If photography is your passion but you want it to be portable, the award-winning WX1 is the camera for you. Small, light and beautifully styled, the WX1 brings together cutting-edge optical, imaging and processing technologies from Sony to put powerful performance at your fingertips. Incredible images are guaranteed even in low-light conditions thanks to the advanced combination of the G Lens, Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor. These are complemented by a 24mm wide angle Sony G Lens with 5x optical zoom and extra bright f2.4 aperture, to expand your shooting possibilities, even in the lowest lighting conditions.
Photography gets even more fun with Sweep Panorama, which allows you to create incredible panoramic images. If youre after moving images, just switch to Movie mode and shoot detail-packed 720p HD movie clips and audio.
WX1 - Best Compact Camera
2009/2010 EISA Award
With this kind of quality and choice, no wonder the WX1 has been voted Best Compact Camera at the 2009/2010 European Image and Sound Association (EISA) Awards, Europes most prestigious electronics industry awards.
Highspeed Exmor R processing
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Brilliant photos even in low light
Theres no need now to be held back by low-light conditions, like dusk or dimly lit interiors. The WX1 will capture the moment in sharp detail thanks to its super-sensitive 10.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Developed exclusively by Sony, it works by reducing noise on the sensor itself. The result is crisp, clean images even in low-light conditions where other cameras struggle. This combines with a high sensitivity setting of ISO 3200 so you can snap away without the need of a flash.
High speed shooting
The camera also includes two low-light shooting modes, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur, which automatically take six frames at high speed and superimpose them into one optimised shot with reduced blur and image noise, producing crisp images even in reduced light.
Press the shutter and the Exmor R CMOS sensor, working with the BIONZ image processor, enables you to shoot at an incredible 10 frames per second at full 10.2 megapixel resolution. The kick of a ball, a bird in flight: every move caught in crisp detail.
Get closer with a generous
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Focusing on quality images
The precisionengineered G Lens by Sony has a massive shooting range, from 24mm wide angle to a generous 5x optical zoom. At this focal range, youll be able to squeeze even more into amazing landscapes and people-packed scenes or pull distant views into sharp focus. And because the zoom is optical, rather than digital, that focus will be perfectly precise because the lens physically moves to bring the subject closer instead of artificially enlarging a section of the picture.
An extra-bright maximum aperture of f/2.4 expands shooting possibilities, allowing more light in than other compact camera lenses to capture better-looking photos in dimly lit situations. And thanks to Optical SteadyShot eliminating camera shake, you wont have the worry of hand movements blurring a great shot.
The WX1 isnt just about great still pictures. Flip the mode dial to Movie and youre ready to record in Full 720p High Definition at 30 frames a second for smooth, clear action.
Sweep Panorama shoots a highspeed
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Sweep Panorama shooting
Inside the WX1s compact, stylish exterior lies a further innovative technology that will transform your memories of a breathtaking landscape or a buzzing city scene. The WX1 joins the HX1 and TX1 in being the worlds first digital still cameras with Sweep Panorama. Press the shutter, sweep the camera horizontally or vertically and youll get one dramatic panoramic shot. This new shooting mode captures up to 100 images at 10 frames per second then seamlessly stitches together only the best parts of the pictures to create the ultimate extra-wide, high-resolution image in less than one second.
Choosing the right settings
Taking great pictures doesnt have to be complicated. The WX1 is equipped with a number of smart features to take the guesswork out of matching your camera settings to your chosen subject. Ultra-fast autofocus delivers clear, sharp images and a more responsive shooting performance. Select Intelligent Auto mode and the camera will automatically recognise eight commonly-encountered scenes and adjust settings to ensure well-exposed results wherever and whenever you shoot.
How many times have you missed that perfect moment with friends and family? The WX1 also comes with Smile Shutter, which automatically fires the shutter when somebody smiles, and Enhanced Face Detection which recognises up to eight people in each scene, automatically adjusting focus, exposure, white balance and flash settings for great results.
The big screen
Spin the camera round and youve got a large 2.7" Clear Photo LCD touchscreen. At this size, youll find framing as well as playback are that bit easier. Press Menu and itll help you pick the right settings with clear icons and menus. In playback, its higher resolution and increased contrasts mean viewing and editing pictures is easier than ever. And because of its size, its big enough to be viewed by more than one person, so you can share the fun.
Easy sharing and quality viewing
Managing your growing photo collection is hugely simplified by PMB (Picture Motion Browser) software included with the WX1. Just install it on your PC and it provides a perfect archive for your shots which are all just a click or two away. You can arrange them by date, by person, and search through them quickly. From here you can burn them to disc, send them to friends or upload them to sites in a matter of seconds. If you connect your WX1 or computer directly to an HD Ready TV you can view your shots in spectacular HD on the big screen. If your TV is a BRAVIA which supports PhotoTV HD, youll be able to experience even more lifelike HD images, bursting with detail and colours.
Get in the picture with Party-shot
As an optional extra you can add Party-shot, a moveable docking base that automatically rotates, tilts and zooms the camera, using Face Detection to recognise and track people in the room. Its perfect for when youre having an amazing time with friends and family and you want to be in the photos too. At parties, family gatherings and special moments, just slip your WX1 into the base and let Party-shot become your personal photographer, capturing beautifully framed, natural-looking pictures of everyone, including you.