Sony unveils 2013 Cyber-shot camera lineup – performance, panoramas and retouching on the fly

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Sony has announced a bunch of new Cyber-shot cameras for 2013 – all delivering powerful capabilities despite the price tag. The Japanese maker is launching five new models – the Wx80, W730, W710, TF1 and H200. All three share common features, including updating the sensitivity and effective range of the flash (especially in low-light conditions).

The new cameras will also let you do touching up on the fly with its “Beauty Effect” feature. You can retouch the skin toning and smoothing, whiten teeth, widen eyes and remove the shine. And you will be able to do sweep 360-degrees panorama shots on all new 2013 models, as it is now standard as opposed to being on select models.

The flagship camera for this lineup is the WX80. Featuring a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with an 8x optical zoom lens, it includes image stablisation to ensure your photos are as crisp and blur-free. The camera is Wi-Fi capable, meaning you can send video clips and images to another compatible smartphone or tablet. You can even do basic camera functions through your phone with its PlayMemories Mobile app.

The WX80 also comes in black, white or red; and will be available for about US$199.

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The W730 has a 16.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor, with an 8x optical zoom Crl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. It does include image stablisation with SteadyShoot, and is able to record in 720p HD. The camera will be available in silver, pink and blue for US$139.

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Then we have W710, which also features a 16.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor, except it features a 5x optical zoom. The design is slightly more rounder, and it does have large physical buttons so you know what each button does. The camera is more for those new to photography, and are looking something cheap to get them started. It comes in silver, pink and black, and is priced at US$99.

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For those into active sports, Sony is bringing out a new rugged camera. The Cyber-shot TF1 is waterproof (up to 10m), dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof – making it perfect to carry along on adventures, jungle tours, family vacations and even in the desert. The camera features a 16.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens, and has large buttons and a solid grip so all you need to do is to take the shot. It can also take movies in 720p HD. The TF1 is available in black, orange and pink for US$199.

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And finally, we have the H200 – a Cyber-shot in a DSLR-style body. In fact, the body is modelled on its interchangeable lens cameras. It has a 20.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 26x optical zoom; has image stablisation through SteadyShot; and, can record video in 720p HD. There is a 3.0-inch LCD viewfinder, and only uses 4 AA batteries to power itself. The H200 is available in black only for US$249.

International availability has not been revealed, but the US is set to get it by the end this month. Full press release below:

LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), Jan. 7, 2013 – Sony’s newest Cyber-shot compact cameras deliver a range of powerful, high-end capabilities at attractive prices, making it easier than ever for consumers to shoot and share all of their precious memories.

The five new models — WX80, W730, W710, TF1 and H200 cameras – share a variety of new features for the Cyber-shot line including a new Advanced Flash which boosts the cameras sensitivity and extends the effective range of the flash.  This is especially useful in low-light situations like party shots, indoors or dusk where built-in flashes have historically struggled to reach far-away subjects and capture all important details of a scene.

Additionally, the new “Beauty Effect” feature gives users several post-shooting “re-touch” options including skin toning and smoothing, teeth whitening, eye widening and shine removal.  Also, 360 Sweep Panorama mode, previously available on a few select Cyber-shot models, will now be offered throughout the entire line.  This unique feature allows for seamless, detailed 360o panoramic shots.

Ultra-Compact W Series Cameras         

The new Cyber-shot WX80 compact camera features a high-resolution 16.2 MP Exmor® R CMOS sensor, an 8x optical zoom lens with 16x Clear Image digital zoom and an enhanced Optical SteadyShot™ that minimizes camera shake for crisp, blur-free still images.  Additionally, Superior Auto shooting mode has been improved to recognize and optimize settings in an even wider range of shooting situations including very low-light scenes and instances where a subject is in fast motion.

The new WX80 model is Wi-Fi® capable, allowing users to send images and video clips (MP4 only) wirelessly to a compatible smartphone or tablet through Sony’s PlayMemories™ Mobile application.  Its Wi-Fi functionality also lets shooters use their connected phone to control basic camera functions including shutter release, zoom, flash mode and more.  Images can be viewed wirelessly on a networked TV or PC as well.

The feature-packed WX80 camera is also compatible with TRILUMINOUS Color™, an expanded range of vivid, ultra-realistic colors that is available on select Sony BRAVIA TVs.   Content shot with the camera, including still images and Full HD (1020X1080i) videos, can be experienced in these rich, natural colors when connected to compatible televisions.

The new W730 camera features a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with an 8x optical zoom Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens.  It has 720p HD movie shooting and Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode.

The new W710 camera features a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 5x optical Sony zoom lens and large physical controls for straightforward, hassle-free shooting.  It can shoot 720p HD video.

New Rugged Cyber-shot TF1 Camera

The Cyber-shot TF1 camera is designed for active shooters with a new rugged design, making it the perfect accessory for weekend adventures, family vacations and everything in between.  It is waterproof (up to 33ft), dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof*. The camera’s large buttons, solid, beefy camera grip and auto screen brightness further simplify operations in outdoor and underwater activities.

The new Cyber-shot TF1 model has a 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with a 4x optical Sony zoom lens.

Long-Zoom Cyber-shot H200

The new Cyber-shot H200 camera features DSLR-like styling and grip design modelled after Sony’s popular range of α interchangeable lens cameras.

The versatile new camera features a powerful 26x optical zoom Sony lens, a 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor, 720p HD movie shooting and a bright 3.0” LCD screen.  For added convenience, it is powered by 4 AA batteries, eliminating the need to charge and re-charge the camera during travel.

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability

The new Cyber-shot compact cameras and compatible accessories including the new LCJ-THG, LCJ-WB and LCS-TWP camera covers will be available this month at Sony retail stores, online at www.store.sony.com and through authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.

Key features, availability and pricing below:

Cyber-shot WX80 Digital Camera
Available in red, black and white for about $199

  • 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with 8x optical (25-200mm) / 16x Clear Image Zoom
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for easy content sharing via Sony PlayMemories™ Mobile app
  • Enhanced Optical SteadyShot™ for still shooting
  • Full HD movie (1920×1080/60i) shooting with Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode
  • Improved Superior Auto mode with expanded scene recognition
  • Up to 10fps burst shooting capability
  • New 360 Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot W730 Digital Camera
Available in silver, pink and blue for about $139

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 8x optical zoom (25-200mm)
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™ Active Mode
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot W710 Digital Camera
Available in silver, pink and black for about $99

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 5x optical zoom (28-140mm)
  • Large physical controls and buttons for straightforward, hassle-free shooting
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot TF1 Digital Camera
Available in black, orange and pink for about $199

  • 16.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 4x optical zoom (25-100mm)
  • Waterproof (up to 10m or 33 feet), dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof
  • Large buttons and camera grip and auto screen brightness simplify operation during outdoor/underwater activities
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions

Cyber-shot H200 Digital Camera
Available in black for $249

  • 20.1 MP Super HAD CCD sensor with 26x optical zoom (22.3-580mm)
  • DSLR-style body and design and compatible with AA batteries for convenience
  • HD movie (720p) shooting capabilities with Optical SteadyShot™
  • 360 Sweep Panorama mode for stunning panoramic photos
  • Advanced Flash performance for expanded range and brightness
  • New Beauty Effect offer a variety of post-shooting editing solutions 

*Footnote for Cyber-shot TF1:

  • Waterproof equivalent to IEC60529 IPX8. The camera is operable up to a water depth of 10m (33ft) for 60 minutes.
  • Dust-proof equivalent to IEC60529 IP6X.
  • Shock resistance conforms to MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock standards. This product has passed testing when dropped from a height of 1.5m above a 5-cm thick plywood board. Depending on use conditions and circumstances, no guarantee is made regarding damage to, malfunction of, or waterproof performance of this camera. Battery life may decrease at low temperatures.

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  • Max

    Are these ones the only cameras that Sony is going to release this year? No HX10V and HX20V successors? :o