Sony 3D Shooting Compact Cameras – WX5 and TX9

It looks like the big companies are determined to make 3D a regular part of our digital lives and Sony is sprinkling the 3D fairy-dust over its Cybershot Camera range.

In the main pic you get to gawp at the WX5 ( left), TX9 (centre) and T99 (the colourful range over on the right).

The WX5 and TX9 are the 3D capable snappers – using what Sony has named 3D Sweep Panorama you are able to take 100 high-speed shots while you sweep the camera from left to right (or right to left I guess) and all that info is stitched together in stereoscopic lovliness so when you plug your Cybershot into your 3D capable tele you get a very impressive picture 🙂

I reckon, unless you have a very steady hand, using a tripod or similar whilst panning across your chosen vista will improve the effect 😉

Also first appearing on these clever cameras is Sweep Multi Angle – after taking  a 15 frame burst a ‘3D-style’ image can be viewed from different angles. After shooting, just tilt the Cybershot  from side to side and sensors inside the camera detect your movements, scrolling through the sequence of multi-angle frames as you tilt and view the camera’s LCD screen. Multi-angle views can also be viewed simultaneously on an ordinary 2D television as you tilt the camera.

Aside from the above smarts these snappers can take 1,920 x 1,080 pixel HD video and sport 12.2 megapixel CMOS sensors. The WX5 has a 5x optical zoom, while the TX9 has the 4x version.

The WX5 and TX9 are joined by the T99 which lacks the 3Dness of its stable-mates but has a nifty new design and plenty of snazzy colours to chose from. It also rocks a 14.1 megapixel sensor and can shoot 720p video as well as having the Sweep Panorama function that it can use above as well as underwater 🙂

All three cameras will be available from the middle of September – prices will no doubt appear before then.

Here’s a spec table to help you chose between them 🙂

Effective Pixels12.2 megapixels12.2 megapixels14.1 megapixels
Image Sensor7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS7.76mm (1/2.3 type) Super HAD CCD
LensSony GCarl ZeissCarl Zeiss
Zoom5x (optical)4x (optical)4x (optical)






Sweep PanoramaYes (including 3D, Intelligent)Yes (including 3D; Intelligent; Underwater)Yes  (including Underwater)
Sweep Multi AngleYesYes
LCD screen size7.0cm (2.8”)8.8cm (3.5”)7.5cm (3.0”)
Battery Life115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on115mins (230 shots) – CIPA standard with LCD on
Image stabiliserOptical SteadyShotOptical SteadyShotOptical SteadyShot
Video recordingFull HD movie (1920×1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))Full HD movie (1920×1080/50i MPEG-4 AVC(H.264))720p HD movie (1280×720 progressive 30 fps MPEG-4)
Internal memoryApprox. 32MBApprox. 32MBApprox. 32MB
Approx. dimensions WxHxD (mm)91.7 x 51.9 x 21.5mm97.8 x 59.5 x 17.5mm93.0 x 55.6 x 16.8mm
Weight*Approx. 130gApprox. 133gApprox. 105g
ColoursBlack, silver, brown, gold and violetDark grey, gold, redBlack, silver, pink, green and violet
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