Sony has announced an automated photo-taking cradle, called the Party-shot. Compatible with the just announced Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 compact cameras, the cradle holds the camera, tilts, rotates and locks onto faces using face detection before taking a picture. It is designed so you don’t have to carry the camera and take photos yourself.
Most photos at parties are posed with people looking directly at the camera. The Party-shot (model number IPT-DS1) could come in handy for those times when you’d like more candid shots and you don’t want to use the camera yourself. You can position the Party-shot on a table or on a tripod, sit your Sony TX1 or WX1 on it, switch on, and it will take the photos for you. Sony says that it can rotate 360 degrees, tilt up to 24 degrees, and find faces using face detection while also trying to ensure good composition.
Two alkaline AA batteries will power the Party-shot for up to 11 hours of photo-taking, according to Sony. Look at our batteries report for the best performing brands. Or, you can buy a power cable separately.
Pricing and availability
The Party-shot will be available for about £100 from September.
Christopher Christoforou, Which? digital camera expert, said: ‘The Party-shot is another example of digital photography innovation from Sony. It evokes memories of the Konica Kanpai from the late 80s, a film camera that swivelled on its built-in tripod and took a photo whenever it heard sound like laughter or cheering.
‘The concept didn’t take off, and we wonder how popular the Party-shot will be – especially since it’s currently only compatible with two Sony cameras. However, if it works well, it could be a great way to take candid shots at your parties.’
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