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January 30, 2012

Sony launches 18mp 1/2.3" Exmor sensor with new elementproof Cybershot TX200v

Today is a(n) historic day! We have once again moved the megapixel chains, this time from the 16-yard line to the 18-yard line. Sony has revealed the new Cybershot TX200v with a 18-megapixel 1/2.3" Exmor-R CMOS sensor. [the NFL/football silliness will stop after the Superbowl, I promise!]

The new TX200v is an elementproof (wateriness, freeziness, dustiness, but no dropiness) [Colbert-inspired but not actual terms] camera, not just waterproof with a folded optics 5x Zeiss-blessed optical-Steady Shot lens. While Canon and Nikon continue to semi-ignore the waterproof/elementproof cameras (only one fixed lens camera each [are they afraid people are going to stop buying their sealed DSLRs and lenses? - are they that paranoid?]), the rest of the manufacturers are launching them one after the after...

The camera has a 3.3" OLED display, up to 10fps and 1080 video (these are typically footprints of a CMOS sensor these days)

The camera is available for pre-order at Amazon for $500 (ouch!) in three body colors.

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Recap: Cameras in 2012 so far
Today's Sony trio increased the number of new cameras in 2012 to 78 (among the major manufacturers). Only two of the 78 are interchangeable lens cameras. Of the 76 fixed lens cameras, 31 are superzooms (zoom ratio of 10x or more). That's around 41% as camera manufacturers continue to try to zoom their way out of the cameraphone cannibal territory ;-)

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