Sony Cyber-shot HX100V review

Is Sony's 30x optical zoom HX100V the superzoom market leader?

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Sony cyber shot hx100v

The Sony Cyber-shot HX100V's layout is typical of a superzoom for the most part – it's a sizeable camera, but considering the significant zoom range it's not any bigger than to be expected.

The digital camera's plastic shell is complemented with a rubber grip to the right side that's comfortable to hold in use.

Controls are dealt with by a mixture of mode dial and thumbwheel, met with a variety of single-press buttons, a four-way D-pad and a main menu button on the rear. All major shooting options are quick to access, and the rear thumbwheel is well located for shifting between options when in the manual modes.

Sony cyber shot hx100v

Sensitivity (ISO) is accessed by pressing the thumbwheel and cycling through the major settings, which can make this mode location feel a little isolated.

A Focus button sits behind the shutter release, next to a Custom button that's useful to assign functionality to, though the limit of options doesn't extend beyond AEL, White Balance, ND Filter, Metering and Smile Shutter.

What's most special about the HX100V, however, is the inclusion of a dual zoom system.

Around the shutter is one usual zoom toggle control, yet there's also a lens ring that can perform the very same zoom function.

Sony cyber shot hx100v

An additional switch to the side of the lens barrel switches the lens ring's control between either zoom or manual focus control. This means that, depending on how you prefer to set the camera up, both zoom (on the zoom toggle) and manual focus (on the lens ring) are quickly accessible at all times.

The lens itself is a powered zoom, so even when using the manual zoom ring there is some slight 'stepping' between focal lengths. 

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)525 g
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height86.6 mm
Width121.6 mm
Depth93.1 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.80 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX100V
Product NameCyber-shot DSC-HX100V Bridge Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX100V
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Renew your passion for photography with Cyber-shot HX100V digital camera. A Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom brings distant subjects closer and high speed auto focus achieves dramatically clearer images while "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers superior low-light performance.

Package Contents
  • Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Bridge Camera
  • NP-FH50 Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year