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Sony Japan creates TX300V TransferJet/WiFi camera with inductive charging

By dpreview staff on Jan 30, 2012 at 01:12 GMT

Sony Japan has launched a more capable variant of the TX200V announced today in the US, offering contactless charging and data transfer, and Wi-Fi. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V comes with a TransferJet-compliant inductive charging and data transfer station, allowing images and video downloading, as well as charging, just by placing the camera on the pad. It also features DNLA-compliant WiFi that allows direction connection to iOS and Android smartphones, for transferring 2MP images. No announcement of either model has yet been made for Europe. (From DCWatch)

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Deltaman
By Deltaman (Feb 10, 2012)

Oh, what fun — if Sony decides to call this new charging station the "myPad"

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darrenberk
By darrenberk (Jun 25, 2012)

lol, indeed Sony seemed to copy Apple's style in this camera, except that it's not white. But on a serious note, it does seem to be a very capable camera. I was blown away by the sample images at

http://www.squidoo.com/sony-tx200v

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Biowizard
By Biowizard (Feb 3, 2012)

Oh WOW - at LAST someone (clever old Sony, go figure) has worked out, that with INDUCTIVE charging and WIFI, and presumably CAPACITIVE touch controls, you can effectively build a sealed, no-weak point, camera.

Without the headphone socket, dock slot and buttons, the iPhone (and iPad/iPod touch) could SO nearly have been "sealed" devices, capable of indefinite immersion in water or worse. But it looks Sony got there first. WOOOP! Want one.

Brian

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roblarosa
By roblarosa (Feb 1, 2012)

I think this is a smart move for Sony (and all compact camera manufacturers). Compact camera sales have been in decline because everyone has a decent, but not great, camera built into their phones. Their phones allow them to share to Facebook, Twitter etc. The only advantages a pocket cam still has is a good lens, image quality and somewhat better flash capability. Allowing the transfer of 2MB pics to iOS and Android phones from the camera allows consumers to take photos of a higher quality (in theory) and also share them easily and quickly.

This will be the only way the pocket cam can survive for the next couple of years. It's a losing battle though, eventually the lenses on phones will match pocket cams and then pocket cams will become redundant.

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proque
By proque (Jan 31, 2012)

Not that I will buy the camera but applaud SONY for thinking out of the box. I think it is in their DNA to do things differently.

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Lan
By Lan (Jan 31, 2012)

I don't want contactless, it's just another thing to go wrong, and as ever with wireless technologies you can't troubleshoot it in any meaningful fashion.

Yay, it's not charging. Is the base dead? Is the device dead? Is the battery dead? Who knows. You certainly won't, unless you just happen to have spares for all of them.

Does that mean we also get the added pointless annoyance of a non-removable battery too?

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powerbook duo
By powerbook duo (Jan 31, 2012)

If they come out with TransferJet capable phone, you could velcro the camera to the back of the phone and have a decent cameraphone for a change

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Jan 31, 2012)

The charging station would be a minor nicety for me. The image/video downloading can't match match my Eye-Fi, I don't think, so it's useless to me. Wifi again is already in my Eye-Fi so I don't care, but I do notice that it only transfers 2mp images so I can't imagine who would want it. People who want 2mp images aren't forking out over $500 for a pocket cam. They can keep this thing in Japan as far as I'm concerned.

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jj74e
By jj74e (Jan 31, 2012)

I honestly don't get the point of so called contactless charging. It's not contactless if you need to put it on the pad? Unless I misunderstood something there. I mean it's like, sure, the wire's gone, but now you have this pad you have to put somewhere and I'm assuming you still have to plug in something somewhere to power the pad, so you're not saving outlet space either.

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Photohobbyfun
By Photohobbyfun (Jan 31, 2012)

I have a palm pre with the inductive charging base and its a small convenience of not having to plug it in but simply having to set it down. It's nice but not a huge big deal. Recently it stopped working and I miss it a bit but only a little bit.

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NZ Scott
By NZ Scott (Jan 31, 2012)

I agree - it's no big deal when it's just for one camera.

However, it might be a big deal a couple of years from now when we can charge cameras, cellphones, tablets, MP3 players, etc, all off the same little pad.

This will require industry-wide standardisation, though. What are the chances of that?

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N0BOX
By N0BOX (Jan 31, 2012)

The point of using contactless charging and transfer technology is to make it so that you can build a device that has no "holes" in the case. I believe they have created a camera that is completely encased in something like gorilla glass, which means that you could drop it in a pool and never have to worry about water seeping in.

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kff
By kff (Jan 31, 2012)

How interesting, what a pitty that it isn't integrated in the Xperia Pro etc.,
but it is usable like external camera for some situations and it is an exciting . .. to add a RC heli or a motorized mini-tripod (macro shots and video) with controll via wi-fi from Xperia ... etc. :)

What is there missing?
... RAW and full manual controll !!!

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kff
By kff (Jan 31, 2012)

of course min. 16GB internal memory ... :)

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kff
By kff (Jan 31, 2012)

I think that it would be interesting to do it like a camera module of smartphones or tablets ... like Ricoh GXR system
in the two modes:
- load on the Android / Apple / W device
- external camera

with possibility a choice to load a camera module:
from TX300 to SLT-77 (or to 645D :)

... my dreams about camera with 10'' display :)

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Biu
By Biu (Jan 31, 2012)

It probably Sony's pilot testing. We should soon see this technology in all their phones, mp3s, and tablets. No more mess with cables.

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ovatab
By ovatab (Jan 31, 2012)

with the same architecture Sony could build ultimate tough camera with body made of single piece of plastic without any doors and connectors! 8Gb internal memory, Wi-Fi, inductive charging, rubber corner bumpers and some "gorilla glass" lens cover. will it be ready for next Xmas?

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LukeDuciel
By LukeDuciel (Jan 31, 2012)

I want this!!! except pls put 32GB memory in it... 8GB is really nothing in front of 1080p60 video...

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Jan 31, 2012)

Great thought! Give it 4g and Android and I'd spend a king's ransom on it.

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mikiev
By mikiev (Jan 31, 2012)

The inductive transfer capability explains the use of microSD = they don't intend for you to be handling/swapping cards.

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Reg Natarajan
By Reg Natarajan (Jan 31, 2012)

Maybe, but I hate it. The only thing stopping Sony from getting my cash on the regular 200V is the microSD which screws up how I do things. Sure, I could change, but I can also change cameras, which is easier.

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dresner
By dresner (Jan 31, 2012)

docking stations for cameras has often been a failure... but the wifi data transfer built in is smart

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jan 31, 2012)

they should just make this into a phone

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 31, 2012)

Err, putting the camera on a 'mat' is not 'contactless'

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 31, 2012)

It is in the sense that none of the elements involved in data transfer or charging need to contact each other

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 31, 2012)

Thats still not 'contactless'. There is still contact being made between contact points on the camera body and the mat. There really needs to be a better word to describe it. 'Contactless' gives the false impression that its going over the air.

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erotavlas
By erotavlas (Jan 31, 2012)

charging by induction requires no contacts. You could essentially hover the device over the mat in close proximity and it would still charge. But due to gravity the device has no choice but to rest on the mat :) It is contactless in the sense that the parts that deliver the charge do not need to touch each other physically.

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ryansholl
By ryansholl (Jan 31, 2012)

But it looks like Sony will probably be on top of it when "just leave it anywhere and it charges itself" technology appears.

/sarcasm

I imagine this camera will be a very big win for Sony. It's not necessarily what we as photographers want, but for the masses I think this pretty much hits the spot.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jan 31, 2012)

Is it induction though? I don't see that term used anywhere in this press release.

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mikiev
By mikiev (Jan 31, 2012)

The Transfer Jet info page claims there can be a few cm. between devices - so I think that qualifies as "contactless".

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erotavlas
By erotavlas (Jan 31, 2012)

Maybe they used the term contacless to dumb it down for the masses. I know lots of people would have no clue what induction is anyway.

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fmian
By fmian (Jan 31, 2012)

The title says it's inductive charging.
By contactless, as others have pointed out, it means there are none of the usual metal contact points traditionally used for charging.
They have been making toothbrushes like this for ages.
The big break will come when this kind of technology is unified, and you can put any device on the mat to charge it.

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