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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Cyber-Shot HX1 The Cyber-Shot HX1 is a 1/2.4-inch Exmor™ CM Read more

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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
26 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 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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Overall 9
8.5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Review

Digitaltrends
24 June 2009
  • 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.
  • Pros: Sweep panorama, 10 fps, 20x zoom
  • Cons: No RAW option
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a hybrid digital camera that can shoot 9-megapixel still shots, as well as 1920x1080 videos!

Good Gear Guide.au
23 January 2010
  • Summary: If you want an advanced compact with a big zoom and if don't plan on making big prints of your photos then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is worth considering. However, you will have to get used to its odd physical characteristics (such as the poor shutter button, narrow width and non-rotating LCD screen).
  • Pros: Excellent viewfinder, 20x zoom, useful in-camera panorama mode, can shoot Full HD video
  • Cons: Noisy images, photos lack clarity when viewed at their full size, shutter button does not have a distinct step for focusing, body feels too narrow, LCD screen does not rotate
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Overall 7
7.0

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 review

PC Advisor
22 January 2010
  • Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is one of the new hybrid digital still cameras that can be used to shoot good quality video.
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Overall 8
8.0

Sony DSC-HX1 review

electricpig.co.uk
30 July 2009
  • Summary: Flexible, well designed and easy to use – a stonking bridge camera that can adapt to almost any shooting situation
  • Pros: Brilliantly versatile, sweeping panoramic mode
  • Cons: Noise in higher ISO shots
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

PhotoReview
1 July 2009
  • Summary: An ultra-zoom digicam with HD video recording capabilities and some handy functions for still shooting.Sony has brought its Exmor CMOS technology to the super-zoom arena in the form of the 9.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. Styled like a mini-DSLR - but too big to be pocketable - the HX1 is the highest-priced model on the current market.
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Overall 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
7.5
Build quality 9
8.5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

PhotoReview
1 July 2009
  • Summary: An ultra-zoom digicam with HD video recording capabilities and some handy functions for still shooting.Sony has brought its Exmor CMOS technology to the super-zoom arena in the form of the 9.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. Styled like a mini-DSLR - but too big to be pocketable - the HX1 is the highest-priced model on the current market.
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