Photokina 2010: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 is a slim digital camera that can take panoramic and 3D photos.
With a 12.2Mp resolution, the WX5 can take detailed photos that should lend themselves well to getting enlargements printed.
The 5x zoom lens begins from a terrific wide angle of 24mm. This is handy if you're trying to fit more into your shot, as you won't have to stand far back.
However, if you're looking to take truly wide shots, the camera features Sony's latest 'Sweep Panorama' technology.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 first look video
Sweep Panorama on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
By selecting the Sweep Panorama mode, you can easily take wide panoramic shots on the WX5.
As you slowly pan the camera across a scene, the WX5 automatically stitches together a series of photos to create a single panoramic image.
We tried this feature out at the Photokina 2010 event in Cologne, and while there were some distortions of straight lines and overexposed parts of the image, the effect is generally successful, and it's certainly easy to use.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 image gallery
3D photos with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
The WX5 also features a 3D panorama mode. This works along a similar principal as the Sweep Panorama mode, but instead of stitching together a wide shot, the WX5 combines a series of differently-focused photos to create a 3D image.
This feature is also available on Sony's new system cameras, the Sony NEX5 and NEX3, and the Sony Alpha a55 and a33.
To enjoy the effect of the 3D images, you'll need a 3D capable television, together with 3D glasses. Some of the example images we saw had an impressive sense of depth, though we'll withhold judgment on the WX5 until we've had a chance to fully test the camera.
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