Sony's latest digital still camera, the DSC-T9, has something for people who can never seem to take a clear picture. The camera incorporates two anti-blur systems: one to compensate for the effect of unsteady hands and one to capture clearly fast-moving objects.
Cameras on the market at present with an anti-blur function typically incorporate one or the other system, but the DSC-T9 is the first time that both have been built into a camera, said Yousuke Aoki, senior manager of Sony's mobile network products marketing division, at a Tokyo news conference today.
The first system attempts to compensate for camera shake by moving a lens in time with movement of the camera. Two sensors pick up the movements and transmit the information to a small motor mounted next to the lens that moves it. The system works well but does so at the expense of battery life. However, in the DSC-T9, the energy consumption has been reduced so that up to 240 images can be taken before the battery runs down, the company said.
The second system is useful in preventing blur on a picture that includes fast movement, for example when taking pictures of sporting events. By increasing the shutter speed, the fast movement is captured clearly. However, a downside of this is that noise is typically introduced into the image. A new noise-reduction system in the DSC-T9 should keep this to a minimum, the company said.
By building both systems into the camera, Sony says it is responding to growing demand from consumers for such features. About one third of compact-class digital still cameras on sale in Japan at present include an anti-blur system of some type and that number is growing, the company said.
Other features of the 6Mp resolution camera include its rear 2.5in LCD (liquid crystal display) panel, which is brighter and can display more colors than competing models’ screens, Sony said. Compared against several competing cameras from other manufacturers, prepared by Sony and on display at the Tokyo news conference, the DSC-T9 did indeed show a clearer, more vivid picture.
The camera is credit-card sized and about 21mm thick. It weighs 159g.
The DSC-T9 will go on sale in Japan on 18 November and will cost around ¥47,000 (roughly £230). It will be launched in Europe, Asia and Australia before the end of the year and in the US in January, said Sony.