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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX1

Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
  • 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 HDâ€� 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...
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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX1: Review

Akihabara News
5 October 2011
  • Summary: Pictures are a little bit less perfect than Canon’s SX1, the HX1 is better suited to those looking for a real all-in-one bridge. The HX1 gives colorful photos, has a great panoramic mode and nice HD video… But then again, if you’re on a tight budget and more interested in photo quality, the SX1 would be a bit better.
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Sony DSC-HX1

Steve's Digicams
10 February 2010
  • Excerpt: 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Channel5
9 February 2010
  • Conclusion: Japanese Sony’s most American camera yet: the big, brash HX1 chews gum and deafens cowering compacts with its 20x zoom and endless feature list. However, average picture quality is all mouth and no (plaid) ‘pants’.
  • Pros: This Sony’s 20x zoom lens isn’t just a lens, it’s a force of nature. From a wideangle that can accommodate Jonathan Ross’s ego to a telephoto that can (just) make out the Jonas Brothers’ talent, the stabilised optics are crisp and sharp. A high-speed CMOS chip lets Sony go bonkers with new features, such as an auto-stitching panorama where you simply pan the camera or multiple exposure modes to cut down on noise and blur. Start-up, focus and burst modes are extremely ...
  • Cons: How often do you zoom in to the inside of someone’s nose? If you don’t need the longer reaches of the huge lens, a budget SLR like the Nikon D60 costs and weighs about the same, but with a crystal clear optical viewfinder instead of a cramped EVF, higher resolution and much, much better image quality. The HX1’s 9MP images are bright and colourful but also smeary and noisy, and the benefits of that zippy 10fps burst mode fade away when you’re forced to wait 15 seconds ...
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
7.5
Features 9
8.5
Performance 9
8.5
Picture quality 8
7.5
Ergonomics 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0

Expert Review

DP Review
27 January 2010
  • 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 ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Tech2
19 January 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 9
9.0
Design 9
9.0
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 10
9.5
Performance 9
9.0
Picture quality 9
9.0

Sony CyberShot HX1

What Digital Camera
18 January 2010
  • Excerpt: Sony takes on the superzoom market with the fully specified Cyber-Shot HX1 camera boasting ground-breaking features. The What Digital Camera Sony CyberShot HX1 review...
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Review

Digital Camera Review
15 October 2009
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

CNET
12 August 2009
  • Summary: Trade-offs abound in Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 megazoom. Though it's fast and has some really novel, useful features, it just doesn't deliver the photo quality expected for its class.
  • Pros: Fast; tiltable LCD; Hand-held Twilight mode produces better-than-average photos in low light; zooms during movie capture.
  • Cons: Small EVF; no raw support; HDMI output requires dongle; no standard continuous-shooting mode.
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Expert Review

Digital Photography Now
8 August 2009
  • 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.
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