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Sony HX10V review

Travel compact with built in GPS and 16x optical zoom

There's a lot to like about the Sony HX10V, and we can see this appealing to a broad range of compact camera users.

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Its sturdy design and sleek looks disguise the fact that it is packing an impressive 16x optical zoom lens inside the chassis.

With GPS, Picture Effects, panorama mode and full manual controls also available, we can see this attracting both beginners and those looking for something a little bit more advanced.

Perhaps most importantly, image quality is also great, delivering images with lots of punch, vibrancy and detail.

We liked

Easy to use and nice to hold, the Sony HX10V's full manual control is a real bonus for something you can slip into a pocket, as is the large zoom range boosted by Clear Zoom technology.

We disliked

It's a shame that this doesn't offer raw shooting mode, as on the Sony RX100, since that would have added even more flexibility.

Final verdict

It has almost the same specification as the Sony HX20V, save for the extra zoom range, so if you're looking to save a little money, the Sony HX10V is a fantastic option for those in the market for a new holiday camera, or perhaps as an "everyday camera" for always having on you.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (M2), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom64x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Blink Detection, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)204 g
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
Battery Model SupportedNP-BG1
Height59.7 mm
Width104.7 mm
Depth33.8 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.28 mm to 68.48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAC3
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX10V
Product NameHX10V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX10VW.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Packed with easy-to-use features for better-looking images and HD videos, the compact, high-zoom Cyber-shot HX10V with Extra High Sensitivity Technology and GPS is your ideal travel partner. Experience high-performance imaging for detail-packed stills, 3D and Full HD video.

Battery Life340 Shot/2.83 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX10V Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack (NP-BG1)
  • AC Adapter AC-UB10/UB10B
  • Multi USB
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • AC Power Cord
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker