The deluge of camera announcements continues as manufacturers reveal new models to coincide with the CP+ expo in Japan.
Sony has two compact cameras to add to the fray, with the travel zoom HX60V leading the charge. It follows on from thewhich made its debut at a similar time last year. The new camera boasts a 30x optical zoom lens, a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and the new Bionz X processor.
If 30x zoom is not close enough for you, through the magic of what Sony calls Clear Image Zoom (i.e. interpolated digital zoom), expect to reach 60x. Alongside Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS capabilities, the image stabiliser works double time to maintain steady shots in video mode. It will retail for AU$499 when it arrives in March.
The second model is what Sony is claiming is the world's smallest and lightest camera... with 20x optical zoom. The 18.2-megapixel WX350 weighs in at 164g with battery and memory stick. The maximum aperture range on the lens is nothing to write home about at f/3.5-6.5, but there is definitely a market for a a healthy zoom in such a small package.
This model will sell for AU$399 when it arrives locally in March.
Australia does seem to be missing out on one of the more interesting cameras in Sony's line-up that will appear in overseas markets. The race to reach the biggest optical zoom continues, with Sony bringing out a monster 63x model called the H400. Locally, we will just have to be content with a 50x zoom model from Sony, last year's HX300V.