At 18.2 megapixels the DSC-TX200V has the highest resolution sensor in a point-and-shoot camera yet.

Sony boosts compact Cyber-shot range

Sony has boosted the electronic giant’s Cyber-shot digital camera range with a number of new compact models with boosted resolution, auto-focus performance and light sensitivity.

The DSC-TX200V is a new entry to the firm’s ultra-thin T-series of cameras, boasting a 3.3-inch OLED touch screen and a waterproof design good for up to 5 meters. A new ‘Bionz’ processor is capable of performing auto-focus in 0.13 seconds in the day and 0.25 at night.

The slinky device also sports a new 18.2 megapixel ‘Exmor R’ CMOS sensor which the firm claims is the highest available in the ‘point and shoot’ category. None of this comes cheap as the DSC-TX200V is priced at around the US$500 mark, although you can have it in silver, red or violet.

The lower end WX70 and WX50 are both equipped with a slightly lower resolution 16.2 megapixel sensor, the only difference between the models is the WX50 has a 2.7-inch LCD screen while the WX70 has a 3-inch screen. Both are capable of shooting HD movies at 1920×1080 resolution, albeit interlaced, and offer optic stabilisation.

The WX50 will go for around US$200 while the WX70 will cost $230.

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