Shoot in 3D with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9. Using the camera’s 3D Sweep Panorama setting, you press the shutter once, pan across a scene, and the camera stitches together a panoramic image. When the image is viewed through special glasses on a compatible HDTV set, the resulting image shows a 3D effect. The DSC-TX9 offers a 4x zoom lens equivalent to 25-100mm in 35mm format, a 12.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, a 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD, and the ability to capture 1080i AVCHD video.
POCKET CAMERA VS. MOBILE PHONE
You know that old saying: The best camera is the one you have with you. Chances are, you have a camera with you all the time on your mobile phone. Early phone cameras produced pictures with poor image quality and couldn’t store very many of them.
Today, with higher megapixel counts, more internal storage, bigger screens, Internet connectivity and other capabilities, it’s no wonder that the iPhone is the most popular camera on Flickr.
Some high-end cell-phone cameras have become really powerful and increasingly come with more of the features found in dedicated compact cameras and even DSLRs. These include higher shutter speeds, automatic smile detection and even built-in flash.
Still, the image quality doesn’t equal that of a point-and-shoot—there’s just not a lot of room for a large image sensor or high-quality lens.
Here are some pros and cons when it comes to each type:
POCKET CAMERA Pros:
• Larger sensors mean better light gathering and higher image quality
• Better low-light capability
• Higher-quality lenses with optical zooms
• Physically larger
• Less spontaneity
MOBILE PHONE Pros:
• Built-in Internet connectivity for instant sharing
• Some are capable of running specialty photo applications
• Always with you for spur-of-the-moment shots
• No optical zoom—zooming is essentially a digital crop
• Smaller sensors mean more noise in low light and lower image quality overall