Sony Unveils Cyber-shot Pair
By Greg Tarr On Mar 12 2010 - 9:32am
SAN DIEGO — On the heels of an
extensive introduction of new 2010 Cyber-
shot digital cameras at International
CES, Sony introduced a pair of advanced
Cyber-shot digital still cameras around
the time of the PMA Show.
Models DSC-H55 (shipping in April
at a $249 suggest retail) and DSC-TX5
(shipping in March at $349) will round
out the new Cyber-shot lineup.
The compact DSC-H55 has a 10x
optical zoom (starting with a 25mm
equivalent wide angle) Sony G lens and
14-megapixel resolution, optical Steady-
Shot shake reduction, 3-inch LCD
screen, and a range of automatic picture
modes including horizontal and vertical
Sweep Panorama with in-camera image
stitching of up to 100 frames for one continuous
The optical SteadyShot function image
stabilizer uses a built-in gyro sensor
to detect camera shake and automatically
compensates to prevent blurring.
In video mode, the camera will capture
up to 1,280 by 720p/30 fps HD images
in MP4 compression.
For video shooting the Optical Steady-
Shot with Active Mode enables shooting
movies on the move, providing up to 10x
the correction of standard mode to reduce
Other features include Smile Shutter
technology that snaps a photo of a smile
automatically, Intelligent Scene Recognition,
self-portrait timer, motion detection,
and Memory Stick Duo and SD/
SDHC card slot.
The DSC-TX5 is designed for active
outdoor use and offers weatherproof,
dust-proof, freeze-proof and shock-resistant
To facilitate carrying the camera in
a pocket or purse, the TX5 has a 0.75-
inch body thickness. It is waterproof to a
depth of 10 feet and shockproof for a fall
of up to 5 feet.
The DSC-TX5 features a 10.2-megapixel,
back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS
image sensor for capturing high-resolution
Key features include a 10 fps burst
shooting mode, iSweep Panorama function
with up to 100 image in-camera
stitching, and 720p/30 fps MP4 HD
The camera has a 3-inch touchscreen
LCD Plus (230,000 pixel) display, which
allows scrolling through and dragging
and dropping images by touching the
The lens is a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar
4x optical zoom, starting at a 25mm
equivalent wide angle, with reduced grain
in low-light situations.
The camera also uses a mechanical
shutter to reduce distortion when continuously
shooting moving subjects.
Automatic modes include face detection,
and intelligently stitching subjects
of different widths together to minimize
Additional features include motion detection,
anti-motion-blur and handheld
twilight modes, ISO 3200 light sensitivity,
self-portrait timer, Memory Stick
Duo and SD/SDHC card slot.