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Sony's new compact cameras put a superzoom lens in your pocket

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
April 13, 2015
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We know your smartphone is pretty good at taking pictures. Still, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where, perhaps, there's the need to snap a subject that isn't exactly nearby. This is where Sony could help. The company has announced the Cyber-shot HX90V and WX500, two small point-and-shoot cameras with 30x optical and 60x digital zoom -- it's a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, to be specific. Both models feature an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor alongside a Bionz X processor, five-axis image stabilization (Optical SteadyShot), 1080p video recording, NFC, WiFi and a 3-inch (selfie-friendly) LCD. The main difference between them is the built-in, retractable electronic viewfinder on the HX90V, which is similar to the one you'll find on Sony's flagship compact camera, the RX100. The Cyber-shot HX90V and WX500 will be available in June for $430 and $330, respectively.

Gallery: Sony Cyber-shot HX90V | 7 Photos

Gallery: Sony Cyber-shot WX500 | 7 Photos

Please note that these "pocketable" cameras may not be compatible with skinny jeans.

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