Also powered by the Exmor sensor and Bionz processor, Sweep Panorama is a brand-new shooting mode for capturing landscapes, city scenes and more. Users hold down the shutter button and swing the camera horizontally (or vertically). The Cyber-shot HX1 seamlessly stitches together a high-speed burst of frames to create an extra-wide, high resolution image.

Developed originally for Sony's Alpha digital SLR family, the G Lens in the HX1 teams aspherical lens elements and ED (extra-low dispersion) lens for uncompromising optical precision. The lens covers a range of 28mm wide-angle right up to 560mm super telephoto.

The Cyber-shot HX1 is the first compact camera from Sony that’s capable of shooting 1080p HD movies at 30fps. There's no ability to capture video at the more usual European framerate of 25fps.

The Cyber-shot HX1 also supports Intelligent Scene Recognition with Smile Shutter for capturing smiles; a three-inch 230,000-pixel LCD, a new jog dial, and a digital SLR-style Custom button that can be assigned to Smile Shutter, White Balance adjust or metering mode select functions.

Shipping in May, pricing for the Cyber-shot HX1 has yet to be announced.