Sony has unveiled its high-zoom Cyber-shot DSC-H10 digital camera, a compact model that is aimed at families.

Sony claims that with its small dimensions the new model combines the performance of much larger cameras in a more convenient size.

Designed to replace the current DSC-H3 model, the 8-megapixel DSC-H10 camera features a wider 3-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen.

The model has a Carl Zeiss 10x optical zoom lens and a long-range flash. Its face detection technology can identify and focus on up to eight faces in a frame.

The camera includes Sony's advanced sports shooting mode, which combines high shutter speed and continuous auto-focusing to help you capture fast-action shots.

Other features include shooting up to ISO 3200 and Super Steady Shot optical image stabilisation.

The Cyber-Shot DSC-H10 digital camera will ship in the States in May for about $300. No UK pricing or launch details revealed.