Hands-on with Sony Partyshot

This morning the roof of Stuff Towers was witness to what all the guests agreed was the 'party of the century'. Drunk on several bottles of soft drink

This morning the roof of Stuff Towers was witness to what all the guests agreed was the 'party of the century'. Drunk on several bottles of soft drink and the thrill of being out of the office on a Tuesday, the Stuff team blew the fun-o-meter to smitherines – all in the aid of testing Sony's new Partyshot accessory.

The autonomous IPT-DS1 tripod (above) – which works with Sony's new TX1 and WX1 compacts – pans, tilts, zooms, flashes and uses face detection to save you the hassle of whipping out a camera at your shindig.

It's powered by AA batteries so you can position it pretty much anywhere, and allows you to adjust the frequency of shots (on medium setting ours was taking a shot roughly every 5 seconds). You can also decide the angle to which it rotates – so if it's next to a wall, you just need to set it to 180 degrees to avoid wallpaper shots.

The 10.2MP cameras themselves are pretty special too. The WX1 is the low light specialist with a 24mm wide-angle lens, 5x optical zoom and the ability to shoot 720p video. A little thinner at 15mm deep, the TX1 (above) is the more fashion conscious snapper, with a touch panel that lets you flick through photos. Both are also capable of the impressive panoramic sweep, which stitched several shots together well in our demo.

Both compacts and the Partyshot tripod will be available from September, with the TX1 and WX1 expected to set you back £300-£350 and the IPT-DS1 around £150. Some examples of shots taken by the WX1 and tripod are below – we'll be posting a video of it in action very soon. All Sony need to do know is combine Partyshot with a resurrected Aibo – the Partymutt, perhaps...

The aftermath...