Sony has unveiled the Cyber-shot HX1 - a 9.1Mp digital camera that offers a Sweep Panorama mode, ideal to capturing images of idyllic landscapes.

By holding down the shutter button and sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically, the Cyber-shot HX1 will stitch together a high-speed burst of frames to create an extra-wide, high resolution picture of the landscape. The images can even be viewed as a scrolling preview on the tilting 3in LCD screen.

The camera, which Sony has identified as the flagship model in its Cyber-shot range, features a 20x optical zoom. It also utilises the Exxor CMOS sensor, which was initially developed for the Sony Alpha digital SLR camera.

Sony says the sensor will help deliver "outstanding images with reduced noise".

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Users will also benefit from the 'Handheld Twilight' mode that six frames when you press the shutter and then combines them to create a single optimised image, while the Anti Motion Blur mode, offer the same facility when photographing moving subjects.

The Cyber-shot HX1 offer continuous shooting at a maximum rate of 10 frames per second, (fps) and will capture high-definition quality video at 30ps and a resolution of 1,080x720dpi. The camera also comes with a built-in stereo microphone.

The Cyber-shot HX1 will be available from April. Pricing details have not yet been released. 

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