Sony Announces DMC-HX1

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Tonight at the Sony Open House, they announced their brand new flagship Cyber Shot camera, and it didn’t disappoint. While they continued to woo us at the press conference with fancy videos and a guy who juggles glass bottles (he might have done something else, but the guy in front of me blocked my view most of the time), they had me at “Sweep Panorama mode”. Read all about the HX1 after the jump…

The 9MP camera is the first of Sony’s lineup to employ what they’re calling Image Cubed, which includes a G Lens (20x/ 28mm), the Exmor CMOS image sensor and the BIONZ image processor– all culminating in a surprisingly compact camera with a 3-inch tilt LCD, that can capture fast moving subjects at 10fps, has Anti-Motion Blur mode for clearer shots in low lighting (see image below of a live demo), captures video in 1080p HD resolution and stereo sound and, most impressive to me, has a Sweep Panorama mode, which creates up to 100 seamless panorama shots as simply as turning the dial to panorama mode, pressing down the shutter and panning any of four directions. It’s so easy, with such great results, that you feel like slapping your forehead as you count up all the hours you’ve collectively spent in Photoshop over the years manually creating the same thing. The DMC-HX1 will ship in April and retail for about $500.

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  1. [...] DSC-W370 and DSC-W350—with a CCD image sensor that provides the Sweep Panorama mode that we first saw at PMA last year in the Sony DMC-HX1 mid-range [...]

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