Advanced technology has always been the name of the game in Sony's high-end Cyber-shot W models, and today the latest entry-level W – the Sony Cyber-shot W220 – received a healthy dose of high-tech as well.
According to Sony's launch announcement, the 12 megapixel W220 earns a host of features previously reserved for the advanced W150 and W170 models, including Intelligent Scene Recognition and Dynamic Range Optimization.
Sony's Intelligent Scene Recognition system has traditionally been one of the more intuitive, and less intrusive, automatic scene detection systems around. The W220's system, "automatically recognizes a total of five scenes – twilight portrait, twilight, twilight using a tripod, backlight and backlight portrait," according to Sony. When there's more than one approach for addressing a situation – to use flash or not, for instance – the Cyber-shot will take two photos, giving the user a choice as to which one to keep.
The W220's point-and-shoot credentials are impressive, and in general, it's got the hardware to match as well. A 4x Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 30mm wide-angle coverage handles optical tasks, and a 2.7 inch high-res display takes care of shot composition. High-def output via an HDMI connection is also provided.
The Cyber-shot W220 is expected to find its way to a store near year in April. Expect to pay just under $200 for the new model, in one of four colors.
As is often the case, detailed tech specs for the W220 are still a little vague at this point. We'll firm things up and update this story with more information as soon as we can get it.