Sony has pre-announced two new Cyber-shot high-zoom compact travel cameras, the HX90V and WX500, which are due for release in June.


The new Sony HX90V and WX500 digicams, which will go on sale in June 2015. (Source: Sony.)

Both models include flip-up monitor screens for shooting ‘selfies’ and each is equipped with Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixels and BIONZ X processor. The Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 30x zoom lens is also common to both models. The HX90V features a pop-up OLED Tru-Finder and a Control Ring that can be customised to operate functions such as manual focusing or step zoom. A new ergonomic grip provides comfortable handling in any situation. The WX500 requires shots to be framed on the monitor screen. The Cyber-shot HX90V adds GPS functionality for automatically tagging still shots and movie clips with location information that can be viewed on a map via PlayMemories Home.

Five-axis image stabilisation is included in both models and the 910,000-dot monitor can be used for retouching shots with the camera’s built-in Photo Creativity and Beauty Effect functions. both models include a similar  Fast Intelligent AF system to Sony’s ?7 series cameras. An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make autofocusing fast.

Both cameras support Full HD 60p/50p recording using the XAVC S format at 50Mbps. P/A/S/M shooting modes provide extra control over movie footage, while the Intelligent Active Mode with 5-axis image stabilisation steadies image wobbles when following moving subjects. Available in black, the optional LCJ-HWA body case with lens jacket and shoulder strap features a quality leather-style finish to protect either camera while offering a sure, stable grip.

The new Cyber-shot HX90V and WX500 high-zoom compact travel cameras from Sony will be available in Australia from June 2015 for AU$599 and AU$479 respectively (RRP). The LCJ-HWA body case is available for AU$69. For more information, visit