The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S980 debuted earlier this week in a flurry of pre-PMA camera announcements. It's a basic point-and-shoot, but Sony has managed to equip it with a couple of user-friendly tech goodies and a sizable 12.1 megapixel sensor. A thinner camera with bulkier specsIn terms of specifications, Sony has stepped up several of this camera's features compared to previous S series models. It sports a slightly larger LCD at 2.7 inches, 4x optical zoom range, and a higher resolution sensor at 12.1 megapixels. Physically, the S series cameras are trending toward a slimmer build, with the S980 just under 24mm wide. User-frienldy technologyOn the technology side, the S980 includes a pared-down selection of Sony's intelligent features, but offers enough to keep the casual photographer happy. Steady Shot digital image stabilization, six pre-programmed scene modes, and face detection technology round out the S980's tech profile. A few in-camera retouching options are also available, including image cropping and red-eye correction. Pricing and availabilityThe Cyber-shot DSC-S980 will become available for pre-order in March and will reach retail outlets sometime in April for $149.