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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:08 pm 
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Hi folks,

Well, "revolutionary" might be overstating it but we won't know until the reviews are in. From this press release:
    SAN DIEGO, Aug. 5, 2009 – Sony today announced two new Cyber-shot® cameras (DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 models) that provide unprecedented advances in low-light performance with approximately twice the sensitivity of cameras with traditional image sensors.

    These Cyber-shot cameras are the first to employ Sony’s new “Exmor R” back illuminated CMOS sensor technology to improve shooting in low-light scenarios, enhancing image clarity and drastically reducing grain.
There's much more detail in the press release about the background to this backlit sensor technology (similar technology has been used in astronomical sensors for some time) or you can view the individual product pages by clicking on the images below.

Can't wait to see this technology in DSLRs as well, providing it lives up to the hype. :?

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I've read comments that say they do not expect this technology to help DSLRs much. The reason they're useful in compacts is due to the very small pixel pitch of compact sensors. The circuitry that goes before the light sensitive layer really affects the efficiency of light transmission. With DSLRs on the other hand, the pixel pitch is a lot larger. Thus the circuitry that goes before the light sensitive layer doesn't obscure as much light.

All this is just speculation and hearsay for now. I guess we'll only know for certain what kind of noise performance we get from the new sensors. To be perfectly honest, even if they make no difference to DSLRs it could open up a new generation of good low light performing compacts and I could always use one of those :)

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Look at this page:
http://australia.sony.com.au/SonyTwilig ... prize.html

"This feast of football celebrates the launch of new Cyber-shot, Handycam and α DSLR models featuring the Exmor R CMOS sensor..."

Do you still think it will not be used on Alpha cameras? ;-)


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Well pgtips is questioning the usefulness in dSLRs, not whether or not they will be used. The way I see it, Sony could use any help it can get!

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This was one of those "bah, I'll believe it when it makes production" kind of technologies for me and now it actually has! Can't wait to see the sample images, I hope the images are actually and improvement and this turns out to be more than just a marketing exercise.

Thanks for sharing Bob.

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Somebody shoot me, but the gunmetal gray is just outright SEXY.

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but stil a compac buy way too cool if ever it can realy see in the dark... :P

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Judging from the sample images, things are looking good for the new cameras. 8)

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I've heard the A500 and A550 may have the Exmor R sensor, the A850 won't. Judging from the pictures Graham posted (thanks for those), the A5x0 could be very interesting in Sony's DSLR line-up!

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Lol Bjorn it was a joke, I'm pretty sure that is not an accurate representation of their performance.

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Probably not, but it's an interesting development anyway! Perhaps it's Sony's way of finally reducing the noise levels in their DSLR cameras.

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That's not all.
Those two cameras are compatible with the Party Shot.

http://www.sonystyle.ca/commerce/servle ... Id=1006745

The combo would be a lot of fun.
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Or a direct link to the Party Shot minisite:

http://www.sony.ca/html/uf/microsite/iptds1_minisite/

Never new about that till just now, that's fun! :D

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@grahamnp

I'm skeptical as there is that "*simulated image" disclaimer in the photo.

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