Sony intends to usher in a brand new photo taking experience with the DSC-HX100V as part of its Cyber-shot series, offering Full HD video shooting capability at 60 progressive frames per second (1920×1080 60p), not to mention throwing in a 27mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom. To put another feather into its cap, this shooter is also another Cyber-shot camera first, boasting a 16.2-megapixel “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS sensor within which is capable of supporting the new Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR (High Resolution) mode. To shoot a lovely panoramic shot, just give the shutter button a press, sweep the camera, and watch it freeze up to 42.9 megapixel panoramic images in crisp 10480 x 4096 resolution for posterity.

To make matters more interesting, there is a Dual Record mode that handles video while simultaneously capturing 3-megapixel digital still pictures (2-megapixel in 4:3 ratio when recording in MP4) – now how about that? Sony is also going 3D, and the DSC-HX100V does the job pretty well with a 3D Sweep Panorama mode or the 3D Still Image mode, doing so by snapping two consecutive shots in different focus positions in order to calculate the depths, followed by processing left-eye and right-eye images so that a 3D effect is produced. Out in April later this year, the DSC-HX100V will retail for $450 – pretty good value considering the kind of performance you’re getting.

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