Sony Cyber-Shot TX20, TX66, WX150, W690 Debut

Posted by at 6:13 am on February 28, 2012

Sony in an overnight update put out four new Cyber-shot cameras, each with its own distinct edge. The TX20 embodies Sony’s typical very thin, internalized zoom design, but with an unusually rugged body. It can stay immersed at depths down to 16 feet, can take five-foot drops, and survive temperatures as low as 14F.

Regardless of use, it shoots with a 16.2-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor and a 4X, 25-100mm equivalent lens. It can capture 12-megapixel photos while recording videos, and a three-inch, 921,000-pixel touchscreen provides the main interface.

A companion model, the TX66, isn’t as tough but is an upgrade in photography. A denser 18.2-megapixel sensor shares the low-light performance of the CMOS in the TX20, but is joined by a fast autofocusing system that locks in at under 0.25 seconds in low light and half as much time in daylight. Sony gives it a slightly longer-reaching 5X (26-130mm) lens, 13-megapixel stills during 1080i 60FPS video recording, and a 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen.

Two more conventioanl W-series cameras join the line and promise unusually compact 10X zooms through a new aspherical lens element that’s supposed to be smaller without introducing unwanted artifacts. The entry is the W690, a 16.1-megapixel CCD-based camera with a three-inch, 230,000-pixel touch LCD and a maximum 720p for movies. Upgrading to the WX150 gets the same 18.2-megapixel sensor and fast autofocus as the TX66, just with a 460,000-pixel version of the W690’s LCD. It upgrades to a maximum 1080i60 for video in the process.

The TX66 bows first, shipping in March for $350. The TX20, W690, and WX150 all have to wait for May, at respective prices of $330, $180, and $250.


WX150 (European colors)


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