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July 07, 2010

New Sony TX9 has new 12mp backlit sensor and 3D Sweep Panorama

3D has tried its luck with computer electronics quite a few times. This time, unlike all the other times, electronics manufacturer hope it will finally break out. And on the hopes of this break out, which is part of a bigger strategy at Sony (and some of their competitors), we have the first iteration of 3D Sweep Panorama on the Cybershot line of compact fixed-lens digital cameras.

The new Cybershot TX9 is the recipient of this feature, partially thanks to its new 12mp 1/2.3" backlit CMOS Exmor-R sensor, replacing the 10mp 1/2.3" sensor of previous models. The TX9 is the fourth camera in the "Texas series". It all started wtih the TX1/WX1 debut in August 2009, followed by the TX7 in January 2010, and the waterproof TX5 the following month.

It has all the expected features, bionic engine (okay, BIONZ), 4X (25-100mm) optically-stabilized Carl Zeiss branded folded-optics lens, 3.5" touchscreen display, 230 CIPA battery life, and 1080i video. Not quite 1080p, but we are talking about a tiny compact folded-optics bijou P&S here, not a Spielberg camera!

The "modes" are always a great point of "interest". In this case, they feature the "Background Defocus" model which may actually be practical, and the "Soft Skin" mode which replaces the need for dermatologists :)

The camera will be available in three colors, with an opening price of $400.

Further Reading
+ Imaging Resource
+ 3-minute video summary of new Sonys at Imaging Insider
+ dpreview
+ Sony Europe
+ Japanese launch at DC Watch Impress

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