updated 01:55 pm EST, Thu January 6, 2011
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Sony has announced a collection of new Cyber-shot cameras for CES. Five of these -- the TX100V, TX10, HX7V, WX10 and WX9 -- are all 16.2-megapixel models capable of capturing 3D stills, including panoramas, notably using only a single lens and imager. The TX100V is claimed to be the first compact camera capable of 1080p60 video, while the other four in the group are limited to 1080i60.
Aside from 1080p support, the the TX100V is distinguished mainly by a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen. It also has GPS and compass sensors however, used to geotag photos. It should ship in March for $380.
The TX10 switches to a 3-inch LCD, but is said to be proofed against water, dust, shocks and even freezing. The HX7V has 10x optical zoom, 10fps capture speeds and geotagging, as well as support for simultaneous video and still recording. The WX10 is similar, but goes without geotagging and scales down to a 7x f/2.4 lens, albeit with optical stabilization. The WX9 uses a basic 5x lens. Prices for the four models, which also ship in March, will range from $220 for the WX9 to $330 for the TX10.
The other Cyber-shots are divided between W-, H- and T-series models. The W models include the W510, W530, W560 and W570, with megapixel ratings between 12.1 and 16.1, and 4x optical zoom, or 5x in the case of the W570. Optical image stabilization and 720p video recording are limited to the two most expensive cameras. The four models are due in February at costs between $110 and $180.
The T110 also includes 720p video and optical stabilization, along with a 3-inch LCD touchscreen. It has 4x optical zoom, and should ship in March for $230. The H70 should arrive at the same time and for the same amount of money, but feature only 10x optical zoom and 720p video.