Sony cameras that can detect your smileTwo new models snap when you grin
23 August 2007
Sony has unveiled two digital cameras which promise to make miserable snaps a thing of the past.
The slim line Cyber-shot T200 and T70 both come with a new ‘Smile Shutter’ function.
This identifies when someone is smiling and will immediately take a shot without you needing to press the shutter.
If there are several people in the frame, the shutter only fires when the main subject – selected using the camera’s extra-large touchscreen – is smiling.
Sony says the Face Detection feature automatically adjusts exposure, flash and other settings – even at high zoom settings, in low light or with moving subjects.
Face Detection feature
The 8-megapixel DSC-T200 model comes with a 3.5-inch wide LCD touch-screen that controls all of the camera’s settings. It has a 5x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens and is available in silver, black and red.
The 8-megapixel DSC-T70 camera, which features a 3-inch wide LCD touch screen and a 3x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens, comes in silver, black, white and pink.
Both cameras have an image stabilisation feature and can be connected to an HDTV set via an HD cable or cradle to allow you to look at your pictures on the big screen.
The Sony Cyber-Shot T200 and T70 will be available throughout Europe from the beginning of September, although Sony has yet to confirm the prices for each model.
Which? digital camera expert Christopher Christoforou said: 'Digital camera manufacturers are always coming up with new features to try to make taking good photos easier. And we had to smile when we heard about Sony's new 'Smile Shutter' function. Point the camera at someone, and if the camera detects a smile on their face it will immediately take a picture without you having to press the button.
'We don't think this feature will revolutionise photography, but it might help you take good photos if you're usually slow to react in pressing the button.
'It's also a cool new feature to show off and we applaud Sony for being innovative.'