Digital camera specialist Jessops has scooped an exclusive on sales of the 12Mp Sony Cyber-shot W290 compact digital camera.
The £239 inc VAT camera comes in black or blue and, despite its slimline frame and overall weight of just 167g, packs a Carl Zeiss lens with 5x optical zoom. The W290 has a nine-point autofocus and can shoot HD video as well as taking 12Mp still photos.
Capable of detecting as many as eight faces in a shot and optimising the exposure so facial features are distinct and well-lit, it's also possible to select just one person in shot to focus on - ideal if you want to pick out one person in a crowd.
The Sony Cyber-shot W290 also has smile- and blink-detection technology and red-eye reduction.
High dynamic range is supported and the camera is able to automatically detect the type of scene and select the best scene mode.
An HD output allows video footage and a slideshow of photos to be played back on a TV screen. Photos and video are stored to either Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro removable storage.
The 12.1Mp camera is available now from the Jessops website.