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Sony launches five Cyber-shot compacts including Wi-Fi and waterproof models

By dpreview staff on Jan 8, 2013 at 01:00 GMT

Sony has announced five Cyber-Shot compacts, including the Wi-Fi-capable, 16MP CMOS-based DSC-WX80 with its 25-200mm equivalent zoom lens. There are also two CCD-based W-series cameras - the DSC-W730 which shares its lens with the WX80, and the DSC-W710 that has a 5x 28-140mm equiv. zoom. Beyond these are the 16MP CCD-based 5x rugged, waterproof DSC-TF1 and the 26x DSC-H200 superzoom.

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Sony Introduces New Wi-Fi®, Waterproof and High-Zoom Cyber-shot Cameras with Intelligent Flash Performance, 360° Panoramic Shooting and more 

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2013 – Sony’s newest Cyber-shot compact cameras deliver a range of powerful, high-end capabilities at attractive prices, making it easier than ever for consumers to shoot and share all of their precious memories.

The five new models -- WX80, W730, W710, TF1 and H200 cameras – share a variety of new features for the Cyber-shot line including a new Advanced Flash which boosts the cameras sensitivity and extends the effective range of the flash.  This is especially useful in low-light situations like party shots, indoors or dusk where built-in flashes have historically struggled to reach far-away subjects and capture all important details of a scene. 

Additionally, the new “Beauty Effect” feature gives users several post-shooting “re-touch” options including skin toning and smoothing, teeth whitening, eye widening and shine removal.  Also, 360 Sweep Panorama mode, previously available on a few select Cyber-shot models, will now be offered throughout the entire line.  This unique feature allows for seamless, detailed 360o panoramic shots. 

Ultra-Compact W Series Cameras

The new Cyber-shot WX80 compact camera features a high-resolution 16.2 MP Exmor® R CMOS sensor, an 8x optical zoom lens with 16x Clear Image digital zoom and an enhanced Optical SteadyShot™ that minimizes camera shake for crisp, blur-free still images.  Additionally, Superior Auto shooting mode has been improved to recognize and optimize settings in an even wider range of shooting situations including very low-light scenes and instances where a subject is in fast motion.

The new WX80 model is Wi-Fi® capable, allowing users to send images and video clips (MP4 only) wirelessly to a compatible smartphone or tablet through Sony’s PlayMemories™ Mobile application.  Its Wi-Fi functionality also lets shooters use their connected phone to control basic camera functions including shutter release, zoom, flash mode and more.  Images can be viewed wirelessly on a networked TV or PC as well.

The feature-packed WX80 camera is also compatible with TRILUMINOUS Color™, an expanded range of vivid, ultra-realistic colors that is available on select Sony BRAVIA TVs.   Content shot with the camera, including still images and Full HD (1020X1080i) videos, can be experienced in these rich, natural colors when connected to compatible televisions. 

The new W730 camera features a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with an 8x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.  It has 720p HD movie shooting and Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode.

The new W710 camera features a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 5x optical Sony zoom lens and large physical controls for straightforward, hassle-free shooting. It can shoot 720p HD video.

New Rugged Cyber-shot TF1 Camera

The Cyber-shot TF1 camera is designed for active shooters with a new rugged design, making it the perfect accessory for weekend adventures, family vacations and everything in between.  It is waterproof (up to 33ft), dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof*. The camera’s large buttons, solid, beefy camera grip and auto screen brightness further simplify operations in outdoor and underwater activities.

The new Cyber-shot TF1 model has a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 4x optical Sony zoom lens.

Long-Zoom Cyber-shot H200

The new Cyber-shot H200 camera features DSLR-like styling and grip design modeled after Sony’s popular range of α interchangeable lens cameras.

The versatile new camera features a powerful 26x optical zoom Sony lens, a 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor, 720p HD movie shooting and a bright 3.0” LCD screen.  For added convenience, it is powered by 4 AA batteries, eliminating the need to charge and re-charge the camera during travel.  

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability

The new Cyber-shot compact cameras and compatible accessories including the new LCJ-THG, LCJ-WB and LCS-TWP camera covers will be available this month at Sony retail stores, online at www.store.sony.com and through authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.

Cyber-shot WX80 Digital Camera
Available in red, black and white for about $199

  • 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with 8x optical (25-200mm) / 16x Clear Image Zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for easy content sharing via Sony PlayMemories™ Mobile app
  • Enhanced Optical SteadyShot™ for still shooting
  • Full HD movie (1920x1080/60i) shooting with Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode
  • Improved Superior Auto mode with expanded scene recognition
  • Up to 10fps burst shooting capability
  • New 360 Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot W730 Digital Camera
Available in silver, pink and blue for about $139

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 8x optical zoom (25-200mm)
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot W710 Digital Camera
Available in silver, pink and black for about $99

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 5x optical zoom (28-140mm)
  • Large physical controls and buttons for straightforward, hassle-free shooting
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot TF1 Digital Camera
Available in black, orange and pink for about $199

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 4x optical zoom (25-100mm)
  • Waterproof (up to 10m or 33 feet), dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof
  • Large buttons and camera grip and auto screen brightness simplify operation during outdoor/underwater activities
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot H200 Digital Camera
Available in black for $249

  • 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 26x optical zoom (22.3-580mm)
  • DSLR-style body and design and compatible with AA batteries for convenience
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80, DSC-W730 and DSC-W710 specifications

Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (6400, 12800 with boost)
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • 3D: MPF
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–224 mm
Optical zoom8×
Maximum apertureF3.3 - F8.0
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (20x)
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Handheld Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
Built-in flashYes
Flash range4.20 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (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
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 ( 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BN battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)124 g (0.27 lb / 4.37 oz)
Dimensions92 x 52 x 22 mm (3.62 x 2.05 x 0.87)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 and DSC-H200 specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200
Body type
Body typeCompactSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 34565184 x 2920
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 4805184 x 3888, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16 megapixels20 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets86
Custom white balanceNoYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–100 mm24–633 mm
Optical zoom4×26.4×
Maximum apertureF3.6 - F4.7F3.1 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)20 cm (7.87)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.73
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD displayClearPhoto LCD display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed2 sec30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec1/1500 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Soft snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scene
  • Gourmet
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Pet mode
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.90 m6.80 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Advanced Flash
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive1 fps8 fps
Self-timerYes (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
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMotion JPEGMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof , Freeze proof)No
BatteryBattery PackAA
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BN battery and charger4 x AA Alkaline / NiMH batteries
Battery Life (CIPA)240
Weight (inc. batteries)152 g (0.34 lb / 5.36 oz)530 g (1.17 lb / 18.70 oz)
Dimensions102 x 62 x 23 mm (4.02 x 2.44 x 0.91)123 x 83 x 87 mm (4.84 x 3.27 x 3.43)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Additional images

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80  
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W730  
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710  
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1  
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H200  

*Footnote for Cyber-shot TF1:

  • Waterproof equivalent to IEC60529 IPX8. The camera is operable up to a water depth of 10m (33ft) for 60 minutes.
  • Dust-proof equivalent to IEC60529 IP6X.               
  • Shock resistance conforms to MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock standards. This product has passed testing when dropped from a height of 1.5m above a 5-cm thick plywood board. Depending on use conditions and circumstances, no guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof performance of this camera. Battery life may decrease at low temperatures.
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Comments

Total comments: 27
Lofi
By Lofi (Jan 11, 2013)

The only thing I'm interested in is the image quality. If it's still the washed out, noisy, detail loss image quality that Sony has for years now in their compact cameras, then they can still keep them.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 11, 2013)

I honestly hoped that Sony TF1 (sounds like a new product line) will compete against Olympus TG-1. Oh, how I was wrong...

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Jan 9, 2013)

The stores are already filled with shower- and tub-protected cameras, so another one that can't withstand the diving depths / pressures wasn't worth the effort. In the same time, it's so easy to make it properly that it makes me wonder why anyone won't grab the market by producing what the diving community might actually use?! Did all the manufacturers forget the huge success of Nikonos II, III and V (and also drawing-board-level flops like models IVa and RS)? A pity.

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ickis
By ickis (Jan 9, 2013)

why does Sony kept on rehashing their prevoius models, what we need is a good compact that utilize a 1/1.7" sensor, something like the Canon S100. The RX100 is very good but too expensive for a lot of point & shooters.

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maboule123
By maboule123 (Jan 8, 2013)

I was waiting for a better updated HX-30V, not this new plethora of rubbish.

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 8, 2013)

Rubbish!

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 8, 2013)

These are some really horrible cameras that will sell very well because Best Buy will push them onto unsuspecting buyers. I really wish they could get the Panasonic LX7 into Best Buy stores.

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notime
By notime (Jan 9, 2013)

The buyers won't care about an LX7, its obviously worse than the H200, Nikon L810 and especially the 16mp, 24x zoom Panasonic FZ60....because those other cameras look more DSLr like.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 11, 2013)

At least Sony, including pretty good ones, are on display in Best Buy. NEX-6, A57, A65...

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mpgxsvcd
By mpgxsvcd (Jan 8, 2013)

F3.3 - F8.0

Why even bother? Seriously? F8.0 on a small sensor camera?

Comment edited 4 minutes after posting
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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 11, 2013)

Interesting that diffraction starts seriously reduce lens resolution at f/2.0 with the 1/2.3" sensors. Yet they continue to increase sensor resolution like it is going to help something the lens cannot do. Seems like fraud.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 8, 2013)

Not a single camera worth existing here... Simply nothing is better in any sense than what has been done before.

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Martin87
By Martin87 (Jan 8, 2013)

Amen to that. Usually in this part of the year manufactures release some exciting new cameras, but not this year.

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eap_44
By eap_44 (Jan 8, 2013)

backwards...

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Martin87
By Martin87 (Jan 8, 2013)

Continuous mode 1FPS on the TF1. I haven't seen so slow continuous mode since 2001 :))))))))))))

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 8, 2013)

Except on every Canon P&S. How 0.8 fps in 2012 sounds to you? ;)

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Martin87
By Martin87 (Jan 8, 2013)

Sorry I haven't checked that out, but you were right. 0.8 fps - outrageous. My 100$ point and shoot from 2006 has even more than that (1.5fps to be exact)

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MirosIav
By MirosIav (Jan 8, 2013)

Wow, all downgrades :(.

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Martin87
By Martin87 (Jan 8, 2013)

They are not downgrades because they are all cheaper and targeted to different kind of people. The ones that don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a digital camera.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jan 8, 2013)

Martin87, you really don't need "thousands of dollars to spend" for $249 Pana LX7.

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Martin87
By Martin87 (Jan 8, 2013)

Ah well.... Don't know what to say. I don't understand the digital camera market anymore. Things were so simple few years ago. Now it seems everyone releases cameras as they fit, and sometimes manufactures make some silly decisions.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jan 8, 2013)

.... was there a camera announcement or something? ;)

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Jan 8, 2013)

What is up with Sony with only 720p in 2013 and 1080p60 in 2012 ?

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nosnoop
By nosnoop (Jan 8, 2013)

720p is for their cheaper CCD line up.
The better "X" series (WX, TX...) has the newer and more capable EXMOR R CMOS sensor and can do 1080/60i or 60p depending on which model.

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Babya
By Babya (Jan 8, 2013)

The DSC-H200 looks like a upgrade the DSC-H10 that's sold in some markets like India. No EVF unlike the HX200V

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jan 8, 2013)

The DSC-H200 looks like a higher-resolution, de-featured version of the DSC-HX200V. I was hoping for an upgrade here. What exactly is the point?

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spazz
By spazz (Jan 8, 2013)

This is for selected markets. Its a cheap superzoom camera.

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