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February 11, 2014

New Sony Cybershots: four H-series superzooms (one is 63x optical) and two W-series compacts

Sony announced six new Cybershot P&S digital cameras today in the build-up to the influential Japanese CP+ 2014 trade show. Three of the new cameras are superzooms in the H*-series and two are compact P&S models in the W*-series. No RAW. You can see them all, available for pre-order at Adorama.

UPDATE: one more camera was announced, the new Cybershot HX60v with a 20mp 1/2.x" CMOS sensor and 30x optical zoom lens. More on this at the previews at ePhotozine and Photography Blog which also includes sample pictures.

The leader of this pack is the Sony Cybershot HX400 with a 20mp 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor and a 50x optical zoom lens, 29-580mm eq f2.8-6.3 with Optical Steady Shot, carrying the Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* branding. It is available for pre-order for $500 at Adorama.

Next up, the Sony Cybershot H400 with a 20mp 1/2.3" CCD sensor with a crazy 63x optical zoom lens, 24.5 - 1550mm eq, f3.4-f6.5, Optical Steady Shot, etc. Yes, the Zoom Ratio Wars continue! Preview at Here is annotated photographic evidence of its existence:


Next up, a deputy to the H400 is the Cybershot H300 with the same CCD sensor as above but a more modest 35x optical zoom lens, 25-875mm eq, f3.0-5.9, Optical Steady Shot, etc. We've come a long way when a 35x optical zoom lens is "modest" :)

The Cybershot WX350, as the "X" in the name suggests, uses a CMOS Exmor R sensor, of the 20mp 1/2.x" variety as well, with a 20x optical zoom lens, f3.5-6.5,etc. This has a Sony G lens.

The Cybershot W800, as the lack of an "X" in the name suggests, has a CCD sensor, of the 20mp 1/2.x" variety, with a 5x optical zoom lens, f3.2-6.4.

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