Excerpt: I admid I have allot of camera's including DslR and Nex3 FZ100 and so on. But this one do it all. The focus system is fast and reable,somtinge others have missed the point. My other zooms also shoot 10 frames a second ,But missed the point,when your furst lock in takes ages. I do not matter when it can shoot 10 frames or more,you are to late anyway. Lucky the sony HX100V lock in focus so fast,it is unbelieve. Also tracking focus work wel.
Excerpt: Had the camera for about a month now and have taken quite a few photos experimenting with all the different settings.I love the flexability and the great pictures it takes. Most photos are tken in either Manual or Aperture, but when I am just walking around and want to snap photos, the Superior is the best. I still have lots more to investigate. Fantastic super zoom. Problems: Try finding the Macro mode. The only way I can find accessing it is by using the Gourmet scene.
Excerpt: I needed a pocket camera to replace the good Panasonic Lumix TZ7 when I can't travel with my bag and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and its lenses which are very heavy. So I bought a Sony DSC-HX5V which is too slow and only good for video HD. dpreview and some other forums showed me that it was actually quite difficult to get a good pocket camera.
Summary: I bought the Sony DSC-HX100 mainly for the power of the Zoom and was not disappointed. So far I've shot birds at a distance and family close up, inside and out with excellent results. However, whilst the shooting position is comfortable, the controls are over sensitive and handling the camera in any other way is awkward. Getting it in and out of its case, for example, is awkward without switching it on.
Summary: For the past 5 years my camera has been a Sony DSC-R1, probably the best bridge camera ever made, weighs in at 1kg and built like a sherman tank, it has performed faultlessly since day 1. Sony only produced this camera for a year prior to launching their first DSLR. I live only two hours drive from one of our game parks and the wildlife photo opportunities are fantastic, the R1 only has a 120mm zoom and requires fairly close camera to subject distance, not always a good...