Sony’s DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 snappers already deliver Sweep Panorama pictures in 3D but now its new four strong range of Cyber-shot compacts capture traditional stereoscopic stills to rival Fujifilm’s FinePix W3. However unlike the W3, the DSC-TX10, DSC-HX7V (pictured below), DSC-WX10 and DSC-WX7 all take 3D photos with one lens instead of a dual set-up.
This 3D voodoo works by firing off two consecutive shots with different focus positions to create the left-eye, right-eye 3D images. Naturally all models boast an HDMI output for viewing these photos on a 3D TV (don't forget the glasses), not to mention 16.2MP sensors and smooth 1080p AVHD video recording capabilities. Their dual recording mode is also impressive, letting you shoot video and take photos simultaneously.
Each camera does have its individual talents. The WX10 (pictured above) has high-speed linear focus normally found in DSLR camera, the HX7V sports an onboard GPS receiver for geo-tagging and serving up directions while the TX10 (pictured below) is built for a life outdoors. Like most ruggedized shutterbugs it can perform in 5 metres of water, survive a sand storm (probably), live in sub zero temperatures above minus 10 degrees and still tough out a drop from 1.5 metres. All cameras are pencilled in for a March release.