Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V
A new digital camera was arrived
A new camera from Sony? Yes, that’s right. Its name is Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V and it promises great things to photographers who plan to buy it. Our team tested the gadget and here is what we found and our review.
16-megapixel Exmor R sensor
As usual, this Sony device didn’t disappoint in the design area. The CyberShot DSC-HX100V comes in black and measures 4.6″ x” 3.5″ x 3.6″; as for weight, there are 1 pound to take into consideration, which isn’t that much and the product can be carried around without breaking a sweat (like we did with other cameras in the past).
In the center of the gadget we saw an impressive arsenal. The camera has a 16-megapixel sensor based on the Exmor R technology, a new system of lenses able to offer 30x wide-angle, and, last but not least, a high-speed linear focusing system. We thoroughly enjoyed the 3″ LCD with 921000 pixels resolution screen mainly because it was large and easy to see when looked at in a bright environment; it had problems in time of our review when we viewed it in direct sunlight, but luckily the electronic viewfinder solved the problem.
A rather exciting aspect of this Sony DSC-HX100V was its proximity sensor, which enabled the device to go from LCD to EVF whenever we brought it near our eyes. The zoom control located around the barrel of the lens came in handy when we wanted to do zoom adjustments. Menus were user-friendly and there was even a user’s manual preinstalled in the product.
The quality of the pictures we snapped with this device managed to impress us. What we weren’t particularly happy about was the sharpness, which was rather bad even when we used the lowest ISO, and noise, which increased when we turned on ISO 1600 and 3200; it made the photos wash out and people in them looked like paintings.
Handheld Twilight mode
The camera has a superb mode installed and it’s called Handheld Twilight; when we tested the device, this option reduced blurs and noise, making images look great in low-light.
We thought that the team at Sony shouldn’t have installed 1 resolution of 16″ on their Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V, because it really wasn’t necessary. We loved the movies we were able to shoot with this gadget: they appeared smooth, with plenty of detail, excellent colors and so on, thanks to image stabilization and 1080p/60p. The device enabled us to shoot up to 29 minutes of content and, when we stopped, we noticed no blurs and great sound quality during playback.
3D shooting modes
The latest camera offered by Sony contains a multitude of modes and apertures, which we think is really cool, especially when compared to other cameras. The 3D shooting modes were top-notch.
The product took only 2 seconds to start up and get ready for action. With the flash on we registered a time of 3.1 seconds between shots, which was rather a bit too much. Shutter lag was awesome: 0.3 seconds (when light was very bright) and 0.6 seconds (during those times when there was low light around). Saving photos took an estimated 1.5 seconds and the burst shooting mode was capable of up to 10fps.
Unlike many cameras in its range, the DSC-HX100V ships with a compass and GPS receiver, which work just fine.
We liked Sony’s latest camera. The new CyberShot DSC-HX100V it is a gadget that looks elegant, has many interesting features and takes/shoots beautiful photos and movies. Still, we think that its wide variety of features might confuse beginners, so we recommend this device to professionals.
|* 16.2 MP “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for superior low-light performance|
|* Vario Sonnar T 30x optical zoom|
|* Full HD 1080/60p to capture fast motion movies|
|* Optical Sensor Resolution: 16.2 MP|
|* Optical Sensor Technology: Exmor R CMOS|
|* Optical zoom: 30 x|
|* Minimum focal length: 4.8 millimeters|
|* Maximum focal length: 144 millimeters|
|* Maximum Aperature Range: F/2.8-5.6|
|* Backlight Correction; get details in difficult lighting|
|* Hi-speed Linear focus for dramatically clearer images|
|* Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3″|
|* Display Size: 3 inches|
|* Included Flash Type: Pop-up flash|
|* Lens Type: Zoom lens|
|* Image types: JPEG|
|* Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 125, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 160, ISO 320, ISO 640, ISO auto, ISO 500, ISO 2000, ISO 2500, ISO 250, ISO 1600, ISO 3200, ISO 1000, ISO 1250|
|* Viewfinder Type: LCD|
|* Depth: 3.7 inches|
|* Width: 4.8 inches|
|* Height: 3.4 inches|
|* Weight: 18.5 Ounces|
|* Shooting Modes: Frame movie mode|