Sony CyberShot TX55 digital zoom makes a comeback

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While a lot of people like to own a DSLR for capturing those special moments, for many the size and connivance of a digital compact is preferred. The one drawback of some of these camera’s are the lens of the device. When trying to zoom in on a subject the image can often suffer because of the digital zoom. But the Sony CyberShot TX55 has been revealed, where digital zoom makes a comeback.

In the past using a digital zoom the camera just cropped and enlarged portions of the image, but this lowered the image sharpness and resolution. But the new Sony CyberShot TX55 looks to change this by using digital zoom differently, according to an article on PCWorld.

The new shooter from Sony uses something the company calls “by pixel super resolution technology”. Sony say the TX55 will maintain image sharpness and megapixel count for images that use the digital zoom.

This new technology has a built in database that matches the tone and contrast of pixels from the source image when using the digital zoom. If it can perform as Sony claim we could see even smaller cameras and cell phones that can compete with pocket mega zoom cameras. The TX55 will replace the TX100V in the company’s point and shoot range. The new camera is only 0.48-inches deep making it ideal to fit in a pocket or bag.

It has a 16-megapixel sensor with a 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen which houses most of the cameras controls. The optical 5x zoom lens reaches from 26mm to 130mm in 35mm film equivalent, after that the digital zoom takes over. This offers a simulated 10x optical zoom that goes up to 260mm telephoto at the full 16-megapixel resolution.

There are a couple of enhancements over earlier CyberShot cameras such as the ability to shoot 12-megapixel stills while taking video. Also a larger range of compensation in image stabilization when shooting video has been added. It can record in 1080i AVCHD video at sixty fields per second when using video mode, and can achieve 10fps for still images.

The TX55 also has special modes for low light shooting, high speed autofocus system, and 2D and 3D Sweep Panorama modes. Sony’s new CyberShot is expected to arrive sometime in September for $350; at the time of writing no UK pricing had been released.

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