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22 August 2007 By: Tudor Raiciu, Technology and Science Editor
Sony's DSC-T200 and DSC-T70 Cameras Know When You're
Is that a smile or are you in pain?
Cyber-shot DSC-H3 A day after Canon came out with their new models of digital cameras, including the
Sony professional EOS 1Ds Mark III and the advanced EOS 40D, Sony announces three new
Cyber-shot compacts.Let's start with the long-zoom model. The new Cyber-shot DSC-H3
boasts a 10x optical zoom lens that benefits from the Super Steady Shot technology
compensating for unwanted camera motion. Unfortunately, despite being manufactured by
Carl Zeiss, the lens itself is not something to brag about. The main problems lies in the
maximum aperture performance. At the wide angle, the 6.3-63mm (with a picture angle
equivalent to that of a 38-380mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera) lens can't open the
aperture more than f/3.5 and at the tele end it stops at f/4.4. In terms of ISO sensitivity, the
H3 can go between 100 and 3000, but keep in mind that small sensors, like the 1/2.5-inch
one found in this Sony, generate a lot of noise when used over ISO 400 or even ISO 200.
Speaking of image quality, the good news is that the camera benefits from the Dynamic
Range Optimizer, which was originally developed for the Alpha digital SLR system. As the
press release informs, this technology "can analyze captured image data, and instantly
determine the best exposure and tonality of each picture before JPEG compression".And
since face detection is so hip nowadays, Sony's H3 can also recognize faces and adjust
exposure and focus for best results. If the 2.5-inch LCD fitted on the H3 is not to your liking
you can always connect the camera to a HDTV set with Sony's VMC-MHC1 high-definition
component cable (sold separately for around $40). Note however that the high-definition TV
set will make the noise extremely visible, so be careful with the ISO sensitivity. Overall, the
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H3, priced at around $300, is not a "wow" camera, but it's not bad
either, especially since long-zoom cameras are very similar nowadays. The second model
on Sony's announcement list is the stylish DSC-T200, which offers an 8-megapixel sensor,
a huge 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD and 5x optical zoom lens. This model will be available in
silver, black and red.The third is the DSC-T70, with a 3-inch wide LCD touch panel and 3x
Carl Zeiss optical zoom lens. It will be offered in silver, black, white and pink.Aside from the
usual Sony features, like the aforementioned image stabilization and "Photo TV HD" mode
for viewing the images on your high-definition TV set, both models have a new baffling
feature, smile detection. I have no idea how the two cameras identify a smile, and Sony only
says that "With the cameras' new "smile shutter" function, which automatically detects and
captures a person smiling, you'll never miss a smile due to shutter lag or distractions. The
function is turned on or off by pressing the shutter while in smile shutter scene mode". I
want to know how they can tell between a smile or a facial expression of pain. The
Cyber-shot DSC-T200 and DSC-T70 digital cameras will ship in September for about $400
and $300, respectively.We are just a few, but there are many of you, Softpedia users, out
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