Sony's New Camera Supports Wireless Power Transmission, TransferJet
Sony Corp announced a compact digital camera that works together with devices such as smartphones.
The camera, "Cyber-shot DSC-TX300V," features a wireless power transmission capability and a wireless data communication function. It is possible to charge the battery of the camera and transmit image data just by placing the camera on a cradle that comes with the camera. The DSC-TX300V also supports wireless LAN, and image data can be directly transmitted to a personal computer, smartphone, etc.
Though there is no manufacturer's suggested retail price, Sony expects that the retail price of the camera will be about ¥50,000 (approx US$656). The camera is scheduled to be released March 9, 2012.
In addition to the wireless power transmission and wireless LAN functions, the DSC-TX300V supports the "TransferJet" close-proximity wireless transfer technology and GPS (including logging function). Furthermore, it is water-proof to 5m and dust-proof and has a low-temperature resistance.
The DSC-TX300V is equipped with the "Exmor R," a newly-developed back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a pixel count of 18.2 million, and the "Bionz" image processing engine. It has an optical 5x zoom lens with a focal length of 26-130mm (35mm film equivalent) and a bent optical system. The front side of the camera is made by using a strengthened glass board.
Image data transmitted to smartphone
When the DSC-TX300V is used with a smartphone, images stored in the camera can be viewed on the smartphone by using the wireless LAN function, and pictures can be downloaded from the camera to the smartphone. To use a smartphone in this way, it is necessary to install "PlayMemories Mobile," an application software developed by Sony, on the smartphone. The software supports both Android and iOS.
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It is possible to automatically transmit images from the camera to a personal computer. When the "Save-on-PC" button on the camera is pressed, an application software is automatically launched on a computer and starts to download images stored in the camera. When the data transmission is finished, the camera is automatically turned off. Also, the camera supports DLNA and can display pictures on a TV via wireless LAN.
Cradle with wireless power transmission function
The DSC-TX300V comes with a cradle called "Multi Station," which has a wireless power transmission capability and a data transmission function using TransferJet. For example, after taking pictures outside, the user can charge the battery of the camera just by placing it on the cradle. And if the camera is placed on the cradle with its power on, it is possible to transmit pictures and movies to a personal computer by using TransferJet while charging the battery.
The wireless power transmission technology employed for the DSC-TX300V was developed by Sony and is not compatible with the "Qi" standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is an industry organization for noncontact charging systems.
The camera has a 3.3-inch touch-sensitive OLED display with a pixel count of about 1.229 million. The capacity of its embedded memory is about 105 Mbytes. And it supports Memory Stick Micro and microSD memory card. The dimensions of the camera are 95.5 (W) x 58.3 (H) x 16.0mm (D), and its weight is about 134g including the battery and a memory card.