Sony has announced the launch of the 10.1MP Cyber-shot N2, offering the highest ever resolution and sensitivity from a compact Cyber-shot camera.

Sony has announced the launch of a new 10.1MP lifestyle compact, the Cyber-shot N2. The camera offers the highest ever resolution and sensitivity from a compact Cyber-shot camera, and features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x optical zoom lens and maximum ISO 1600 sensitivity.

A touch screen 3inch LCD is on hand for reviewing and framing images, while Pocket Album and Slideshow with Music functions aim to help users get more out of image playback functionality.

Breaking the 10MP barrier for the first time in a compact Cyber-shot camera, the Cyber-shot N2 uses a Sony-developed Super HAD CCD sensor. The 1/1.7 inch size sensor is larger than the CCD found in the Cyber-shot N2?s predecessor, the N1. This, Sony claims, boosts dynamic range and reduces the cause of ‘washed out’ overexposed images.

Eight pre-set Scene Selection modes adjust shutter speed and exposure values for spontaneous shooting, and a high sensitivity mode automatically selects an ISO value in low light shooting situations. Five colour modes are available, while Manual exposure allows greater creative control over camera settings.

The Cyber-shot N2 will be available from October 2006, full details are available at www.sony.co.uk