[January 2023] I spotted one of these old Sony Cybershot DSC-S85 "4.1 Megapixels" cameras on ebay (from 2001). Last year I'd purchased a couple of Sony Mavicas and a Sony DCR mini camcorder, so I'm certainly getting into these things somewhat. After sending a couple of messages back and forth with the seller of the Cybershot I was able to confirm that it included both a battery and a Memory Stick, although the listing stated all was untested - I decided to take a chance and grab the camera quick since it was listed at a relatively low price, hoping the battery might charge with the charger I ordered for my first Mavica.
Not only did the camera arrive the next day, along with an additional Memory Stick found in the included carry case, but the battery successfully charged. While I did a full charge I tried the Memory Sticks (an original Sony 16MB one and a 32MB Lexar) in my card reader to see if there were any pictures stored on them... There were; see below.
Do you notice a discrepancy in the megapixels? It gets weirder; the colourful label on my specimen states "4.0" whereas the screen-print on the casing states 4.1, yet the photos produced equate to only 3.9. What gives? It turns out that 4.1 is the CCD resolution but as [this article] explains, some of that area is used to measure the "black point" of the CCD.
All photos on this page are resized by 50% and saved with 10% compression, but otherwise unedited unless otherwise stated (click for full view).
There were some pictures found on one of the
included Memory Sticks; a few were of someone's garden birdfeeder and without
There was a folder titled Goose Breakfast
containing five unremarkable photographs of birds (geese?) taken around 6am
The next two pictures, from 30/11/08, were the most intriguing, and taken just a minute apart:
On the left is some wintry ground, but on the
right is what appears to be the planet Jupiter as it may appear through the
eyepiece of a telescope.
Check this out: "On Dec. 1st , the three
brightest objects in the night sky converged, producing a triple-conjunction
of stunning beauty.