The Sony HX10V is capable of producing images with a good dynamic range, resolving a good amount of detail in both the shadow and highlight areas of the scene.
These images show the zoom capability of the HX10V. The first image was taken at the widest point (24mm equivalent), with the middle image taken at the furthest reach of the optical zoom, (16x - 384mm equivalent) and finally the Clear Zoom digital zoom in action, or 768mm equivalent.
Here you can see some detail has been lost in the brightest highlight area of the flower - something that is prone to happening with very bright subjects.
Macro focusing works from as close as 5cm, which is handy for shooting subjects such as flowers. We can also see that a pleasing restricted depth of field effect has been deployed.
Another one of the Picture Effects is "partial colour", which picks out a given colour (you can choose from blue, green, red or yellow, while shooting the rest of the image in black and white.
Here's an example where the colours of the image are slightly undersaturated compared with the real colours, especially the oranges of the flowers.
This has been shot with the Pop Colour Picture Effect applied, which although perhaps going a little overboard, is a slightly more accurate rendition of some of the vibrant colours.
The 16x optical zoom lens is handy for shooting subjects from a distance, or isolating details on subjects that may have otherwise been lost.
In this example, the HX10V has done a good job of reproducing the colour, producing a sharp image with plenty of detail.
Shot in fully automatic, the HX10V has done a good job of dealing with the mixed lighting conditions, producing an image with lots of detail and good colours.
Although the Sony HX10V doesn't have a large sensor or the same wide aperture as the premium Sony RX100, it still does a reasonably good job of producing shallow depth of field effects.
Here are some examples of the HX10V's different picture styles. Illustration and Watercolour are two of the camera's art-style filters.
Toy Camera can be modified with different tones, taking it from the standard (see above) to "Cool" (see below). Warm, Green and Magenta are also available.
Rich Tone Monochrome is a way to produce black and white images with lots of depth.
Although a little over the top, the HDR Painting mode produces images with a high dynamic range, and can work well depending on the situation.