Sony's new DSC-G3 Wi-Fi camera includes... a Web browser

Left out of its press event yesterday, Sony today launched a new Wi-Fi enabled camera, the 10.1-megapixel DSC-G3. Most notable about this slim digicam is a built-in Web browser for connecting to public hotspots.

While Wi-Fi in a digital camera can make it possible to upload while on the go, many hotspots require a login or registration using a Web page. To get around this problem, Sony simply embedded a browser into the camera, which can be accessed by pressing the WLAN button on the back.

To simplify things for users, Sony partnered with AT&T to offer free access to the carrier's hotspots at Starbucks, airports and other locations. AT&T essentially made it possible to navigate to Sony's Easy Upload Homepage even when not registered, at least until January 31, 2012. From the Easy Upload Homepage, users can quickly send their photos to Shutterfly, Picasa, YouTube, Photobucket and Dailymotion.

Other sites for uploading or simply viewing can be accessed using the Web browser by inputting the URL.

As far as the camera specs go, the G3 features a 4x optical zoom lens, 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD, optical image stabilization, and face detection. It's also DLNA complaint for those with DLNA TVs or laptops.

The DSC-G3 is on sale now for $500 and comes in black.


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