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Sony adds to slim T-series and launches WX150 flagship style compact

By dpreview staff on Feb 28, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Sony has added depth to its T-series range of slim cameras with the skinny DSC-T66 and svelte-yet-rugged DSC-TX20. It has also added the 10x zoom DSC-WX150 to the top of its conventionally-shaped compact camera lineup - claiming it to be the slimmest 10x camera currently available. The 5x zoom T66 and the WX150 are both based around the company's latest 18MP CMOS sensor, helping them offer high-speed autofocus. The T66 has an OLED touch-screen while the waterproof, 16MP T20 instead uses a LCD touch-panel. Finally there's a DSC-W690, a 16MP CCD camera based around the same 10x, 25-250mm equivalent lens as the WX150.

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Press Release:

SONY INTRODUCES VERSATILE NEW LINEUP OF CYBER-SHOT CAMERAS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150

New Cameras Feature Ultra-thin Body and Lens Designs, Rugged Capabilities

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 27, 2012 – With the ability to deliver impressive, high-resolution images while underwater, outside or inside, during both day and night, Sony's slim new line of Cyber-shots represent the ultimate in versatility for the compact camera space. Four new models announced today include the DSC-WX150, DSC-W690, DSC-TX66 and DSC-TX20 models.

The DSC-WX150 and DSC-W690 models are the world's thinnest 10x optical zoom cameras – slimmer than any other 10x compact cameras currently offered in market (measured at slimmest part excluding lens). This exceptionally thin design is largely attributed to the new "Advanced Aspherical" lens element, which allows the lens unit to be drastically smaller than those in previous 10x zoom Cyber-shots while still producing very highly detailed, accurate images.

The new TX66 camera features an ultra-slim, front-sliding design and measures about 12.2 mm (excluding lens cover), which is about the thickness of a standard AA size battery. The similarly thin TX20 camera is Sony's most "rugged" compact camera offering -- waterproof (up to 5m or 16ft), dustproof, shockproof (up to 1.5m or 5 ft) and freezeproof (up to 14oF).

Each of the new WX150 ,TX66 and TX20 cameras features a high-resolution "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and advanced BIONZ® image processor, enhancing low-light performance, Auto Focus speeds, image stabilization and opening up various multi-shot capabilities including 10 fps burst mode, "Background Defocus" mode, 3D still image shooting and more. These models also have "Dual Record" functionality for capturing high-resolution still images while shooting video, and "Clear Image Zoom" digital zoom technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capability (i.e. 5x optical zoom to 10x virtual zoom) at full camera resolution.

Each of the new models can shoot full HD video (at various resolutions) and offer "Picture Effect" options for creative photography. Product Specs, Pricing and Availability The four new Cyber-shot cameras will be available at Sony retail stores and online (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Availability and detailed specs are below:

•The DSC-WX150 camera will be available in silver, black, red and blue this May for approximately $250. Features include:

  • Effective 18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
  • Lightning-fast AF speed of approximately 0.13 second in daylight, 0.20 seconds in low-light (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions)
  • 3.0-inch 460k dot LCD screen
  • 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-250mm in 35mm format) with 20x digital “Clear Image Zoom” at full resolution; includes newly developed “AA” lens element
  • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
  • Captures 13 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
  • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i)
  • Enhanced Optical SteadyShot reduces hand shake during still and video shooting
  • 9 total “Picture Effect” options,  allowing for creative, custom styled photographs

•The DSC-W690 camera will be available in silver, black, red and blue this May for approximately $180. Features include:

  • Effective 16.1 MP CCD sensor
  • 3.0-inch 230k dot LCD touch screen
  • 10x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-250mm in 35mm format) including newly developed “AA” lens element
  • 720p HD Movie Shooting capability
  • Enhanced Optical SteadyShot reduces hand shake during video shooting
  • 4 total “Picture Effect” options,  allowing for creative, custom styled photographs

•The DSC-TX66 camera will be available in silver, gold, red, white, purple and pink this March for about $350

  • Effective 18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
  • Ultra-thin design measuring at 12.2 mm thick (excluding lens cover)
  • Lightning-fast AF speed of approximately 0.13 second in daylight, 0.25 seconds in low-light (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions)
  • 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens (26-130mm in 35mm format) with 10x digital “Clear Image Zoom” at full resolution
  • “Extra High Sensitivity” technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
  • 3.3-inch  Xtra Fine™ OLED touch-screen
  • Captures 13 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual-Record”
  • Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i)
  • Enhanced Optical SteadyShot reduces hand shake during still and video shooting
  • “Photo Creativity” interface plus 9 “Picture Effect” options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video

•The DSC-TX20 camera will be available in orange, green, black, blue and pink this May for about $330.  Features include:

  • 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor
  • 4x wide-angle optical zoom lens (25-100mm in 35mm format) with 8x digital “Clear Image” Zoom at full resolution
  • Waterproof (up to 5m,16 feet), dustproof, shockproof (up to 1.5m or 5ft) and freeze-proof (up to 14oF)
  • “3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD touch-screen with 921k dot resolution
  • Captures 12 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via “Dual Record”
  • Optical SteadyShot Active Mode reduces hand shake during video shooting
  • 7 “Picture Effect” options for creating unique, custom-styles photos and video

Sony DSC-T20, DSC-T66, DSC-W690 & DSC-WX150 specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX150
Price
MSRPApprox. $180Approx. $250
Body type
Body typeUltracompactCompact
Sensor
Max resolution3264 x 24484608 x 34564896 x 3672
Other resolutions2592 x 1944, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 4804608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 4804912 x 1080, 4896 x 2752, 3648 x 2736, 3424 x 1920, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2, 16:94:3, 16:9
Effective pixels8 megapixels16 megapixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors8 megapixels16 megapixels19 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm)1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCDBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ
Image
ISOAuto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets567
Custom white balanceNoYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • 3D: MPF
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)38–114 mm25–250 mm
Optical zoom3×10×
Maximum apertureF3.5 - F4.3F3.3 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Single
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYesYes (20x)Yes (40x)
Manual focusYes (5 steps)No
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.53
Screen dots230,000230,400460,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Live viewNoYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed1 sec30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1000 sec1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Manual Exposure
  • Scene Selection
  • Picture Effect
  • Superior Auto
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Scene Selection
  • Picture Effect
  • 3D
  • Background Defocus
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Handheld Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Underwater
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.00 m3.30 m3.70 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, Red-Eye reduction, On, Off, Slow SyncAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps10 fps
Self-timerYes (10 sec)Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
ResolutionsMPEG VX (640 x 480, 16/30 fps, unlimited)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG VXMPEG-4MPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneMonoStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesMemory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, InternalSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG DuoSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage included31 MB Internal27 MB19 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINoYes
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionInfoLithium (NP-BG1) & chargerLithium-Ion NP-BN battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220240
Weight (inc. batteries)197 g (0.43 lb / 6.95 oz)142 g (0.31 lb / 5.01 oz)133 g (0.29 lb / 4.69 oz)
Dimensions90 x 56 x 23 mm (3.54 x 2.2 x 0.91)94 x 56 x 22 mm (3.7 x 2.2 x 0.87)95 x 56 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.2 x 0.87)
Other features
Orientation sensorNoYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

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Comments

Total comments: 23
Keith Golon
By Keith Golon (Jul 19, 2012)

If you're going to add this many Megapixels ShmegmaPixels into a camera, you need to make a bigger sensor. Soon enough they'll be extolling the benefits of photosites smaller than atoms which are useless. But to you it will sound fantastic!

Kill the incessant increase in megapixels. I have enough already!

2 upvotes
cgarrard
By cgarrard (Mar 1, 2012)

More consumer crud that just taps all resources. I wish there were more brave manufacturers out there who weren't afraid to do what they think is right vs. what they think the average consumer wants.

Sigh.

0 upvotes
Keith Golon
By Keith Golon (Jul 19, 2012)

Absolutely correct! This is also experienced (in disguise) when you go to compare specs and read reviews. You start bouncing all over the place before coming to a decision.

If a product was truly great with only the necessary features this situation would never arise.

0 upvotes
vincedpr
By vincedpr (Feb 29, 2012)

Hopefully the TX20 has eradicated the 6 second delay you get with the TX10 when you press the video record button! That's a major failing with the TX10 which I was amazed made it through the QA process.

0 upvotes
J Birn
By J Birn (Feb 28, 2012)

There's a mistake on this page: The stats on the left column, and links to more info, are all for the T20 (from 2007) not the newly announced TX20.

1 upvote
Xentrax
By Xentrax (Feb 28, 2012)

Sony could license lens design from Olympus XZ-1. F2.5 at 112mm eq. is more than 4x brighter than Sony’s typical F5.6-F6.3. F1.8 at 28mm eq. is more than 2x brighter than Sony’s typical F3.2.

Sony would have at least 1 decent compact camera then. Such camera does not have to sell well; its only purpose is to make people mention Sony as a compact camera brand; as a measure of the PR effect, DPReview may even decide to review such camera like they did with LX3, XZ-1, S95, P300. DPReview have never reviewed a Sony or Kodak(!) compact camera separately.

Comment edited 44 seconds after posting
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Babya
By Babya (Feb 28, 2012)

The 2011 WX10 had a f2.4 (at wide-angle), 7x zoom lens starting at 24mm, whilst the WX100 has 10x zoom but starts at f3.3 on the wide-angle end (typical of some 10x compact zoom models) and 25mm instead of 24mm.

Also, does the WX150 has some form of manual exposure?

0 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Feb 28, 2012)

How is the TX20 any different from the TX10?

Same lens, same resolution sensor same lack of external controls and touch screen that does not work underwater?

Is the TX20 just a TX10 with newer firmware for twice the price????? (got the tx10 as a gift for something like $169)

If that's the case... shame on you sony!

1 upvote
MirosIav
By MirosIav (Feb 28, 2012)

Yeah, new colors and some software tweaks. It should have been called TX10s or something...

TX200V is the real TX10 successor, so no need to be too disappinted by TX20.

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misha
By misha (Feb 29, 2012)

200v is a lot more expensive, so not a real tx10 successor.

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TekSavvy
By TekSavvy (Feb 28, 2012)

The largest aperture on these cameras is 3.3 or 3.5 and with so many other small P&S's coming out with 1.8 or 2.8, this seems like a waste of production.

I understand small is in but give me a normal sized P&S that has a large aperture and really good picture quality and I'll consider it but at 3.3/3.5, I'm not even going to think about it...

Nikon P310 at f/1.8
Canon S100 at f/2.0
Canon IXUS 125 HS at f/2.7

0 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Feb 28, 2012)

In all fairness your examples are not 10X zoom or slim folded optic cameras.

For example, canon's and Nikons new tough cameras (the D20 and AWS 100) start at F3.9!

0 upvotes
Kuturgan
By Kuturgan (Feb 28, 2012)

These cameras are dead born, because Nokia 808 outperforms them in IQ.

1 upvote
Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Feb 28, 2012)

Not yet, although that day is coming soon. The Nokia runs Symbian which is a deal-breaker for a lot of us. When Android phones can match this quality, this whole genre of camera will probably die.

2 upvotes
keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (Feb 28, 2012)

Drop the Nokia 808 and the Sony TX20 in a pool then see which takes better pictures....

0 upvotes
h holland
By h holland (Feb 28, 2012)

please stop making this super tiny cameras...

they simply slip out of my hands and are too small to get a comfortable grip on them...

1 upvote
lilia24
By lilia24 (Feb 28, 2012)

U can buy larger size if you want , i love small sized cameras but prefer better quality which might not be the case with these new models...

1 upvote
eyalg
By eyalg (Feb 28, 2012)

The (european model) WX100 claims to be the world's thinnest x10 zoom camera.
The WX150 is 21.6mm deep, which is *much* thicker than the Canon ELPH 520's 19.2mm and x12 zoom.

-eyalg

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Revenant
By Revenant (Feb 28, 2012)

Even if there was a 50x zoom camera only 10 mm thick, it could still be literally true that the Sony is the thinnest 10x zoom camera. Marketing statements like that are quite pointless.

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zan82
By zan82 (Feb 28, 2012)

Dimensions of Sony's WX150 10x Optical zoom model
95 x 56 x 22 mm

Dimensions of Panasonic's LUMIX SZ1 10x Optical zoom model
99 x 59.4 x 21 mm

Can someone explain to me how is 22mm smaller than 21mm? World's thinnest?

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LokTo
By LokTo (Feb 28, 2012)

1920*1080*1.5*4 = around 13MP?

0 upvotes
Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Feb 28, 2012)

Sony, please stop messing around and build this tech into 4G capable phones running Android. You will sell millions, including one to me.

2 upvotes
evogt500
By evogt500 (Feb 28, 2012)

Please stop adding Megapixels!

4 upvotes
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