Sony Debuts 3D Pocket Cameras: No Glasses Required

Sony (s sne) has introduced the “smallest 3D cameras” for shooting 3D still photos and panoramic landscapes using a single button push. The DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 are the newest members of Sony’s Cyber-shot line of pocket cameras, and the first to shoot both 2D and 3D images.

The cameras work in 2D much like other Sony cameras, with Carl Zeiss optics and the ability to record HD video. The true 3D recording is the 3D Sweep Panorama that entails pushing the shutter button once and sweeping the camera to record panoramic landscapes. These must be viewed on a 3D TV using special glasses. Sony has also included a simulated 3D mode dubbed Sweep Multi Angle that records an image from 15 different angles and lets you see the 3D effect by tilting the camera’s screen back and forth.

Both cameras shoot 12.2 mega-pixel photos and have special features like Background Defocus that simulates depth-of-field by blurring the image background. The DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5 will be available in a variety of colors for $400 and $300, respectively.

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