Sony announces worlds smallest 3D digital still camera with AVCHD Video

sony_3d.jpgSony today unveiled two new Cyber-shot digital still cameras- DSC-TX9 (with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 4x zoom lens) and DSC-WX5 with a Sony G lens (5x 24-120mm) lens, that are the world’s smallest 3D cameras, capturing 3D images with a single lens system using a sweeping motion. Both Sony models DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5offer a 3D Sweep Panorama feature, which lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (3D-compatible HDMI cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately.) The 12.2 megapixel Sony TX9 and WX5 models offer new features including Background Defocus, which simulates depth of field control and Superior Auto mode, which provides low image-noise levels previously only available from DSLR cameras.

The Sony DSC-TX9, which has a 3.5-inch 921k resolution LCD touchscreen, and the DSC-WX5, which has a 2.8-inch LCD screen, also let you view images in a whole new way.Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view your 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angle lets you view images moving in simulated 3D right on the cameras’ LCD screen by tilting the camera back and forth. With the AVCHD format, used in Sony’s high-definition Handycam camcorders, the models can record movies in 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolutions in 60i at up to 17Mbps for smooth movement during playback. They can also capture videos in the MP4 format (up to 1440 x1080 30p 12Mbps) for online sharing. The TX9 will be available for about $400 in (dark gray and red) and the T99 will be available for about $250 in (silver, black, pink, green and violet) in September.