Sony intros new point-and-shoot digital cameras

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Sony has announced the DSC-H50 and DSC-W300, two new point-and-shoot digital cameras aimed at consumers. The DSC-H50 and DSC-W300 will be released in May for $400 and $350 respectively.

The DSC-H50 is a 9.1-megapixel camera with 15x optical zoom lens. It features optical image stabilization and 3-inch tilting LCD display covered in scratch-resistant UV hardcoat.

The camera also has an improved "advanced sports" shooting mode that supports shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second, user-selectable noise reduction with high, low and standard settings, exposure bracketing mode and "D-Range Optimizer," which can help provide more picture detail in bright highlights and dark shadows. The camera also features a "NightShot" mode, five color modes, in-camera editing, slide show functions and HD component output.

The DSC-W300 features a 13.6-megapixel CCD imager paired to 3x optical zoom lens. On the back is a 2.7-inch LCD screen and eye-level viewfinder.

Features include optical image stabilization, noise reduction, "Smile Shutter" technology, which prioritizes faces so the camera will release the shutter when subjects are smiling, intelligent scene recognition, five color modes and an improved auto focus system that includes macro ranges.

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