updated 05:15 pm EST, Tue February 27, 2007
Sony unveils Seven cameras
Sony today introduced a slew of new digital cameras, updating its Cyber-shot line with a total of seven new models. The company unveiled four new compact and semi-pro Cyber-shot models between its T- and H-series, and launched a trio of cameras in its W series. The 8-megapixel Cyber-shot T100 and T20 cameras are sharper than its predecessors, according to Sony, while the H9 and H9 cameras improve on the company's H2 by ramping up the zoom from 12X to 15X. Sony's W200 is the company's first compact point-and-shoot camera to offer a true 12.1-megapixel sensor, which accompanies the 8.1-megapixel W90 and 7.2-megapixel W80 as an improvement over the earlier line. Sony's T100 ($400) is slated for shipment in March, while its mid-range T20 ($330) is due in April. The H7 ($400) and H9 ($480) are both expected to arrive in stores by April. Sony's W80 and W90 cameras are scheduled to ship in March for $250 and $300, respectively, while its flagship W200 hits shelves in May with a price tag of $400.
Sony says its T-series line is more media-savvy than its older siblings, and that each can connect through a component cable directly or through a new Cyber-shot docking station to output photos at HD resolution. A special printer is also available that previews the photos on a TV while printing directly from the camera to ensure a given photo is worth a permanent copy.
Sony's leading T100 model boasts the strongest optics of any thin Sony camera to date. The device features a 5X zoom lens and a 3-inch preview LCD. The T20, meanwhile, offers 3X zoom and a smaller 2.5-inch LCD. Both the T100 and T20 includes optical image stabilization technology as well as ISO 3200 sensitivity.
The new H-series cameras feature enhanced zoom and accuracy over previous models with the same 8-megapixel sensors. Both models offer ISO 3200 sensitivity as well as image stabilization technology found in the company's T-series, but improve on the older H2 camera by ramping up zoom from 12X to 15X. Both the H7 and H9 are aimed at amateur sports photos with an adaptive focus that can track ahead of a moving subject, as well as a 1/4000th shutter speed.
The H7 includes a fixed 2.5-inch LCD, while the more advanced H9 offers a 3-inch flip-up LCD as well as a special NightShot mode for photos in near-total darkness.
All three W models offer HD output support, enabling them to plug in through a component cable to an HDTV to deliver live previews of photos for a new Sony photo printer. All three models also share 3X optical zoom with image stabilization, ISO 3200, and a 2.5-inch LCD. Sony's W80 delivers shots as large as 4000x3000, and comes with a special kit that includes a TV docking cradle as well as a remote and the previously mentioned printer for $400.