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Sleek 18MP pocket cam can be submerged 15 feet

By Adorama News Writer

February 8, 2012

Just when you thought the pixel wars had finally ended, Sony has introduced the DSC-TX200V, a pocket camera with an 18MP sensor, one of three new cameras Sony just announced.

Sony has introduced an 18.2MP compact digital camera, which the company claims is the world's highest-resolution compact digital cameras, among its three newest models. The $500 DSC-TX200V is a sleek little camera that will fit in a shirt pocket. Features include an internal 5X optical zoom lens and 3.3-inch touch screen monitor, while Sony claims blazingly fast AF capture and extremely short lag time. But the big news isn't the over-the-top pixel count: It's that this is a ruggedized all-weather camera that can be submerged in up to 15 feet of water, is dustproof and can operate down to 14 degrees farenheight. From a design point of view, that's significant. Sony also introduced a pair of lower-priced 16MP models.



For more details about all three cameras, read the Sony press release:


Sony Introduces New Assortment of Compact, High-Powered Cyber-shot® Cameras

New Lineup Features High-Resolution Sensors, Enhanced Low-light Performance and Fast Auto-Focus

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29, 2012 – Sony's newest Cyber-shot® digital still cameras make it easy to capture beautiful memories anytime and anywhere.  Three new models include the DSC-TX200V model from the ultra-thin Cyber-shot T series and the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50 models from the stylish, traditionally designed W series, each featuring a high-resolution "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and an improved BIONZ™ image processor that together boost low light performance and enhance auto-focus speeds, among other benefits.

"We continue to innovate in the compact camera space, finding new ways to help consumers produce high-quality photos and videos as easily as possible, regardless of lighting conditions" said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics.

"With new technologies designed to improve the overall imaging experience - including extended creativity, control and more - this new lineup of Cyber-shot cameras delivers impressive results with stylish, pocket-sized bodies."

High-Resolution, High-Speed, High-Quality
The new TX200V camera features a newly developed 18.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the highest-resolution currently offered in the "point and shoot" market, and a new BIONZ™ processor, which work together to create images and video files with extremely low noise. The advanced model also offers lightning-fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daytime and 0.25 seconds in low-light situations (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions), helping to ensure you never miss the moment.

Additionally, the TX200V Cyber-shot showcases a new beautiful, reinforced glass design with a large, 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fine™ TruBlack OLED wide touch-screen. It is also water-proof (up to 5m or approx.16 feet), dust-proof and freeze-proof (up to 14oF), and features a "Photo Creativity" interface that lets users easily adjust creative settings to produce unique, custom-styled photos.

The new WX70 and WX50 models each are equipped with a high-resolution 16.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, with the WX70 featuring a 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD touch-screen and the WX50 featuring a slightly smaller 2.7-inch LCD screen.

All-Around Performance
Each of the new Cyber-shot cameras features a new "Extra High Sensitivity" technology, which minimizes unwanted noise in low-light shooting conditions. For consumers who want to get closer to their subjects without losing quality, these new models have "Clear Image Zoom" technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capability (i.e. 5x optical zoom to 10x virtual zoom) at full camera resolution.

The TX200V, WX70 and WX50 cameras also offer image stabilization during video and still shooting. Using technology borrowed from the Sony Handycam® lineup, the "Optical Steady Shot Active Mode" drastically reduces blurring caused by camera shake while on the move. All models can shoot video in Full HD resolution.

Additional notable features of the new lineup include nine "Picture Effect" options for expanded creativity, "Dual Record" capabilities, 3D shooting modes (3D Still Image, 3D Sweep Panorama and Sweep Multi Angle), fast shooting speeds (10 fps burst mode) and more.

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability
The new assortment of cameras and an expanded range of stylish accessories, including the new LCS-WM and LCS-THT soft carrying cases, will be available this March at Sony retail stores and online (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.

Detailed specs are below:

The DSC-TX200V camera will be available in silver, red, and violet for approximately $500. Features include:

    18.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor
    26mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via "Clear Image Zoom" technology
    "Extra High Sensitivity" technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    Lightning-fast AF speed of approximately 0.13 second in daylight, 0.25 seconds in low-light (speeds may vary based on shooting conditions)
    Beautiful, slim reinforced glass design with 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fine™ Tru-Black OLED wide touch-screen
    Waterproof (up to 5m,16 feet), dustproof and freeze-proof (up to 14oF)
    Captures 13 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via "Dual-Record"
    Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60p) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    Photo Creativity interface and 9 "Picture Effect" options for creating unique, custom-styled photos and video

The DSC-WX70 camera will be available in silver, black, pink, violet and white for approximately $230. Features include:

    16.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, 3.0-inch 921k dot LCD touch screen
    25mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via "Clear Image Zoom" technology
    "Extra High Sensitivity" technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    Captures 12 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via "Dual-Record"
    Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    9 total "Picture Effects" options, allowing for creative, custom styled photographs

The DSC-WX50 camera will be available in silver and black for approximately $200. Features include:

    16.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, 2.7-inch LCD screen
    25mm equivalent lens with 5x optical zoom, 10x virtual zoom via "Clear Image Zoom" technology
    "Extra High Sensitivity" technology enhances low-light shooting capabilities
    Captures 12 MP equivalent still images while shooting video via "Dual-Record"
    Full HD Movie Shooting capability (1920x1080/60i) and Optical SteadyShot Active Mode
    9 total "Picture Effects" options, allowing for creative, custom styled photographs

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