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    1. Sony 1 GB High Speed Memory Stick
    $71.24 $70.94 list($89.99)
    2. Sony 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo
    $333.00
    3. Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP)
    $94.99 list($149.95)
    4. Sony 1GB MEMORY STICK-PRO ( MSX1GS
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    5. Sony Cybershot DSCP200 7.2MP Digital
    $13.72 $13.49 list($19.99)
    6. Sony MDR-A35G S2 Sports Headphones
    $12.99 $10.39 list($14.99)
    7. Sony CPA-9C CD/MD Cassette Adaptor
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    8. Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam
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    9. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital
    $38.86 list($69.95)
    10. Sony MSX-256S Memory Stick PRO
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    11. Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder
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    12. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital
    $154.99 list($349.95)
    13. SONY MSX-M1GN 1GB High Speed Memory
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    14. Sony Cybershot DSCT33 5.1MP Digital
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    15. Sony ICF-M410V Portable FM/AM/TV/Weather
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    16. Sony Cybershot DSCP93 5MP Digital
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    17. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (UMD
    $34.96
    18. Sony 128 MB Memory Stick Media
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    19. Sony D-NS707F S2 Sports ATRAC
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    20. Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital

    1. Sony 1 GB High Speed Memory Stick PRO Duo Media (MSX-M1GS)

    our price: $104.95
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    Asin: B00083JQY0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 170
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Sony's worldwide reputation for creating unique, attractive, high-quality, advanced technology products rests on a long line of innovations embraced by people from all walks of life. With a diverse product lineup serving a variety of lifestyles and industries, Sony continuously strives to introduce new products and technologies to meet changing market needs. ... Read more

    Features

    • Designed especially for compact digital cameras and the PSP Handheld Entertainment System
    • 1 GB storage capacity with 940 MB available
    • Minimum write speeds of 15 Mbps on Memory Stick PRO Duo enabled devices optimized with 4-pin parallel interface
    • Included adapter allows compatibility with Memory Stick PRO media enabled devices
    • Backwards compatible with most devices that use Memory Stick PRO Duo media

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the PSP
    If you have the PSP and a little extra cash, it's pretty much mandatory that you get a Memory Stick Duo card.The 32MB that comes in the PSP Value Pack is just a joke -- unless you plan to use the PSP strictly for gaming only, in which case you don't need to buy a larger-capacity memory card.

    (I suspect Sony includes a small Memory Stick Duo card in the Value Pack to discourage people from copying movies to the PSP.Just my wild guess.)

    If, however, you want to take full advantage of the PSP multimedia experience, a larger-capacity Memory Stick Duo is just a must.Consider yourself lucky, for just six months ago a 1GB Memory Stick Duo (MSD for short) would have made you $300-$400 poorer.Kudos to Sony for bringing the price down to something we mere mortals can afford.But curses to Sony for not using an industry standard format like Secure Digital.

    Anyway, you have pretty much two choices when it comes to 1GB MSD cards.Either a Sony, or a Sandisk.Lexar (another company) is supposed to be selling it, too, but I haven't seen theirs in the retail channel, so the choice comes down to either Sony or Sandisk.

    As I mentioned many times in my previous reviews, I still have lingering doubts about Sandisk's quality control, as in the past I had no less than two Sandisk flash memory cards fail on me when I needed reliability the most (i.e., a "Kodak moment" for my digital camera).The price difference between a Sony 1GB MSD adn a Sandisk seems pretty small.BTW, if you see a 1GB MSD for over $150 in a store, you'd be overpaying, so come back to Amazon and get it here.

    The popularity of the PSP does make both the Sony and the Sandisk 1GB MSD cards hard to find, so maybe you just want to grab whichever one that's in stock.I myself am willing to pay a bit extra for Sony's reliability, but other people have had luck with Sandisk MSD's, so don't let my experience discourage you from getting a Sandisk.It's just that with the Sony memory card, you're unlikely to have any problems, assuming you don't bite or let your dog nibble on the card.

    1GB is a lot of memory.Most PSP games use 600KB-800KB for game save data.MP3 tunes encoded at the most common 128kbps bit rate runs about 1MB/minute, so a 4-minute song will occupy 4MB.Video files are harder to summarize since there are so many different encoding bitrates and options (e.g., 15fps or 30fps, mono or stereo or surround sound).I encode at 384kbps/15fps/mono, and one hour of video takes about 150MB.If you want to encode at the more fluid 512kbps/30fps/stereo, expect about 300MB per hour.In short, you should have no trouble fitting more than one full-length movies on this.Feel free to e-mail me at gadgester @t hotmail if you have any questions.

    Because this MSD card is also "MagicGate-compatible", meaning it supports Sony's digital rights management technology, you can use it in Sony's digital audio players that take Memory Stick Duo or the full-sized Memory Stick.An adapter is included in the package so if you have Sony gear that only takes the original, full-sized Memory Stick (e.g., most Sony miniDV camcorders and digital cameras), you can stick the smaller Memory Stick Duo into the adapter and then insert the adapter into the gizmo. ... Read more


    2. Sony 512 MB Memory Stick Pro Duo (MSXM-512S)
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $71.24
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002Z4572
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 91
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    ultra-high memory capacity * includes Memory Stick PRO storage case * includes MSAC-M2 Memory Stick Duo media adapter * SDMI-compliant MagicGate encryption technology * warranty: 1 year * ... Read more

    Features

    • Designed to support read and write speeds of 80 Mbps on high speed enabled devices
    • Backwards compatible with devices that use Memory Stick PRO Duo media
    • Included adaptor allows compatibility with Memory Stick PRO media enabled devices
    • Designed for high resolution compact digital cameras and compact portable audio devices

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, reliable
    Yeap, this works really well with the Sony PSP.Out of the box, Windows reports this has 490MB available.This is due to the different ways storage manufacturers and Windows calculate capacity.In Windows, 1MB=1024KB, 1KB=1024B, whereas for storage manufacturers, 1MB=1,000,000B, so "512MB" is really less than that as calculated by Windows.

    Most PSP games seem to use about 600KB - 800KB for user data storage.Most MP3 songs encoded at 128kbps bitrate come out to 1MB per minute.So if you have two games and use the rest of this Memory Stick only for MP3, you can hold about 122 songs.Not something to write home about, but you can always download your favorite tunes to the Memory Stick and play them when you take a respite from gaming.

    It's difficult to say how much video you can hold, because that depends entirely on how you encode (bitrate, audio quality, etc.).As a rough rule of thumb, this card can hold about one hour of acceptable-quality video.

    You can access this Memory Stick Duo card by either hooking up your PSP to your PC directly (using a $5 mini-B USB 2.0 cable), or using a USB reader.I use the Sony high-speed reader (model # MSAC-US30), which is super-reliable and super-fast.If you have a third-party reader or laptop that can only take the full-size Memory Stick -- "Memory Stick Duo" cards are less than 50% of the full-sized Memory Sticks -- this package comes with an adapter that turns the Memory Stick Duo into a full-sized Memory Stick.

    Sandisk has a 1GB Memory Stick Duo card for about $125, which is also a good value.But in the past I had inconsistent reliablity experience with Sandisk products, so I much prefer using a Sony Memory Stick Duo.512MB is okay for now, but I think I'll need at least 1GB for the full PSP experience: one movie, a couple short videos, 30 or so of my favorite songs, and game data for a few games.I imagine it'll be another year before 2GB Memory Stick Duos come down to the $100 level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great product!
    This Memory Stick is a great buy for use in the Sony PSP and has a capacity that can hold up to 180 5 MP digital Images, 500 Minutes of music (ATRAC3), and 230 Minutes of video (.MP4, QVGA)! This MS has a ton of space and will provide lots of storage space. ... Read more


    3. Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Bundle 5 Games

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    Asin: B0007VZVG0
    Catlog: Video Games
    Publisher: Sony
    Sales Rank: 37
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    From Amazon.com

    To help you start your PSP collection, we've created this special bundle, which includes the games Wipeout Pure, Twisted Metal, NBA, Ape Escape, and World Soccer Tour in addition to the Sony PSP value pack which comes with the AC adapter, battery pack, 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, earbud headphones with remote control, soft case, hand strap, Spider-Man 2 movie, and of course the PSP system.

    The era of no-compromises handheld gaming has arrived. Get ready for immersive, 3D gaming on a console that is poised to change the way we think about portable devices. With wireless internet, video and digital music playback, and incredible data storage and connectivity options, the Sony PSP--or PlayStation Portable--is a complete solution for the mobile digital lifestyle. Sony has hit the mark by combining both horsepower and groundbreaking features into a package that weighs just a hair more than half a pound.

    Design
    The PSP's exceptional performance comes from a 333 MHz processor that dwarfs the speed of competing handheld consoles. Add this polygon-pushing muscle to 4 MB of fast DRAM and 32 MB of embedded RAM, and you've got a device with graphics rendering capabilities close to that of the PlayStation2. And because no game is complete without audio, the PSP is generously appointed with built-in stereo speakers, as well Dolby Digital 7.1 surround soundcapability. Sony has also pulled out all the stops with the PSP display. The bright, 4.3-inch LCD sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480 x 272 pixel resolution--plenty of real estate for heavy gaming action and widescreen-format movies. All of this is powered by a removable, and rechargeable, lithium-ion battery.



    Screen machine: The 4.3-inch display sports a 16:9 aspect ratio and 480 x 272 pixel resolution. Movies and games on the go have never been more gorgeous.

    From a controls perspective, the PSP is made for gaming. If you're familiar with a PlayStation controller, you'll be a pro at the PSP's controls in no time. Directional buttons, as well as an analog stick are provided. Meanwhile, the familiar left and right shoulder buttons, as well as triangle, circle, cross and square buttons are integrated into the device's slim case. Finally, home, select, and start buttons give you quick access and control over the PSP's important functions.



    To have and to hold: The PSP's easy-to-master controls are cleverly integrated into the device's slim profile.

    Supported Media
    At the heart of the PSP is a new, proprietary media format known as the Universal Media Disc, or UMD. Each UMD can hold 1.8 GB of data, enough room for rich and complex games. UMDs, which are housed in a protective cover, slide into the rear of the PSP. Sony has declared the UMD an open format for developers and media content owners, so movies, music and other media are on the horizon from third parties. Sony has also signed on many popular game developers for the platform, so a deep library of titles is on tap.

    While the UMD is great for read-only media such as games and movies, Sony solves the problem of data storage with the addition of a Memory Stick Duo slot. With Memory Stick Duo media, you can store your saved games, downloaded online content, personal video and audio files, and more. When you want access to these files from your PC, simply use the PSP's USB 2.0 port to turn the device into a fastportable media drive. Then, drag and drop files such as your photos, MP3s, and videos onto the PSP, just as you would any other removable storage device. The PSP ships with a 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, and additional media with higher storage capacities are available.



    Major media: Sony's PSP-compatible Universal Media Disc (UMD) can hold 1.8 GB of data.

    Connectivity
    The PSP blows away the competition in the connectivity department. Indeed, the PSP's ability to connect to the internet, and to other PSPs and USB-based peripherals, is a real advantage. At the top of the list is Wifi connectivity, or IEEE 801.11b. Use this wireless internet standard to connect to other gamers around the world for hot multiplayer action--all from your couch, or your local Wifi hotspot. As mentioned, the PSP's USB 2.0 port is great for PC connectivity, but it also opens the PSP up for a whole range of future peripherals. Sony has plans for the PSP in other ways, too; the unit's infrared port speaks of remote control capabilities in the near future.

    A Digital Companion
    If you haven't already guessed, Sony has positioned the PSP to be much more than a gaming device. Out of the box, the device is ready to serve as a portable video player and photo viewer. By using the new H.264 MPEG-4 video standard, Sony obviously has its eyes on making the PSP a robust video device with support for feature length movies and more.In addition, the PSP offers a great way to transport and share your photos in JPEG format. And let's not forget the music. Load up your favorite MP3-encoded songs onto a Memory Stick Duo and you've got a portable audio powerhouse. The device also supports Sony's ATRACaudio codec, so you can play songs acquired from Sony's Connect Online Music Store. Sony even ships a nifty pair of earbuds--complete with an inline remote control-- with the PSP.

    What's in the Box
    PSP device, AC adapter, battery pack, 32 MB Memory Stick Duo, earbud headphones with remote control, soft case and hand strap. ... Read more

    Reviews (494)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Is the PSP really what it's cracked up to be???
    I think PSP is more like eye candy than a really great handheld system. I have a PSP and I like it but it is fragile. the screen can scratch very easily. the games really are not that fun. Trust me when I say made a dumm mistake. Know I really would like a Nintendo DS. Hopefully i'll get a DS.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Best portable gaming device ever!
    Without a doubt, the psp is the best portable gaming device ever.Don't listen to the poeple that keep complaining cuz they just like to complain.One of my few complaints, however is that almost all the accesories that come with the value pack are stuff that I didn't need.I have headphones and I dont need the OFFSENTERED earphones that came with this.The case is to soft. It isn't meant to protect the PSP but just to cary it in.The remote control, while being a nice feature isn't needed because all of the controls on it can be performed using the buttons on the PSP. The ac adapter and battery are needed, but the battery life on mine is only about 4 hours. I found the charge time to be about 1 hour and 40 minutes. The memory card is obviously intended for game saves and not songs but then again for all the people complaining Sony didn't intend for the PSP to be an ipod. The cleaning cloth works great and is needed because the PSP attracts dust and fingerprints very easily.While most of the accesories are usless, the PSP itself is very nice.To all the people out there complaining out there that it is too fragile or that they broke theirs maybe they should take care of their stuff!The only game that I have is NBA and I am very impressed with it.It looks just like a PS2 game.While the accesories are either usless or not needed, I am very pleased with my purchase.I think that you should get this.If you are worried about dead pixels or broken buttons than buy it at circuit city or best buy.I got mine at circuit city and it has no flaws.I hope this review helped you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If there's a God, he's answered all gamer's prayers
    Oh. My. God.
    This is just beautiful.
    Let me just say that DS is NOTHING compared to this. DS is nice and all (especially because it can play all the old GBA games. Would've been nicer if it still played reg. GB games. I have tried DS. I liked it for a while. It's fun to play, I'll say that. But it's not anything worth buying with this around. If someone you know has DS, mooch off them to play it.

    Some people have told me this is a waste of my money, to be throwing $250 around for a system, plus $40-50 a game. Wrong. This is completely worth it. As long as you have the cash (that is, meaning there's extra after it), you should get this. Thing is, a game doesn't come with it. But there's a great line-up right now, the four I currently own being Ape Escape (god I love that it's portable), Darkstalkers Cronicles (finally 2D fighters make a comeback), Twisted Metal: Head-On (reminds me of the 2nd one, which was the best out of all of them), and Lumines (being the best game on the PSP and one of the best games ever created). With more on the way, a few being Armored Core, Coded Arms, and probably the best handheld game ever, Infected.

    And not only are the games amazing, but so are the graphics quality, the amazing sound (for a handheld), and the overall feel of the system.

    Anyone that's thinking of buying this: do it. It's a huge investment, but completely worth it.

    P.S.- I also recommend Nyko's Charger Case. The battery life for the PSP is short, but this case, fully charged, increases the life by three times the norm. Oh, and don't buy Metal Gear AC!D. It's not as good as it's said to be, even if it's a Metal Gear game (actually, I think this game -is- on AC!D).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great....everything!
    This game system is amazing! It's great to have on a plane and be able to watch UMD's (like a small DVD sorta) without having to take a laptop. The colors are great when held at the right angle.

    Pros:
    Awesome screen
    Precise joystick
    light weight for size of screen
    durable

    Cons:
    senstive LCD screen
    volume could be louder/better speakers
    should come with cable to connect to computer i think.

    5-0 out of 5 stars LISTEN UP EVERYONE
    If you want to get the PSP and a game for FREE instead of paying over 250 for it, go to this link http://www.psps4free.com/default.aspx?r=383497
    Sign up on the site where it says to. Make sure you use this link or you won't get to pick a free game. All you have to do is complete an offer (The AOL 30 day trial one is FREE) and refer 5 people, just like I'm doing. Go to the link, sign up, complete a FREE offer, get 5 people to sign up on the site and the PSP and game are yours free!!! It takes like a day or two. ... Read more


    4. Sony 1GB MEMORY STICK-PRO ( MSX1GS )
    list price: $149.95
    our price: $94.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00076SC4S
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 115
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Memory Stick PRO is the same size as original Memory Stick (a little smaller than a stick of gum!), yet it can hold a lot more data and transfer information at even faster rates. It's a great way to record, save, and transfer digital images, MPEG movies, and music.Most of the newer Sony cameras and camcorders are compatible with Memory Stick PRO. For compatibility information on a specific model, check our product pages on digital cameras and camcorders, or refer to the owner's manual supplied with your device. Note: These media cards can only be used with products designed to accommodate Memory Stick PRO. They are not compatible with products designed only for original Memory Stick. ... Read more

    Features

    • Backwards compatible with Memory Stick PR
    • Compact and easy to store
    • 1 GB Memory Stick PRO
    • Minimum write speeds of 15 Mbps
    • Increased durability

    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Memory Stick Pro - Not Compatible with Older Sony Products
    If you have an older Sony product and are thinking about "upgrading" do more memory do yourself a favor before dropping a "C" note on this product. Check Sony's memory stick compatibility web page at http://www.sonystyle.com/intershoproot/eCS/Store/en/imagesProducts/memcompatibility/index.html.
    I didn't, and found out the hard way about in-compatibility after purchasing and trying the "Pro" stick in my older camera ... caveat emptor.
    My nephew is now the proud owner of a 1GB memory stick ... it works in his camera. Now I have to decide to either buy 8 of the 128MB (the largest memory compatible with my camera) or consider a replacement camera. ... Read more


    5. Sony Cybershot DSCP200 7.2MP Digital Camera 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $429.95
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007CZ70Y
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 17
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    7.2-megapixel effective recording * 2" color LCD * optical viewfinder * 3X optical zoom (up to 2X digital/6X total zoom) * JPEG options: 3072 x 2304; 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 32 MB card
    • Powered by Lithium-ion battery (NP-FR1); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
    • 7.2 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality prints up to 15 x 20 inches
    • 3x optical and 2x digital zoom for 6x total zoom
    • Carl Zeiss optics; 16-shot burst mode; high-resolution movie mode with sound

    Reviews (19)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Digital Camera, Incredible Value
    The DSC-P200 is an amazing piece of technology that demonstrates how far digital photography has come. With a 7.2 MP resolution, 3X zoom, lithium ion battery and a 2" LCD screen squeezed into a tiny package, this camera is truly amazing. The output is no less impressive with quality superior to that of any other camera I have seen.

    One of the advantages of a camera this small is its ability to be carried in your clothing without relying on an external carrying case. While this is a great attribute that allows you to bring it to parties for impromptu photos, its apparent fragility is a cause for concern. It would be nice if Sony provided a glove-like camera case or entirely different, ruggedized housing. Of course, many third-party camera cases are available along with what Sony offers, but even the smallest of these will be too large to fit in a shirt or inside sport coat pocket.

    In addition to its diminutive size, the camera's portability is also fostered by the lithium ion battery which lasts for nearly two hours. Moreover, with a larger memory chip, you will have everything necessary for a day or more worth of shooting. At the full seven megapixel resolution, photos average about three (3) megabytes each. This means you can store only about ten photos on the included 32 MB Memory Stick, making memory a necessary upgrade. By comparison, my 512 MB Memory Stick allows me to take over 150 maximum resolution 7.2 MP photos. Fortunately, it can be purchased for approximately $55 at Amazon.

    Even though I am not a professional photographer or artist, I can definitely appreciate the picture quality. I had the opportunity to directly compare the Sony DSC-P200's quality to that of a Minolta 5 MP camera taking the exact same photo at the same distance. The pictures of a friend and me were taken by a waiter in an upscale restaurant with relatively low lighting. At first glance, they appeared to be of comparable quality. After closer inspection, however, it was clear that the Sony image was superior. In one striking example, the shades of my burgundy shirt were more accurate with less pixilation.

    For the amateur photographer, be aware there are many features to be deciphered. As a former engineer and gadget enthusiast, I consider myself a quick study. Yet, I had to spend a couple of hours reading the manual and still have some learning to do. So, don't buy this camera on the way to your daughter's wedding and expect to use it (besides, the battery will be dead anyway).

    Many casual photographers may question the need for seven megapixels as this exceeds the resolution of even the largest monitors. For example, a high-end WUXGA (1900 x 1200) wide format monitor only has 2.3 megapixels. However, the camera's superior resolution provides a hidden benefit. Even if you don't want to create large format photos or posters, it does allow for a convenient "off-line" zooming. So if you are at sporting event or show, you can take photos of scenes even too far with 3X magnification. When editing the images on your computer, you can crop the part of the photo desired to effectively zoom into the image you wish to save or share with you friends.

    As a Sony Vaio owner, I have the added benefit of being able to slip the Memory Stick directly into my laptop without having to worry about cables or additional drivers. It would be even nicer, though, if Sony provided some sort of wireless connectivity, such as Bluetooth or WiFi. I can see why Sony would skip this feature as current wireless technology would not be sufficient for transfer of several high-resolution photos.

    The video capability is a nice frill even though it would not be a key reason for purchasing this camera. I was quite surprised that it produced quality video AND sound recordings. The latter was far crisper than I ever expected. With two gigabyte chips available in 2005, you could record full motion video for nearly 80 minutes. This sounds great, but the camera doesn't record moving scenes very well. Presumably, this is due to internal bandwidth limitations. On this note, it would be nice to provide HDTV video recording, even at a lower frame rate. This would be quite a stretch due to bandwidth limitations/data write speed as HDTV cameras, geared for the professional market, are very expensive.

    In summary, the Sony DSC-P200 is an incredible piece of technology that provides tremendous picture quality in a small package. I can't imagine wanting more out of a camera other than a ruggedized housing or high resolution HDTV video, which is quite unrealistic given its size and cost.Given the camera's intended purpose, Sony has done an amazing job. For still photos, the DSC-P200 should be good for a decade or so.

    Pros
    7.2 MP
    Incredible picture quality
    Lithium Ion battery
    Compact

    Cons
    No glove-like case
    A bit complicated for recreational photographers
    Delicate (potentially)
    32 MB of standard memory
    No Bluetooth

    5-0 out of 5 stars Professional Quality Camera
    I resisted "going digital" for a long time.When I finally took the plunge and compared cameras, the Sony DSC-P200 was the standout.Consider this:

    The P200 has a metal case -- not plastic.

    The lens is a Carl Zeiss -- the same German optical firm that makes lenses for Hasselblad and Leica.

    The P200 is made in Japan by the same Sony subsidiary that makes the professional digital Betacams used in Hollywood.

    The design of this camera deserves an award - the placement of the buttons, shifting of the lens to the extreme left side - the result is a camera that "feels right" -- never do I touch the wrong button, or have to search around for the right function.

    The photos?I shot Macro, fluorescent, incandescent, cloudy, and bright sunshine -- exposures were excellent and the 7.2 Megapixel Super HAD sensor produced images that did not pixelate until I had enlarged them to 200X!

    I bought the Sony DSC-P200 (and I recommend getting a 512MB memory stick -- you can get 130 images at the highest quality setting) and the two of us have been inseparable.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Weak point
    I liked the little camera,but the batttery compartment door jamed and broke off the first time I opened it.I'm looking for something moree robust.Sears refunded without a hassel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One great camera!
    This is a great Compact and solid camera. The picture quality is phenomenal. I love the manual settings options and the beautiful pictures it takes in auto mode. It starts up super fast and is so compact there is no excuse not to take it everywhere. Thank you Sony!

    5-0 out of 5 stars great camera
    I love the quality on this camera.The Carl Zeiss lens really makes a difference.Pictures for which there are no moving objects come out crystal clear and the camera was made to feel solid.
    I'm happy with the USB 2 interface and I really love the compact, yet powerful camera that Sony has made. ... Read more


    6. Sony MDR-A35G S2 Sports Headphones with Sweat Guard Mechanism
    list price: $19.99
    our price: $13.72
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B000067G0J
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 221
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    In-the-ear design * lightweight, folding headband * Acoustic Twin Turbo circuit * water-resistant S2 Sports® design * 4' cord with mini plug * 0.7 oz. ... Read more

    Features

    • Water resistant for outdoor use
    • Folding construction is compact and portable
    • Acoustic Twin Turbo circuitry delivers powerful bass sound and high efficiency
    • Moisture Guard mechanism pulls sweat away from the ear canal
    • Comfortable vertical, in-the-ear design

    Reviews (17)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Nice design; awful sound quality
    This is an interesting headphone design that works to keep sweat out of the headphone mechanism, but the sound quality is unbelievably bad. I thought the stock iPod earbuds were bad, but they sound worlds better than these. No bass at all.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Nice fit but lasts only 90 days
    These headphones fit well and are much better than the ear bud styles.Those never stay in place.I also like how they collapse, and are therefore much more portable to take the gym.

    The downside I have experienced is these phones have lasted me about 90 days and then stop working.

    I use them almost daily on the treadmill and can feel the sweat building up.It appears that the sweat eventually shorts out the earphones.

    I do like these headphones for overall performance and cost.I keep several on hand, knowing they won't last very long.My issue is they unexpectedly stop working, usually in the middle of my workout, and must finish my workout on the treadmill in silence.

    I will try the behind the head version as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sweat!
    On my 4 mile jog this morning I was thinking I should come back and post a great review of how these headphones have worked so well.Then a big drop of sweat landed in my ear and created this popping noise everytime the earphone created a seal in my ear canal and then broke the seal.I had to take the headphones off for the last mile since it was too annoying.

    This is my third pair of headphones in my quest for the perfect jogging headphones.I'm starting to think there is not a "perfect" set out there.These have come the closest of any.They stay in place which is huge.They sound OK.The sweat wasn't a problem until today (which was my 3rd time jogging with them).I guess I needed to point it out since they advertise a sweat guard mechanism.I sweat ALOT, so it doesn't surprise me that this feature doesn't work quite right.Maybe I sweat inside my ears??

    For the price, I think these headphones are worth the attempt to see if they work for you and your excercise pursuits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for runners
    These headphones are really designed for runners. They have strong and light adjustable frame, never slip off, fit nicely, sound is good and the price is right. Unless you have some very special requirements, you can't be wrong with buying these phones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the perfect headphones for the runner who hates running
    Let me unequivocally state up front: THESE ARE THE BEST SPORTS HEADPHONES I'VE EVER OWNED.

    And note the key phrase here: SPORTS headphones.I've owned better headphones, sure.But would they stay on my head after 10 miles on the treadmill?NO.

    Some of the reviews for this item completely puzzle me.They complain about the aesthetics of the headphone or the lack of perfect sound quality.

    These are SPORTS headphones.They're designed for the StairMaster or running down trails.They cost $14.Check the label: "SPORT HEADPHONES with SWEAT GUARD mechanism."And to that end, these are five star headphones.

    This is the third pair of sports headphones I've purchased.Previous headphones fell off while running or became clogged with sweat.The clips didn't fit snugly around my ears, or they quickly broke, jammed in my gym bag.And so I evaluate the Sony MDR-A35s based on the following criteria:

    1) When I'm running, do they fall off?

    The answer to this is assuredly "NO."They fit well, are adjustable (even on my oversized head), and never fall or slip, even after 10 miles.They fit over the head, instead of just around the ears.

    2) How is the sound?

    The sound is good.The snug fit assures that the music is always playing in your ears, and the sweat guard assures that ear pieces never clog with sweat.Is it PERFECT sound?No.But who needs perfect sound on the treadmill?You just need music in your ears, the distraction from the awfulness that is excercise.

    3) Is the design sturdy?

    Yes!Perhaps the best part is the collapsable design.You fold them, wrap your cord around the headphones, and jam your in your gym bag.The compact design almost ensures that short of stepping on them, you will not damage or break these headphones.

    I can't praise these headphones highly enough.These aren't everyday headphones.These are headphones designed for the gym or the track.And if you're using them elsewhere and expecting more than they promise, then I'd recommend the Sony MRD-EX71 earbuds.But if you're a gym rat or you just hate exercise, then these are the headphones for you. ... Read more


    7. Sony CPA-9C CD/MD Cassette Adaptor with Self-Adjusting, Spring-Loaded Head
    by Sony
    list price: $14.99
    our price: $12.99
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    Asin: B00005T39Y
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 170
    Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Sony CPA-9C cassette adaptor allows you to connect your minidisc or CD player to a vehicle cassette player. While this Sony product works best with Sony CD and MD players, the adaptor will operate with non-Sony products as well. There are a couple of key features to this adaptor which make it a fine choice. The first notable feature is the spring-loaded head. The head will automatically adjust itself to your vehicle's cassette deck, ensuring that the two heads have optimum contact and transfer the best possible sound. The second key feature is the silent mechanism. A silent mechanism yields less operational noise and a better quality MD or CD sound. This adaptor works with all cassette players which require you to insert the tape opening facing the side. The mini-plug inserts into a portable CD or MD headphone jack. The cassette adaptor is a cheap way to make your vehicle CD and MD operational.

    What's in the Box
    Sony CPA-9C Cassette Adaptor ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with car cassette decks that have side tape opening
    • Self-adjusting spring head and silent mechanism
    • Ideal for use with Sony's MiniDisc and Discman CD players
    • Mini-plug inserts into CD or MD player's headphone jack
    • Works with non-Sony products

    Reviews (19)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Puts an FM transmitter to shame!
    I had my choice between getting an FM transmitter or this tape adapter. I chose the tape adapter, and havnt looked back once. The product works great and sound quality is very, very good.

    One small glitch I experienced was when i used it on my car sound system, it was very very low until it adjusted, then all of a sudden started blasting the music.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive, But Worth It
    I decided to buy this cassette adapter for my Sony D-E220 portable CD player. It works great, I haven't had any problems with it yet. It works even better than I expected. Everytime I use when riding in my car I get room-filling sound as you would expect from a top-quality brand. It also comes with a long warranty, labor for 3 months and parts for 12 months.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper is Better I LOVE this thing
    I brought this for my sister. First I had mixed feelings. Everyone told me just to buy her a new Stero system. (I have done that but now I have hers.) When I brought it she didn't like it at all. Then she tried it. It works great. The sound is perfect, and I didn't have to buy her a holday gift. She then gave it to me when I brought her anew system. Now I use on my desk. I love it. I can listen to FM, AM, Phone, CD, Tape, and AUX. The sound sounds AWSOME for EVERYTHING.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Its worth the money...
    recently, i bought the "sony car adaptor" for my vehicle, and i had mixed feelings. First of all, people complaining about the bass must have a Mp3 set up problem, because even with the bass turned off on my "diskman", it still sets in strong. The sound is decent, but you gotta turn your volume control all the way up to get it to blast loud enough. It also dosent seem like its very durable. But all that aside, if you need a cheap way to play CD quality tunes through your cassette deck, this is the one

    1-0 out of 5 stars better adapters are apparently cheaper
    i bought this unit out of a best buy. i chose the more expensive sony name because my previous adapter's wiring was becomming faulty, and i thought i could count on the name to deliver a better product. turned out to be a bad idea.

    not only is the previously-mentioned dull hum noise absolutely mind-numbingly frustrating after about 5 minutes of play, but the volume is so low. the treble is way to high, and the bass portion is bearly audiable, even when messing around with the mp3 players controls or the deck's controlls manually. turning up the volume on the deck only makes the humming get louder. turning up the volume on my mp3 player does nothing but waste battery life. other people have said that you can't expect so much out of a tape deck, but out of the 3 cassettee adapters ive owned (the others being cheaper and lasting for at least a year) this has definately been the worst.

    this is the first review ive written, but i had to contribute after this disappointment. ... Read more


    8. Sony DCR-HC21 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder w/20x Optical Zoom
    list price: $499.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007M3PK8
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 39
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    680,000-pixel CCD * 2-1/2" color touch-panel viewscreen * variable-speed 20X Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800X) * Super SteadyShot * NightShot Plus * ... Read more

    Features

    • 680,000-pixel CCD
    • 2-1/2" color touch-panel viewscreen
    • variable-speed 20X Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar optical zoom lens (digital zoom to 800X)
    • Super SteadyShot
    • NightShot Plus

    Reviews (9)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony DCR-HC21
    The Sony DCR-HC21 camcorder comes with an AC adapter, a power cord, a wireless remote controller, A/V and USB cables, a shoulder strap, a rechargable 1-hr battery pack and software.

    The camcorder is fairly easy to operate and understand, although I was disappointed with the lack of information in the manual that comes with it. The software that comes with the camera is garbage. I am currently using Ulead's MeadiaStudio Pro 7.0. Windows Movie Maker 2 is also a good choice to capture videos. I strongly recommend the use of a firewire cable in order to be able to capture the videos efficiently. Another advantage of using a firewire cable is that the programs then give you more options on the quality of capturing your videos.

    That being said, the Sony DCR-HC21 camcorder is definitely a good buy for people who want a simple point-and-shoot device and there's a whole range of functions and settings for the more curious ones out there. The camcorder's not-so-ergonomic shape sits well in the palm of your hand but isn't too comfortable when used for an extended period of time. The power switch could have been placed a little ahead of its current position, which I find is too close the the recording button and isn't always easy to operate. The LCD touch panel screen is large and easy to operate. The menu settings are fairly easy to understand and the manual can be used to provide an explanation of each setting. The zoom toggle switch is sensitive and takes a bit of getting used to. Alternatively, users can use the zoom buttons located on the LCD panel, beside the screen or the remote. The difference is that using the latter two options, the user will find that she/he is able to zoom in and out at a slower and more gradual rate than when using the toggle switch. There is an Easy Handycam mode which sets the camcorder for optimal shooting conditions and allows the user to start shooting without the fuss of having to set the camcorder up. In this mode, however, the user is unable to access most of the menu settings, therefore limiting the control she/he has. The Nightshot Plus mode is my favorite. I took a video of my snakes feeding in pitch dark conditions while standing 1.5-2.0 feet away and the quality of the video was amazing. The picture was sharp and clear and focusing was not an issue with the Carl Zeiss lens. While using the Nightshot Plus mode, I was able to shoot subjects that were 6-7 feet in front of me in pitch dark conditions. While the subjects did not appear as vivid as my snakes, the overall picture was clear and in focus. The 20X optical zoom is good and comes in handy when shooting subjects that are far away or if you desire a closer look at something small as in a snake's teeth ;) I haven't used the viewfinder for more than a few few minutes because I find using the LCD screen is a lot easier. The viewfinder can be pulled outward but I find this hard and frankly it feels like its going to come right off sometimes. There is a lens adjustment lever located on the right side which can be used to achieve picture clarity while looking through the viewfinder. The mic which is located on the front of the camcorder, just above the infrared port is very sensitive and is able to record with great clarity and quality.

    The remote commander is a great little accessory that comes in handy when you have your camcorder mounted on a tripod. The battery supplied is good for anywhere from 40 minutes to 105 minutes depending on the type of recording (continuous/ start-and-stop, using the zoom function and turning the power on and off) as well as the use of the LCD screen versus the viewfinder.

    I have not talked about the camera function on this camcorder because I don't really use it. The camera records an image with 7 sec. of sound. I'm not really sure what the advantage is and I'm not too keen on using it as I already have a Canon Powershot A70 that I'm quite happy with.

    Overall, this camcorder is an excellent choice for the user who wants something compact, easy to use with the option of having a wide variety of settings to play around with. The price is reasonable and I would recommend this camcorder for a beginner or for someone who just wants an upgrade.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Imporant Experice 2 be shared
    Video Quality : Excellent.
    It is User Friendly & Compact
    CAUTION : Drawback of Sony HC series camcorders
    Software supplied to tranfer video is pathetic. Search internet for horrible experiences faced by owner of HC series camcorders.

    USB cable is only to transmit images. If video is tranferred quality is very very bad.

    If you have SONY memory card and SONY note book it is very compatible else THINK twice before buying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Impressive quality
    This is my very first camcorder and I decided to go with a middle of the line one after I read some reviews.We tested it out yesterday and even displayed what we taped on a huge TV screen and the quality is amazing.I was worried about sound quality, but this little camcorder packs quite a punch.It's easy to use. I almost don't even need the manual.Add to that the fact that it's small enough to carry everywhere with you. I'm overall impressed and very happy with my purchase.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Beware Of Sony
    My little advice - Beware of Sony. The quality has decreased over past years badly and customer service and technical support is very bad too. Not to mention the warranty plans and costs to fix things. I just owned a nice handycam DCR-TRV19 that died after one year of seldom use. Something that is obvious factory defect (since many people experience exactly the same problem) costs more than half of the camcorders price to fix at sony service. I advise you to have a look at http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6142-0.html?forumID=59&threadID=53316&messageID=1064984 and see for yourself how Sony treats their customers.
    Once again, don't be blurred by pretty design. The inside is piece of crap.
    Sincerely.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
    Really great camera, which I'm very happy with.I don't really have much else to say which hasn't already been said.

    Note to the young liberal:Don't worry, most liberals grow up to become conservatives :^) ... Read more


    9. Sony Cybershot DSCS40 4.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $299.95
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007VTUB2
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 10
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    So small, yet so powerful - the Cyber-shot DSC-S40 digital camera from Sony provides you with big features at an amazingly small price. With its high quality 1/2.7-inch Super HAD CCD, 3X optical zoom Carl Zeiss lens, and ultra-fast Real Imaging Processor it captures consistently beautiful 4.1 Megapixel images everytime. 4.1 Megapixel (2304 x 1728 Pixels) 3X optical zoom lens 1.5-inch LCD monitor Stamina Battery Life 32 MB flash memory built-in Thanks to the DSC-S40's Stamina technology battery life is never an issue. It captures and average of 110 shots with the supplied Alkaline batteries. Upgrade to optional NiHM rechargeable batteries and you can capture up to 550 shots on a single charge. Other great features include 32 Megabytes of built-in memory, a large 1.5-inch LCD monitor, and PictBridge technology for easy printing on compatible printers without the need of a PC. Its compact design makes it easy to take with you wherever you go. 1/2.7-inch 4.1 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. 3X Optical/2X Digital/6X Total Zoom - 3X Optical Zoom helps you frame your shots for better Digital pictures. And Sony's Precision Digital Zoom provides an additional 2X magnification without the jagged edges of other designs, resulting in smoother images. 0-10X Smart Zoom Feature (at VGA Resolution) ... Read more

    Features

    • Powered by AA-size batteries (alkaline batteries supplied); up to 500+ shots per charge with NiMH batteries (not included)
    • 4.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 12 x 15-inch prints
    • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens; 1.5-inch LCD
    • Real Imaging Processor LSI allows for fast start-up and shot-to-shot times, plus extended battery stamina
    • Stores images on Memory Stick media; features 32MB internal memory

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Little Camera!
    First of all, let me say that I am NOT a camera bug or a photographic expert (neither digital nor film) so this is a new learning experience for me.I am very impressed with this product.
    It delivers professional results and is easy to use.Newbees like me can get great results with the AUTO mode, then when you have the time to do so, you can experiment with the manual settings for custom results.The nice thing about digital (with a computer) is that you're not throwing away expensive materials (ie film) in order to learn.You can just delete your failures and try again.When you get a pic that looks printworthy you can either print it using your PC or you can connect the USB cord (supplied) directly to a photoprinter (if said printer has a standard called PICTBRIDGE). There are many settings that you can control (ISO sensitivity, EV, White Balance and other settings that shutterbugs are familiar with) or you can set it to AUTO and let the camera set it up for you.It uses JPEG format and you can get much detail setting it to 4 megapixels but these pics turn out BIG (almost 2 megs).If you don't want your pics that big you can set them down to 3.2, 3,1, or VGA and they still look very good, but they are smaller and easier to store.The camera is about the size of a bar of soap and fits very easily into a pocket. You can also take "webcam" type movies. The documentation comes in print and on the CD and is excellent, going into much detail on how to use the manual settings for best results.My only disappointment is with the Photo Editing program that comes on the CD.This program dosen't offer much for editing your pics on a PC (no problem for me though.I have PhotoDeluxe). If you have a good editing program that came with your printer (or scanner) you might want to use it instead.I think the software included with this camera is more suited for HandyCams (video cameras).
    The camera has 32 megs of onboard memory which allows you to shoot 16 pics at 4 MPs, 20 at 3MPs, 50 at 1 MPs and 196 at VGA.
    It has a slot for a memory stick if you choose to buy one. If you do decide to buy one of these cameras, do yourself a favor and buy some rechargable NIMH batteries, because I'll tell you ( and anybody with digicam experience knows this) alkaline batteries do not cut it with this camera.It comes with 2 alkalines and I think I took all of about 12 pictures before they were WIPED OUT!I then tried some regular Everready alkalines I had just bought and they wouldn't even power it up.The NIMH's that I bought work excellent and last long in between recharges. So, all in all, would I recommend this camera?Absolutely!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome!!
    An excellent no hassle, worry free camera that fits in your pocket and delivers excellent pictures. The Zeiss lens makes this camera awesome. I have had my doubts about digital cameras but this little gem delivers crisp, clean sharp images that exceeds the quality of my Canon A1 SLR camera. Very easy to use and download.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as small as I thought
    Well, just got this camera 2 days ago.Used it quite a bit for my daughters swimming lesson this morning.
    My old Sony DSC-S50 was just too big to be convienient and finally we upgraded to this newer model.

    Photos - excellent.I used a 2.1 MP for so long, a 4.1 really is a lot crisper.Cropping in photoshop leaves a much better image now.
    Video - excellent.Memory Stick Pro on FINE mode makes for excellent video with sound.Sure does chew through the space though.512 MB stick holds just 6 minutes of video.

    I dropped a single star because I was thinking this camera would be about the same size as the L1, but it really is quite a bit thicker.It still fits in your jeans pocket, just not as slim as I was planning.
    We'll keep it - maybe upgrade in another couple of years. ... Read more


    10. Sony MSX-256S Memory Stick PRO Flash Media (256MB)
    list price: $69.95
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    Asin: B0002Z4554
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 333
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    ultra-high memory capacity * some memory required for system management * includes Memory Stick PRO storage case * SDMI-compliant MagicGate encryption technology * warranty: 1 year * ... Read more

    Features

    • 256 MB maximum storage capacity with 220 MB available
    • Minimum write speeds of 15 Mbps on Memory Stick PRO enabled devices optimized with 4-pin parallel inteface
    • Operating temperature range of -13° F to 185° F allows increased durability
    • Perfect for digital photography and compact video
    • Backwards compatible with Memory Stick PRO media enabled devices

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars It really is a great product.
    I love the Sony company, and I love this project. It does everything that it says it does; it has a ton of storage and importing pictures is really fast.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Trust SONY!
    I own the Cybershot P93, and I needed more storage capacity, so I bought the Sony Memo Stick "PRO" 256MB, I have to say its reliable, durable & fast in processing, storing & accessing...

    And there ain't much difference in price from the unoriginals types like Lexar or Sandisk.

    The memory stick looks cool & its Made in Japan! Actual capacity it offers is 220MB as the rest 36MB are necessarily for system & data usage.

    Be sure your Sony camera supports the PRO type of Memory sticks, as the older models lack this feature.

    With the 256MB Capacity, I get:

    3 hrs of low quality videos, 12 mins of normal quality and 3 mins of highest quality, which is more than enough.

    As for photos, using fine quality, with 1MP, i can store approximately upto 380 photos, with 3MP app. 150 photos & with 5 MP i can store app. upto 90 photos.

    It's great & with a reasonable price... ... Read more


    11. Sony DCR-DVD403 DVD Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom
    list price: $1,099.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0007LZGD8
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 28
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    records high-quality DVD-Video * records to mini DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, and DVD+RWs * recording capacity of one disc: 20 minutes at HQ setting; 30 minutes at SP setting; 60 minutes at LP setting * digital photo mode * 2-11/16" widescreen color touch-panel LCD * ... Read more

    Features

    • 10X optical zoom
    • 2.7 inch, 16:9 aspect display
    • Dolby digital 5.1 audio recording
    • DVD + RW / -RW media
    • 3.3 megapixel CCD

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Shoot, Finalize, Play, be Amazed.
    I can't believe how easy this camera is to operate.

    I received the camcorder last night and was anxious to get some test footage of my daughter before she went to bed.To save time, I skipped reading the directions and went straight to fiddling with the camera.With absolutely no difficulty or direction I was able to snap on the battery pack, plug the camera to AC power, pop in a disc, and begin recording my daughter's silly bed time antics.

    Now it was time to play it in the DVD player.A freind had told me that you need to "finalize" the disc before you can play it in a DVD player.So, after a moment of hunting in the setup menu I found and selected the "finalize" option.A little whirring and a grave warning not to vibrate the camera, and a few minutes later the disc was done.

    I placed the disc in the DVD player still believing this was too good to be true, but there it was.My daughter giggling and singing in 16:9 aspect ratio on my big TV, with no wires and no need to boot up my computer.Within 30 minutes of pulling the camera out of the box I was playing a freshly recorded movie without having to glance at the manual.I can't say enough about the ease of use.

    And, the quality is top notch.I'm no expert but I have an older Sony Mini-DV and I've been exposed to home movies made on a number of different cameras.The picture quality on this one is as good or better than any video camera I've ever seen. But it was the sound quality that shocked me.

    As I sat watching my daughter sing on camera I heard her singing in front of me.Then, I was startled to hear the sounds of my wife and I laughing and coaxing her comming from the surround speakers behind me.That's right, this thing records in Dolby 5.1 surround sound!

    So far, I've only recorded two discs worth of material, and I haven't even gotten into exploring the more advanced features of the camera, but it does everything I want it to do.Incredible ease of use.High quality digital picture and sound.The only drawback I see is the $5-$8 price tag per blank disc.But as one reviewer mentioned you can transfer your movie to a much cheaper full size CD-R using a DVD recorder or your computer.Then you can reuse the same $8 mini disc over and over again.

    Either way, it's a small price to pay for such a convenient and high quality product.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Wind noice is the killer.
    When recording outdoor, even there is not much wind at all, this camcorder produces a lot of wind noise just like a thunder storm out there. I set the volume to low in the setup menu, but it does not help at all. The picture quality is good, the wide screen produces a very nice view on the 16X9 TV.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent hardware-- mediocre software
    From a hardware standpoint this camcorder is excellent. Picture quality under a variety of lighting conditions including dim lighting is excellent. The quality of the still photos is also excellent-- I haven't used my digital still camera since I bought it. The only letdown is the very mediocre software package that comes with it. I'm surprised a quality company like Sony would bundle a $1000 high end camera with budget software. It's workable but don'w expect much more than very basic functionality.

    This is the first miniDVD camcorder that has worked it out in terms of ease of use, reliability, and picture quality. Sure, in 2-5 years we will all be using blu-ray digital cameras that will hold 2 hours of HD video on 1 disk, making the paltry 21 minutes of high quality video (1 hour on low quality setting or 30 minutes on normal quality)seem quaint, but until then this one is it.

    UPDATE-- I've have the camera a couple of weeks now. I'm feeling better about the bundled software--it turns out a lot of the bugs that I initially experienced using the software were due to codecissues and not the software itself. I actually find the software, although basic in it's features, pretty useful and stable. For those who want to edit their videos more extensively, Windows Movie Maker is free from Microsoft and handles the MPEG2 video format used by this camera very well.

    The camera itself is a joy to use. I have found that 21 minutes of high quality video per disc is not as restrictive as I once thought-- having the power to edit my videos (ie cut out the garbage)makes that 21 minutes go a long way. And the media itself is not expensive-- I just bought 20 miniDVD-Rs online for $20.

    Overall, a great choice--it gives me the option to burn my video right away and watch it on my DVD player at home, or if I feel like it I can download it to my computer and edit it and then burn it and watch it. Either way, a winner.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great camcorder with High quality of picture
    I bought this camcorder about a month back. I finished recording my first DVD and the quality of the picture is awesome. This is my first camcorder and I am already in love with it. I have SONY DSC-T1 with 5 MP and now this camcorder has builin flash with 3.1 MP I am rarely using my DSC-T1 for taking pictures. I would say it is worth the cost. I suggest you buy it and you won't be dissappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 stars all the way!
    Was shopping around for a camcorder for awhile, and was debating against a mini dv and or dvd camcorder.Panasonic even has 3ccd camcorders at a comparable price offering supposedely a better quality camera.I had my heart set on a dvd camcorder as I didnt want the hassle of transferring to PC and then burning to dvd.Knowing myslef, I would just never get around do doing it.So after having my mind set on a dvd camcorder, looked on the internet and there was the sony 403, the specs looked good but there werent that many reviews posted.

    Decided to go with it, and I must say it is one fantastic camcorder, quality is great, low light is not that bad either.Built in flash for stills work great and quality still quality is great also.I have no need for my digital camera anymore.Is convenient to store both video and stills on the same dvd.

    Havent used the software for editing yet, from the reviews ive read it isnt that great, but dont expect to to do that much editing. Finalizing the dvd creates an own dvd menu, again great feature.

    Touch screen is A+, 16:9 recording works well.5.1 surround sound is great add on.Battery life on packaged battery gives good recording time.

    I was skeptical of the only 30 min recording time on SP mode on the camera.mini dv's offer 60 min, but after recording a couple of dvd, you really don't realize how long 30 minutes is.SHould be ample for a standard home video.There is a setting at LP mode for 60 minutes, haven;t tried it yet, but will.My guess is that I won't notice a big difference.

    Overall my opinion is that if your the average user, wants great quality footage easy to use, this camcorder is for u.I personally cant tell the difference between a 3ccd camera.It is pricey, but i think sony has set a new standard in DVD camcorders.

    ... Read more


    12. Sony Cybershot DSCT7 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
    list price: $599.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007XY6QY
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 22
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * 2-1/2" color LCD * MPEG Movie VX with audio * ... Read more

    Features

    • Stores images on Memory Stick Duo media; captures VGA audio-video clips (length limited only by media)
    • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
    • Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
    • Amazing compact design--camera is 3/8 inch thin at its narrowest and 5/8 inch at its thickest
    • Powered by rechargeable InfoLithium battery (included); comes with Cybershot Station for easy connection to computer or TV

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect second camera for hobbyists
    I've already been the happy owner of a Sony DSC-F828 "big" camera for over a year, and still consider it perfect for my serious photographic needs.

    However, precisely _because_ it is so big, it can be very inconvenient to bring along, and also very intimidating to potential picture subjects.

    Enter the new Sony DSC-T7. I didn't realize just how _much_ smaller, or more precisely, how much thinner it is than all other digital cameras until I saw it in person. It not only fits in a shirt pocket, it fits in a shirt pocket _along_with_ a Treo or an iPod. Because its 3x zoom lens is folded, it does not protrude at all when taking pictures, meaning most subjects won't even realize a camera is pointed at them, let alone that it is zoomed in and high resolution. This greatly easy getting natural expressions in informal photos.

    Next, the specifications of the T7 are better than those of othersimilar Sony cameras such as the T1 and T33 in ways I care about, such as doubling the number of pixels in the 2.5" LCD screen, including an auto-focus assist lamp, and USB 2.0 support without needing driver software when used with Windows XP.

    One of my pet peeves about digital cameras is that they are not protected from the elements. The T7 helps this in two ways. First, its on/off switch is a solid lens cover. Second, the camera fits easily in the smallest size zip-loc sandwich bag, and can easily be operated while in the bag, providing serious dust and splash protection.

    One further protection is needed, but easily handled. The LCD needs protection, which I provided by covering it with a sheet of screen protector plastic left over from an old PDA.

    As you might expect from such a thin device, battery life is somewhat limited (about an hour of continuous use, set up for maximum brightness, continuous focus adjustment, and automatic flash. For that reason, I bought a spare battery, and since the charger is bigger than the camera, suggest other buyers do the same.

    Similarly, plan on getting more memory immediately. The supplied 32M is good for only 14 pictures at top resolution. I settled for 512M, the largest I could actually buy at time of purchase, but would recommend the new 1GB size if available to you as you buy. The memory door appears a bit flimsy, so it seems best not to need to open it too often.

    I bought this for my point and shoot wife to take on a week-long trip, and thereafter to have it with us whenever a shot might present itself, but not surely enough to carry the large camera, or in situations where keeping the large camera clean and dry might be an issue.

    If you too are a serious hobbyist, do be aware of unavoidable limitations: 1) 5MP is good, but not as good as the 7MP of a few also (barely) pocketable cameras. I decided smaller size outweighed higher resolution, but you may feel differently. 2) F4 is 2 full stops dimmer than the F2 of my other camera, which matters quite a bit when the light is low, as does 3) the ASA maximum of 400, rather than 800. There's also 4) no place to attach a filter. For a second camera, these are all perfectly acceptable compromises, in my opinion.

    Highly recommended as a second camera for hobbyists, or as a first camera for folks who want a very convenient and very high quality point and shoot camera.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Performance Within Class
    The DSC-T7 camera from Sony takes the concept of portability to a whole new level. Remember the Motorola brick phones of the early 1990's? Well, that's how most of the other cameras currently on the market will leave you feeling once you've held the DSC-T7. This smallness however comes at a price; people used to larger cameras may take some time to get comfortable using this camera. I use a Canon EOS-20D for more serious photography, and switching to this camera for casual use almost makes me distracted due to its smallness. My wife however loves it.

    Pictures have the typical Sony look to them: crisp, sure and accurate. Coloring is almost dead-on correct; however Sony's in-camera post processing gives images a dynamic boost which, while looking very good, may look slightly unnatural to some pros. But then again, there are uses and there are cameras. For a travel camera and casual shooting, there is simply no match for the DSC-T7. On the other hand, no one will use it in a studio for professional photography, which is OK as well.

    I only wish that Sony were offering a carrying case as standard issue with this camera; it is a pity that they had decided to carry it as a separate item. It would be a shame to drop the DSC-T7 and have nicks and scratches on it. At least our box did not come with it, and here's hoping that Sony will at one point decide to include the soft case as a standard accessory with every camera.

    Recommended: 5 out of 5 stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Product is great, but Amazon does NOT equal to
    In fact, Amazon's prices on electronics are generally pretty expensive, such as in this case. Right now, there are numerous Internet stores out there that offer this same camera for only around (...). Even after accounting for shipping price, the total would only be around . (...)That's some (...) cheaper than what Amazon sells for. Yet, Amazon is advertising itself as "Amazon.com equals low prices"?? Give me a break! It even pretends to care about being competitive in pricing by providing a link that asks customers to tell them of lower prices elsewhere. But even after you inform them of substantially lower prices elsewhere, there is rarely any reaction on Amazon's part. So this "low prices" thing that Amazon constantly displays is actually a charade. Don't let Amazon.com rip you off!!! ... Read more


    13. SONY MSX-M1GN 1GB High Speed Memory Stick(R) PRO Duo Media ( Red )
    list price: $349.95
    our price: $154.99
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    Asin: B0006IEV7E
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 274
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Meet the enhanced Sony Memory Stick PRO Duo! It lights when it writes to protect against accidental data loss and has a new access speed of 80 Mbps - allowing you to read from and write to your Memory Stick PRO Duo faster than ever. Memory Stick PRO Duo digital film allows you to record your high-resolution digital images in a safe, convenient, durable and easy-to-use format. You get a whopping 1 GB to complement your shooting requirements. It works with an array of different applications, including Sony MP3 audio recorders, video cameras and computers with a Memory Stick PRO Duo slot. The Memory Stick PRO Duo format is equipped with MagicGate: a copyright protection software that consists of authentication and encryption technologies. The authentication technology ensures that protected content is only transferred between compliant devices and media, and that it is recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent unauthorized copying or playback. The Memory Stick PRO Duo format also provides a unique personal data protection technology for removable media that allows you to securely and easily control access to any personal information stored on Memory Stick PRO Duo media. Although only half the size of a stick of chewing gum, Memory Stick PRO Duo packs big performance. It's compact, reliable and comes equipped with built-in erasure-prevention. ... Read more

    Features

    • Included adaptor allows compatibility with Memory Stick(R) PRO media enabled devices
    • 1 GB Memory Stick Pro Duo; 940 MB available capacity
    • Supports read/write speeds up to 80 Mbps on high speed-enabled devices
    • Increased operating temperature range
    • Includes MSAC-M2 Memory Stick Duo media adaptor for compatibility in standard Memory Stick media slot

    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you know what you're doing, you'll love it
    I've heard a lot of people say that this really isn't needed.Most of these people intend to use it for their PSP.This is not the only use for this card.If you have a Sony camera that supports high speed shooting, this card is a must.With that said, if you own a PSP, and you know what you're doing, this card is a must as well.Reason is, the slower Memory Stick Pro Duo, has a write speed at 15Mbps.The high speed card clocks in at about 80 Mbps.Yeah.Grab your USB 2.0 / Firewire Card reader for this one, it makes a HUGE difference.

    The average user, however, will not care.They're probably using the 5 pin USB cable to transfer files, which comes in at about 10 Mbps.There is NO point in buying this card if this is the case for you.On the other hand, if you're like me, and crave the capacity of 1 gb for your psp, odds are you'll be using all 1000 mb of it.You have to go high speed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Fast
    This stick is fantastic for high resolution photos and is lightning quick. Do you need the extra speed the MSX-M1GN gives you? Maybe, maybe not. But at least you have it when and if you need the feature. Highly recommend it for the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, reliable
    Sony makes two 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo cards.The one on this page is MSX-M1GN and it's labeled "High Speed," meaning it reads and writes using parallel connectors.The Sony PSP, among other Sony gadgets, supports this high-speed access technology, so you can use this card in the PSP.

    But you don't really need the extra high speed.Instead, you can save money by buying the other Sony 1GB card, model MSX-M1GS (notice difference in the last letter), which is a "non-high speed" 1GB Memory Stick Duo.Both cards support MagicGate, Sony's digital rights management technology.(Sony's Connect online music store requires a MagicGate-compatible storage card.)

    Let me emphasize my previous point: you don't need the "high speed" Memory Stick Duo, the regular Memory Stick Duo is fast enough for games, movies and music on the PSP.Paying extra for this "high speed" version (~$40 over the "S" version) if you only use it in the PSP is a waste of money since the PSP doesn't really take advantage of the parallel access technology -- i.e., it plays cool with the technology, but doesn't employ it.On the other hand, if you have one of Sony's latest digital cameras that support high-speed continue shooting, you may want to get this.

    This is a fast, reliable flash memory card that will likely last a long time.I've never had any problems with Sony's flash storage cards.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good But Not Great
    You can find a better deal with a 1.0GB Memory Stick Duo with either SanDisk or Lexar. Sony's memory sticks are very expensive against the competitors but they work best with the Sony products. I bought this for my Sony PlayStation Portable so I could store music, games, pictures, and music. One thing I learned is that you shouldn't get a high-capacity memory stick! One thing is that if you want to watch movies you have to convert your files to MPEG-4 which is so much more work! Another thing is with your CD's and stuff like that you have to convert them only to MP3 and ATRAC3 format. For pictures it has to be JPEG only which is another hassle. I have a card reader on my computer and guess what...it doesn't support Memory Stick Duo! It only supports MS and MS PRO. I've heard you have to buy a Sony computer to have a card reader with Memory Stick Duo capability. I am very disappointed with Sony with their new UMD and Memory Stick Duo. They should have added 1.0GB internal built-in memory so you can start downloading all those things instantly. The PSP should have also included a Mini-B USB Connector too because it's so cheap! I wouldn't recommend getting this amount of memory but if you store a lot of things and you have the patience to convert (you might need software for some of them) then this is a good thing for you. ... Read more


    14. Sony Cybershot DSCT33 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Includes Docking Station)
    list price: $449.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007CZ7AO
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 58
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/6X total zoom) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response * 2-1/2" color LCD * JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2592 x 1728; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 32 MB card
    • Powered by lithium-ion battery (NP-FR1); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0
    • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
    • 3x optical, 2x digital zoom; Carl Zeiss optics; super-sized 2.5-inch Clear Photo Hybrid LCD
    • Docking station (included) keeps batteries charged and enables easy computer, printer, and TV connectivity

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
    I bought this Sony camera at an Apple store a few weeks ago. It was expensive but I think it's worth it.

    Pros:
    -Lightweight: I bought this camera mainly for concert photography. It's light enough to carry around with you wherever you go.
    -Excellent picture quality
    -Great features: I love how there are so many settings to choose from. You can play around to see what works well for your shots.

    Cons:
    -No hole for tripod: This probably isn't an issue for many people. You should know it's not compatible with a tripod though. Then again, this is such a small camera. Why would the average person want to use it with a tripod? It's supposed to be an on-the-go type of camera.
    -Battery: A full charge only lasts for approximately 85 minutes so it's a good idea to buy a spare battery if you're going to use this on long day trips. The spare battery is very expensive though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Sony T33
    This is a nice unit to carry in the shirt pocket. I hate the lack of an optical view, the LCD is NOT convenient for point and shoot type photos. Especially out-doors. This is a special purpose camera and is very good for posed in-door or nature shots. Also, in the practical use of this unit, it is best to crank it down to the 3.2 pxl mode, or other lower res. The close shots at 5 pxl are phenomenal, every detail of a product label for example is perfectly reproduced. Good toy, but I like my DSC-P73 for every day use.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly nice
    I own the DSC-F828 (8 megapixel) Sony...and do a lot of varied work, usually taking it everywhere.But it's a bit slow out of the bag sometimes, for a simple snapshot.Therefore I purchased this camera (the T-3 Euro version) as an adjunct to the big brother.

    Frankly, 5 Megapixel appears a bit less sharp now that I'm used to 8 Megapixel ....and the lens CAN be a tiny bit soft focus in low light.Yes, there's relativly few manual adjustments, too.

    Flash is not bad, works well as a fill in sunlight, a bit harsh indoors.But then I shot a lot of no-flash, as slow as an 1/8, handheld.It works well.Nice colors, too,

    However, this little devil powers up FAST as I draw it from the Sony leather belt holster.Red Eye reduction, 3x zoom, *HUGE* view screen (really impressive for showing off to your friends what you just shot...), neat carry strap.

    This thing is really HANDY....not as your ONLY camera but as the all-day, EVERY-DAY camera.It fits on your belt in as little space as a cell phone with the abilty to shoot all day long....

    I bought a travel charger & spare battery (these can charge while I shoot), extra memory (came with a 32mb - I bought a 128, then a 256.You buy a 512.), and the nice Sony leather belt case.Look for a USB memory stick reader, like the wonderful SanDisk MobileMate MS (the size, literally, of a USB flash drive, i.e. keyring-able), and you're ready.

    You can afford this.Think about it.Super small, excellent quality, out of the way...but ALWAYS there.Get it.Or, let me put it another way, "Can you afford less?".

    PSWhat I REALLY like about this camera is that my big 828 scares the pants off my subjects because it's seen (to them) as "professional", yet no one runs away when I pull this little guy out.You can see the differences in their attitude right away.

    I get more intimate pictures, with minimal quality loss, using this camera far more frequently, now, than the 828.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Compact Camera - The Shape of things to come
    I bought this camera about a month ago and have been truly impressed.I know a bit about digital cameras having owned a few over the years and this camera presses all the right buttons for me.The camera is small, about the size and weight of a pack of playing cards, smaller even.The styling is great and the build quality is top notch.The camera has many features normally found on larger format cameras.The video quality is superb and nearly does away with the need for a camcorder for those holiday videos, works best out doors and in daylight.There is no set limit to video length except for the capacity of the memory card. A 1 Gig card holds about 13min of highest quality video, long enough for any take I can think of.The general picture quality is very good for a compact and the prints I've made to A4 paper are spot on.It is fast to start up and "reload".The LCD screen quality is the best I've seen on a compact.The macro/magnifying mode is a revelation, allowing for some "microscope" type close-ups.The interface is intuitive and user friendly.In conclusion this camera is perfect for the average user who needs a highly portable quality digital camera.Recommended upgrade would be a 512mb or 1Gig memory card for that high quality video.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Photos not very sharp
    For as expensive as this camera is, the photo quality is not superb.The pictures come out a little bit soft--not quite as sharp as a Canon's. ... Read more


    15. Sony ICF-M410V Portable FM/AM/TV/Weather Radio with Sleep/Turn-on Timer
    by Sony
    list price: $59.99
    our price: $39.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006HOLO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1555
    Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    This portable radio is perfect for travelers who want to keep in touch with their favorite FM/AM and TV stations. The Sony ICF-M410V even receives NOAA weather stations to allow up-to-date metrological forecasts and warnings. With shuttle dial operation and five direct keys for memory presets, this radio allows quick access to your favorite stations. There are twenty presets, five stations for each band. One important feature of the ICF-M410V is the sleep/turn-on timer. With this feature, it is possible to not only have the radio turn off after a selected amount of time, but also to have the radio turn on at a preset time.

    This four-band radio picks up FM, AM, TV and weather channels. FM frequencies range between 87.6 and 108 MHz while AM frequencies range from 530 to 1710 kHz. You will pick up TV VHF channels 2-13 and weather channels 1-7. You can listen to the radio via the 3 1/8" speaker, or through optional headphones via the headphone jack. Whether through the built-in ferrite bar antenna or the telescopic FM, TV and weather antenna, you are sure to receive the best possible reception. Sony designed this portable radio for on-the-move enjoyment. Either carry the lightweight radio like a small bag, or set the small radio on a desk or dresser. To power this sleek, ergonomic radio, use either an optional AC adaptor or three AAA batteries.

    What's in the Box
    Sony ICF-M410V portable radio, user's manual and a ninety day warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • FM/AM, TV (VHF channels 2-13) and weather station tuning
    • Memory presets: 5 FM, 5 AM, 5 TV, 5 weather
    • Sleep/turn-on timer perfect for afternoon naps
    • Shuttle dial operation with five direct preset keys
    • Runs on optional AC adaptor or 3 AA batteries

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Handy for more than emergencies & good sound quality
    When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey my parents had this radio in the kitchen (that they bought through their Gulf credit card) that seemed to get every band in the world. We used to love to listen to the short wave at night. But the radio really came in handy for its weather channels when the power went out during thunderstorms. We also boated a lot, and the NOAA weather radio broadcasts became as important a step in planning for an outing as packing the sailbags and filling the cooler with ice.

    Now that I live in the midwest, I live through wicked seasonal thunderstorms that often knock out the power. I also find that our tv stations' weather reports are useless for two reasons -- they cover too large a broadcast area, and they tend to hype the weather for everyone, even if only one part of the state is being affected. After this most recent round of thunderstorms and flooding I decided to get a battery powered radio that gets weather radio channels so I can cut through the tv hype and get specific local information.

    I had an Amazon coupon, and decided to buy this radio for two reasons. First, unlike other radios on Amazon, this one shipped for free, which made it equivalent in price to other radios with fewer features. Second, even though the tv weather coverage around here drives me crazy it is nice to know that I can tune into the tv channels if I want to when if the power goes out.

    Now that I have the radio I have found (like other reviewers) that I use it for much more than emergencies. The radio is so small and handy that I keep it near my desk and use it to get a quick weather update in the morning. I also listen to NPR throughout the day, which I wouldn't otherwise do unless I'm in my car. (Is it me, or did we learn in the big hair generation that a tricked out stereo is the only radio worth having in the house?)

    I have two minor complaints about the radio. There is a lot of interference with other electronics on the weatherband channels. I also have to crank up the volume on those stations to hear anything. As a result as I have to carry the radio around the room to get a good weather reception spot. And as I do so, I have to endure these really loud waves of interference until I find the right spot (ow). But this is only a minor annoyance. If it weren't for that I'd give it 5 stars. My second complaint is that while the radio is on, it displays the frequency and not the clock. You have to turn off the radio or look at a different source to get a time check. These are only minor annoyances, worth living with for the price.

    There are also two features I didn't really think much about when I bought the radio that I now use all the time. First, I use the standby feature (which on most other radios would be called an alarm), to turn the radio on every day right as the afternoon NPR broadcast begins. If left to my own devices I never remember to turn on the radio at the right time. Second, I also use the sleep feature a lot -- if I walk away from the radio, I know that the radio will turn itself off and not wear down the battery.

    I like the sound quality -- even the AM stations are pleasant to listen to.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great performance for the price!
    I needed a radio with great AM sensitivity and portability. I checked out a number of radios and found the GE 7-2887 Superadio III to be the best, but the size was just too big.

    The AM sensitivity of this Sony unit is great! I live in a mountainous region of Arizona and use the unit mainly to listen to talk radio. The daytime AM station is almost 100 miles away and most radios have difficulty even picking it up. This one shines! I attribute this mainly to the larger than normal internal ferrite bar antenna and decent circuitry.

    The speaker is large enough to listen at volume, without distortion, and with very good tonal quality for a 3" speaker. I did not notice distortion at "normal" listening levels, nor did I expect to have stereo sound in a radio of this price range.

    When listening to AM I use rechargeable batteries. They last 60 hours on average.

    FM sensitivity is also very good when compared to other units I tested. The digital frequency readout also appears to be accurate, a problem that often plagues cheaper units. Due to my remote location I could not verify the selectivity of the unit (ability to separate strong radio signals that are close to each other in frequency).

    The radio seems to pick up weather stations that have at least a moderate signal. Weak signals simply will not be heard. The unit also has problems with selectivity on this band as even a moderate signal (mine is 30 miles away) washes over onto all the weather frequencies. This is not a problem for most folks, but would be a concern if you live mid-point between two transmitting weather stations.

    As "over the air" TV reception is not possible in my area this feature could not be evaluated.

    The shuttle style tuner, clock, sleep and activation timer is a great plus!

    Bottom line... this is the best portable radio you can buy in this price range!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Radio .....but NO PLUG included!!
    Buy this radio-- but buy the plug along with it!!!
    I love these Radios w/TV sound reception!! (great for the office, kitchen, bathroom, BLACKOUTS!!) I've owned others- a Sony, a GE and a hand held portable/transistor - so I've got a lot to compare.
    This radio is VERY nicely designed--compact and portable; easy to read and set. Sound quality is VERY clear and it's nice to have the sleep timer and push button tuning (MUCH better than to fish for the stations on a dial).
    The color: "putty" is a bit outdated. (Black would have been better), but it'll do.
    All and all it's a GREAT little radio!!!
    But....here's the disappointing news....There's NO adaptor included!! NO way to plug it in.
    WHY??
    You'd think those adaptors would be the easiest thing to include. (how many old ones have I thrown out??!)
    Anyway, it says that you HAVE to use a 4.5v adaptor (and of course what's left in my junk drawer are a 3, a 9 and a 5.5v).
    So now I have to figure out where to pick up this adaptor!
    And that's why it only received 4 stars!
    Also--I don't remember being prompted by Amazon to make this additonal purchase when I added this item to my shopping cart. (...Hint to Amazon...)

    Anyway, just be sure to purchase the adaptor when you buy this radio and you'll be a happy camper (these TV/radios are GREAT for camping, too...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great value radio
    This is a great radio for the price. It's size and shape make it convenient to carry around and the reception is fabulous.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere if you need Weatherband...
    I received this radio from amazon today and am happy with it except for the faulty Weatherband. (It's the tuner that's bad: all 7 weather channels tune to the same frequency, and none of them well, compared to my smaller, cheaper, older Radio Shack Weather Cube). Sony's technical support was of no help whatsoever, referring me to NOAA's frequency guide on the web. Weatherband shortcomings aside, the radio fits perfectly on a narrow ledge (like a window sill); the 3-inch speaker sounds great for its size, and the five presets per band are adequate for me. The TV channels perform well, too. ... But for $40 or less, it's a good value and performs well (except for the Weatherband, which could be a defect only in the radio I received). Made in China, by the way, not in Japan. ... Read more


    16. Sony Cybershot DSCP93 5MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    by Sony
    list price: $399.95
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001G6UES
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 40
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    With its small size and quick reaction time, the Sony DSCP93 digital camera will be your constant photographic companion. You'll pick up amazing detail with its 5.1-megapixel CCD--and produce poster-sized prints. The affordable, 5-megapixel DSCP93 offers point-and-shoot simplicity with a variety of features normally found in higher-end models. It features a 3x optical zoom, 9-shot burst mode, high-resolution 1.5-inch LCD screen for reviewing shots, A/V connection to view images on your TV, and a high-resolution movie mode that's limited only by your Memory Stick's capacity. For a step up in price, check out the Sony DSCP100 brings a high-quality Carl Zeiss lens, compatibility with Sony's Cybershot Station, and even more compact size to the table.

    Optics and Resolution
    The 1/1.8-inch Super HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD allows more light to pass to each pixel, increasing sensitivity and reducing noise, and provides a 5.1-megapixel effective resolution (2592 x 1944).The Real Imaging Processor offers greater clarity and picture quality as well as improved response time and battery life and decreased shutter lag. The DSCP93 has a 3x optical zoom lens that's combined with a smooth 2x digital zoom for a 6x total.

    Movie Mode
    Capture video with audio at 30 frames per second (fps) at VGA size 640 x 480;the included 32 MB memory card will store 87 seconds of vide at this setting. Movie length is only limited by the amount of storage you have on hand. The Video Mail mode captures a smaller movie (160 x 112 pixels) that's more suitable to sending to friends and family via e-mail.

    More Features
    In addition to optics, the DSCP93 offers the following additional features to the DSCP73:

    • The 1.5-inch LCD monitor has a 123K-pixel resolution--double that of the DSCP73--enabling you to review fine details in your captured images.
    • 9 Shot Burst Mode: Capture up to 9 shots (fine) or 15 shots (standard) at 1.2 frames/sec. even at 5 MP resolution. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports. (The DSCP73 has only a 4-shot burst mode.)

    Other features include:

    • Resolution modes: 2592 x 1944 (5.1MP), 2592 x 1728 (3:2 aspect ratio), 2048 x 1536 (3MP), 1280 x 960 (1MP), and 640 x 480 (VGA)
    • Live Histogram Display: Available in capture and playback the Live Histogram displays the concentration of pixels at each luminosity value making it easy to evaluate correct exposure.
    • Real Imaging Processor: The innovative Real Imaging Processor in the DSC-P93 not only improves picture quality and clarity but also improves camera response time, decreases shutter lag and improves battery stamina.
    • Selectable Focus Mode: Monitoring AF (Auto Focus) helps you anticipate the action by focusing even before you press the shutter release.
    • Conversion Lens Compatible: Increase your shooting options by adding either telephoto lenses to increase your optical zoom, or wide-angle lenses to increase the width of your field of view. You can even add filters for special effects.
    • 5 Area Multi-Point Auto Focus: By evaluating 5 separate focus areas of the frame, SonyÕs Multi-Point AF system can intelligently focus on the subject and avoid mistakenly focusing on the background.
    • AF (Auto Focus) Illuminator: Briefly illuminating the subject, in low--or no--light conditions, the AF Illuminator helps establish a positive focus lock.
    • Multi-Pattern Measuring: Independently light-metering 49 points of the frame, Multi-Pattern Measuring establishes the optimum exposure, even when highlight and shadow isnÕt centered in the frame.
    • Multi-Burst Mode: Captures 16 320 x 240 frames as part of a single 1280 x 960 image which plays back sequentially in the camera (selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 second).
    • Manual Exposure Mode: Manual Exposure Mode provides extended control with 46-step adjustable Shutter speed (30 Ð 1/1000 sec.), and 2-step Aperture control.
    • Scene Selection Mode: With 6 Scene Modes, parameters can be matched to the shooting conditions. Choose from one of the following: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape, Soft Snap, Candle, or Beach.
    • Slow Shutter Noise Reduction: During long exposures, 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.
    • Pre-Flash Metering: With a momentary pre-flash, the camera illuminates the subject and sets exposure through the lens for accurate flash metering. Adjustable flash level and red-eye reduction ensure great flash shots.
    • 9 Shot Burst Mode: Capture up to 9 shots (fine) or 15 shots (standard) at 1.2 frames/sec. even at 5 MP resolution. Perfect for high speed subjects or fast moving action such as sports. (The DSCP73 has only a 4-shot burst mode.)

    Direct Printing
    The Cybershot DSCP93 offers PictBridge functionality, which enables you to transfer pictures from your digital camera to a compatible printer--such as the Sony PictureStation DPP-EX50--without a PC or image-editing software. Images can be viewed and selected for printing right on the camera's LCD, with menus for print quantity, date, and index print.

    Storage and Transfer
    Images are stored on Memory Sticks, and the Cybershot DSCP93 is compatible with Memory Stick Pro media--for storage up to 1 gigabyte. The included 32 MB Memory Stick will store 12 Fine and 23 Standard 5.1-megapixel images. The DSCP93 transfers images to PCs and Macs via a speedy USB 2.0 connection (which is backward compatible with USB 1.1 ports).

    Power and Size
    The camera is powered by two rechargeable NiMH AA-sized batteries (2100 mAh). The included adapter/charger provides power while you transfer images from the camera to your PC. It measures 4.63 x 2.13 x 1.38 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 7 ounces without Memory Stick or batteries.

    What's in the Box
    This package contains the Sony DSCP93 digital camera, 32 MB Memory Stick, two AA-size NiMH rechargeable batteries (NH-AA-DA), battery charger (BC-CS2), A/V and USB cables, wrist strap, and CD-ROM with photo editing software.

    Sony Photo Vault
    The optional Sony Photo Vault mini CD burner eliminates worry about running out of space on your Memory Stick when travelling. It burns images to mini CD-R's without a PC interface--just connect your camera using a USB cable. The Photo Vault also has a Memory Stick slot (compatible with Memory Stick Pro and Duo) and features a built-in photo album capability to display photos on a television screen using a television's standard AV input. ... Read more

    Features

    • 5-megapixel sensor (2592 x 1944 pixels) for enlargements up to 20 x 30 inches
    • 3x optical zoom plus 2x digital zoom for 6x total
    • High-resolution movie mode with sound; A/V output to TV; 9-shot burst; histogram display
    • Compatible with Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro media; includes 32 MB card
    • Powered by 2 AA batteries (NiMH rechargeables included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 2.0

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Well, despite the price (it's 499 dollars in my country) this is an excellent camera. If you are a newbie like me with digital cameras, you're starting with a monster.
    This baby can take beautiful pictures, and offers options never before seen in P series. Manual control is superb.
    Cons: It needs Memory Stick Pro to save video... agh!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AN EXCELLENT CHOICE FOR A PERFECT CAMERA!!!
    It's my first Digital camera, and I must say, "It's perfect & worth every penny!"

    With its 5.1 MP Sony lens, the photo quality is amazing! Crisp, Sharp, Colorful and very detailed.

    I have to say, it works better than some CANON models! I took a photo of a same stationary subject with both cameras. I found out that the SONY's output was better than the CANON's. So I went for Sony.

    The camera has various features to enjoy including Video recording and OPTICAL/DIGITAL Zoom.

    Well done SONY! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best camera I ever bought!
    I just bought this camera and I have had the best time using it. It takes wonderful crisp pictures and is easy and fun to use. It works great in all conditions. This camera was a great buy at 5 megapixels at a great price...better than other cameras that were more expensive at 4 megapixels with features that an everyday user would not need.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    This was the first digital camera I purchased, and I must say that I got quite lucky.
    The resolution is brilliant at 5.1 MP. You can stretch and crop all you want without distortion, and it doesn't have that blurry look quintessential of digial cameras.
    The price is an excellent bargain, especially since here it is offered for $350 (probably subject to change) as opposed to the list $450.
    It is very user friendly, and has many functions to produce the optimum photo for your situation/context. The amount of flash is automatically decided by the camera, making one's life easier, although you do have the power to override flashes.
    I recommend that you pruchase the two-sided, 128 MB each memory stick by sony to go along.
    My only negative comment would be that the batteries are not the super-power ones found in most other cameras. I don't know much about their chemical composition or any of that, but I do maintain that the batteries have a tendency to run out rather fast. However, they are rechargeable and the camera comes with an included recharger you can plug in to an electrical outlet.
    I really suggest you buy this camera. I am certainly glad I did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great price-point for a 5mp with excellent quality
    As a user of both Canon and Sony Digital cameras in the past, I wanted something that used rechargeable AA's (flexible for travel) with excellent picture quality (barely noticeable picture quality from the Carl Zeiss lenses) and portability (slightly larger than the P100). Also wanted something that good samaritan photographers could use easily and hold adeptly. (this was a problem with my tiny Sony U30) I have had numerous friends take pictures for me with this picture and the pics have been rock solid with this camera.

    The price point is great. Uses Memory sticks which are coming down in price. Also, the power up time is fast, and the shutter lag is very small. Flash works great in dark situations.

    Drawbacks of the camera is that since it's using NIMH AA's there is less battery life than a Li Ion batt. The big bonus is that NiMH batteries are so prevalent. Also works well with alkaline batteries in a pinch (I tried it out.) There is also the styling - a tad dated compared with the snazzy new T1's, SD10's, and U40's of the world.

    In combination with my current U30, the P93 synergistically works as a high-photo quality camera when I don't absolutely have to have the micro camera on me. ... Read more


    17. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (UMD mini for PSP)
    list price: $19.95
    our price: $13.97
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    Asin: B0007VPGT2
    Catlog: DVD
    Sales Rank: 3236
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com

    Guns, guns, guns! And a few explosions as bodies fly through the air and crash into tables and fruit stands. Once Upon a Time in Mexico, like all Robert Rodriguez movies, is all about the kinetic kick of high-velocity action. Johnny Depp, blase and whimsical, plays a CIA agent who's drawn guitar-playing gun-slinger Antonio Banderas (long black hair flopping over his face like the ears of a Labrador puppy) into a ridiculously convoluted plot to overthrow the Mexican government. Along for the ride are a craggy-faced rogue's gallery including Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Ruben Blades, and (to balance things out) the smooth, tantalizing complexions of Eva Mendes and Salma Hayek. For sheer trashy fun, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a step down from its predecessor, Desperado--but Desperado set the bar pretty high. For coherent storytelling, look elsewhere, but for action razzle-dazzle, this is your movie. --Bret Fetzer ... Read more

    Reviews (254)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Thrice Upon a Theme in Hollywood
    A disappointment. I was pleasantly surprised by Rodriguez's first film in the trilogy, El Mariachi: an independent effort in the good sense of the word, with signs of originality, some authentic atmosphere, and -- most unusual in the thriller genre -- even a little bit of heart. I should have stopped there, I guess, or maybe checked out the second in the series, Desperado (which I haven't seen).

    In the interim, Rodriguez had clearly become a "bankable" writer/director/you name it. (According to the credits he seems to have had a hand in almost every creative aspect of the film; you get the feeling the only reason he didn't design the costumes was lack of time.)

    Certainly various parties must have shoved huge wads of bills in each of his pockets and told him, go forth and multiply our money.

    Once Upon a Time in Mexico has all the hallmarks of a big-budget action picture, which today primarily means lots of computer-generated effects plus high-profile stars. None of the latter offer much to appreciate, and Johnny Depp is nearly unwatchable with an absurdly fey, oh-so-ironic performance as a bent CIA agent. The only decent performance is by Ruben Blades, who brings some inwardness and dignity to his role as a retread FBI agent.

    Rodriguez hasn't entirely lost his aptitude: there are cinematic coups here and there, and once in a while when the movie slows down to catch its breath between bloodbaths it becomes almost human. But way too much of the action is just a calculated, routine splatterfest in a sub-Peckinpah mode.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Violent, very funny, over the top and absurd.

    In a cast of many fine actors Johnny Depp steals the show.
    Set in modern day the movie starts with Johnny Depp (a CIA agent named Sands) talking to his informant (Cheech Marin) about a mythical figure a gunslinger and guitarist named El Mariachi (Antonio Bandaras) in order to find him to help him carry out his plan. The plan? Well, the plan is convoluted to say the least. It involves the assassination of the Mexican president and the killing of a sadistic general (who killed El Mariachi's wife and child) who is protected by a powerful and equally sadistic drug lord Barillo (played by William DaFoe). The general wants to over throw the President, somthing Sands is all for, but he wants the general dead as well. The assignment given to El Mariachi by Depp's character is to in the confusion of the coup kill the general something which El Mariachi would be more than pleased to do. The culmination of all of the action takes place on the Mexican Day of the Dead.
    Agent Sands is a busy little spook. From there Sands meets up with retired FBI agent Jorge (played by Ruben Blades). Agent Jorge has some of his own unfinished business as he had spent years trying to track down Barillo but Jorge declines Sands prodding to take out Barillo at least at first until Agent Sands reminds Jorge  about what Barillo had done to the FBI agent's partner. Here the stage is set.
    Are you confused already?  If you watch this movie prepared to become confused even more as the story takes more twists than an epileptic snake. However if you like action movies this movie is worth ever minute.
    Depp continues to weave in an out of the story doing his best as the quirky, creepy, wisecracking sadistic runt who tries to be the puppet master. In the end even Agent Sands shows a heroic side in a type of "high noon" that is in and of itself worth the price of the movie. The climax of the movie explodes in violence and in wildly beautiful and dramatic images with a few touches of the absurd thrown in. The score is beautiful but sometimes overpowers the dialogue.
    A guilty pleasure that I highly recommend.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Am I missing something?
    This was a mess of a movie! The story was wishy washy and the plot was dull. The action was what makes this movie worth watching. Some downright chezzy action scenes make for a good laugh. If I had to recommend one Robert Rodriguez flick I would rate From Dusk Till Dawn much better.

    4-0 out of 5 stars High-flying action!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeah, this movie is great!Theres lots of high flying action, shooting, and exploding, which I personally always enjoy.This movie is pretty violent and is not for the faint of heart.Antonio Banderas plays his part to perfection.The only dumb annoying thing was that the guys kept switching from Spanish to English (or vice-versa) in the same conversation.Bottom-line is, i f you're looking for a violent, action packed movie to rent, this is the one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, loud and a 'guy flick' that I loved.
    In 2003 my husband wanted to see this movie on our anniversary, so I said 'ok'. It is very much a guy flick, so if you dislike loudness, lots of drinking, women and guns blaring this is a movie you will not like. It is part of a series or trilogy with El Mariachi and Desperado being the first two.

    The reason I loved the movie is because it is a tad campy as well as full on non stop action, which I admit can be a tad emotionally draining, so be well rested.

    Besides Johnny Depp who gives a wonderful preformance full of wit, sarcasm, passion and anger, there are Antonio Banderas, and Salma Hayek, who do their characters proud.Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, and Ruben Blades are added treats.

    Other reviewers have gone into much detail and far better than I, about the ploy etc.For me the movie was simply a fun, albeit extremely loud, treat where I learned that a guitar isn't always just a guitar.

    Alas it was the last film my husband and I saw together. He died a few months later, and I am so glad I said 'yes' to this movie, when I really wanted to say 'no'. ... Read more


    18. Sony 128 MB Memory Stick Media (MSH-128)
    by Sony

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00022TN36
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 133
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    Features

    • Memory Stick Digital Data Storage
    • Ultra-Small, Thin Design
    • 128 MB Storage Capacity
    • Erasure Prevention Switch
    • 10 Pin Connector for High Reliability

    19. Sony D-NS707F S2 Sports ATRAC Walkman Portable CD Player with Digital Tuner (AM/FM/TV/Weather)
    by Sony
    list price: $139.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0001M2FW8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 1541
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Spin your commercial CDs, your homemade music CDs of almost any stripe, or listen to the radio, TV, or weather-band transmissions with Sony's versatile, full-circle D-NS707F S2 Sports-styled Walkman portable CD player. Designed for rugged outdoor use, the player features active control playback operation so you can make changes to your program literally while you're on the run. Sony's "h.ear" clip-on headphones are designed for streamlined comfort.

    Skip-Free G-Protection technology boosts the laser pickup's shock protection to minimize read errors that would otherwise interrupt your music, providing quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shocks. The D-NS707F's water-resistant body and heat-resistant lid helps protect it against the elements, with rubber gaskets, bushings, and splash-resistant seals that help keep out water, moisture, and dirt.

    Playback options include 32-track programming, repeat (track, disc, or program), random play, and--thanks to Sony's great work in DSP efficiency--more than 75 hours of ATRAC3plus CD or more than 50 hours of audio CD playback from 2 AA batteries (not included).

    The D-NS707F's 2-line dot-matrix display is built right into its handstrap, offering full ID3 tag recognition, and bookmark playback (which lets you program your favorite songs from multiple CDs and play them back at the touch of a button). CD Text support displays artist and title information with compatible commercial audio CDs.

    The player comes bundled with Sony's SonicStage CD Simple Burner software. Compatible with ID3 tagging and most CD burners, this application transfers songs from CDs or MP3 music files from your PC's hard drive and burns them to recordable CDs using ATRAC3plus compression.

    ATRAC3plus is a high-quality audio-compression technology that reduces the size of digital audio files while preserving much of a track's original sound quality (similar in concept to MP3 or Dolby Digital sound formats). With ATRAC3plus, music can be burned and compressed at 132, 105, 66, 64, or even 48 kbps (kilobits per second), letting you select the right balance between fidelity and storage space (you'll get around 490 songs per disc at 48 kbps).

    The D-NS707F delivers a whopping 51 station presets, which works out to 30 FM, 10 AM, 4 WB, and 7 TV stations so you're never far from your favorite channels. You can hook the player up with your home system through an optional analog stereo "Y" interconnect.

    Digital Mega Bass Sound boosts your music's low end without high clarity and low distortion, and there's also a built-in equalizer with 3 preset curves and 1 customizable setting. Sony's automatic volume limiter system (AVLS) conserves batteries--and guards your hearing--by capping your listening level at either of two settings. The player also works with an optional AC/DC 4.5V power adapter (AC-E45HG or -E45A).

    What's in the Box
    CD player, h.ear clip-on stereo headphones, CD-ROM (SonicStage software), a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Portable S2 Sports CD player compatible with MP3 files and Sony's ATRAC3plus compression technology; 2-line display with ID3 tag recognition
    • Built-in FM, AM, TV, and Weather Band radio with 51 station presets
    • Includes SonicStage CD Simple Burner software to facilitate ATRAC3plus CD burning from MP3 files and from other CDs
    • Skip-free G-Protection technology eliminates or reduces skipping; active control playback operation simplifies active use
    • More than 75 hours extended playback with 2 AA batteries (not included) for ATRAC recordings and over 50 hours continuous audio CD playback

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Operates faultlessly
    This player takes CDs, including CD-Rs and CD-RWs with 20+ hours of mp3 on them, in stride. It plays them through, and does fast forward and rewind about as well as my solid-state mp3 player. Utilizing CD-RWs, I use this unit instead of a juke box. I still use my solid-state mp3 player only because it is more compact than this unit. As I prefer having TV audio available, no other player/receiver would have entirely satisfied me. The impressive technical accomplishment of this product will cause me to favor Sony products in future.

    The exterior design does leave things to be desired. The control buttons are cheesy and hard to operate. The display is too small. Instead of a carrying case or an anchor for a strap, there is a stupidly designed protruding flexible handle that makes the unit twice as bulky as it needs to be.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great for CD's, lousy with MP3's and ATRACS.
    Pros:
    1. Long battery life.
    2. Decent sount (on CD's).
    3. Easy to read display.

    Cons:
    1. Plays first quarter of an MP3 fine, then it starts scratching and eventually stops.
    2. Plays first tenth of an ATRAC disk fine, then it starts scratching and eventually stops.
    3. Takes about 5 - 10 minutes (not seconds!) to read a MP3 disc before playing.
    4. Button placement makes it easier to use with your left hand rather than right.
    5. You have to press a button rather hard and long to make the function work.

    In other words, if you listen to the radio and CD's only - and are left handed, this is the perfect player for you! ... Read more


    20. Sony Cybershot DSCW5 5.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom
    list price: $399.95
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    Asin: B0007CZ7BI
    Catlog: Photography
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 55
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    5.1-megapixel recording * Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens * 3X optical zoom (2X digital/12X total zoom with lower-res photos only) * 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 38-114mm * Real Imaging Processor for high-quality images and faster camera response * 2-1/2" color LCD * JPEG options: resolution up to 2592 x 1944; 2048 x 1536; 1280 x 960; 640 x 480 * ... Read more

    Features

    • 5-area multi-point autofocus and AF Illuminator; captures VGA video with sound, with length limited only by the size of the memory card
    • Powered by AA-size batteries; records images on Memory Stick and Memory Stick PRO media
    • 5.1 MP CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 13 x 17-inch prints
    • 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch extra-large display
    • Features Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens specially designed for digital cameras

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Camera!
    This has been the best digital camera i have ever bought! the quality of the picture that it takes enables me to pictures that i am unable to take with a high quality slr. the video quality is not that great but if you are serious about still pictures this is a great investment for someone starting out their digital experiance!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Versatile, quick, big screen
    I'm enjoying my new W5. I've had lots of fun taking pictures in every kind of circumstance I can think of.
    The camera has the capability of a very long exposure, which I've enjoyed immensely, and the night shots I've taken are super.
    I enjoy remodeling. The W5 has a 30mm screw mount, and I purchased the wide-angle lens at my local Sony Style store. I am very happy that I have the capability to add lenses and/or filters.
    The person who complains that the "waving hand" shows when the light is low -- yes, it is just a warning -- so you the user knows what's going on. You know if the camer is not stable you could get some fuzziness. I think it's better to know that something requires a little caution, than to get crummy pictures because I didn't know.
    It has a large screen, it has a screw mount for lenses/filters, it has a metal screw base for tripod use, it uses regular AA batteries, it uses my old Sony memory (plus the new Sony Pro memory I bought), it takes 640 x 480, 30 frame per second video, with sound, and it's among the lightest in this class.
    Honestly, I think it's hard to beat.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DSCW5.51MP
    I purchased this camera for my trip to Europe. DISAPPOINTED
    is the short review. My sister had an Olympus 3.1 MP and her pictures blew mine way. I had serious clarity and focus problems. My prints were terrible for the most part and I am considering returning this camera. Sorry Sony I was burned this time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars clarification of the "little waving hand"
    Just a clarification of the negative reviews below - the "little waving hand" does not mean that the camera is moving.Instead, it means that you are trying to take a photo with a setting that would require a very steady hand to get a sharp result.That is why the hand doesn't go away when you put the camera on a table - and you can still take good pictures under these conditions, if the camera is held steady enough.This is a great little camera that I have been totally satisfied with so far.And, just as an aside, this information is in the user's manual, it might be a good idea to read this over before writing bad reviews on this site.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Blurry pictures
    I take basic point and shoot pictures of my family and so on.I was really disappointed with the image and focus quality on this camera.If *anything* is moving, it tends to show up as a blur -- even a child waving his hand.

    The "camera unsteady" warning came on every time too.I even sat it on a table top, and it still warned "camera unsteady!"

    I decided to return it and look for something better. ... Read more


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