Sony 3D Shooting Compact Cameras – WX5 and TX9
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 whatÂ 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 Â a 15 frame burst a â€˜3D-styleâ€™ image can be viewed from different angles. After shooting, just tilt the Cybershot Â 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 cameraâ€™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 Pixels||12.2 megapixels||12.2 megapixels||14.1 megapixels|
|Image Sensor||7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS||7.81mm (1/2.3 type) Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS||7.76mm (1/2.3 type) Super HAD CCD|
|Lens||Sony G||Carl Zeiss||Carl Zeiss|
|Zoom||5x (optical)||4x (optical)||4x (optical)|
|Sweep Panorama||Yes (including 3D, Intelligent)||Yes (including 3D; Intelligent; Underwater)||YesÂ (including Underwater)|
|Sweep Multi Angle||Yes||Yes||–|
|LCD screen size||7.0cm (2.8â€)||8.8cm (3.5â€)||7.5cm (3.0â€)|
|Battery Life||115mins (230 shots) â€“ CIPA standard with LCD on||115mins (230 shots) â€“ CIPA standard with LCD on||115mins (230 shots) â€“ CIPA standard with LCD on|
|Image stabiliser||Optical SteadyShot||Optical SteadyShot||Optical SteadyShot|
|Video recording||Full 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 memory||Approx. 32MB||Approx. 32MB||Approx. 32MB|
|Approx. dimensions WxHxD (mm)||91.7 x 51.9 x 21.5mm||97.8 x 59.5 x 17.5mm||93.0 x 55.6 x 16.8mm|
|Weight*||Approx. 130g||Approx. 133g||Approx. 105g|
|Colours||Black, silver, brown, gold and violet||Dark grey, gold, red||Black, silver, pink, green and violet|