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Sony introduces ultra-compact Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V with 18MP sensor

Date posted: Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Sony has introduced a trio of compact cameras, and I'll begin with the smallest of the three: the Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V. Believe it or not, camera buyers are still thinking that the more Megapixels a camera has, the better it must be. Sony certainly noticed this, as the TX200V is the first compact camera to feature an 18 Megapixel sensor (!). Here are its other features:

Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V [specs to come]

  • 18.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • "Extra High Sensitivity technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities"
  • F3.5-4.8, 5X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 26 - 130 mm
  • Optical image stabilization, with "active" mode for extra shake reduction when taking videos
  • Ultra-compact body with reinforced glass front panel is waterproof to 16 feet, freezeproof to +14F, and dustproof; comes in silver, red, and violet
  • 3.3-inch touchscreen OLED display with over 1.2 million pixels
  • Point-and-shoot operation, with scene-selecting Intelligent Auto mode
  • "Lightning fast" autofocus speeds, as low as 0.13 sec in good light, and 0.25 sec in low light
  • Continuous shooting at 10 frames/second
  • New Clear Image Zoom feature gives you 2X of nearly lossless digital zoom, without having to lower the resolution
  • Handy Anti Motion Blur, Backlight Correction HDR features (see my NEX-5N review to see why I like those)
  • Fun features include Picture Effects, sweep panorama (even underwater), and 3D still recording
  • Full HD video recording at 60p with stereo sound, using the AVCHD codec
    • Optical zoom can be used while recording a movie
    • Camera can take 13 Megapixel stills while simultaneously recording a movie
  • 105MB onboard memory + Memory Stick Micro and microSD/SDHC cards
  • Uses NP-BN1 lithium-ion battery, 220 shots per charge
  • Ships in March for $500

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PRESS RELEASE:

SONY INTRODUCES NEW ASSORTMENT OF COMPACT, HIGH-POWERED CYBER-SHOT® CAMERAS

New Lineup Features High-Resolution Sensors, Enhanced Low-light Performance and Fast Auto-Focus

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2012 – Sony’s newest Cyber-shot® digital still cameras make it easy to capture beautiful memories anytime and anywhere.

Three new models include the DSC-TX200V model from the ultra-thin Cyber-shot T series and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the stylish, traditionally designed W series, each featuring a high-resolution “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and an improved BIONZ™ image processor that together boost low light performance and enhance auto-focus speeds, among other benefits.

“We continue to innovate in the compact camera space, finding new ways to help consumers produce high-quality photos and videos as easily as possible, regardless of lighting conditions” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “With new technologies designed to improve the overall imaging experience - including extended creativity, control and more - this new lineup of Cyber-shot cameras delivers impressive results with stylish, pocket-sized bodies.”

High-Resolution, High-Speed, High-Quality

The new TX200V camera features a newly developed 18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, the highest-resolution currently offered in the “point and shoot” market, and a new BIONZ™ processor, which work together to create images and video files with extremely low noise. The advanced model also offers lightning-fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daytime and 0.25 seconds in low-light situations (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions), helping to ensure you never miss the moment.

Additionally, the TX200V Cyber-shot showcases a new beautiful, reinforced glass design with a large, 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fine™ TruBlack OLED wide touch-screen. It is also water-proof (up to 5m or approx.16 feet), dust-proof and freeze-proof (up to 14oF), and features a “Photo Creativity” interface that lets users easily adjust creative settings to produce unique, custom-styled photos.

The new WX70 and WX50 models each are equipped with a high-resolution 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, with the WX70 featuring a 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD touch-screen and the WX50 featuring a slightly smaller 2.7-inch LCD screen.

All-Around Performance

Each of the new Cyber-shot cameras features a new “Extra High Sensitivity” technology, which minimizes unwanted noise in low-light shooting conditions. For consumers who want to get closer to their subjects without losing quality, these new models have “Clear Image Zoom” technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capability (i.e. 5x optical zoom to 10x virtual zoom) at full camera resolution.

The TX200V, WX70 and WX50 cameras also offer image stabilization during video and still shooting. Using technology borrowed from the Sony Handycam® lineup, the “Optical Steady Shot Active Mode” drastically reduces blurring caused by camera shake while on the move. All models can shoot video in Full HD resolution.

Additional notable features of the new lineup include nine “Picture Effect” options for expanded creativity, “Dual Record” capabilities, 3D shooting modes (3D Still Image, 3D Sweep Panorama and Sweep Multi Angle), fast shooting speeds (10 fps burst mode) and more.

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability

The new assortment of cameras and an expanded range of stylish accessories, including the new LCS-WM and LCS-THT soft carrying cases, will be available this March at Sony retail stores and online (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Detailed specs are below:

  • The DSC-TX200V camera will be available in silver, red, and violet for approximately $500.  Features include:
    • 18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
    • 26mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via “Clear Image Zoom” technology
    • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    • Lightning-fast AF speed of approximately 0.13 second in daylight, 0.25 seconds in low-light (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions)
    • Beautiful, slim reinforced glass design with 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fine™ Tru-Black OLED wide touch-screen
    • Waterproof (up to 5m,16 feet), dustproof and freeze-proof (up to 14oF)
    • Captures 13 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
    • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60p) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    • Photo Creativity interface and 9 “Picture Effect” options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video
  • The DSC-WX70 camera will be available in silver, black, pink, violet and white for approximately $230. Features include:
    • 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD touch screen
    • 25mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via “Clear Image Zoom” technology
    • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    • Captures 12 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
    • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    • 9 total “Picture Effects” options,  allowing for creative, custom styled photographs
  • The DSC-WX50 camera will be available in silver and black for approximately $200. Features include:
    • 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen
    • 25mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via “Clear Image Zoom” technology
    • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    • Captures 12 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
    • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    • 9 total “Picture Effects” options,  allowing for creative, custom styled photographs