Whether you’re trying to film the brilliant pink sun smashing into the massive Tetons or your entire family portrait–all 278 of them–the new Sony CyberShot HX-1′s sweep panorama technology provides up to 224 degrees (154 degrees vert) of picture-perfect imaging with a quick “press and sweep”. The 1/2.4-inch Exmor(TM) CMOS sensor allows the camera to hit burst speeds of 10 frames/sec. at 9.1 MP, while the mechanical shutter reduces distortion in moving pictures. Sony finishes off the sweet $500 package with a Sony G lense and 1080p video capability. Since this digital age has made it abundantly clear that most of us aren’t photographers, the HX-1 is also packed with plenty of smart auto mode features: Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN), Optical SteadyShot(TM) and face detection technologies. Pre-sales start this month and it hits stores in April. [Engadget and PR Newswire]