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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3: 4GB Wi-Fi wonder

The Sony Cyber-shot G3 is the first Wi-Fi camera to include a browser, on top of a ginormous touchscreen and 4GB of memory. No word yet on whether you can use it to look at porn

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We can't wait for Wi-Fi cameras. If you're anything like us, your USB ports get the most use from your camera. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G3, announced by Sony big chief Howard Stringer at CES 2009, is a big step along the road to cutting out the camera cables, as it features a baked-in Web browser.

Previous wireless snappers, such as the Nikon Coolpix S52c, were hamstrung by the fact that they struggled to connect to protected hotspots. The G3, meanwhile, has its own browser, which opens at the touch of the WLAN button and allows you to get at secure and fee-based hotspots as well as open access points. Sony's Easy Upload home page includes direct links to photo-sharing sites Photobucket, Shutterfly and Picasa, as well as YouTube and Dailymotion. It also connects without cables to Bravia TVs and Vaio laptops.

The bad news is, there's no plans to bring it over here. The Yanks will benefit from complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to the home page until 31 January 2012, by which time we'll all be wearing silver jumpsuits and flying around on hoverboards, no doubt.

It took us a moment to figure out the sleek sliding design. Take a look at the pictures to see just what us Brits will be missing out on...

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Ah, it slides sideways! Once you've figured that out, you're ready to snap and store pictures to the enormous 4GB internal memory.
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Pictures that have already been uploaded to sharing sites can be played back on this enormous 89mm (3.5-inch) LCD touchscreen.

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