By Lisa Johnston
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Sony will ship the first digital camera with 4GB of internal memory to dealers in December and a hard-disk-based HDTV photo viewer this month.
The 8-megapixel DSC-T2 also incorporates Sony's PMP Portable software, previously introduced on the Net-sharing Cam, for sending photos and videos to photo and video sharing Web sites. Using the software consumers can drop photos and videos into the camera's "sharemark" folder. Once the camera is connected to a PC via USB, the PMP Portable software will automatically open and all of the images in the "sharemark" folder can be sent to online sites such as Crackle, Flickr, Photobucket, Shutterfly and YouTube.
The T2 leverages its 4GB of storage with on-board image organizing tools including a calendar view and favorites folders. It also offers a slideshow mode and can be connected to an HDTV via an accessory component cable of Sony's HD cradle (both available separately).
The T2 also features Sony's Smile Shutter (first introduced in August on the T200). When activated, the camera can automatically detect a smile and capture the photo without the user pressing the shutter. Using the 2.7-inch touch screen LCD, consumers can choose which face in a scene of multiple faces the camera will monitor for a smile. Up to six photos can be captured automatically without pressing the shutter in smile capture mode.
Consumers can also use the touchscreen to select a focus point or, in playback mode, where to magnify.
Additional features include face detection, optical image stabilization, ISO sensitivities to 3200 and the ability to add up to eight different creative effects to images in-camera.
The Cyber-shot DSC-T2 digital camera will ship in December for about $350. It will be available in blue, green, pink, white or black.
The HDMS-S1D digital photo album replaces the L1. Like its predecessor, the S1D boasts an 80GB hard drive but is now capable of displaying images at 1080 resolution and features a variety of built-in software applications for scrap-booking and organizing images.
The S1D features an HDMI output, flash-memory card slots, a CD/DVD burner and USB ports for downloading images. Once on the unit's hard drive, photos can be organized by date or by events and can be edited, rotated and deleted using its included remote.
The S1D will retail for an estimated $400.
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