Sony has unveiled the DSC-TX55 Cybershot – a 16.2-megapixel compact camera that claims to be just 12.2mm wide and is scheduled for general release in September.
Although it’s billed as the slimmest compact to date, Sony believes the TX-55 is big on features. While no pricing information has been released, the TX-55 will feature Sony’s Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode and Full HD video (1080p). Additional features include a 3.3inch OLED touch-screen, a maximum 10x zoom and Picture Effect treatments, which enable the photographer to add effects such as Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Colour, Pop Colour and Soft High-key.
At the heart of the TX-55, users will find a 16.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, which uses ‘Pixel Super Resolution’ processing to facilitate further extension of the camera’s 5x optical zoom range, allowing full-resolution 16.2 megapixel images at 10x zoom. What’s more, images will benefit from the newly-enhanced Optical SteadyShot Active Mode, which compensates for handheld camera movements during Full HD video shooting and helps to produce crisper, shake-free stills.
When it comes to storage, the TX-55 will use Memory Stick Micro and MicroSD cards – Sony offers a choice of ultra-compact, high quality media in capacities up to 16GB / 8GB (microSDHC) and all cards come with free PC software (available via download), File Rescue for quick, easy recovery of deleted or damaged photos and files, and x-Pict Story™ to create slideshows from your photos.
Fans of the new 3D movement will be pleased to hear that the TX-55 can capture 3D still images. With one click of the button the 3D Still Image feature grabs a pair of frames in quick succession, estimating depth information to create a dramatic three-dimensional still image. Other 3D shooting options include 3D Sweep Panorama and Sweep Multi Angle, which can then be viewed on a suitable 3D TV.
For more information on the Sony TX-55, please visit: www.sony.co.uk