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Old Jan 28, 2005, 9:19 AM   #1
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New Sony cams are expected in March. The W5 and W7 with 5 and 7 MP respectively.

You can see a picture of W5 at:

http://www.dcam.ru/Sony-W5.html

The site is in Russian, but it looks like the W5 is nothing more than a w1 in a slightly changed case operating on 4 AA cells (according to the site).

Wonder if Sony sorted out the problems with AF in low light and lack of resolution that bothered many W1 users.
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Old Jan 28, 2005, 9:45 AM   #2
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I used to own a W1. If the W5 will be smaller than the W1 then I have to wonder where 4 AA batteries will fit in the thing since 2 AA's in the W1 seemed a close fit.
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 1:55 AM   #3
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I don't see anywhere where it says a W7 is coming. And for some reason, the W5 was on the www.sonystyle.com website as a pre-order but was quickly removed. Hmm.....
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Old Feb 5, 2005, 7:12 AM   #4
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The site is in Russian, but it looks like the W5 is nothing more than a w1 in a slightly changed case operating on 4 AA cells (according to the site).
According to Sony Style Europe, where the W5 is now listed for pre-order at an exorbitant price, it uses 2 x AA batteries. Shipping end of Feb, they say.
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Old Feb 5, 2005, 9:53 PM   #5
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The W5 is now also available for pre-order on SonyStyle.ca and it's priced at $449 CAD.

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...th=32090n32091

It also seems by the specifications that the flash will go about 1 meter further than the W1. It appears to be faster too as usual, each successive Sony camera gets faster. And it also says that it will run on 2 AA batteries not 4 like someone else posted.

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/ser...th=32090n32091
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Old Feb 5, 2005, 10:48 PM   #6
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I'm very curious why Sony updated the W1 so quickly. The W1 was so successful, you'd think they would want to update it with significant upgrades. I don't see anything that is really different other than the built-in memory and the very slightly extended flash range. It will be interesting to see if they made any real changes in performance. The W1 was already a world-class performer.
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i really like the design of the dsc-w1, but what kept me from acquring it was the perennial complains of its inability to produce sharp pictures. i really hope that the new w-5 will improve upon that flaw.
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The W5 is not on SonyStyle USA
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