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Sony Introduces Its First Wi-Fi Digital Camera

The new Cyber-shot camera will compete with similar wireless-enabled products from Kodak, Nikon, and Canon.

Sony on Thursday unveiled its first digital camera able to send pictures over a Wi-Fi connection to PCs or other cameras.

With its Cyber-shot DSC-G1, Sony joins competitors Kodak, Nikon, and Canon in offering a camera with wireless capabilities. The 6-megapixel Cyber-shot can use 802.11b and g networks to connect to devices that support interoperability standards adopted by the Digital Living Network Alliance. DLNA-enabled devices support Wi-Fi and include PCs and cameras.

"This is a step toward realizing a platform for networked photo communication," Phil Lubell, director of marketing for digital cameras at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. "We will continue to explore the possibilities for networked digital imaging as broadband Internet becomes more pervasive in American homes."

The new camera features a 3.5-inch LCD screen and 2GB of internal memory capable of storing hundreds of pictures. For additional storage, the camera supports Sony's Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo cards, which have a maximum capacity of 8GB. The camera also contains photo organizing and search software.

For optimal point-and-shoot picture taking, the camera includes Sony's optical image stabilization technology, which reduces blurring caused by an unsteady hand, and a lens cover that slides across, instead of down as with other models, for quicker preparation for a shot.

The DSC-G1 is scheduled to ship in April for about $600.

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