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CES 2010: Sony Announces First 1080i Video Compacts

Andy Vandervell

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CES 2010: Sony Announces First 1080i Video Compacts

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.

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.

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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Press Release

MrGodfrey

January 8, 2010, 10:10 pm

SD card support - yay! About time. Now we just need Olympus to finally catch on, and for some folks to stop kidding themselves that CompactFlash has any real advantage, and we're on our way to a universal standard.

Williamn

January 8, 2010, 10:17 pm

I watched many a clip from a compact camera. And you know which aspect of quality needs work most? The AUDIO.





Add a mic jack to compact camera and I'll bring out the plastic!

Ed

January 8, 2010, 10:25 pm

Couldn't agree more Williamn. That's what puts me off selling my gran for a Panasonic GF1.

joose

January 8, 2010, 11:04 pm

"a new 'Sweep Panorama' mode" - New as long as you don't count the HX1, TX1 and WX1 already on the market.. ;)





SD card support is really good news :)

Alejandro

January 17, 2010, 12:46 am

Sadly, Sony is removing "Manual Mode" in their compact models to force people buy "Alphas".


So buying a new Cybershot is useless honestly.


I returned a DSC-WX1 because of the poor results in Dark environments.

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