Sony has launched the 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-H3 camera with a 10x Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens.

The model features high-definition component output, putting a high-resolution spin on the family slideshow.

By connecting the new camera to any HDTV set with Sony’s VMC-MHC1 high-definition component cable, pics from the camera can be displayed in 1080 HD resolution (BRAVIA optimised if you've got a Sony telly too).

The camera is equipped with a built-in slide show function so you can view photos to a choice of programmed music clips or by adding your own, so you'll really be able to bore folks to tears.

A long-range flash, face detection technology, a 2.5-inch LCD screen and Super Steady Shot optical image stabilisation that minimises blur caused by camera shake even shooting at ISO 3200 will also appeal.

Equipped with Sony’s Dynamic Range Optimizer, originally developed for the Alpha DSLR system, the new camera can analyse captured image data, and determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression. Other in-camera functions include red-eye correction and photo retouching effects with filters.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H3 camera will ship in the States next month for about $300 and be available in Europe then too, but no pricing confirmed.