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January 07, 2010

New Sony Cybershot TX7 is third Exmor-R backlit CMOS camera

Continuing with the six-month T-series cycle, Sony has revealed the new Cybershot TX7, which is the second T-series camera to feature the Exmor-R CMOS sensor. The first one is the TX1 revealed in August 2009.

Thanks to the CMOS Exmor-R sensor, the camera remains at 10-megapixels, which is probably a good thing for a 1/2.4" sensor and an ultra-compact stylish camera. The lens carries the Vario-Tessar name with a 4X zoom ratio starting at 25mm (25-100mm) with optical image stabilization. The display will likely grab the attention of many gadgetologists, it is a 3.5-inch touchscreen with 921k pixels.

As shown with both the Sony and Casio cameras using this high-speed sensor technology, they can burst-mode nicely. The TX7 can do 10fps at 10mp, while the Casio EX-FH100 and older models can do 40fps at 9mp. Contrast this with some of the turtle-bursts of the Canon and other RAWsumers at *gasp* around 1fps!

The video mode stands out at 1080i AVCHD at 60i, MP4, HDMI, and as shown at the CES event, the Transfer Jet feature allows you to transfer images from one device to another when you touch them together.

The parade of consumer-friendly buzz-features gets longer and longer, with motion detection, smile shutter, anti-blink-182, etc. One thing of possible interest is the "Backlight Correction HDR" which takes two different shots of the same scene at different settings and then merges them together.

The camera is available for pre-order at Amazon for $400 in red, blue or silver.

Further Reading
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+ Touching the camera at Pocket Lint
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