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Sony Cyber-shot HX100V review

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

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Back-lit blades of greenery don't excessively overexpose in this mid-zoom shot (See full image)

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A tricky one for focus as this goat marched towards the camera, but the AF system was quick enough to capture with relative sharpness. ISO 400 was used to up the shutter speed (See full image)

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Two park goers enjoy the sun with their guitars. The highlights did blow a little in the first set of these shots so a quick -0.7EV adjustment brought exposure into better order (See full image)

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The low sun caught these chimney pots and cast them with a golden light. The full extent of the 810mm zoom was able to focus in on them from afar (See full image)

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Taking full advantage of the 810mm equivalent zoom, this cropped image of the moon shows just how far-reaching the HX100V's shots can be (See full image)

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An example in 'Auto' mode where the camera has opted for a 1/20th second exposure despite the long 810mm equivalent focal length. Image stabilisation has helped to save the image (See full image)

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The tricky black and white areas in the subject caused the camera to underexpose, requiring a push in exposure compensation for the final shot. On screen there appeared to be no overexposure, though the detail is clipped in the background water (See full image)

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A real world ISO 800 landscape example shot (See full images)

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
ColourBlack
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
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
Height86.6 mm
Width121.6 mm
Depth93.1 mm
Autofocus Points9
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
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX100V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.

Battery Life410 Shot/3.42 Hour Video
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
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year