Sony Introduces 3D Compacts

Sony Australia announced it will add 3D capability to its Cyber-shot digital still camera range with the introduction of the Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 cameras.

Sony Australia announced it will add 3D capability to its Cyber-shot digital still camera range with the introduction of the Cyber-shot DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 cameras.

Primed for capturing quality photos, the latest Cyber-shot TX9 and WX5 cameras are equipped with a 25mm and 24mm wide-angle lens respectively, 12.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor and Full HD (1920 x 1080, 50i) AVCHD recording capability that produce high-resolution photos and videos.

Adding a third dimension to digital imaging possibilities, the Cyber-shot TX9 and WX5 offer photo enthusiasts the opportunity to capture panoramic photos in 3D with Sony’s 3D Sweep Panorama function. When activated, simply sweep the camera in a horizontal direction to capture impressive, ultra-wide panoramic shots in 3D that can then be viewed on any compatible 3D TV when connected via HDMI.

Sweep Multi View is a new feature, which allows photographers to capture 3D-like images and view them on their camera without the need for a dedicated 3D display.

The Cyber-shot TX9 and WX5 are also optimised with Background Defocus mode, allowing photographers to capture portrait and macro photos with the attractive blurred background effect that previously could only be achieved with DSLR cameras. For capturing fast moving scenes such as sports, both cameras are also equipped with high-speed continuous shooting of 10 frames per second as well as Full HD AVCHD (1920 x 1080, 50i) video recording.

Both units integrate a new auto shooting mode. When activated, the camera automatically chooses the optimal settings to match the shooting scene and conditions. Additionally, the new cameras minimise the need for photo editing with the new Soft Skin mode, which helps to enhance the subject’s facial features by removing blemishes and defining the eyes and lips for portrait shots. Photographers can choose from three Soft Skin modes (low, medium, high) and enhance the faces of up to eight people simultaneously.

The Cyber-shot TX9 features a high performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, Exmor R CMOS sensor with approximately twice the sensitivity compared to conventional CMOS sensors, wide-angle 25 mm lens and 4x optical zoom. Offering equally impressive features is the flagship Cyber-shot WX5 series, with a 24mm wide-angle (35mm equivalent) f/2.4 G lens, 5x Optical Zoom, “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and high-speed, high quality BIONZ imaging processor for clear and crisp images.

Both cameras are compatible with Sony’s Memory Stick Duo and SD / SDHC /SDXC memory cards. In addition, the new in-camera application PMB Portable enables users to upload images directly from the camera to photo sharing websites via USB without going through the hassle of downloading images onto their computer first.

Pricing and availability of the Cyber-shot cameras are to be confirmed.

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