through-the-lens viewing & menu display.

Quick Start-up and Response

Ready to shoot in little more than a second, the DSC-F717 reduced shutter lag and extraordinary responsiveness is always ready to capture the action.

5 MP (2560x1920) Image Size

With its high resolution CCD, the DSC-F717 captures in 4 different image sizes, in TIFF or Fine/Standard JPEG modes.

NightShot® Infrared System

Capture infrared digital images in total darkness at up 15 feet. By illuminating the subject with infrared light and removing the CCD's IR cut filter, the NightShot® system makes infrared digital imaging a reality.

NightFraming System

To capture beautiful color images in low or no light, NightFraming illuminates the subject with the NightShot® system for proper framing, focuses with Hologram AF and lights the scene with flash.

File Folder Tool

By creating separate folders on Memory Stick media, you can select the location in which to record your images, helping organize your files.

MPEG Movie HQX Mode

Captures full frame playback, high frame rate (16 fps) video clips (w/audio) with length limited only by the capacity of the media.

Multi Burst Mode

Captures 16 320x240 frames as part of a single 1280x960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera. Selectable 1/7.5, 1/15 or 1/30 second frame intervals provide convenient motion analysis.

Hot Shoe and ACC Terminal

Connect Sony's HVL-F1000 flash or Remote Controls with ACC Terminal, or synchronize other flash units or studio lighting with the Hot Shoe terminal.

Rechargeable InfoLithium® Battery

Provides reliable, long-lasting power for continuous shooting, without "memory effect". AC-L10 adapter/charger provides stable power for USB transfer.

More Features:

Clear Color/Clear Luminance NR, 4 Mode Intelligent Flash with Red-Eye Reduction, 3 Shot Burst mode, 3 Shot AE Bracketing mode, Clip Motion Mode, MPEG1 Cue, Review and Divide Editing, 3:2 Aspect Ratio Mode, Video Output (PAL/NTSC Selectable), 3 Mode In-Camera Picture Effects, Expanded Focus Indicator Magnifier,Rotating Lens.

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