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Sony has announced three CMOS-based compact cameras - the Cyber-Shots DSC-TX200V, DSC-WX50 and DSC-WX70. The TX200V is a GPS-equipped card-style touch-screen waterproof camera with Sony's latest 18MP back-lit CMOS sensor. It also includes the company's fast AF system that aims to reduce focus times down as low as 0.1 sec and 0.2 sec in low light. It can also grab 13.5MP stills while shooting 1080p60 video. It also has an WVGA-equivalent OLED touch screen and glass front panel, spoiling the whole thing only slightly by using Micro SD cards. The WX50 meanwhile offers the older 16MP and 5x, 25-125mm zoom.
The WX70 is essentially a WX50 with a 3.0" 920k dot touch-screen, rather than the WX50's 2.7" 230k dot unit. Both can record 1080i60 video and can capture 13MP stills while doing so. All three cameras feature Sony's 'Clear Zoom' up-resing technology and the combined pixel-binning and up-resing low-light mode.
In its description of the TX200V's fast AF, Sony suggests that the camera compares out-of-focus images to determine which direction to move the lens to achieve focus, avoiding the camera scanning for focus in the wrong direction. This sounds a lot like phase-detection to us but we're still chasing for more information.
New Lineup Features High-Resolution Sensors, Enhanced Low-light Performance and Fast Auto-Focus
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2012 – Sony’s newest Cyber-shot® digital still cameras make it easy to capture beautiful memories anytime and anywhere.
Three new models include the DSC-TX200V model from the ultra-thin Cyber-shot T series and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the stylish, traditionally designed W series, each featuring a high-resolution “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and an improved BIONZ™ image processor that together boost low light performance and enhance auto-focus speeds, among other benefits.
“We continue to innovate in the compact camera space, finding new ways to help consumers produce high-quality photos and videos as easily as possible, regardless of lighting conditions” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “With new technologies designed to improve the overall imaging experience - including extended creativity, control and more - this new lineup of Cyber-shot cameras delivers impressive results with stylish, pocket-sized bodies.” High-Resolution, High-Speed, High-Quality
The new TX200V camera features a newly developed 18.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, the highest-resolution currently offered in the “point and shoot” market, and a new BIONZ™ processor, which work together to create images and video files with extremely low noise. The advanced model also offers lightning-fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daytime and 0.25 seconds in low-light situations (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions), helping to ensure you never miss the moment.
Additionally, the TX200V Cyber-shot showcases a new beautiful, reinforced glass design with a large, 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fine™ TruBlack OLED wide touch-screen. It is also water-proof (up to 5m or approx.16 feet), dust-proof and freeze-proof (up to 14oF), and features a “Photo Creativity” interface that lets users easily adjust creative settings to produce unique, custom-styled photos.
The new WX70 and WX50 models each are equipped with a high-resolution 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, with the WX70 featuring a 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD touch-screen and the WX50 featuring a slightly smaller 2.7-inch LCD screen.
Each of the new Cyber-shot cameras features a new “Extra High Sensitivity” technology, which minimizes unwanted noise in low-light shooting conditions. For consumers who want to get closer to their subjects without losing quality, these new models have “Clear Image Zoom” technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capability (i.e. 5x optical zoom to 10x virtual zoom) at full camera resolution.
The TX200V, WX70 and WX50 cameras also offer image stabilization during video and still shooting. Using technology borrowed from the Sony Handycam® lineup, the “Optical Steady Shot Active Mode” drastically reduces blurring caused by camera shake while on the move. All models can shoot video in Full HD resolution.
Additional notable features of the new lineup include nine “Picture Effect” options for expanded creativity, “Dual Record” capabilities, 3D shooting modes (3D Still Image, 3D Sweep Panorama and Sweep Multi Angle), fast shooting speeds (10 fps burst mode) and more.
The new assortment of cameras and an expanded range of stylish accessories, including the new LCS-WM and LCS-THT soft carrying cases, will be available this March at Sony retail stores and online (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Detailed specs are below:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||4912 x 1080, 4896 x 2752, 3648 x 2736, 3424 x 1920, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480||4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||4:3, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||18.2 megapixels||16.2 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||18.9 megapixels||16.8 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|White balance presets||8||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm||25–125 mm|
|Digital zoom||Yes (20x)|
|Normal focus range||60 cm (23.62″)|
|Macro focus range||3 cm (1.18″)||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||1,229,760 dots equiv. XtraFine TruBlack OLED display||XtraFine TFT LCD display||Clearfoto TFT LCD display|
|Maximum aperture||F3.5 - F4.8||F2.6 - F6.3|
|Minimum shutter speed||2 sec||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1600 sec|
|Flash range||3.1 m||5.3 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync|
|Continuous drive||Yes (10 fps)|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo|
|Storage included||105 MB||19 MB|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (up to 15 feet)||No|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion NP-BN battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||220||240|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||129 g (0.28 lb / 4.55 oz)||114 g (0.25 lb / 4.02 oz)||117 g (0.26 lb / 4.13 oz)|
|Dimensions||96 x 58 x 16 mm (3.78 x 2.28 x .63″)||92 x 52 x 19 mm (3.62 x 2.05 x .75″)|
|Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX200V|
|Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX50|
|Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX70|