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Sony announces DSC-WX30 CMOS-based compact camera

By dpreview staff on Jul 25, 2011 at 18:51 GMT

Sony has announced the WX30, a 5x zoom camera with 16.2MP backlit CMOS sensor. The lens covers a 25-125mm equivalent zoom and uses the company's 'By Pixel Super Resolution' image processing to provide the 'Clear Image Zoom' feature claimed to double the effective zoom range at full resolution. It also gains the same 'Picture Effect' image filters as the TX55, along with a 3.0" (7.5cm) 920,000 dot, touch-sensitive LCD screen. It uses the CMOS chip's fast read-out to provide 10 fps continuous shooting in a burst of up to 10 shots as well as 1080i50 HD movie shooting (on the European variant).

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HopeSpringsEternal
By HopeSpringsEternal (Jul 26, 2011)

Still no support for RAW recording in any Sony compact sensor camera or large sensor camcorder

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emoboy
By emoboy (Jul 30, 2011)

.. its a point and shoot..

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Enginel
By Enginel (Aug 1, 2011)

...as is every contemporary dSLR.

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Jakob Dam Knudsen
By Jakob Dam Knudsen (Jul 26, 2011)

Everything sounds promising except for a few aspects;
- The CMOS architecture is in itself inferior to the CCD. The reason as to why CMOS are used so widely in dSLRs, is lower power consumption, faster (much faster) readout and the possibility to place anti-blooming gates and dischargers and other stuff more directly on the CMOS pixel rows, than the CCD allows.
- 16,2 MPixels. On a ... what, let's guess 1/2.4" sensor at the largest. Our current compact camera leader in terms of image clarity and low noise, is the Canon S9x and G11/G12 with their 1/1.7" CCD which only performs 10 MPixels. So a smaller sensor and higher resolution WILL result in more noise, backlit sensor or not. I clearly remember how the backlit principle should've revolutionized Sony dSLR noise performance, and yet today, Sony dSLRs are STILL the ones delivering the most noise compared to Canon and Nikon competitors.

I use Sony dSLRs myself, but that doesn't mean I always agree with their choises in terms of tech.

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policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Jul 26, 2011)

some say ccds' color is superior than cmos what's your opinion

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calmwaters
By calmwaters (Jul 26, 2011)

I believe that the 1/1.63 sensor in the Olympus XZ-1 has the largest sensor. For it's small size the camera produces very nice images.

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Enginel
By Enginel (Aug 1, 2011)

Sony has never released dSLR with backlit sensor. Canon's dSLR are years apart from Sony & Nikon (which uses sensors from Sony)

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patcam7122
By patcam7122 (Jul 25, 2011)

No matter how many gadgets and "features" they include in these cameras the resultant photos are still hampered by the minuscule size of the sensors and nothing is ever going to change that

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