Yesterday Sony introduced a fairly run-of-the-mill compact camera. Today,
they have something much different. The new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 has built-in Wi-Fi
and can use any public hotspot (AT&T Wi-Fi is free for 3 years). Once you're
logged on, you can easily transfer photos and video clips to popular sharing
sites. Even crazier: the G3 has a web browser! That said, I've gotta wonder
how well this $500 camera will sell in this economy -- it seems like kind of
a luxury item. Anyhow, here are the details:
Cyber-shot DSC-G3 [specs]
- 10.1 Megapixel CCD
- F3.5-4.6, 4X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 35 - 140 mm
- Optical image stabilization
- Ultra-compact body is 3/4-inch thick
- Huge and very sharp 3.5" touchscreen LCD with 921,600 pixels
- Built-in Wi-Fi can connect to any public hotspot
- Easy Upload Homepage allows you to send photos to Shutterfly, Picasa,
YouTube, DailyMotion, and PhotoBucket
- Free access to Sony's Easy Upload Homepage at any AT&T Wi-Fi Hotspot
for three years
- Web browser allows you to connect to hotspots that require you to log in,
and also lets you view photos you've already uploaded
- Intelligent Scene Recognition feature
- Face, smile, and blink detection
- Dynamic Range Optimizer improves contrast as you shoot
- Built-in 4GB photo album holds up to 40,000 VGA-sized photos
- Photos are automatically organized by date when they're taken
- Pictures in the album can be viewed be date, event, or if tagged as
- Memory Stick Duo cards also supported
- I'm going to assume it has a VGA movie mode like every other Sony camera
(the release does not say)
- Optional HD video output cable
Now available for $500
SONY UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST WI-FI DIGITAL CAMERA
WITH WEB BROWSER
Cyber-Shot Camera Lets You Share Your Memories in the Moment
LAS VEGAS (CES Keynote), Jan. 8, 2009 – With a focus on making
photo sharing easier and more convenient, Sony today introduced the world’s
first Wi-Fi® enabled digital camera that uploads photos and videos to Web
sites through any public hotspot due to its built-in Web browser.
The new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 digital still camera answers one of the most pressing
needs for photo enthusiasts: how to share those amazing photos and video clips
of family, friends and events as soon as you shoot. The Cyber-shot camera makes
it easy to upload images and video directly to popular photo and video sharing
sites wherever a Wi-Fi connection is available.
“Research shows that our customers greatly value sharing images and video
clips, but they often forget or don’t have enough time if they wait to
get home to upload images,” said Phil Lubell, director of digital camera
marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera provides
the simplicity and convenience of sharing in the moment, while the impulse
is still fresh in people’s minds.”
The camera can wirelessly connect to any public hotspot, including hotels,
restaurants, coffee shops and airports. Like a computer, the camera can connect
to free or fee-based hotspots, as well as to secure and unsecured access points.
The new DSC-G3 model comes with complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s
Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands
of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including participating coffee
shops, selected book stores and major quick-serve restaurant locations, as
well as hundreds of upscale hotels and airports.
“By collaborating with Sony to launch the first digital still camera
with a built in Web browser and embedded access across the entire AT&T
Wi-Fi service network, we’re enabling consumers to gain quick and convenient
access to Sony’s Easy Upload Homepage through thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi
hotspots across the country,” said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T’s
emerging device organization. “The wireless capabilities and cutting-edge
features of the G3 camera with the reliable coverage of AT&T’s Wi-Fi
network offers a unique consumer experience.”
Uploads Made Easy
The new camera makes it easy to connect to the Internet and upload images.
By pressing the WLAN button on the camera, you can open its embedded Web browser.
After connecting to the Internet via wireless access points, the camera automatically
navigates to the Sony Easy Upload Home Page, which includes direct links to
photo sharing sites like Shutterfly™ and Picasa™ Web Albums; video
sharing sites like YouTube™ and Dailymotion™; and a photo and video
sharing site, such as Photobucket™. Also, the DSC-G3 camera allows you
to access other sharing sites for uploading photos and videos through its Web
Through the Sony Easy Upload Home Page, you can send e-mail notifications from
the sharing Web sites to let friends and family know that you have posted new
images and videos for viewing. This is perfect for sharing with loved ones
that were not with you when you took the pictures or shot the videos.
When friends and family are nearby, you can use the camera to access photos
you may have already uploaded to sharing sites and display them on its high
resolution 3.5-inch LCD screen.
The camera supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) guidelines. By connecting
to such DLNA-compatible devices as Sony BRAVIA® televisions via access
points, photos in the camera can be played back with high-definition quality.
In addition to BRAVIA TVs, the camera can connect to other DLNA-compatible
devices, such as Sony VAIO® PCs.
In addition to its wireless sharing capabilities, the new camera is
built for high-performance imaging. The 10-megapixel camera is about three-fourths
of an inch thin and includes a 4X optical zoom Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar
lens. Although compact enough to fit in the camera’s slim dimention,
this lens provides excellent sharpness and color accuracy.
The Intelligent Scene Recognition™ feature automatically identifies a
total of eight types of scenes — backlight, backlight portrait, twilight,
twilight portrait, twilight using a tripod, portrait, landscape and macro — and
automatically optimizes camera settings for each challenging shooting situation,
taking an additional shot in low and bright light scenarios.
With Sony’s Face Detection technology, the DSC-G3 camera detects faces
in a scene and adjusts auto focus (AF), auto exposure (AE), flash and white
balance accordingly. It can also distinguish between children and adults, allowing
users to to prioritize faces according to their preference.
Combining the Intelligent Scene Recognition feature with Face Detection technology,
the camera includes an anti-blink function that helps make closed-eye photos
a thing of the past. The camera automatically takes two shots and then determines
whether the subject(s) have closed eyes. It will record images with open-eyed
subjects. If both pictures have subject(s) with closed eyes, the cameras will
record one and display a warning so you can try again.
Sony’s Smile Shutter™ technology automatically captures a smile
the moment it happens. You can use the adult or child priority setting when
shooting scenes containing both adults and children, and the camera will distinguish
one face from another.
The camera’s Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) determines the best exposure
and contrast settings in almost any shooting environment, giving images a natural
look with clearer details that match what you see with your naked eye. DRO
also balances the contrast in scenes with strong highlight and shadow, recovering
detail normally lost in shadow areas. Combining the benefits of Optical SteadyShot™ image
stabilization with high sensitivity mode, Sony’s Double Anti-blur feature
helps reduce camera shake blur, especially when there is low light .
The Cyber-shot DSC-G3 model is also a “photo album in your pocket” and
has 4GB of internal memory that can store nearly 1,000 full-resolution or 40,000
VGA-quality photos. The 3.5-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch panel Xtra
Fine LCD™ screen is perfect for photo-like viewing with high contrast
and wide-angle viewing. This Xtra Fine LCD screen delivers high resolution
images (921,600 dots) that is approximately four times higher than conventional
The camera also makes it easy to sort thousands of images. While shooting,
images are organized automatically in albums by date. All images in an album
can be displayed simultaneously as thumbnails on the screen, and the desired
image can quickly be selected.
There are four ways to view photos: standard folder view, date view, favorites and
event view. Images can be stored and managed on both the camera’s 4GB
internal memory and an optional Memory Stick® media card.
In addition to the in-camera organization and search functionality, bundled
Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software allows you to quickly organize images
on a compatible PC. The software lets you search and organize images by event
or face, and you can display images in calendar or chronological views organized
Pricing and Availability
The Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera is now available in black for about $500. The
camera and a range of accessories can be purchased online at sonystyle.com,
at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail),
at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.