And we get yet another batch of 3D-enabled gadgets – this time from Sony. The company today announced three new Cyber-shot cameras, two of which feature the 3D sweep panorama function the cameras from the NEX series now also have (the function allows you to sweep the camera from side to side to capture a high-speed burst of 100 frames, which are then automatically stitched together).
The 3D Cyber-shots are the DSC-WX5 (pictured above) and the DSC-TX9 (pictured below). Both come with a 12MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, a BIONZ processor, Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer, full HD movie recording, an HDMI mini interface, a USB 2.0 port, and Background Defocus function. The WX5 has 5x optical zoom (TX9: 4x), a smaller LCD screen (2.8 vs. 3.5 inches), and comes with a Sony G instead of a Carl Zeiss lens.
Sony Europe’s press release states that these cameras will come out in September. In Japan, they’ll hit stores as early as August 7, with the DSC-WX5 costing $396, and the DSC-TX9 costing $509.
Sony today also introduced the DSC-T99 (pictured above), which doesn’t come with the 3D features of the Cyber-shots mentioned above. It will be equipped with a 14.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor, 4x optical zoom, a BIONZ processor, a Carl Zeiss lens, Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer, 720p video recording mode, and sweep panorama mode (but without the 3D element).
Sony Japan’s press release states the T99 will feature TransferJet for close-proximity wireless transfer of pictures (camera->PC), too, but for some reason the European press release doesn’t. In Japan, this Cyber-shot will come out on August 7 (price: $305), whereas other markets are getting it in September.
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It’s getting to be that time of the year again — time for Sony to expand / refresh its Cyber-shot lineup. Say hello to the 14.1 megapixel T99 and the 12.2 megapixel WX5 and TX9. All three feature BIONZ processors and 32MB internal memory (no word on external options). The T99′s your underwater-capable option, capable of shooting sweep panorama shots submerged as well as 720p 30fps HD video — or if you want something of an upgrade, the TX9 is also snorkeling-friendly, but itself can tout Full HD 1080i video recording, a Sweep Multi Angle for “3D-style” imagine, and the 3D sweep panorama with which the NEX series was just graced. Another neat trick of the Tx9 is its “background defocus” that gives you the DSLR-like effect of sharp foreground images with a blurry background (c.f. most of our headlining phone review images). If you’re willing to sacrifice water resistance for a 5x optical zoom and Sony G lens (the previous two feature 4x and Carl Zeiss) while still retaining TX9′s cool 3D tricks, you’re gonna want the WX5. At this point, they carry no price tag, but you’ve got a bit to wait anyway: the trio will all debut in mid-September.
Update: Akihabara News is reporting these cameras also support TransferJet. Additionally, AV Watch has listed some expected prices for Japan, so without further ado: the WX5 for 35,000 yen (about $400), the TX9 for 45,000 yen ($512), and the T99 for a more budget-friendly 29,000 yen ($330).
Gallery: Sony Cyber-shot TX9, T99, and WX5
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