Sony has announced the upcoming release of a 20.2-megapixel compact camera fitted with a 13.2x8.8mm Exmor CMOS sensor
Author: Eimear Kelly
06 Jun 2012 Tags: Sony
Sony's newly announced Cybershot RX100 is said to be the world's first compact camera to feature a 13.2x8.8mm 20.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, which is about four times larger than conventional point-and-shoot camera sensors.
The camera also features an ultra bright Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 3.6x optical zoom range. The wide f/1.8 maximum aperture of the lens, in combination with the larger sensor, enables the camera to capture far more light than regular compact cameras, claims Sony
"It's an accomplished partner for travel, portraits or street photography, with an impressive picture quality and intuitive, comfortable control options that make the RX100 ideal as a step-up from point-and-shoot cameras," says Sony.
The Control Ring that surrounds the lens body enables DSLR style control over exposure, zoom and other functions. Like a DSLR, the lens' seven bladed circular aperture makes it possible to produce images with bokeh effects. While the optimised Bionz image processor extends sensitivity up to ISO 25,600.
The Cybershot RX100 offers users a choice of auto or manual modes, with an option for auto portrait framing to detect the faces of subjects and crop the scene into a tighter composition.
The Cyber-shot RX100 can also shoot full-HD movies. The camera will be available in the UK from mid-July 2012, retailing at £550.
For more details, visit www.sony.co.uk.
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