Sony Party-Shot Personal Photographer for Sony TX1 and WX1 Digital Cameras
|Price:||$33.24 + $4.99 shipping|
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- Party-shot personal photographer automatically takes your photos for you
- Intelligent composition uses the rule of thirds to compose great shots; intelligently searches and tilts to follow subjects and take photos
- Motion detection seeks out movement to take photos at the right moment; Smile Shutter technology automatically detects smiles and Face Detection technology recognizes faces
- With one touch of the Menu button, you can set the Rotation Angle, Shooting Frequency, and Flash
- Power up your Party-shot with either two AA alkaline batteries, or with the AC adaptor (AC-LS5 or AC-S5K), sold separately and not included
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|Item Dimensions||3.3 x 5.7 x 7.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Is it worth the money? Well, it's definitely not a NEED sort of item. It's a moderately expensive toy, but it is a fun one and seems to work reasonably well. Move it from the dining room to the patio to the kitchen during a party and you'll have plenty to post to facebook the next day. (No, it doesn't do that for you.)
I can picture this catching on and becoming pretty big, or disappearing without a trace into the world of ideas whose time did not come. Everyone I showed it to thought it was cool, but not necessarily something they'd be willing to pay good money for.
Thats why ill write my review about this little gizmo.
These are probably the things you already know:
Its an automatic photographer
it uses two AA batteries
and no, IT WILL NOT WORK with your older cameras (only the WX1 and the TX1 will work)
it can be mounted on any tripod
The things you might not know:
it really is a novelty item, as a previous poster said: It might catch up (I think it will) or it might just fade away like the sony rolly
This thing is literally a robot. You put your camera on the base and thats it... the base will start looking for faces and snap some pictures.
It has a mind of its own... you let the base take the pics and thats about it.
I've used it on a family dinner (about two hours) and it took around 237 pics. about 160 pics were awesome... the other were not that great (blurry, low light etc)
I got positive comments about it, but some family members felt uncomfortable by it... why?
As I said before it has a mind of its own, and if it really likes you (and believe it or not, it choses its favorite subjects) it will stare at you for a long time until it gets a good picture (it took about 10 pictures of my brother before changing subjects)
A nice little feature it has is that it detects when a person blinks. In the weird event that it snaps a picture at the same time the subject closes his or her eyes then it will mark it as "blink eye detected" and immediately snap another one.
Dont expect to put this thing on a tripod and take pictures all around your dinning room.Read more ›
1. During its random, round and round, up and down, zooming in and out hunting, it has to find a face, that remains in postion for the face detection
2. While holding the position on that face, the person has to smile, and hold the position long enough for it to lock in and take the photo
So yes, the first day we had this, while everybody was interested in it long enough to stand there, wait for it, hold the smile, it would SOMETIMES take a photo, and then only about 30% of the time. The other 70% of the time it didn't seem to find the smile or be able to focus even though the person was standing there still holding a smile!
Even worse, once the novelty wore off, and people didn't feel like standing there, still, smiling, or if the camera wasn't used in a well lit area, it wouldn't take any photos at all. Plus, even though it uses the flash, if it doesn't have enough light initially to find the face and the smile, it's not going to work. So in the end, you'll get more photos AND better photos by just holding the camera yourself and taking the picture. Believe it or not, this accessory would probably be better if it just took photos when it finds a face without trying to find a face and a smile, which never happens when there is no photographer holding the camera. So as much as I wanted to keep it, it was too expensive given it was a relatively useless lazy susan. It's really too bad, because it seems if the engineers would have just thought about this for a few minutes, they could have made the product much more realistic and useful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used this on 6 different occasions now and I got nothing but disappointment. My camera sits on there fine and the stand rotates and tilts like it should, however... Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Song Phothisane
Even though Sony advertises this as compatible with the TX7 when I purchased this part the box did not include the necessary two plates for use with the TX7. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by L. Lau
This actually works reasonably well - as advertised. I used it with a WX1 and the pictures were generally quite good. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Galton
There is a weird paradox here....its supposed to be a party toy, correct? Well, I have used it several times during a party but eventually had to shut it down because it makes... Read morePublished on October 22, 2009 by Sudhanshu Thakur