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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 610 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the value for money and image quality are generally positive. The screen and portability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are critical about the zoom and viewfinder. There are some mixed comments about the storage and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony DSC-N2


The DSC-N2 is the latest 10-megapixel powerhouse from Sony, adding yet another model to their "N" series of Cyber-Shot cameras. With an extending Carl Zeiss® Vario Tessar® 3x optical zoom lens, and it built-in photo album function, this model can be a...

This new model also incorporates high light sensitivity, up to IS0 1600, to facilitate shooting without blur at faster shutter speeds- a necessity when capturing fast-moving subjects or taking photos in low-light environments

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2's menus themselves could also use some refinement. For instance, the first screen you come to includes seven choices--shooting mode, flash mode, focus mode, resolution, exposure compensation, timer on/off, and...

Speedy shooting in well-lit scenes.

Fuzzy images; shutter lags when shooting in dim light; some users might find the touch screen awkward.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is small and fast, but compression artifacts and an awkward touch screen hinder its use.

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Sony's 10 megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-N2 reviewed


The folks over at Imaging Resource got their hands on Sony's latest and greatest Cyber-shot, the DSC-N2, and seem to like what they see. The 10 megapixel camera is all about its prominent 3-inch touchscreen, and we suppose it's one of those love it or...


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Sony Cyber-shot N2 First Impressions Review


Buttons are so uncool: all of the cool products these days come with touch-screen displays, at least that's what many seem to think. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 follows this trend by replacing the conventional slew of buttons with a 3-inch touch screen...

- Big, bright LCD screen with 230k pixels - Touch screen menu system works well - Spot focusing AF mode is effective and easy to use.

- LCD screen update is slow - Zoom lens is not as wide as we would like - On the expensive side for a point-and-shoot

The N2 is an attractive but pricey package. It has a number of innovative features that go beyond the gimmicky into the realm of the useful. The touch screen menu, for instance, is easy to use and doesn't require more than a handful of screen touches...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2 Digital Camera - Review


As with the DSC-N1, Sony has taken advantage of the LCD in the Sony N2 to let the camera function as a digital photo "wallet" of sorts. As you capture each image, it is saved twice. One copy is saved at your chosen resolution on the camera's flash...

Responsive with a good shutter lag time, very good shot-to-shot speed, Good overall color accuracy, Very good low-light shooting capabilities, Image noise at ISO 200 and below is pretty good, ISO up to 1,600, touchscreen LCD is efficient and simple to...

Slow continuous shooting speeds, High chromatic aberration lens distortion, noticeable in some images at the edges, Slightly warm skin tones, Auto white balance had a hard time with household incandescent lighting, Contrasty default tone curve, Image...

Also retained in the Sony N2 is a slideshow mode with a range of transitions including pans, zooms, wipes, and fades, all selected automatically by the camera, and accompanied by music stored in the camera. The user can replace the music with their own...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N2


Everything else is unchanged. That means that the N2 has a compact, all-metal body, a 3X optical zoom lens, a huge 3-inch touchscreen LCD, limited manual controls, a built-in photo album, and a VGA movie mode. Heck, you can even "paint" over your images

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...

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...

All-in-all, the Cyber-shot DSC-N2 is a nice ultra-compact camera, and one that I can recommend to most people. If you take a lot of photos in unusual lighting conditions then I'd skip it, but for everyone else, it's a good choice. One shopping hint for...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 Review


The Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 may appeal to some with its large 3" LCD and simple design. It is also capable of producing some nice images outdoors. Like most ultra-compact digital cameras, the optics are far from perfect with noticeable vignetting and...

Low image noise until ISO 200, good at ISO 400 for bright scenes, Good exposure and color accuracy, Excellent focusing speed, Solid metal body, Strong flash

Very poor white-balance under artificial light, not just automatic, High noise above ISO 400, Some vignetting, Corner softness, Redeye problems

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Sony Cybershot DSC-N2 Digital Camera Review


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 it's more than just an...

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Sony Cyber-Shot N2


The Sony Cyber-shot N2 is essentially a 10 megapixel upgrade to last year's N1. It carries over the huge touchscreen, manual controls and everything, plus an improved high sensitivity mode. How fancy an upgrade is the N2? Find out now

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...

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

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)...

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Cyber-shot DSC-N2


Sony also introduced today their newest camera, the 10 Mega pixel Cyber-shot DSC-N2. It has a 3X optical zoom lens, 3.0″ touch screen and the ability to draw on the screen with a special pen, USB 2.0 High Speed support, an underwater case, a 52MB...

Product Specifications

Successor to the N1, the DSC-N2 enriches image quality further by incorporating a 1/1.7 inch CCD to produce a high resolution of 10.1 effective megapixels. With an improved sensitivity of up to 1000, you're guaranteed clear, blur-free images! Like the N1, the DSC-N2 employs easy-to-use touch screen operation, making managing your settings simple. Touch screen allows unique features such as the Flexible Spot AF function, which lets you focus on a subject by just touching it on your LCD monitor. The large 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus allows you to view your images in great detail.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-BG1

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / High sensitivity / Landscape / Snow / Soft snap / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait

Flash Memory

Storage Capacity:25MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8/F/2.8-5.4
Max Focal Length:23.7mm
Min Focal Length:7.9mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Champagne gold

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.9 mm ( 1/1.7 ) / 14.9 mm ( 1/1.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:Super HAD CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel/10Megapixel

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG VX
Digital Zoom:2/6
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None