Sony Cybershot says President Bush smiles, Obama doesn’t

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Most of the upcoming point-and-shoot cameras have some type of smile detection technology that will only fire a picture when a person smiles, but how accurate are these features?  At the PMA 08 show we tested out the Sony Cybershot’s “Smile Shutter” technology and found it to be quite finicky.

Las Vegas (NV) – Most of the upcoming point-and-shoot cameras have some type of smile detection technology that will only fire a picture when a person smiles, but how accurate are these features?  At the PMA 08 show we tested out the Sony Cybershot’s “Smile Shutter” technology and found it to be quite finicky.  While it did take a picture of us (after much facial contortion), it easily snapped away at a picture of President George W. Bush.

Presidential contender Barack Obama and a smiling cat from lolcats.com didn’t fare as well.

In all seriousness, we think the smile detection features are great for consumers, but probably not so useful for the gadget freaks in our audience.