Sony Releases Hi-end Cyber-Shot HX Series Cameras


Sony released two new Cyber-shot HX series cameras this Monday. The 16.2 MP DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V Cyber-shot cameras are the most advanced compact digital cameras released by Sony to date.

Both the DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V come equipped with full HD video recording capability. They also feature a 27mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom and a 24mm Sony® G lens with 16x optical zoom respectively.

Adding to the list of new features is the “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS sensor that comes with both cameras. The sensor enables users to switch to the Sweep Panorama™ HR (High Resolution) mode which allows them to capture ultra high-res 42.9 MP images with an astounding 10480×4096 resolution. Both cameras also feature a 3-inch 921,000-dot Xtra Fine LCD™ digital display. Other prominent features are discussed below.

Superior Zoom Technology

The newly released cameras come with a superior zoom technology with the DSC-HX100V capable of 30x optical zoom and the DSC-HX9V  fielding a 16x optical zoom capacity. Both cameras also come with a new Dual Record mode which allows the user to click 3 MP pictures even as video recording is in progress. The cameras also have dedicated still image and movie capture buttons which significantly increase user convenience.

Both DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V are capable of capturing crystal-clear images despite their extended zoom range. This is made possible thanks to the Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode image stabilization – an image stabilization technology borrowed from Sony’s Handycam line.

3D Content

The new cameras feature two 3D capture modes, viz. 3D Sweep Panorama™ mode and the 3D Still Image mode. As the name suggests, the 3D Sweep Panorama mode involves the capture of a number of high-speed panoramic frames which are then manipulated to come up with a panoramic 3D image. The 3D Still Image Mode has the camera capture two identical shots from differing focus points to add the illusion of depth. The camera then creates left-eye and right-eye views of the same shot and merges them to give a realistic 3D effect. These 3D images can be seen on 3D-enabled HDTVs and PS3’s equipped with the “Play Memories™” application. The new cameras also feature the unique Sweep Multi Angle™ mode which allows the users to view 3D photos on the camera’s LCD displays.

High Speed Focus

Both the DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V come with high focus speed which is comparable to DSLR cameras. The high speed autofocus feature lets users capture images in as little as 0.1 seconds. The cameras also come with a GPS/Compass facility that informs users about their current location.

Easy to use Photo Settings

Both cameras are equipped with in-built photo settings which help them capture crisp, detailed images in a multitude of shooting conditions. The AUTO mode adjusts camera settings in accordance with lighting and other variables to come up with extremely detailed and clear pictures. The AUTO mode produces excellent results even in dimly lit environments with no flash.

The new Cyber-shot cameras also come with a revolutionary HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode which allow for clear detailed photos even in adverse lighting conditions. When the HDR mode is selected, the camera takes three images of the same object, each image concentrates on the highlights, mid-tones and shadows respectively to come up with a beautifully detailed and realistic photograph. The cameras also have a number of other photography modes, viz. Background Defocus mode, Soft Skin mode and Natural Flash.

Brand New Accessories

The newly released Cyber-shot HX line comes with a number of new accessories. The Party-shot™ IPT-DS2 dock is used to shoot fun-filled photos of everyone in the room. The dock is activated at the click of a button and tracks all subjects in the scene automatically taking photos.

The Cyber-shot HX line is also compatible with Sony’s complete range of SDHC cards including the affordable Essential Series, the higher range Experience Series and the premium Expert Series which guarantees top-of-the-line transfer speeds.

The Personal Space™ site

Images and videos from the cameras can be uploaded to Sony’s “The Personal Space” network service website. The photos and videos can be uploaded from any computer via Picture Motion Browser software which is part of the software bundle that comes with the newly released cameras. Users can then share their saved images and videos by inviting friends and family to view their Personal Space accounts. These Personal Space accounts are also accessible via smart phones like the Sony-Ericsson Xperia X10 and Apple’s iPhone.

Price and Availability

Starting April, the cameras and related accessories will be available for sale on the website, at Sony Style shops and at authorized resellers all over the United States. The DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V cameras are expected to retail for $450 and $350 respectively.

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