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CES 2010: Sony Announces First 1080i Video Compacts

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Sony has announced a raft of new compact cameras at CES this year, but by far the most interesting are the Cyber-shot DSC-TX7 and HX5V. Both these cameras are the first compact cameras in the world capable of 1080i, Full HD AVCHD video recording, while also including neat features like TransferJet – the new high-speed, close quarters data transfer tech – and Sony's 10-megapixel 'Exmor R' CMOS sensor, which features backlight correction for improved low light performance.
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The TX7 (above), which appears almost ultra-compact in dimensions, takes all these features and adds a 3.5in touchscreen LCD screen, a 25mm wide-angle lens with a 4x optical zoom. It'll be hitting US retail in February with prices in the region of $400.

It's really the HX5V (below) that excites, however. To be available from March for approximately $350, at its heart the HX5V is a super-zoom compact that features a 10x optical zoom lens with a 25mm wide-angle. However, in addition to all the other features that both models share, it adds GPS and Compass capabilities to record location data that can then be viewed on Google Earth.
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Both cameras also have one further feature worthy of note, a new 'Sweep Panorama' mode. Panoramic modes are nothing new, of course, but Sony's effort is slightly different. It can capture wide landscapes or tall buildings using a "simple press and sweep" motion, producing images up to a size of 7,152 x 1,080 comprised of as many as 100 separate captures. Given these facts, particularly the '1,080' resolution, it sounds as if it's a kind of video/stills hybrid mode, but however it works it'll be interesting to see the results.

Finally, Sony looks to have admitted a belated defeat with its proprietary card formats, as both these cameras (in addition to all its new models) will also support SD cards! Praise be to God!

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