Sony has announced two new Cyber-shot cameras to be launched this autumn. Both feature Sony’s new 10.2Mp CMOS sensor that Sony claims will reduce grainy speckles and enhance clarity in photos taken in dim light.
The Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 are both compact, lightweight cameras. The new sensor is the most innovative new feature, but both cameras also offer HD movie recording and a sweep panorama mode for ultra-wide landscape panorama photography.
A perennial challenge for photographers, and for compact camera manufacturers, has been to achieve good image quality under dim light conditions. Many an indoor party or night-time shot has been marred by image noise, or blurring, or a combination of those two evils. Often, the reason for this poor performance has been a lack of light sensitivity in the image sensor. Sony claims its new ‘Exmor R’ sensor, found in the Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 offers twice the light sensitivity of a normal sensor.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
The TX1 has stylish, slim-line looks typical of Sony’s long-standing T-series of digital cameras. Built-in to the small body is a 35-140mm optical zoom lens, and features such as smile shutter, face detection and a pet mode for taking shots of moving pets. It also has a large, 3inch touchscreen. The TX1 will be available from September in a choice of silver, grey, pink and blue. The price will be around £250.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1
The WX1 has a 24-120mm lens. While it can’t zoom as far as the TX1, it’s 24mm wide-angle setting will be more useful for fitting in wide scenes. The lens also has a maximum aperture of f2.4, which should help reduce motion blur in photos when the lens is fully zoomed out. The WX1 will be available in black only, from October. The price will be around £200.
Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘We welcome any new technology that takes a step to improve image quality in dim light conditions. A newly developed sensor for this purpose is perhaps less headline-grabbing that a fun feature like smile shutter, but it could be worth it’s weight in gold. We look forward to testing these cameras thoroughly.’
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