Review: Sony Ericsson Satio

On February 26, 2010, in Cell Phones, Product Reviews, by KLS

Launched earlier last year, the Sony Ericsson Satio was created to bring the best and most popular features of Sony Ericsson phones, ie the Walkman and Cybershot series. The Satio has on board one of the most powerful cameras ever launched by the phonemaker and on paper it is still

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While the Sony Ericsson Satio may not be the phonemaker’s latest smartphone, a few months back when it first launched here in the UK, there were a few problems with the handset which led it to having been withdrawal from the shelves! However, Sony Ericsson didn’t leave this for long. The Satio has been a popular choice of cameraphone since the error got patched up. Its most attractive feature is probably its 12.1 megapixel camera and unique new UI. We’ve been lucky to be sent one for a review and here are some of our pics so far.

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Sony has unveiled two very non-pricey, highly affordable point and shoot Cyber-shots with high end specs. The DSC-TX1 and DSC-WX1 are both new additions to Sony’s Cyber-shot range. Sony has blessed the TX1 and WX1 with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, the Exmor R. If you’re wondering why the duo will have near DSLR specs, its mainly because of its sensor. Their sensors will be based on those found in Sony’s DSLRs, this promises to deliver optimal low-light performance without help from a flash or tripod – something that not many point and shoots are doing so well at the moment.

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Both 10.2 megapixel TX1 and WX1 will be under the stunning budget price of $380. The $350 WX1 features the exact same G Lens, low-light optimized Exmor R CMOS sensor and Sweep Panaroma mode as seen in Sony’s $500 HX1 mega zoom camera.

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Sony launched this week their latest Cybershot flagship, the DSC HX1 digital camera. The most important feature of this camera is the ‘sweep Panorama’ technology which allows you to capture a 180 degree panoramic photograph in just 3 seconds, stunning stuff! The camera will be available from April priced at approx. $500.

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Video: Demo of Sony Ericsson Idou UI

On February 20, 2009, in Cell Phones, by KLS

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Sony Ericsson’s latest Idou was revealed this week at the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. Probably the most appealing feature is that the Idou boasts a 12.1-megapixel camera, of course, this means SE is now further leading the market with their Cybershot technology equipped phones. But to me I think that is the only thing that I like about the Idou and nothing else. The video embedded below features how the new user interface works on the full touch screen flagship, the picture browser works exactly like the iPhone’s, which kind of puts me off as there is nothing new or creative about it.

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We’ve talked quite abit of CES 2009 all this week and that has dried out most of our brain juice! As you know this year’s CES is almost coming to an end. Of course, we weren’t able to cover everything. CES is always that time of the year when we are super excited about seeing all the new and emerging technology, gadgets but we hardly have enough time to show you them all. So we’ve decided we won’t do a weekly roundup like usual this week, because it’s actually been an all CES week. So in case you’ve been away for a few days, here’s a quick roundup which we’ve put together of some of the hottest new gadgets featured at the CES 2009 this week.

CES 2009: Blaupunkt and miRoamer to bring internet radio to cars

Lenovo IdeaCentre 600 – the thinnest all-in-one PC

CES 2009: ASUS T91 – 1 inch thick Eee PC touch netbook

Video: ASUS gives teaser of folding origami laptop concept at CES 2009

Now official: Sony VAIO P Series – world’s lightest 8-inch netbook

CES 2009: Sony unveils world’s first internet enabled camera – Cybershot G3

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CES 2009: 2-Terabyte SDXC memory cards announced

Gallery and video – hands on LG GD910 watch mobile phone

CES 2009: LG showcases enterprise touch smartphone – Incite CT810

The ones above were the ones we covered while all the others have come from larger blogs! If you want to start from day one, we suggest you scroll to the bottom of this page and start reading from there. Of course, we don’t expect you to read everything here, unless you were mad! This list we think are already the very essence of CES this year, though we only left out a few which we felt were rubbish… Penultimately, I think we will come back and have a flickr through some of these and talk more about them because I don’t think I’ve read even 70% of these yet!

CES 2009: VidaBox Room Client HD

CES 2009: iRiver Mickey PMP

CES 2009: Velocity Micro Fuzebox HTPC Video Demo

CES 2009: iRiver P7 PMP Video Demo

CES 2009: Viliv S5, S7 and X70 Atom MIDs

CES 2009: Velocity Micro NoteMagix M10 netbook & M5 MID

CES 2009: Qualcomm Snapdragon Android prototype

CES 2009: iRiver WAVE HOME Video Demo

Electronic Cigar: Marlboro Man Enters the Digital Era

SATY Mosquito-Repelling MP3 Player Has Built-In Breathalyzer Just Because

Seen at CES: Panasonic’s Wall of HDTVs is the Most Beautiful

Optoma reveals HD8200 and HD808 HD projectors

MiniWIZ debuts solar-powered Solarbulb lamp / bottle cover

Anybots rolls out QA, the telegenic telepresence robot

LG’s new X120 netbook with Splashtop-powered instant on

Phillipe Starck’s Zikmu Parrot Wi-Fi iPod Speakers Are Even Prettier in Person

HDi’s Dune Blu-ray Players Have BitTorrent Plus Insane Codec Support

Ford Sync Developing API For Voice-Controlling All Your Smartphone Apps From the Driver’s Seat

SanDisk’s G3 SSDs Deliver 40,000 RPM Speeds Without Breaking the Bank

CES 2009 – SanDisk 64GB Ultra Backup USB Flash Drive

Palm Pre’s Amazing Wireless Touchstone Charger

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More CES 2009 fun folks. This time it’s Sony. It’s Sony latest digital camera from the Cybershot range, but what is special about it is that it’s the first internet-enabled camera made possible with Wi-Fi connectivity. Available now, priced at $500.

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SONY UNVEILS WORLD’S FIRST WI-FI DIGITAL CAMERA WITH WEB BROWSER

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

LAS VEGAS (CES Keynote), Jan. 8, 2009 – 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 participating coffee shops, 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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