Sony has just introduced two new series of compact digital still cameras with 12.2 megapixels resolution that support the 3D Sweep Panorama mode that allows you to take stereoscopic 3D panorama photos with a simple sweep of the camera around you. 3D Sweep Panorama mode was recently made available for Sony’s NEX3/NEX-5 cameras through a firmware upgrade, but now it is also available in the compact models from the DSC-WX5 and DSC-TX9 series.
The Sony Cyber-shot WX5 and TX9 digital cameras can capture a high-speed burst of frames as you sweep the camera from side to side and thus the information from up to 100 photos is automatically combined to create a stereoscopic pair of frames. You can view the resulting 3D panorama by connecting the camera by HDMI to your 3D-compatible TV, or on your 3D-equipped PC, however viewing on the PC might require some additional manipulation of the photos.
It is not like having a true 3D digital camera, but the 3D Sweep Panorama functionality is nice to be available as an additional feature on your camera, and you never know when you’ll get to see a great scenery that you may want to record and then experience in stereo 3D to get the same feeling later when you are at home… ;)