Sony lets loose tiny 3D digital cameras

Sony has let loose its latest Cyber-shot digital cameras which it claims are the world’s smallest 3D cameras and are capable of grabbing 3D images with a single lens system using a sweeping motion.

The cameras, the DSC-TX9 and DSC-WX5, both sport a nifty feature called 3D Sweep Panorama, which lets you take panoramic pictures by pressing a button and sweeping your camera around. The super fast burst of frames captured get stitched together to automatically create the panoramas, which can then be viewed on compatible 3D tellies. Lame glasses are required.

Both cameras are 12.2 megapixel models. The TX9 has a 3.5 inch 921k resolution LCD touchscreen while the WX5 is smaller with a 2.8 inch LCD screen. They both boast, on their tiny screens, a feature called Sweep Multi Angle which lets you have a look at images moving in simulated 3D by tilting the cameras themselves. It captures 15 images at different angles and bungs them into one photo, making for a 3D effect.

They also work with the AVCHD format which is used in Sohy’s high def handycams, meaning the new cameras can record video in 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions in 60i at up to 17Mbps, as well as having Optical SteadyShot, so if you’ve got the shakes every day like us the cameras will try to de-wobble your photos.

The TX9 will cost about $400 and the WX5 will cost about $300. They’ll be available to buy in September at