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It's my Party-shot and I'll smile if I want to

By dpreview staff on Aug 6, 2009 at 14:51 GMT

Sony has announced the Party-shot personal photographer, an automated photo-taking cradle. The device uses the DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1's face- and smile detection functions to detect photo opportunities in social environments. The Party-shot sits on a table or tripod and tilts and pans to locate and follow potential subjects. It will also recompose its shots based on the rule-of-thirds.

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Press Release:

SONY UNVEILS PARTY-SHOT: AN AUTOMATIC PHOTOGRAPHER


SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2009 – Sony today introduced the Party-shot™ personal photographer (model IPT-DS1)—an innovative camera dock that pans 360 degrees and tilts 24 degrees, automatically detects faces, adjusts composition and takes photos for you.

The Party-shot camera accessory uses the camera's BIONZ™ image processor with its Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ features to take photos without the user needing to snap the shutter button. This device makes it easy to capture more natural expressions and fun, candid moments of you, your family and friends without having to hire a photographer.

“With the Party-shot personal photographer, you no longer have to worry about taking photos when you are with your family or friends,” said Shigehiko Nakayama, manager of the digital imaging accessories business at Sony Electronics. “Party-shot captures candid moments that tell natural life stories and also offers a new style of photography that enriches time with your family and friends.”

Compatible with the DSC-WX1 and DSC-TX1 Cyber-shot® digital cameras, the Party-shot camera accessory is mountable on nearly any tripod, so you can set it up in a convenient location in your home, especially when you are entertaining. With two AA batteries, the Party-shot camera accessory captures photos for up to 11 hours and is portable, so you can enjoy taking pictures outdoors. You can also use an AC adaptor (sold separately).

Pricing and Availability
Pre-orders will begin on August 6, 2009, at www.sonystyle.com/retail and at selected retailers nationwide. The Party-shot camera accessory will be available for about $150 in September at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail) and at authorized dealers.

Key Features:

  • Automatic
    Snaps pictures at an event - automatically.
  • Intelligent
    Intelligently searches and tilts to follow subjects and take photos.
  • Dual Shooting Modes
    Smile ShutterTM technology automatically detects smiles and Face Detection technology recognizes faces to take photos at the right moment.
  • Composition
    Intelligent composition uses the rule of thirds to compose great shots.
  • Motion Detection
    Motion detection seeks out movement to take photos at the right moment.
  • Customize
    With one touch of the Menu button, you can set the Rotation Angle, Shooting Frequency, and Flash.
  • Flexible Power
    Power up your Party-shot with either two AA alkaline batteries, or with the AC adaptor (AC-LS5 or ACS5K), sold separately and not included.

Sony Party-shot specifications

Tilt range

+ 24 to -21 degrees

Operating temperature

+41 to +104°F (+5 to +40°C)

Storage temperature -4 to +140°F (-20 to +60°C)
Dimensions 5 1/8 x 1 3/8 x 4 3/4in (128 x 34 x 118mm )
Weight

6.2oz (175g)

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