Sony Introduces Two New Cybershot Cameras With Back-Illuminated ‘Exmor R’ Sensor Technology

Sony Introduces Two New Cybershot Cameras With Back-Illuminated ‘Exmor R’ Sensor Technology

Sony Cybershot DSC-TX1 & DSC-WX1 (Images courtesy Sony)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the term ‘Exmor R’ is nothing more than a new PR catchphrase for Sony to toss around, the technology behind the sensors in their new Cybershot DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 is kind of interesting. Traditionally, compact P&S digital cameras are not known for their fantastic low-light performance. The smaller optics means there’s less light hitting the larger and larger sensors, which leads to noisy photos. I mean there’s a reason professional photographers will drop thousands of dollars on a gigantic ‘fast’ lens. But the ‘Exmor R’ technology supposedly results in a sensor with twice the light sensitivity of a traditional sensor since the various elements like wires and circuitry which usually hinder the photo-diodes from gathering light have been effectively moved out of the way.

And further improving the camera’s low-light performance are the hand-held twilight and anti-motion blur multishot modes which basically use exposure bracketing and in-camera HDRI techniques to automatically combine multiple shots with varying exposures to produce a final result with more detail and less noise. As for other specs, both cameras feature a 10.2 mega-pixel sensor and while the thinner TX-1 includes a 3-inch touch screen LCD on the back, the larger WX-1 benefits from a wider angle Sony G lens instead. $380 for the DSC-TX1 and $350 for the DSC-WX1 and both should be available come October.

[ PR – SONY DEBUTS WORLD’S FIRST DIGITAL STILL CAMERAS WITH BACK-ILLUMINATED “EXMOR R” CMOS SENSOR TECHNOLOGY ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

5 thoughts on “Sony Introduces Two New Cybershot Cameras With Back-Illuminated ‘Exmor R’ Sensor Technology”

  1. But will Sony's camera have a limit on video record time? I've noticed that the latest Sony Sypershot cameras have a 10min limit regardless of memory available.

  2. How often do you need (or want) to hold a digicam for a video shot that lasts over 10 minutes? IF you must record an event lasting longer, a slight break due to limits isn't the end of the world, now is it?? You won't be filming the next greatest Hollywood blockbuster after all.

  3. How often do you need (or want) to hold a digicam for a video shot that lasts over 10 minutes? IF you must record an event lasting longer, a slight break due to limits isn't the end of the world, now is it?? You won't be filming the next greatest Hollywood blockbuster after all.

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