There are a several features that make Sony's Cybershot TX55 an attractive camera -- just 12.2 mm thin, it has a 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen and can shoot 1080i video -- but what has most photographers buzzing is a spec that's typically ignored by savvy consumers: digital zoom. Sony, by employing 2 new technologies the brand calls "Clear Image Zoom" and "By Pixel Super Resolution" processing, both promise the camera can double its 5x optical zoom range while still capturing 16.2-megapixel images at full clarity and sharpness. Along with 3D image capture, optical image stabilization and high-speed auto-focus that locks in at 0.1 seconds, this is a lot of camera for $350. Available in September.
16.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS Sensor
5X Optical Zoom ~ 10X Digital with Clear Image Zoom + By Pixel Super Resolution
3.3-inch OLED Touchscreen
Full HD AVCHD Video
Intelligent Sweep Panorama
Ultra-thin DSC-TX55 Camera Delivers Full HD Video, 3D and
Picture Effect Mode - with up to 10x Clear Image Zoom at Maximum Resolution
SAN DIEGO, July 25, 2011 With an exceptionally slim and stylish design, Sony's new DSC-TX55 Cyber-shot camera makes it easy to capture any moment with high-quality still photos, full high-definition video and amazing 3D images, providing consumers with the ultimate in creative control of their photos and videos.
The DSC-TX55 camera features a range of innovative new technologies, including "By Pixel Super Resolution" technology, which boosts the cameras' zoom range to a virtual 10x without losing quality at the image sensor's maximum resolution (16.2 million pixels). The new model is also the first Cyber-shot camera to offer a "Picture Effect" mode, which expands a shooter's artistic possibilities without the need for editing software.
"Our new DSC-TX55 model redefines what a compact camera can do," said Yosuke Tomoda, director of Sony Electronics' Cyber-shot business. "In addition to the newly developed, ultra-thin chassis design, the camera features an incredible combination of features and performance, putting more creativity at users' fingertips than ever before."
The TX55 boasts a 16.2 megapixel, highly sensitive Exmor Râ„¢ CMOS sensor that delivers incredible image detail and ultra-low picture noise in both still images and Full HD video even in low light conditions. Also the camera's hi-speed auto focus can lock onto subject in as little as 0.1 seconds, letting users grab the most fleeting photo moments with ease.
16 Mega-pixel CMOS Sensor with Clear Image Zoom
Just 12.2mm slim (measurement excludes lens cover), which is smaller than the thickness of a standard AA-size battery, the Cyber-shot TX55 is the world's thinnest camera in its class (among cameras with an optical anti-shake function). The new model captures Full HD AVCHD video clips as well as 16.2 megapixel still images through its innovative and exceptionally thin 5x optical folded zoom lens.
It introduces brand-new "Clear Image Zoom' that boosts magnification without lowering the pixel count in the final image. Exclusive to Sony, "By Pixel Super Resolution' processing further extends the camera's 5x optical zoom range, allowing full-resolution 16.2 megapixel images with a maximum 10x zoom.
"By Pixel Super Resolution' technology also significantly boosts still image quality during movie recording. At a touch of the shutter button, "Dual Rec' grabs detail-packed 12 megapixel-level still photos without interrupting Full HD video shooting. Further, the camera's back panel is dominated by a super-sized 3.3-inch (8.3cm) Xtra Fineâ„¢ OLED wide touch-screen, perfect for showing off photos and movie clips with incredible detail.
Enhanced Creativity and Functionality
The innovative Picture Effect mode broadens the range of artistic options with an exciting palette of in-camera image treatments. Effects can be viewed on the camera screen, allowing users to see the result of a chosen effect instantly rather than during the post-shooting experience.
The full list of seven Picture Effect options includes HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Camera, Partial Color, Pop Color and Soft High-key.
Newly enhanced with additional electronic image stabilization for vertical and horizontal handshake correction, SteadyShot® image stabilization with Active Mode compensates for handheld camera movements during Full HD video shooting. Users can enjoy crisp, blur-free movie clips at all zoom settings, even when holding the camera while walking.
Great Results Made Easy
The new DSC-TX55 camera makes it simple for users to easily achieve DSLR-like picture quality. Superior Auto mode recognizes a wide range of shooting situations, adjusting exposure and other settings for high-quality images with low noise and high dynamic range.
Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode also features HR (High Resolution) mode, letting users capture breath-taking up to 42.9 megapixel panoramas. Just sweep the camera, then enjoy the results on a connected HD TV, or zoom in using a PlayStation®3 system to reveal the finest details.
3D Still Image captures dramatic 3D photos without the need for a large, bulky stereoscopic lens. With a single shutter press, the camera takes two shots consecutively, using the first image to estimate depth information to create a dramatic three-dimensional still image. Other 3D shooting options include 3D Sweep Panorama mode and Sweep Multi Angle.
Enabling its incredible slimness, the new TX55 camera includes a slot to accept Memory Stick Microâ„¢ (Mark2) and MicroSD/SDHC flash memory cards. Sony offers a choice of ultra-compact, high quality media in capacities up to 16GB, with Memory Stick Microâ„¢ being enhanced to achieve data transfer speed of up to 15MB/s (fastest among micro memory cards) by carrying the same high performance HX Engine controller used on Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo to fully support the new cameras' features such as 3D and full HD video shooting. All cards come with free PC software (available via download), File Rescue for quick, easy recovery of deleted or damaged photos and files, and x-Pict Storyâ„¢ that simplifies creation of dazzling slideshows.
Pricing and Availability
The new Sony Cyber-shotâ„¢ TX55 camera will be available for about $350 this September at Sony stores, www.sonystyle.com and other authorized retailers throughout the Sony Dealer Network.
The range of Sony Memory Stick Microâ„¢ and MicroSD/SDHC media cards are available now throughout the Sony dealer network and along with an expanded range of coordinating accessories including the colorful new LCJ-THF camera cover, AC-UD10 AC adaptor and BC-TRN2 fast battery charger.