The Sony Cyber-shot TX9 is a 12.2-megapixel point and shoot camera. The 12.2MP sensor is a backlit CMOS design and is powered by Sony’s BIONZ processor. The TX9 features an ultra-compact design, along with a 3.5″ touchscreen display similar to what is found on the Sony Cyber-shot TX7. Add on top of that, a 4x optical zoom (25-100mm equivalent), Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, and a sensitivity range of ISO 125-3200.
The headline feature in the TX9 is the ability to create 3D panoramic images using the camera’s 3D Sweep Panorama function, and it can do Sweep Panorama underwater. As was the case with the TX7, the Sony TX9 can capture 1920 x 1080 resolution videos at 60i in AVCHD format.
Sony is attempting to up the stakes by bringing the big-camera look down to something that fits in your pocket. A new feature called Background Defocus is said to add a bokeh-like effect to a background in order to isolate your subject. This features is also available in a Sweep Panorama mode. Additionally, the new Superior Auto mode “takes multiple shots to reduce image noise and extend dynamic range. The cameras automatically recognize the correct scene, then quickly shoot and when needed, combine up to six shots to produce images of greater quality than possible with a single shot.”
The Sony Cyber-shot TX9 will carry an initial retail price tag of about $400. Check availability on Amazon.com.