Camera News
by Brad Soo on July 14 2010

Sony announced three new compact cameras over the weekends, two of which are capable of taking 3D shots (to a certain extent). The announcement also marks a quiet introduction of Sony’s new 12 megapixel “Exmor R” backlit CMOS sensor (versus the 10 megapixel backlit sensors we’ve been seeing for quite a while now), which I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing in other manufacturers’ cameras later this summer/fall. The high-speed, high sensitivity CMOS sensor allows the two models announced today that utilize it (the Cyber-shot WX5 and Cyber-shot TX9) to perform various tricks such as quick continuous shooting, combining multiple photos into a single ‘high quality’ (At least in theory) shot and doing seamless in-camera panoramas without having to constantly take multiple shots and stitch them up later. The ultra-thin Sony Cyber-shot TX9 also sports a touchscreen display with TruBlack technology (first seen on Sony’s NEX cameras announced in May), which improves on contrast and screen legibility.

Sony Cyber-shot WX5
(Stylish compact camera)

  • 12 effective megapixels (CMOS)
  • 24 – 120 mm (f2.4 – f5.9) 5X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.8 inch LCD (460,000 pixels)
  • Some manual controls; new “Superior Auto” (that’s some name there)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama automatically constructs a panorama from panning the camera;
    New 3D Sweep Panorama does the same thing, except this time the result comes out as a 3D photo
  • Intelligent Multi Angle lets you take 15 shots at various angles and assembles one image that moves when you angle and tilt the camera in playback
  • Background Defocus mode blurs out the background behind your subject (faux SLR shallow depth-of-field effect) by combining one ‘sharp’ photo and another defocused one
  • Anti-blur and Handheld Twilight prevents blurry photos in low-light by automatically taking and combining 6 photos into one
  • Continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second at full resolution (up to 10 pictures)
  • Face, blink and smile detection, software redeye removal
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60i FPS movie mode with stereo sound using AVCHD codec;
    1080i and 720p recording also available as options
  • Single memory card slot takes either SD/SDHC/SDXC or Memory Stick Duo cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $300
  • Comes in your choice of silver or black

Sony Cyber-shot TX9
(Stylish compact camera)

  • 12 effective megapixels (CMOS)
  • 25 – 100 mm (f3.5 – f4.6) 4X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.5 inch wide touchscreen LCD (921,000 pixels) with TruBlack technology
  • New “Superior Auto” (that’s some name there)
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama automatically constructs a panorama from panning the camera;
    New 3D Sweep Panorama does the same thing, except this time the result comes out as a 3D photo
  • Intelligent Multi Angle lets you take 15 shots at various angles and assembles one image that moves when you angle and tilt the camera in playback
  • Background Defocus mode blurs out the background behind your subject (faux SLR shallow depth-of-field effect) by combining one ‘sharp’ photo and another defocused one
  • Anti-blur and Handheld Twilight prevents blurry photos in low-light by automatically taking and combining 6 photos into one
  • Continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second at full resolution (up to 10 pictures)
  • Face, blink and smile detection, software redeye removal
  • Full HD (1920 x 1080) 60i FPS movie mode with Dolby Digital stereo sound using AVCHD codec;
    1080i and 720p recording also available as options
  • Single memory card slot takes either SD/SDHC/SDXC or Memory Stick Duo cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $400
  • Comes in your choice of black or red

Sony Cyber-shot T99
(Ultra-compact camera)

  • 14 effective megapixels (regular CCD)
  • 25 – 100 mm (f3.5 – f4.6) 4X optical zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3.0 inch wide touchscreen LCD (230,000 pixels)
  • No manual controls
  • Standard Sweep Panorama automatically constructs a panorama from panning the camera
  • Face, blink and smile detection, software redeye removal
  • Standard 720p HD (1280 x 720) 30 FPS movie mode with mono sound using MPEG4 codec
  • Single memory card slot takes either SD/SDHC/SDXC or Memory Stick Duo cards
  • Uses a lithium-ion battery
  • Available in September for $250
  • Comes in your choice of silver, black, pink, purple or green

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