Sony joined the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 with a bang, as the company unveiled seven new cameras in the Cyber-shot series.
As expected, Sony didn’t miss the CES 2013 opportunity to showcase its latest products to the American consumers. Besides TV sets and other products, an important part of the company’s presentation was dedicated to the camera industry. Since Sony unveiled seven new cameras, consumers might find it difficult not to mix them up. However, there are several clear differences between the cameras, each one of them being designed for a specific type of users.
Sony Cyber-shot WX60 and WX80
Both cameras are powered by an Exmor R CMOS 16-megapixel image sensor from Carl Zeiss and a BIONZ processor. These two cameras have an 8x optical zoom, respectively 16x clear image zoom. In addition, they are running on a 2.7-inch ClearPhoto LCD screen, which displays settings such as Superior Auto, Beauty Effect and Advanced Flash.
The two cameras are capable of recording full HD 1080p videos and feature Optical SteadyShot. The only difference between them is that the WX60 doesn’t have WiFi, while the WX80 has the capability of connecting to WiFi hotspots.
Sony Cyber-shot W710 and W730
Just like the above category, there are minor differences between these two cameras. The Sony W710 is powered by a Sony lens and a Super HAD CCD 16.1-megapixel image sensor with 5x optical zoom, while the Sony W730 is running on a Carl Zeiss lens with a 16.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor and 8x optical zoom.
The BIONZ processor is available only in the Cyber-shot W730, while the W710 is left out in the cold. Both of them have the same 2.7-inch LCD screen as the aforementioned cameras, but none of them has WiFi capability, since they’re intended for entry-level users.
Sony Cyber-shot TF1 and H200
This is the point where it’s starting to get real, as the Cyber-shot H200 features a 20.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor based on Sony lens technology with 26x optical zoom. This camera also features a 3-inch ClearPhoto LCD display, Advanced Flash, Intelligent Auto, and Beauty Effect. It can record HD videos, but is lacking WiFi support, just like the TF1.
On the other hand, the Sony TF1 features a Sony lens with 4x optical zoom and a 16.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor. It has a 2.7-inch LCD screen, but it doesn’t have a BIONZ CPU, fact similar to H200’s case. It can shoot HD videos, benefiting from its ruggedness. According to Sony, the TF1 is waterproof up to 10 meters underwater, as well as dust-proof, shockproof, sand-proof, and freeze-proof.
Sony Cyber-shot WX200
Last but not least is the Sony WX200, which features an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor just like its other “WX” siblings, though it has a Sony G lens. Optical zoom is touted at 10x, while clear image zoom stands at 20x. Its power comes from a BIONZ CPU and it boasts a 2.7-inch LCD screen alongside WiFi support, Beauty Effect, high-speed autofocus, Advanced Flash, full HD video recording, Superior Auto, and Optical SteadyShot.
The release date for all Sony Cyber-shot cameras has been set for February 2013. They will be available in Europe with availability in other markets to be announced shortly. Pricing details remain unknown for the time being.