Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Review

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Review posted 02/10/2010

Quick Take
Pros
Versatile zoom lens with 28-560mm equivalent focal range; Sweep Panorama Mode; 1080p HD Video Capture; Versatile exposure mode options; 3.0-Inch LCD; Bionz Processor; EXMOR CMOS Imaging sensor; 10fps at 9-Megapixels; Excellent overall Performance
Cons
More than average noise at all ISO settings; Noticeable Chromatic Aberrations
Bottom Line
The Sony HX1 is an innovative new Super-zoom camera that Sony has loaded with its top lens,imaging sensor and processor as well as its newest and best features. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Sony's new Cybershot DSC-HX1 is one of the first Sony cameras to feature their new Exmor CMOS image processor. This sensor is combined with Sony's G-Lens to give you faster speeds and higher quality images, even in low-light. The 20x optical zoom lens gives you a very wide 28mm equivalent view on the wide end, with a distant 560mm magnification at the telephoto end. Handling these high quality features is Sony's BIONZ image processor, which is fast enough, and powerful enough to process all of the information coming from these high resolution images.

The set of features included on the HX1 is as good or better than any other camera on the market. Thanks to the innovative processor, sensor and massive zoom of the G-Lens, Sony was able to give the camera the ability to capture video at 1080p HD, Shoot Twilight and Night shots without a tripod, capture 9-Megapixel images at 10fps with a mechanical shutter, features Sony's new Sweep Panorama mode, Saves faces for optimal exposures and numerous other features (listed below).

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Features:
  • 1/2.4-inch, 9.1-Megapixel Exmor CMOS imaging sensor
  • BIONZ image processor
  • 20x optical zoom lens: 35mm equivalent of 28-560mm
  • G-Lens with 13 elements in 10 groups (1 ED and 1 Aspheric element)
  • Optical Steadyshot Image Stabilization
  • 3.0-inch, 230,400 dot, Tilt-LCD screen
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • 10fps Burst shooting (9-Megapixel)
  • Intelligent Auto Focus
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Handheld Twilight Mode
  • 1080p Video Capture
  • Stereo Microphone
  • Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Face Detection
  • Selected Face Memory
  • Anti-Blink
  • Smile Shutter
  • Red-Eye Reduction
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer
  • ISO 80-3200
  • In-Camera Retouching
  • Stamina Battery Power
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo (up to 16GB)
  • 11MB internal memory
  • HD output (1080i)
  • USB 2.0
Included in the Box:
  • HX1 camera
  • Rechargeable Battery - NP-FH50
  • Power Cord
  • Lens Cap Strap
  • Battery Charger - BC-VH1
  • Shoulder strap
  • HDMI Adapter
  • Multi Connector Cable - USB, AV
  • Lens Cap
  • CD-ROM Software
The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 is available now with a MSRP of US $479.99.

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