Reviews and Problems with Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Review
23 January 2012
Summary: A high quality ultra-zoom from Sony. This camera almost ran away with the our scores this time around, with only the Canon Powershot S100 giving it a run for its money. The camera sports impressive video recording capabilities and managed to ace almost all of our tests. A brilliant all-round camera if you can don't mind the size.
Pros: Video performance, Performance in low-light, Detail in macro mode, Optics are excellent
Cons: Lack of hot shoe, Noise Reduction algorithms too aggressive
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
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: Super-zoom cameras in a mini- DSLR frame are a segment that is seeing a lot of growth in recent times. Sony’s offering in this segment is the HX100V which boasts of a 30x optical zoom lens. Its closest competitors the Nikon Coolpix P500 and the Canon Ixus 30IS have optical zoom of 36x and 35x respectively. But the HX100V makes up for the loss of optical zoom with a plethora of features that may take me pages to pen down. Let’s cut the small talk and get down to business.