Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V digital camera
5 June 2013
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V is priced at Rs. 21,000, and is targeted at the prosumer camera audience. While, the price may be steep, it does offer ease of use along with various other features. This camera is lightweight and compact making it an ideal camera for those looking to travel. The performance of this camera is pretty good and those who like vibrant colours will surely enjoy it.
Excerpt: We write a lot about DSLRs and ILCs here, and all of the advantages of interchangeable lenses. But many people yearn for a camera with a built-in, long-range zoom lens that covers wide-angle to supertele—and that doesn’t cost a thousand dollars or more. We call this type of camera a superzoom, and Sony’s most interesting model this year is the Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V ($450, street).
Summary: The HX100V combines abundant external control points, DSLR-style ergonomic handling and an extremely versatile 30x zoom range. Image quality is better than average for a compact-sized sensor. Unfortunately, the camera's slow startup time and sluggish operational response can lead to missed photo opportunities.
Pros: Good image quality for its class with pleasing colors and contrast, Extremely versatile zoom range, Excellent video quality and stereo microphone, Good ergonomic handling experience with well-placed external control points, Generally good metering and accurate WB, Reliable AF performance for its class, Impressive flash power for its class, Well-implemented HDR, anti-blur and panorama scene modes, Articulated LCD screen, Eye sensor that switches automatically between E...
Cons: Slow startup time, Sluggish operational speed, Cannot adjust placement of the zoom area in MF magnification mode, Self-timer cancelled after each exposure, Color mode options not available when shooting video
Excerpt: About this time last year I fell upon a Sony DSC-HX5V compact digicam with great glee, buying one to use for my family picture making. It has since traveled with us on all our excursions, elegantly and easily recording our trips as HD movies. Admittedly, there are a few hangups with it, mostly to do with the image stabiliser… it doesn’t like the camera to stay still!
Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot HX100V is a 16 Megapixel super-zoom with a 30x stabilised optical zoom lens and a 3 inch flip-up LCD screen with 921 thousand pixel resolution. Sony's first new super-zoom for nearly two years has a job on its hands to compete with the best-selling Canon PowerShot SX30 IS as well as popular models from Panasonic and Fujifilm.
On features alone though, the Cyber-shot HX100V is well-equipped for the job.
Pros: Excellent 16 Megapixel image quality., 1080p50/60 HD video., Dual-mode focus/zoom ring., Fast 10fps burst shooting., Built-in GPS receiver.
Cons: No RAW mode., No hotshoe for external flash., Badly designed lens cap.
Summary: In terms of performance the Sony HX100V is king of the superzooms: its close-up focusing and nippy autofocus will do you proud in all manner of scenarios. The dual zoom-meets-focus ring is a great control mechanism that's well-placed for comfortable use. Other areas such as HD movie and GPS will make it an all the more attractive purchase.
Excerpt: The new Sony DSC-HX100V superzoom is the successor to 2009's HX1 model. Super-zooms now typically offer at least a 24x or bigger lens in a relatively compact body that you can fit inside a small camera bag, with some models upping the ante to a 35x lens. The Sony DSC-HX100V joins the party with a 30x extending optical lens with very respectable maximum apertures of f/2.8 at the 27mm wide-angle setting and f/5.6 at the 810mm full telephoto setting.