Cyber-shot H200 leads the charge for the camera middle ground at CES
Sony has updated several of its compact digital cameras at the start of CES on Monday, as it continues to try to stay at the forefront of the digital imaging world.
At the top of the pile is the DSLR-style Cyber-shot H200 that will cost $249 when it comes out later in the month. The new camera will sport a 21-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor with a whopping 26x optical zoom (22.3-580mm) and be powered by just a couple of AA batteries; 720p movie recording completes the package.
Those looking for something a lot more compact can get the Cyber-shot WX80, a 16.2-megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom camera with Wi-Fi capabilities so you can share your pictures easily to Sony's PlayMemories service, for example.
Aside from the camera's core hardware you'll get full-HD movie shooting, an Improved Superior Auto mode that changes the scene setting according to what you are pointing the camera at and up to 10fps burst mode. Sony has also updated its Sweep Panorama mode.
If you need something a little tougher, there is the waterproof Cyber-shot TF1 that comes with a 16.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor and a 4x optical zoom.
Costing $199 and available this month (no UK pricing as yet) the camera will let you go to 10m underwater - 3m less than the new tough camera from Panasonic - as well as offering the usual array of dust, shock and freeze-proofing. Action fans will get only 720p video recording, but you do get Sweep Panorama for your efforts.
The Sony Cyber-shot W720 comes in cheaper still. Priced at $139 the 8x optical zoom camera will come with the same sensor as the TF1, alongside the same movie recording features. Think of its as a TF1 but without the toughness.
If your budget is really tight, there is the Cyber-shot W710 another 16.1-megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor camera with a 5x optical zoom which will cost $99 when it comes out in January.