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Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1
Ilse Jurriën : August 6th 2009 - 12:30 CET
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SonySony DSC-WX1 digital camera : Sony announce a new CyberShot digital camera, the Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 that provides unprecedented advances in low-light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity of digital cameras with traditional image sensors. The new Sony CyberShot WX1 is the first digital camera to employ Sony’s new “Exmor R” back illuminated CMOS sensor technology to improve shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing picture clarity and drastically reducing grain. Combining the “Exmor R” technology with hand-held twilight and anti-motion blur modes delivers a breakthrough in low-light photography. Users can now capture photos of stunning detail and low noise in scenes with no more than candlelight - without flash or the need of a tripod.

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1

10.2 Megapixel Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 camera
While the Sony HX1 camera is a well-rounded solution for customers who are looking for high-zoom and speed in a smaller size than a DSLR, the Sony CyberShot WX1 camera is made for an audience that wants advanced technology in an even more compact design. The 10.2 megapixel DSC-WX1 camera has a 2.7-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display and is just over three quarters of an inch thin - an ideal choice for DSLR owners who also want to carry a compact, high performance digital still camera.

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Sony CyberShot WX1 incorporates a Sony G lens
The Sony DSC-WX1 features a Sony G lens with an extraordinary wide angle 24-120mm 5x optical zoom. This lens’ f/2.4 maximum aperture offers nearly twice the light gathering capability of conventional lenses, and works together with the “Exmor R” imager and low-light shooting modes to provide low-light photography beyond the abilities of other compact cameras.

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Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 features a Exmor R CMOS sensor
Conventional image sensor architecture has required wires and other circuit elements to be positioned above the light sensitive photo-diodes, limiting the imager’s light gathering capability. Positioning these elements behind the photo-diodes, Sony’s “Exmor R” image sensors can gather more light, resulting in approximately twice the sensitivity compared to conventional sensors.

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Sony DSC-WX1 digital camera produces great still images
"With this new “Exmor R” CMOS sensor camera, Sony has vastly improved the customer experience for taking pictures with digital still cameras in low-light scenarios,” said Phil Lubell, director of the digital imaging business at Sony Electronics. “We’ve all taken pictures in dimly lit situations, like blowing out candles on a birthday cake, and the results were grainy and unclear. By redesigning the way the Sony DSC-WX1 digital camera captures light, Sony is leading the industry by creating this easy way to take amazingly clear, vibrant photos in low lighting scenarios.”

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Sony WX1 incorporates anti-motion blur modes
To further extend low-light shooting performance, the Sony WX1 digital camera incorporates the hand-held twilight and anti-motion blur multi-shot modes introduced in Sony’s breakthrough CyberShot DSC-HX1. Using “Exmor R” CMOS sensor’s high speed, these modes capture six separate pictures in less than a second and utilize Sony’s BIONZ processor to combine the shots into a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise.

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Burst shooting mode on the Sony DSC-WX1
In addition to their breakthrough low light performance, the new Sony DSC-WX1 digital camera also include Sony’s Sweep Panorama and 10 frames per second burst shooting features, which were introduced with the Sony DSC-HX1 camera. The Sony CyberShot WX1 offers these features in a smaller and more compact camera body that match nearly any unique style.

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Sweep Panorama function on the Sony CyberShot WX1
Capturing wide landscapes is as easy as “press and sweep.” The Sony Sweep Panorama mode lets you reach beyond the traditional wide-angle lens and capture breathtaking shots. Using the high-speed “Exmor R” CMOS sensor, the Sony WX1 camera shoots continuously while you sweep across the scene. Using the BIONZ imaging processor, they automatically stitch the pictures together to create one stunning panoramic photo. The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX1 camera model can take up to 185 and 256-degree panorama shots respectively in one easy press-and-sweep motion with an image size of 7152 x 1080 (ultra wide horizontal).

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Sony WX1 camera features Face Detection and Scene Selection
The new Sony CyberShot WX1 digital camera includes the most recent Sony technology, including, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode which, recognizes scenes, lighting conditions and faces, and adjusts settings resulting in clearer images, faces with more natural skin tone and less blur; Face Detection that detects up to eight faces and optimizes focus, flash, exposure and white balance and intelligent Scene (iSCN) that delivers nine Scene Selection modes to quickly adjust for specific shooting conditions.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-WX1 incorporates anti-motion blur modes
Pet mode is a new Sony feature that minimizes blur when shooting moving pets. This new mode also reduces glowing pet red-eye. Additionally, the Sony DSC-WX1 has technologies Sony CyberShot customers have come to expect. These include Smile Shutter technology that automatically captures a smile, dynamic range optimization (DRO) that improves exposure and contrast, intelligent Auto Focus that captures fleeting moments and HD video capability that records HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4 format.

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Record HD videos with the Sony DSC-WX1 CyberShot
With HD video capability, the Sony CyberShot WX1 digital camera records HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4 format for stunning large-screen home movie playback. You can record up to 29 minutes (or up to 2GB file size) in 720p format.

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 test

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 Price & Availability
The Sony WX1 camera will be available in black this October for about $350. Pre-sales will start in August. The Sony CyberShot WX1 and a range of camera accessories will be available online at Sony Style retail stores, at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 review

Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 review
As soon as we receive a Sony CyberShot DSC-WX1 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Sony DSC-WX1 review.
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