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The Sony Cybershot DSC-WX1 Digital Camera is packed with new technology and features which allow it to boast major improvements in low-light photography. With the "Exmor R" back-illuminated CMOS sensor technology, performance improves shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and drastically reducing grain, creating clear, vibrant photos. Sony's "Exmor R" image sensors can gather more light, resulting in approximately twice the sensitivity compared to conventional sensors.
The "Exmor R" technology, combined with Hand-held Twilight and Anti-motion Blur modes, delivers high quality photography in low-light. Users can capture detailed images with low noise in scenes with no more than candlelight without flash or the need of a tripod.
With the Sweep Panorama mode, the WX1 uses the high-speed "Exmor R" CMOS sensor while the camera shoots continuously as it is swept across the scene. Using the BIONZ imaging processor, they automatically stitch the pictures together to create one stunning panoramic photo.
The 10.2 mega-pixel WX1 camera has a 2.7" Clear Photo LCD display and is just over three quarters of an inch thin, an ideal choice for DSLR owners who also want to carry a compact, high performance digital still camera.
Back-Illuminated CMOS Sensor
The Cybershot DSC-WX1 features a 10.2 megapixel "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's G lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain - 2x better than traditional sensors of equivalent size and pixel count. In addition, the combined "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and BIONZ imaging processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 720p movie modes employ Sony's new "Exmor R" back illuminated CMOS sensor technology to improve shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and drastically reducing grain. By positioning required wires and other circuit elements behind the camera photo-diodes, Sony's "Exmor R" image sensors can gather more light, resulting in approximately twice the sensitivity compared to conventional sensors.
Premium f/2.4 G Lens
The Sony G Lens is optimized to perfectly complement the advanced image sensors and image processing technology in Sony's cameras. The lens with a wide angle 24 - 120mm 5x optical zoom. This lens' f/2.4 maximum aperture offers nearly twice the light gathering capability of conventional lenses, and works together with the "Exmor R" imager and low-light shooting modes to provide low-light photography beyond the abilities of other compact cameras.
Sony G Wide Angle Zoom Lens
Capture more of the scene in landscape or group portraits with the 24mm wide angle. Wide angle is especially useful in small rooms, where you can't get far enough back from your subjects to capture them all. Capture the action up close with the 5x optical zoom. Zoom in on kids on a soccer field or a jet skier on the lake, to see their expressions as they enjoy their sport.
In the Sweep Panorama Mode, simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and ultra-wide options, the camera can take panoramic shots of up to 256 degrees, which goes well beyond the limits of peripheral vision, even capturing areas somewhat behind you.
BIONZ Image Processor
The BIONZ image processor delivers high resolution and fast performance. Fast processing enables Sweep Panorama to create the image in seconds, clear images in low light settings, and layering one image over another to create a photo that looks just like what you see with your eyes.
Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod. When set to Handheld Twilight Mode, the WX1 captures six images in a fraction of a second with one press of the shutter, and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise. With these modes, you can capture images in low light, without flash.
2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus
Compose and show off your images on the large 2.7" Clear Photo LCD Plus display (230K pixels).
Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images, even when your subject is moving. When set in Anti-motion Blur mode, the WX1 captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and eliminate subject blur.
The WX1 can capture ten full 10.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure that you capture the decisive moment such as the bat hitting the game-winning homerun. In addition, the WX1 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
Capture more of your memories in high definition (720p) video. Record HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4 format for stunning large-screen home movie playback. Record up to 29 min (or up to 2GB) per movie in 720p format.
HD Viewing requires an HD output adapter cable (VMC-MHC1 recommended) and compatible HDTV with equivalent display capabilities, both sold separately.
Sony's improved Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
With HD video capability, the Cybershot DSC-WX1 camera records HD movies in 720p high definition MPEG4 format for stunning large-screen home movie playback. You can record up to 29 minutes (or up to 2GB file size) in 720p format.
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
Pet-mode minimizes blur when shooting moving pets utilizing Motion Detection technology and automatically turns off the flash to reduce glowing pet eyes. AF illumination is also disabled so you can take more natural expressions avoiding startling your pets.
Intelligent Auto Focus
Thanks to Intelligent AF technology, capture fleeting moments like a child's adorable expression with the ultra-quick AF which locks focus in as little as 0.3 sec.
Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to help recover shadows and highlights. The result is more natural images with clearer details that more closely match what your naked eye sees. DRO is particularly effective when shooting backlit portraits or any scene with a dramatic contrast between background and foreground lighting. DRO Plus allows for even greater optimization by analyzing each region of an image and optimizing each area individually.
Easy Shooting mode
With Easy Shooting mode, even beginners can take great photos. In Easy Shooting mode, easy-to-understand basic instructions are displayed on the LCD screen and the camera switches to all automatic settings, removing several function choices allowing you to focus on just your subject. Since this mode works together with Intelligent Scene Recognition, the camera selects optimum setting for each scene. In addition the easy mode simplifies preview mode.
Find your photos using the simple folder or calendar viewing modes.
In-Camera Retouching Tools
Retouch and enhance your photos on the go with in-camera Trimming, Red-Eye Correction, and Unsharp Masking functions.
PHOTOMUSIC combines images with music (4 tracks, 5 minutes per track) to produce fun and entertaining slide shows with standard visual effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Active, and Stylish). Select from pre-loaded tracks on the camera or transfer your own from your compatible computer (sold separately).
Four preset music tracks stored in internal memory. Imported music tracks can be up to five minutes long. When using Music Transfer to download music, tracks longer than five minutes will be reduced to five minutes when uploading to the Cyber-shot camera.
Bring your photos to life and enjoy highly detailed, high definition images with PhotoTV HD-capable Sony BRAVIA HDTVs. PhotoTV HD fine tunes settings on your PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, such as sharpness, gradation, and color to display images that look more like printed photos.
PhotoTV HD viewing requires PhotoTV HD enabled BRAVIA HDTV, and component cable (both sold separately)
This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen.
Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software
The WX-1 includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 4.3. Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. Finding your images with PMB is easy with Face Search and Calendar view. Face Search allows you to filter by faces (one or many) and also by a specific person's face. A new function, eDeco, allows you to easily add unique mood-enhancing elements to still images and movies such as matching photo frames, text, background music, and sound effects. New viewing features include highlight index function for movies, which displays thumbnails of scenes to enable easy search and playback, and panorama playback for full-screen viewing of your expansive Sweep Panorama photos.
Requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3, or Windows Vista SP2. Not supported by Mac OS.