Sony unveils Cyber-shot DSC-WX5, DSC-TX9 3D cameras and 14 megapixel DSC-T99

Sony today refreshed its Cyber-shot digital cameras with two new models DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5,  that are claimed to be “the world’s smallest 3D cameras”, capable to capture 3D images with a single lens system using a sweeping motion.

Both DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 are powered by 12.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS Sensor, the DSC-TX9 has a 3.5-inch 921k resolution LCD touchscreen, while the DSC-WX5 has a 2.8-inch LCD screen,4x optical zoom forTX9 and 5x optical zoom for WX5, they also have up to 3200 ISO sensitivity, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and are capable to capture movies in 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolutions in 60i at up to 17Mbps.

Sony WX5 digital cameras

The new digital still cameras offer 3D Sweep Panorama feature, which lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas, then these captured images can be viewed  in 2D or 3D on compatible 3D televisions. The cameras also feature Sony’s BIONZ processor, have a 32MB built-in memory, HDMI port and have Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD/SDHC support.

Sony TX9 digital camera

The new Sweep Multi Angle feature allows to shoots a high-speed burst of fifteen frames at different angles and then compiles them into one photo, creating a 3D-like effect on the display. “After shooting, just tilt the Cyber-shot from side to side: sensors inside the camera detect your movements, scrolling through the sequence of multi-angle frames as you tilt and view the camera’s LCD screen. Multi-angle views can also be viewed simultaneously on an ordinary 2D television as you tilt the camera.”

The DSC-TX9 comes with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x (25-100mm) zoom lens, allowing you to focus as little as 0.4 inches from your subject for extraordinary close-up shots, the other WX5 is packed with  Sony G lens 5x (5x 24-120mm) and also both models offer Superior Auto mode feature and Background Defocus, which simulates depth of field control and Superior Auto mode, which provides low image-noise levels previously only available from DSLR cameras.

“Sony is focused on being the leader in 3D technology, leveraging its expertise to create the best 3D products, content and unique entertainment experiences,” said Kelly Davis, director of the digital imaging business at Sony Electronics. “Sony is making it easy to create personal 3D content that can be enjoyed with friends or family on compatible 3D television systems.”

Sony DSC-T99

Also announced, the 14.1 megapixel DSC-T99 comes with 3-inch touch screen and a 25mm-wide Carl Zeiss lens, feature Sweep Panorama mode 720p HD movie recording to new Soft Skin mode and like the TX9 also features new Underwater Sweep Panorama mode for extra-wide sub-aqua scenes.

The Cyber-shot WX5, TX9 and T99 digital camerasare available from mid-September 2010 for about $300 in (silver and black -WX5), for about $400 in (dark gray and red TX9) and for about $250 in (silver, black, pink, green and violet – T99) respectively.

Cyber-shot WX5, TX9, T99 Specification table

Features

DSC-WX5

DSC-TX9

DSC-T99

Effective Pixels

12.2 megapixels

12.2 megapixels

14.1 megapixels

Image Sensor

7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor R™ CMOS

7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor R™ CMOS

7.76mm (1/2.3 type) Super HAD CCD

Processor

BIONZ

BIONZ

BIONZ

Lens

Sony G

Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss

Zoom

5x (optical)

4x (optical)

4x (optical)

ISO

Auto/125/200/400/800/

1600/3200

Auto/125/200/400/800/

1600/3200

Auto/80/100/200/400/

800/1600/3200

Sweep Panorama

Yes (including 3D, Intelligent)

Yes (including 3D; Intelligent; Underwater)

Yes  (including Underwater)

Sweep Multi Angle

Yes

Yes

LCD screen size

7.0cm (2.8”)

8.8cm (3.5”)

7.5cm (3.0”)

Battery Life

115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on

115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on

115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on

Image stabiliser

Optical SteadyShot

Optical SteadyShot

Optical SteadyShot

Video recording

Full HD movie (1920×1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))

Full HD movie (1920×1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))

720p HD movie (1280×720 progressive 30 fps MPEG-4)

Internal memory

Approx. 32MB

Approx. 32MB

Approx. 32MB

Approx. dimensions WxHxD (mm)

91.7 x 51.9 x 21.5mm

97.8 x 59.5 x 17.5mm

93.0 x 55.6 x 16.8mm

Weight*

Approx. 130g

Approx. 133g

Approx. 105g

Colours

Black, silver, brown, gold and violet

Dark grey, gold, red

Black, silver, pink, green and violet

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