Sony intros new Cyber-Shot digital cameras

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Sony introduced new Cyber-Shot digital point-and-shoot cameras on Tuesday. The new cameras are expected to hit store shelves in March, April and May for prices between $300 to $500 depending on features. Look for them soon at Sony’s Web site.

The new DSC-T100 camera features a 5x optical zoom lens and 2.5 inch LCD display, and comes in pink, white, black and silver colors. The DSC-T20 sports a 3x optical zoom and 2.5-inch LCD. Both cameras are 8 megapixel models. The T100 will be released in March and the T20 in April for $400 and $330 respectively.

Both cameras feature high-definition video output; they’re compatible with Sony’s VMC-MHC1 HD component video cable, and they can also be connected via a Cyber-Shot Station dock. HD video output is standard across the new cameras Sony unveiled on Tuesday.

Also new are the 8-megapixel DSC-H9 and DSC-H7 models, coming in April for $480 and $00, respectively. Both cameras sport 15x optical zoom lenses and face detection technology that adjusts focus, white balance, flash and exposure. They also can shoot at up to 1/4000th of a second. The cameras feature “Super Steady Shot” optical image stabilization. The H9 includes a 3-inch flip up LCD display, while the H7 has a non-articulating 2.5-inch LCD.

The DSC-W200 is a 12-megapixel camera; it’s joined by the DSC-W90 (an 8-megapixel model) and the DSC-W80 (7.2 megapixel). All feature 3x optical zoom lenses, eye-level viewfinders and 2.5-inch LCD displays. The silver W200 ships in May for $400; the W90 in March for $300, in black and silver. The W80 is coming in March for $250, and comes in pink, white, black or silver.

The cameras sport a built-in slideshow function, and can play back images with pans, fades and wipe transitions set to music. A new nine-point autofocus system has been incorporated, along with optical image stabilization and noise reduction technology that reduces noise at high ISO settings (up to 3200).

In related news, Sony has also introduced two new portable photo printers that use dye-sublimation technology: The DPP-FP90 and DPP-FP70. The DPP-FP90 has a 3.6-inch LCD screen, while the DPP-FP70 has a 2.5-inch viewscreen. Both printers feature an “Auto Touchup” feature that corrects exposure, focus and red-eye. They can incorporate pre-set phrases like “Happy Birthday,” “Thank You” and “Congratulations,” and you can customize the color and placement of the superimposed text.

Both printers also feature new filter effects, including cross filtering, partial color filters, paint filters and more. The cameras are PictBridge compatible but offer optimized performance for CyberShot and Sony’s Alpha DSLR camera models.

The DPP-FP90 and DPP-FP70 are coming in March for $200 and $150 respectively. New 4x6 inch print packs for the printers are also coming in quantities of 40, 80 and 120 sheets for $20, $30 and $35 respectively.

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