Sony HX10V review

Travel compact with built in GPS and 16x optical zoom

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Sony Cyber Shot DSC HX10V review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Here's an example where the colours of the image are slightly undersaturated compared with the real colours, especially the oranges of the flowers.

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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.

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The 16x optical zoom lens is handy for shooting subjects from a distance, or isolating details on subjects that may have otherwise been lost.

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In this example, the HX10V has done a good job of reproducing the colour, producing a sharp image with plenty of detail.

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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.

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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.

Filters

Here are some examples of the HX10V's different picture styles. Illustration and Watercolour are two of the camera's art-style filters.

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Illustration filter

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Watercolour filter

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Soft High Key filter

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Toy Camera Standard filter

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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.

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Toy Camera Cool filter

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Rich Tone Monochrome filter

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Rich Tone Monochrome is a way to produce black and white images with lots of depth.

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HDR Painting mode

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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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
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, Digital
ColourWhite
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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.7 mm
Width104.7 mm
Depth33.8 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.28 mm to 68.48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX10V
Product NameHX10V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Exposure Control

Program Auto

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX10VW.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
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.

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
Limited Warranty1 Year