Sony has just announced some more new cameras.
The two that pip my interest are the TX1 and WX1.
But the most important thing they have is an accessory, officially in SONY talk it’s the IPT-DS1 Party-shot personal photographer.
Let’s just refer to it as the “Partyshot.”
From here on in Real Estate photography is going to get easier and easier, actually rather I should rephrase that, with the sort of technologies that are being previewed, it’s going to get easier than its ever been to get that great shot.
Ok, so how does it work? Well when loaded up with 2 AA batteries this little docking station will provide up to 11hrs shooting time, and …. well,…. look I’ll let them tell you….
Relax and enjoy the party while the IPT-DS1 Party-shot personal photographer automatically takes your photos for you. Party-shot works with your TX1 or WX1 Cyber-shot® camera’s Face Detection and Smile Shutter™ technologies to automatically take photos at the event. Intelligent composition uses the rule of thirds to compose great shots and motion detection seeks out movement to take the photo at the right moment.
Ok so SONY are pushing it for a party trick….
but think about the Real Estate possibilities.
Using the “Rule of Thirds“, in-camera?
For that emotive Outside Shot……
It could be mounted, obviously taking into consideration security issues first, somewhere like for example a tree that shows a good angle of the house, and set & forget. Come back at 5pm and download the shots to see what really was the best time of day for the most attractive light/shade combination.
For that perfectly lit inside shot……
Or, mount in a kitchen or other corner room that gets different angles from the sun during the daily traverse of the sun. Again pop back at 5pm to select which photo best summed up the “feeling” of that room. The dock also has a video out port on it so could also be relevant for budget aerial photography. (perhaps with the addition of a small monitor / netbook / etc)
I’m looking for the manual to confirm specs it would appear it’s too new to find it here.
Oh and by the way the WX1 will also take 10 full size images in a second.
Another neat feature may assist photographers of rural or lifestyle properties, “Sweep Panorama” mode.
This is where you press and the shutter and just pan the camera to take in a panorama of the farm, view, beach, property. It has an equivalent 24mm lens so just what the doctor ordered, and it shoots movies in 720HD/30fps, again perfect for web representation.
This would be really handy if you were looking at including a moving object in the shot, cows on the farm, boat going by on the river, kids in the paddock, just lots of possibilities.
And if this isn’t enough it’s starting to look like the stepping stones of HDR photography are being included in such small cameras. (Fuji have done so this year too)
Its ability for low light photos could also add an element to those RE twilight shots taken in the “magic hour” around dusk.
The cameras will be available in the US in September.
I’m not a betting man, but if you asked me if there a camera worth waiting for that would be ideal for Real Estate, and portable enough to be with you all the time, then I’d have to think one of these couldn’t find a better spot than under your tree on 25th Dec.
If you have patience, heres a google translated link to a jp site with, according to them, sample full size images. Just noticed another claim on the jp site, it reads “On board the world’s first digital camera, backside-illuminated CMOS machine. “
I was just having a discussion last night with a good friend who also loves photography and we were talking about Point & Shoot DSC’s – along the lines of where could they possibly go from here?
And then I read about this today…………..Wow, Point & Shoot really is progressing.
Its Sony now, but I’m sure the others can’t be too far behind. Xmas this year might just be time for some upgrades.