Giz Trials Sony’s Latest Point-And-Shoot Camera

So we know who won the football, but how did the Exmor sensor technology fare? Since that was the whole reason Sony’s marketing boffins came up with the global Twilight Football event, it’s probably important to mention.

We spent most of the day using the new slimline DSCTX1 — Sony’s most recent point-and-shoot camera. As expected, the talk of the day was the much hyped Twilight feature, which allows you to capture images in low-light without the use of a finicky flash. The key, so we’re told, is the positioning of the CMOS chip. As opposed to being placed behind the wiring, as is often the case with conventional cameras, the chip in the DSCTX1 is placed in front. This increases the camera’s light-sensitive region making it more than twice as sensitive as conventional cameras. And the results speak for themselves.

But as impressive as the twilight feature was, we were even more captured by the Sweep Panorama function. The function works by shooting continuously, at a rate of up to 10 frames per second, as you sweep across a scene either horizontally or vertically. The BIONZ imaging processing chip then automatically joins the pictures together, enabling you to capture some pretty breathtaking images without a wide-angle lens. Check out our impressive (and mighty artistic, if we do say so ourselves) results below. Also available in the slightly larger DSCWX1, fingers crossed this is a technology here to stay.

The DSCTX1 is part of Sony’s recently released Exmor range. Along with the Twilight and Panorama modes, the slimline point-and-shoot features face detection, Smile Shutter, Carl Zeiss lens, Intelligent Auto mode and is capable of shooting 720p HD videos. Sony’s DSCTX1 retails for $599.


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