Last Updated (14 September’11):
- Review by PCWorld
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V is a 16.1 Megapixels Digital camera features 30x zoom (35mm equivalent: 27-810mm), ISO 100-3200, Full HD 1080/60p, Backlight Correction HDR, High resolution iSweep Panorama mode, Hi-speed Linear Focus, Background Defocus, 3D still images, Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, HDMI™ output, Motion Detection, Face Detection technology, Sweep Multi Angle™ mode, Anti-Motion Blur Mode, Anti-blink Function, and 3.0″ XtraFine LCD. The camera measures W x H x D: 4 5/8″ x 3 4/8″ x 3 5/8″ (119.0mm x 88.9mm x 93.0mm) and weighs (Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx 1lb 2.4oz.(523g).
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Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V Features
With 30x optical zoom, incredible low light performance, full 1080x60p HD movie capabilities, and innovative features like, hi-speed linear auto focus, 3D image capabilities, and backlight correction to catch even the smallest details in high contrast shots, the Sony DSC-HX100V will renew your passion for photography.
Sony DSC-HX100V Feature Highlights
16.1 Megapixel Back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS Image Sensor
The DSC-HX100V features a 16.2 megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined “Exmor R” CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T Lens with 27mm equivalent wide angle lens and 30x Optical Zoom
The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up within a ½-inch of the subject. A 27mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces.
3.0-inch XtraFine LCD
3.0-inch XtraFine LCD with TruBlack technology gives you deeper blacks and more color in your display, all while being thinner than most LCDs.
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 Full HD. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PlayStation3 systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs.
Backlight Correction HDR
Don’t miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking three pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of each into a single image for more natural looking shots.
Hi-speed Linear Focus
Life moves fast, your camera’s focus needs to move just as fast. The Hi-speed linear focus achieves dramatically clearer images with an auto focus that moves just as fast as your life.
3D still images and panorama
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities4. Images will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.
High resolution iSweep Panorama mode
With high resolution iSweep Panorama mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot.
Capturing the right shot at the right moment has never been so easy. Digital zoom brings the action up close to get that perfect shot, every time.
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality.
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.
The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable (sold separately) to any compatible HDMI device to easily enjoy and upload content.
Smile Shutter technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.
Face Detection technology
Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends.
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.
It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.
Sweep Multi Angle Mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.
Anti-Motion Blur Mode
Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-HX100V captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras.
TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by a consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing.5
Includes Sony PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Software ver. 5.5
Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space site).
Includes Sony PMB Portable software
With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software the DSC-HX100V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software or install.
Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V Reviews
PCWorld reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“The 30X-optical-zoom HX100V may not have the zoom range or fine-tuning options of some competing cameras, but it compensates with futuristic extras, good video quality, and solid images.”
CNET reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“The good: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V is overflowing with shooting features, has excellent photo and video quality, and solid shooting performance for its class. The bad: The HX100V might actually be too much camera for some users and it has a couple minor design issues.”
CameraLabs reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“The only significant issue that’s likely to bother more advanced shooters is the lack of a RAW mode. If that’s a deal-breaker for you then consider the Panasonic FZ100 and FZ45 / FZ40 or the Fujifilm finePix HS20 EXR. The bottom line is Sony’s Cyber-shot HX100V promises to be one of the best super-zooms of 2011 and I have no hesitation in Highly recommending it.”
ePhotozine reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“The electronic viewfinder is a little small, but of a high quality and useful in bright sunlight. Battery life is very good, offering over 330 shots, and the built in manual is extremely useful. The Sony Cybershot HX100v is without doubt the most feature packed ultra zoom available, and produces image quality to match. Highly Recommended!”
PhotoReview reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“Video quality was very good for all quality settings (including VGA), although contrast levels tended to be quite high, leading to blown-out highlights with many subjects. The image stabilisation system was effective for shooting stills as well as for movie capture”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“Add in the 3D Sweep Panoramas and 3D Still Images, amazing 10fps burst shooting mode and 0.1 second auto-focusing, and it’s very easy for us to highly recommend the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V as an all-in-one, do-it-all camera that won’t break the bank..”
LuminousLandscape reviews the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V and writes;
“For amateur photographers looking for a highly versatile camera, with great video, long reach, and lots of toys, the Sony HX-100V will really satisfy. For the more serious photographer interested in stills image quality as much as video or long reach, my recommendation would be an MFT camera or a Sony NEX.”
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