Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

Last update (14 March’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 is a 9.1 Megapixels SLR-like ultrazoom digital camera features Sweep Panorama Mode, High Speed Shooting (10fps), 20x optical zoom (35mm Equivalent: 28-560mm), CMOS Sensor, BIONZ™ image processor, Optical SteadyShot, Face Detection, Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus, Smile Shutter™, HD Movie (1080p), and a 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD™ tilt display. The camera measures W x H x D: 114.5mm x 82.8mm x 91.8mm (4 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ x 3 5/8″) and weighs Approx. 1.8oz. (504g). [More Features & Specifications Detail]

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆| Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“…These allow for the great image quality and excellent performance of the camera as well as the availability of some of the new and advanced shooting modes that Sony has included. The only drawback to the image quality is the amount of noise we saw at all ISO levels and the chromatic aberrations that appear quite often. “
Rating: N/A

DCR reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“Under studio conditions, autofocus comes in just beyond DSLR speed. And as claimed, the HX1 is good for ten full-res shots at a full 10 fps – which puts this Cyber-shot on par with flagship pro-grade cameras for continuous shooting speed. “
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“if you keep print sizes to below 11×14 inches, you really won’t notice at the lowest ISO, and even ISO 800 shots look good at 8×10. The Sony HX1 is a good quality digital camera with a very long zoom that’s made for the casual shooter, not necessarily the enthusiast.”
Rating: N/A

DCI reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“The HX1 also produced attractive still images and video; both had good color and plenty of detail. But it’s not cheap”
Rating: N/A

PCWOrld reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“Battery life is another strong suit. In the PC World Lab’s battery test, the DSC-HX1 shot 472 images on a single charge of its lithium ion battery, earning a battery-life score of Superior..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“The images aren’t perfectly noise free even at the lowest settings, but they are usable up to ISO 800. At ISO 1600.. To sum it up, the Sony HX1 is certainly not ‘the’ perfect camera, but it’s one of the best all-rounders we’ve seen, and as such, it comes Highly Recommended by us.”
Rating: ★★★★½

RegHardware reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
” Video is fine if you’re taking shots of slow moving objects, but performance suffers if your subject is fast-moving. But overall, we liked the DSC-HX1 and if a super zoom compact is on your wish list, you might find that this camera offers the right set of features and performance for the price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“Image noise was visible in the long exposures we took at night at all ISO settings, becoming obvious by ISO 400 and very obvious at ISO 1600 and above. Noise reduction processing tended to soften shots, reducing the amount of detail in them. Flash exposure fared somewhat better, although softening was evident in shots taken at ISO 800 and above.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalTrends reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
” Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 did just that. Is it a perfect camera? Hardly, since one hasn’t been invented. Yet this camera does many things well: shoots quickly and accurately with minimal fuss, has a powerful wide-angle zoom, offers manual options and takes fine HD movies.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“If you want an advanced compact with a big zoom and if don’t plan on making big prints of your photos then the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is worth considering. However, you will have to get used to its odd physical characteristics (such as the poor shutter button, narrow width and non-rotating LCD screen).”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DPInterface reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“At ISO 200, things are pretty much the same as before and at ISO 400, detail and color smudging becomes more apparent. Image quality at ISO 800 just gets worse and visible noise artifacts appear as well. I wouldn’t step into ISO 1600 or ISO 3200 as there’s a steep drop in saturation, detail loss and very high noise”
Rating: N/A reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“If you are looking for a truly fully featured digital camera then the Sony Cybershot DSC HX1 ticks most boxes. I like the innovation in the area of shooting wide photos, plus all the other controls. The layout of the camera controls and buttons is good too. Throw in picture quality and you have a camera that is hard to beat.”
Rating: ★★★★½

T3 reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“There are a few niggles with the HX1, including no RAW format support, a huge amount of grain when your crank up the ISO and an LCD screen that isn’t quite full tile, but the HX1 is an easy to use, feature-packed addition to the superzoom camera market that will not disappoint.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“If you want a super zoom camera with HD video recording and lots of bells and whistles (some of which are quite cool), then it’s worth taking a look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. If image quality is more important than a 10 fps burst mode and easy panorama shooting, then I’d take a look at the PowerShot SX1 instead.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and writes;
“The good: Fast; tiltable LCD; Hand-held Twilight mode produces better-than-average photos in low light; zooms during movie capture. The bad: Small EVF; no raw support; HDMI output requires dongle; no standard continuous-shooting mode. The bottom line: Tradeoffs abound in Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 megazoom: though it’s fast and has some really novel, useful features, it just doesn’t deliver the photo quality expected for its class.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

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User Opinions

Sony promises and delivers by Photolog | Rating: ★★★★★
“Sony made some large claims about the dsc-hx1 before it was recently released to the marketplace. i am happy to say the camera delivers on all those claims. the panorama function works so easily anyone can use it. the burst function really did take ten shots in one second. the 20x telephoto lens is just plain fun to use. the longer i work with it, the more i discover. i found out that sony stores provide free, one-hour, one-on-one lessons to camera purchasers.i hope to find answers to some of the questions the manual does not answer. i wish sony included a hd cable with the camera so i could view the movies i shot in hd without running out for the cable. the computer software included was nothing special. the camera is a gem”

The Best Camera by Leticia | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I love this camera. It is probally the most user friendly camera I have ever had. It is definately a point and shoot. I only gave it 4 stars because it does not come with a remote. It takes beautiful pictures. It has the ease of a point and shoot with the quality of a Digital SLR.”

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Samples

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ DCI
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ RegHardware
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ DCRP
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ CNET
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Sample Photos @ Dpreview

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 User Manual (PDF)

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Digital camera features
Sensor type: CMOS
Camera resolution (megapixels): 9.1
Optical zoom: 12x
Lens aperture range: f/2.8-f/8.0
Viewfinder: Yes
Video mode: Yes
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Zoom (telephoto): 560mm
Zoom (wide angle): 28mm

Digital video
Video resolutions: 1920×1080

Metering: Average Weighted, Centre, Spot
White balance: Auto, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade
Auto ISO: Yes
ISO speeds: 125, 200, 400, 800
Optical image stabilisation: Yes
Maximum shutter speed: 1/2000
Minimum shutter speed: 30

Built-in flash: Yes
Flash modes: Auto Flash

Focus modes: Auto, Face detection, Manual
Smile shutter: Yes

In the box: Camera, battery, PC/video cable, software CD, instruction manual, warranty card, HDMI adapter
Shooting modes: Continuous shot limit 10

Shooting modes
Aperture priority, Auto, Shutter priority
Burst mode: Yes
Scene modes: Yes
Self timer: Yes

Size and weight
Height: 82mm
Depth: 92mm
Width: 114mm
Weight: 500g

Supported memory media
Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro Duo

Warranty information
12 months (optional 4-year extended warranty)

Wired connections
Wired Terminals / Ports
HDMI, USB 2.0, Video out

9 Responses to “Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1”

  1. Brian says:

    I have long been a Sony Fan, I actually sold my Sony F717 to purchase the new HX1 – What a Mistake. The F717 (a 10 year old camera) blows the HX1 away when it comes to Picture Quality. The only draw back to the F717 was Huge Shutter Lag. The Sony HX1 is a Specification Sheet dream – unfortunatly that is where all of the “good” stops. In the end it is the Picture Quality that counts – this thing is exceedingly poor in that department.

  2. Jimmy Setiawan says:

    I do love the 20x zoom and sweep panorama option on it..

  3. Mathew says:

    I also found that the LCD Screen collects dust dust inside which is not expected. Other wise HXI is excellent

  4. Debalina says:

    Correct me if I am wrong, apart from the poor picture quality, the Sweep panaroma works only for the still images.
    Also, the camera doesn’t have the Color Accent (a feature where the background remains black and white and the subject retains its color), which is expected in an expensive camera like this to create dramatic pictures.
    I bought the camera last week and I am thoroughly disappointed.

  5. Dylan says:

    Actually there is an editing function that will do that I believe. You have to be in play mode to view pictures. Then try menu and it will give you some touch up effects you can choose from.

  6. Myk says:

    i bought mine last May of this year 2010.. i actually love this camera, from the battery life, picture quality, quality even at its farthest 20x zoom,editing function,video , LCD brightness, and lightness. I did choose HX1 over an SLR camera.. But i think i like now the new NEX5 of Sony.. still in the process of reviewing its features..

  7. nomer says:

    i bought this a month ago. brought it in my trip in bohol, philippines. extra features like 20x zoom, handheld twilight, panorama and fast burst really did great jobs for me.

    i love the superzoooom. taking great pics of people in a distant without the need to go near and ask permission for their pose. butterfiles need not to disturbed them just to get a good pic of them.

    i like taking pics of people in their natural scenes. not only looks natural but tells a lot of story. panaroma was very good taking landscapes and beaches view.

    the burst is good as well when taking action scenes like jumping acts. it took series of photos at 9mp per shot at 10fps.

    im loving it and doing well for me. just know its features and amximize its potential. for sure you’ll get what you wanted without the bulkiness of dslr. not to mention the high cost of slr.

  8. emman says:

    how much is the camera?

  9. Abood says:

    should i buy it ?

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