Sony’s newest point and shoot camera, the TX-200V, is not only the toughest that they’ve ever released, but perhaps the most beautiful (a word we don’t use lightly). It was announced along with two new W series shooters, the DSC-WX70 and DSC-WX50, over the weekend.
So what makes the TX-200V so damn special? Well, first off it rocks a massive 18 megapixel sensor, the biggest to date in the point and shoot marketplace. To complement the TX-200V’s extra larger picture taking abilities, Sony has outfitted the rear of the camera with an Xtra Fine TruBlack OLED wide touch-screen measuring 3.3-inches. Furthermore, it can swim to a depth of up to 5m, is dust proof, freeze proof up to 14 F degrees and when faced with a tumble down the stairs, can probably survive despite being covered in some sort of all glass facade.
Some other notable features included full HD video, a super fast auto focus (0.13 seconds in daytime and 0.25 seconds in low-light situations), dual record mode (13mp stills with video), a 5x optical zoom that boasts Sony’s magical 2x digital zoom that supposedly doesn’t reduce image quality, optical steady shot, background defocus (it captures the foreground and background and blurs out the rear creating a DSLR like image), smile shutter tech, GPS and compass record, anti-blink feature, intelligent scene recognition and 9 picture effects for video and photo capture.
Sony’s TX-200V will commence shipping 3/23/2012. You can preorder it now for $499.99.