Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-G3

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The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-G3 is a new camera from Sony which is being billed by the manufacturer as the ‘world’s first Wi-Fi Digital Camera with Web Browser.’

One might think that a web browser in a camera is perhaps taking things a little too far when it comes to convergence of devices but there is method to the madness. Previous Wi-Fi attempts in cameras have allowed people to connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots but a built in web browser allows those wanting to upload photos directly to the internet from their camera to acknowledge terms and conditions pages on photo sharing sites, enter passwords etc – making the upload experience all the more seemless.

The camera itself hass a 10.1 megapixel image sensor, 3.5 inch LCD, 4x optical zoom, Face detection technology (both auto focus and exposure), blink detection, smile detection, 4GB of internal memory (plus the ability to have more memory via Memory Stick Duo or PRO Duo cards).

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC G3 will have a retail price of $500 USD and is already available for ordering.

Amazon already have it in stock – check it out at their Sony Cybershot DSC-G3 page where they have it for $499.99.

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC G3 News Release

Sony Unveils World’s First Wi-Fi Digital Camera With Web Browser

Cyber-Shot Camera Lets You Share Your Memories in the Moment

With a focus on making photo sharing easier and more convenient, Sony today introduced the world’s first Wi-Fi® enabled digital camera that uploads photos and videos to Web sites through any public hotspot due to its built-in Web browser.

The new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 digital still camera answers one of the most pressing needs for photo enthusiasts: how to share those amazing photos and video clips of family, friends and events as soon as you shoot. The Cyber-shot camera makes it easy to upload images and video directly to popular photo and video sharing sites wherever a Wi-Fi connection is available.

“Research shows that our customers greatly value sharing images and video clips, but they often forget or don’t have enough time if they wait to get home to upload images,” said Phil Lubell, director of digital camera marketing at Sony Electronics. “Our new Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera provides the simplicity and convenience of sharing in the moment, while the impulse is still fresh in people’s minds.”

The camera can wirelessly connect to any public hotspot, including hotels, restaurants, coffee shops and airports. Like a computer, the camera can connect to free or fee-based hotspots, as well as to secure and unsecured access points.

The new DSC-G3 model comes with complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access to Sony’s Easy Upload Home Page until Jan. 31, 2012. It includes Wi-Fi access at thousands of AT&T hotspots across the United States, including Starbucks®, selected book stores and major quick-serve restaurant locations, as well as hundreds of upscale hotels and airports.

“By collaborating with Sony to launch the first digital still camera with a built in Web browser and embedded access across the entire AT&T Wi-Fi service network, we’re enabling consumers to gain quick and convenient access to Sony’s Easy Upload Homepage through thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots across the country,” said Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T’s emerging device organization. “The wireless capabilities and cutting-edge features of the G3 camera with the reliable coverage of AT&T’s Wi-Fi network offers a unique consumer experience.”

Uploads Made Easy

The new camera makes it easy to connect to the Internet and upload images. By pressing the WLAN button on the camera, you can open its embedded Web browser.

After connecting to the Internet via wireless access points, the camera automatically navigates to the Sony Easy Upload Home Page, which includes direct links to photo sharing sites like Shutterfly™ and Picasa™ Web Albums; video sharing sites like YouTube™ and Dailymotion™; and a photo and video sharing site, such as Photobucket™. Also, the DSC-G3 camera allows you to access other sharing sites for uploading photos and videos through its Web browser.

Through the Sony Easy Upload Home Page, you can send e-mail notifications from the sharing Web sites to let friends and family know that you have posted new images and videos for viewing. This is perfect for sharing with loved ones that were not with you when you took the pictures or shot the videos.

When friends and family are nearby, you can use the camera to access photos you may have already uploaded to sharing sites and display them on its high resolution 3.5-inch LCD screen.

The camera supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) guidelines. By connecting to such DLNA-compatible devices as Sony BRAVIA® televisions via access points, photos in the camera can be played back with high-definition quality. In addition to BRAVIA TVs, the camera can connect to other DLNA-compatible devices, such as Sony VAIO® PCs.

Smart Camera

In addition to its wireless sharing capabilities, the new camera is built for high-performance imaging. The 10-megapixel camera is about three-fourths of an inch thin and includes a 4X optical zoom Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar lens. Although compact enough to fit in the camera’s slim dimention, this lens provides excellent sharpness and color accuracy.

The Intelligent Scene Recognition™ feature automatically identifies a total of eight types of scenes — backlight, backlight portrait, twilight, twilight portrait, twilight using a tripod, portrait, landscape and macro — and automatically optimizes camera settings for each challenging shooting situation, taking an additional shot in low and bright light scenarios.

With Sony’s Face Detection technology, the DSC-G3 camera detects faces in a scene and adjusts auto focus (AF), auto exposure (AE), flash and white balance accordingly. It can also distinguish between children and adults, allowing users to to prioritize faces according to their preference.

Combining the Intelligent Scene Recognition feature with Face Detection technology, the camera includes an anti-blink function that helps make closed-eye photos a thing of the past. The camera automatically takes two shots and then determines whether the subject(s) have closed eyes. It will record images with open-eyed subjects. If both pictures have subject(s) with closed eyes, the cameras will record one and display a warning so you can try again.

Sony’s Smile Shutter™ technology automatically captures a smile the moment it happens. You can use the adult or child priority setting when shooting scenes containing both adults and children, and the camera will distinguish one face from another.

The camera’s Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) determines the best exposure and contrast settings in almost any shooting environment, giving images a natural look with clearer details that match what you see with your naked eye. DRO also balances the contrast in scenes with strong highlight and shadow, recovering detail normally lost in shadow areas. Combining the benefits of Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization with high sensitivity mode, Sony’s Double Anti-blur feature helps reduce camera shake blur, especially when there is low light.

Photo Library

The Cyber-shot DSC-G3 model is also a “photo album in your pocket” and has 4GB of internal memory that can store nearly 1,000 full-resolution or 40,000 VGA-quality photos. The 3.5-inch (measured diagonally) wide touch panel Xtra Fine LCD™ screen is perfect for photo-like viewing with high contrast and wide-angle viewing. This Xtra Fine LCD screen delivers high resolution images (921,600 dots) that is approximately four times higher than conventional LCDs.

The camera also makes it easy to sort thousands of images. While shooting, images are organized automatically in albums by date. All images in an album can be displayed simultaneously as thumbnails on the screen, and the desired image can quickly be selected.

There are four ways to view photos: standard folder view, date view, favorites and event view. Images can be stored and managed on both the camera’s 4GB internal memory and an optional Memory Stick® media card.

In addition to the in-camera organization and search functionality, bundled Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software allows you to quickly organize images on a compatible PC. The software lets you search and organize images by event or face, and you can display images in calendar or chronological views organized into folders.

Pricing and Availability

The Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera is now available in black for about $500. The camera and a range of accessories can be purchased online at sonystyle.com, at Sony Style® retail stores (www.sonystyle.com/retail), at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • This looks really sleek and dare I say GREAT. My first two point and shoots were Cybershots. The first was fantastic, but when I dropped it and had to replace it, I was less than happy. I’ve been suffering through it since I usually use my SLRs anyhow, but I’m always keeping an eye out for a good replacement. I swore no more Sonys, but this is making me change my mind. Oh Sony, you have sucked me back in!

  • Face detection and now smile detection. What next?

  • vinay

    Blink Detection

  • Paul

    Suckered in, more like.

    Next: automatic backup to memory stick, now that deserves a smile 😉

  • silentkills

    lol and then pose detection after

  • This is me being a snark, but, seriously, why do we need wifi and internet capabilities on a camera?

  • http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/19/panasonics-dmc-tz50-a-tz5-with-wifi-and-picasa-photo-sharing/

    the TZ50 has had wifi for some time now.

    i just have a TZ5, i didn’t really see the added benefit of being able to directly upload without seeing the images on a bigger than 3″ screen.

  • Looks great – but the cheaper way of upgrading your existing camera for wireless capabilities would seem to be the Eye-Fi wireless SD card – AND with the Explore you get geotagging via Skyhook. (Any chance of a review of this on DPS? I’m hoping to considering get one, but haven’t yet heard enough about them…)

    Sounds cool nonetheless – uploading photos always takes so much time out of a trip; if they were already uploaded by the time I made it back to the hostel and all I had to do was pick the best few to display on my blog, I would be a happy little photographer.

  • Advantageously, the actual publish is the actual finest on this laudable topic. We fit in your own conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your own forthcoming updates. Just saying many thanks will not in order to be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will immediately get your rss feed to stay abreast of any kind of improvements. Amazing work and much success in your business enterprize!

  • I think Picture quality is great ,easy to connect to the Internet and upload images.I love this camera.

Some Older Comments

  • joasan December 23, 2011 07:24 am

    I think Picture quality is great ,easy to connect to the Internet and upload images.I love this camera.

  • Mp3 Recorder Portable May 13, 2010 04:20 pm

    Advantageously, the actual publish is the actual finest on this laudable topic. We fit in your own conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your own forthcoming updates. Just saying many thanks will not in order to be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will immediately get your rss feed to stay abreast of any kind of improvements. Amazing work and much success in your business enterprize!

  • The White Lily January 15, 2009 10:09 am

    Looks great - but the cheaper way of upgrading your existing camera for wireless capabilities would seem to be the Eye-Fi wireless SD card - AND with the Explore you get geotagging via Skyhook. (Any chance of a review of this on DPS? I'm hoping to considering get one, but haven't yet heard enough about them...)

    Sounds cool nonetheless - uploading photos always takes so much time out of a trip; if they were already uploaded by the time I made it back to the hostel and all I had to do was pick the best few to display on my blog, I would be a happy little photographer.

  • dotlizard January 15, 2009 05:49 am

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/19/panasonics-dmc-tz50-a-tz5-with-wifi-and-picasa-photo-sharing/

    the TZ50 has had wifi for some time now.

    i just have a TZ5, i didn't really see the added benefit of being able to directly upload without seeing the images on a bigger than 3" screen.

  • Lindsay January 14, 2009 11:31 pm

    This is me being a snark, but, seriously, why do we need wifi and internet capabilities on a camera?

  • silentkills January 14, 2009 07:32 pm

    lol and then pose detection after

  • Paul January 14, 2009 07:32 pm

    Suckered in, more like.

    Next: automatic backup to memory stick, now that deserves a smile ;-)

  • vinay January 14, 2009 07:20 pm

    Blink Detection

  • Michael Warf January 14, 2009 02:25 pm

    Face detection and now smile detection. What next?

  • Tanya Plonka January 14, 2009 12:49 pm

    This looks really sleek and dare I say GREAT. My first two point and shoots were Cybershots. The first was fantastic, but when I dropped it and had to replace it, I was less than happy. I've been suffering through it since I usually use my SLRs anyhow, but I'm always keeping an eye out for a good replacement. I swore no more Sonys, but this is making me change my mind. Oh Sony, you have sucked me back in!

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