Sony has announced three new Cyber-shot digital cameras and with two of them at least is looking to cash-in on the current 3D craze.
The Cyber-shot HX series sees the HX100V and HX9v feature 3D shooting, full HD video and something called “new Intelligent Sweep Panorama High Resolution Mode.” This sounds good and allows you to create massive panoramic shots with a 10480x4096 resolution – that’s over 40 million pixels people. Both cameras have a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and allow for a range of 3D shooting options including 3D Sweep Panorama, 3D Still Image and Sweep Multi Angle.
Weighing in at 525g, the HX100V is the flagship model with 30x optical zoom coming by way of a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar lens which has something called T* coating on optical surfaces which claims to “virtually eliminate flare.” The HX100V also has a manual control ring that can be assigned as desired to adjust focus or zoom. The HX9v, successor to the excellent HX5, on the other hand is much lighter at just 215g, and has an optical zoom of 16x by way of a Sony G Lens.
The final model in this new triple act is the DSC-W520, which has a 14.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 5x optical zoom lens (with 25mm wide angle), a 6.7cm/2.7-inch clear photo LCD, with Sweep Panorama and Intelligent Auto modes on board too.
The HX100 is available in black while the HX9v is available in black and, for the ostentatious among you, in gold too. The W520 is available in Black, Silver and Red. All cameras are compatible with the latest SDHC memory cards and the W520 will be available for purchase in March with the HX series coming to you in April. No pricing has been announced yet but we’ll bring it to you as soon as we know.