Sony Announces 7.2 megapixel Point-and-Shoot Camera

Sony Corp of America announced Monday the DSC-P150 digital camera, which the company said is the "worldis first compact point-and-shoot digital camera in the marketplace loaded with 7.2 megapixels."

The one-inch thin camera features a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar 3X optical zoom lens, up to 310 shots per charge of the included InfoLithium battery, a 1.8-inch LCD screen, manual flash and exposure settings, and nine preset scene modes. The P150 camera includes a 32MB Memory Stick media card, and is also compatible with Memory Stick PRO high-capacity media cards.

The P150 camera yields an image size of 3072 x 2304, making it the first pocketable camera capable of capturing enough pixels to make 300-dpi 8" x 10" enlargements, the company alledges.

The DSC-P150 will be available in September for around US$500.