The Sony Cyber-shot WX5 is the more traditionally designed sibling to the Sony TX9. Like its touchscreen sibling, the WX5 features a 12.2-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and is powered by Sony’s BIONZ processor. The WX5 features a 5x optical zoom (24-120mm equivalent) with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, and offers a sensitivity range of ISO 125-3200.
Like the TX9, the Sony WX5 has the ability to create 3D panoramic images using the camera’s 3D Sweep Panorama function. The Sony WX5 can also capture 1920 x 1080 resolution videos at 60i in the AVCHD format.
Also in common with the TX9, the Sony WX5 includes the Background Defocus feature, which 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 WX5 will carry an initial retail price tag of about $300. Check availability on Amazon.com.