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Sony Launches Updated Cyber-shot Cameras

Sony Launches Updated Cyber-shot Cameras

Sony has officially announced new additions to its Cyber-shot T-series line of feature-laden point-and-shoot cameras, along with the higher-end Cyber-shot DSC-H3, sporting a 10× optical zoom and high-definition video output. Sony Canada jumped the gun earlier this week, posting details about the new T-series cameras on its online SonyStyle store, but the rest of the company has apparently caught up, making all three new cameras official.

The Cyber-shot T200 and T70 are sleek and thin point-and-shoot cameras, each featuring a large touchscreen display which handles all the camera’s settings and features. The panels occupy essentially the entire back of the cameras, which sport no other buttons, knobs, switches, or controls—and, of course, the screens double as viewfinders. The T200 offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen, while the T70 runs with a 3-inch display. The T200 offers an 8 megapixel resolution, ISO sensitivity down to 3200, image stabilization, and the ability to connect to high-definition televisions via (separately available) HD component cables or an HD cradle to show off your photographs to an entire room. In addition to face detection technology, the cameras also feature a “smile shutter” function which puts off taking a picture until it’s determined everybody in the photograph is smiling…which we suppose is useful if you’re into that kind of thing. The T200 features a 5× optical zoom, while the T70 stops at a 3×optical zoom; the cameras should be available in September for about $400 and $300 respectively, and online pre-orders start tomorrow. The T200 will come in black, silver, and red, while the T70 will offered in black, white, silver, and pink.

Next up, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 tries to appeal to parents eager to capture their progeny’s antics and precious back-to-school moments in high-definition capable glory. The camera sports a DSLR-like body (but Sony says it’s still small enough to carry to any school activity!) and offers an 8 megapixel resolution, a 10 × optical zoom, and (of course) the ability to connect to a high-definition television display to show off your photos in widescreen, high-definition glory. The catch? Users can only connect to those displays using the proprietary VMC-HMC-1 high definition HD component cable—sold separately. The camera also sports a long-range clash, 2.5-inch LCD viewfinder, face detection technology, optical image stabilization, ISO sensitivity all the way down to 3200, and Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer exposure system. Expect the camera to hit retailers in September for about $300 (the HD component cable will run about $40 extra), and the company plans to open online pre-orders August 23.

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