Sony's Cybershot TX55 Shoots Photos and Video Simultaneously (With Digital Zoom That Doesn't Suck?)S

There's potentially a lot to dig in Sony's TX-55: Like, it's only 12.2mm thin and there's a 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen. More importantly: It'll let you snap nearly full-res photos while shooting HD video, and Sony's promising full-res, pixel-perfect virtual zoom up to 10x.

The main magic going on here? What Sony's calling "By Pixel Super Resolution" processing on top of Sony's 16.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. It's what allows the camera to simultaneously snap 12MP photos while shooting 1080i video—without interrupting the video—and pull off 5x digital zoom with full-resolution, 16.2MP images. (On top of the cam's 5x optical zoom, that's 10x total virtual zoom. Pixel-perfect zoom? Hrm.)

Other relavent numbers: Autofocus locks in 0.1 second, with auto-stitched panoramas that span 42.9 megapixels. Oh, and 3D images (smeh). It's $350 when it comes out in September. If the real thing matches what's on paper, this could be an interesting little camera. [Sony]

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