Sony has unveiled its five new compact digital cameras at CES 2011. The new Cyber-shot models include the world’s first still compact digital camera to offer full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video recording – the Cyber-shot TX100V – and feature 3D still imaging and 3D sweep panoramic imaging, 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensors, 10fps burst shooting and dual recording capabilities that allow you to take still shots and video at the same time.
Another feature is the 3D Sweep Panorama mode which lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. In this mode, the high-speed burst of frames is stitched together to create a 3D panorama.
A second panoramic function of the Cyber-shot is the Sweep Multi Angle mode. Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view your 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angle lets you view images moving in simulated 3D right on the cameras’ 3-inch (7.5cm) LCD screen (or 3.5 inch OLED with touch screen for the DSC-TX100V) by tilting the camera back and forth. This shooting feature captures 15 images at different angles and then compiles them into one photo, creating a 3D-like effect on the display.
All models feature improved auto modes – the Superior Auto and Intelligent Auto modes - allowing the new range Cyber-shot cameras to automatically recognize the correct scene mode, then quickly shoot and combine up to six multi-shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using six-shot Multi-shot Layering technology.
Improving on previous Cyber-shot models, which featured nine scene modes, the new DSC-TX100V model offers 36 Still Picture Mode scenes and Movie Mode scenes. The DSC-HX7V model offers built-in GPS and compass for geo-tagging. This model also comes with a 10x optical zoom Sony G lens.
The DSC-WX10 features a 7x, bright F2.4, 24mm wide angle lens and the high-speed auto focus feature; whereas the DSC-WX9 camera has a 5x 25mm wide angle lens for capturing the groups or landscapes. Additionally, the WX10 is one of the only digital still cameras to include a high speed linear focus feature that provides quicker, more precise focusing that’s comparable to the speed of a DSLR camera.
The DSC-TX100V model has an HDR feature that compiles the highlights, mid-tones and shadows from three separate shots to create one realistic-looking photo in challenging lighting conditions. The DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V, DSC- WX10 and DSC-WX9 cameras compile two images in Backlight Correction HDR mode.
The DSC-TX10 go-anywhere model is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freeze-proof. It is waterproof in up to 16 feet (5m) of water for an hour and shockproof up to five feet (1.5m), and is freeze proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 10 degrees Celsius).
Here's a brief overview of each:
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