Excerpt: With so many options out there, it can become a daunting task to pick a good superzoom that's priced right. Sony manages to enamor us with its new superzoom offering – the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1, with really good performance, and a plethora of features, but a slightly hefty pricetag. To begin with, the DSC-HX1 is on the tinier side at 115 x 83 x 92 mm, but it weighs quite a bit at 544 grams.
Conclusion: The HX1 presents a very attractive package to the potential buyer. The large and versatile zoom range that extends from moderate wide angle to extreme telephoto, the HD video recording, very fast continuous shooting speeds, and unique shooting modes all contained in a well built, mini-SLR style body all go some way to tugging at your purse strings.
Pros: Decent resolution for such an ambitious lens, Good color, generally accurate focus gives a high 'hit rate' even in auto mode, Huge photographic versatility with 28-560mm lens and auto macro mode, Image stabilization works well (and can be used in movie mode), Ultra fast 10 fps continuous shooting mode (limited to 10 frames), Fast focus for a camera of this type, HD video capture with high quality stereo sound, Unique sweeping panorama mode, In-camera image stacking fo...
Cons: Pixel level quality not great; visible sharpening and NR artefacts, ISO 800 - 3200 noisy and of limited use, Noise reduction destroys fine detail at anything over ISO 400, effects visible at base ISO, Electronic view finder is low resolution and small, Focus hunts in low light situations, Lens zooming action quite slow, Takes a long time to turn on and off, Continuous shooting locking you out for up to 17 seconds can be quite frustrating, Quite expensive, Uses Memory ...
Summary: Sony's new Cybershot DSC-HX1 is one of the first Sony cameras to feature their new Exmor CMOS image processor. This sensor is combined with Sony's G-Lens to give you faster speeds and higher quality images, even in low-light. The 20x optical zoom lens gives you a very wide 28mm equivalent view on the wide end, with a distant 560mm magnification at the telephoto end.
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot HX1 proves to be a veritable Swiss Army Knife of a midsize camera. Need to grab some sports shots? It has the lens and the speed to do it. Headed to the zoo? Again, you're covered. Summer vacation at the Grand Canyon? The HX1 counters with perhaps the most useful panorama mode ever installed on a digicam. Plus, you can get video clips worthy of your 42-inch HDTV from the same device.
Pros: Fast, Fast, Did we mention fast?, Stunning panorama mode, Exceptional HD video, Super-sharp 20x lens
Cons: Menus and controls could use clean-up, EVF isn't the best, Expensive
Excerpt: Sony did a great job of stealing the limelight here at PMA in Las Vegas with their innovative new bridge camera, the Cyber Shot DSC-HX1. It's a first in that Sony has endowed the HX1 with a CMOS sensor from the Sony Exmor sensor technology family, which their high-end Alpha DSLR models use. Until now, most compact digital cameras using CMOS sensors were from the cheap and cheerful, low quality end of the range.
Conclusion: It’s hard to live up to great expectations, but as far as we’re concerned, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 did just that. Is it a perfect camera? Hardly, since one hasn’t been invented. Yet this camera does many things well: shoots quickly and accurately with minimal fuss, has a powerful wide-angle zoom, offers manual options and takes fine HD movies. Although it doesn’t shoot RAW files, don’t forget sweep panorama, one of the neatest tricks we’ve seen in a long time.
Conclusion: Sony has made the Cyber-shot HX1 an apparently hip-looking camera to own – a digital SLR like design, huge 20X zoom lens with a tilting LCD, 10 FPS burst mode at full resolution, “full HD” movie mode (yeah right) as well as the much discussed ‘Sweep Panorama’ feature. Sounds like the perfect super zoom camera, huh?
Pros: Acceptable image quality up to mid-sized prints/display; please use low ISOs and shoot outdoors too, Huge 20X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, Large, tilt-able 3 inch LCD with good visibility, Full manual controls, HD movie mode (1080p and 720p options available) with stereo sound and optical zoom, Elaborate face/smile/blink detection modes, Many playback features and tools, Very good performance; excellent 10 FPS, full-resolution burst mode
Cons: Noise reduction and over-sharpening produces muddy photos, Proprietary and expensive Sony Memory Stick Duo cards, No image compression settings or RAW mode, No custom mode position on mode dial; ‘custom’ button can only be tasked to one of three limited functions, Electronic viewfinder size is below average; LCD resolution could be higher, Fixed field of view coverage in Sweep Panorama mode; camera messes up photo if you pan too slowly/stop abruptly, Only 10 shots in ...