Features and Controls

Sony's Cybershot HX1 features a 20x optical zoom lens (35mm equivalent of 28-560mm) with Steadyshot optical image stabilization. To help improve the quality of this fast F2.8 unit, Sony has implemented their G-Lens on the HX1, which are normally only used in their dSLR and prosumer camcorder models. This lens is the perfect compliment for the for the new Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor. The lens is made up of 13 elements in 10 groups (including 1ED glass element and 1aspheric element).

The HX1's powerful pop-up flash provides plenty of light for your close-up exposures, even when using the telephoto end of the zoom. It has the ability to be used in auto, on, off and slow sync modes.

Flash Range:
ISO Auto
  • Wide - Approx. 0.3 - Approx. 9.2m (Approx. 0.98' - Approx. 30.2')
  • Telephoto - Approx. 1.5 - Approx.5.1m (Approx. 4.92' - Approx. 16.7')
ISO 3200
  • Wide - Up to Approx.16m(Approx.52.5')
  • Telephoto - Up to Approx.10m(Approx.32.8')

One of your options for framing your images is via the Electronic View Finder (EVF). This uses a tiny screen to simulate the optical view finder of a dSLR or film camera. You will be able to see all of the information that is shown on the LCD and at approx. the same resolution. This is also a great way to shoot in direct, or very bright light if the LCD is hard to see, as well as a great way to save battery life. To the far left is the button that allows you to switch between the EVF and LCD at any time.

Your other option for viewing and framing your images is to use the 3.0-inch, 230,400 dot LCD tiltable LCD screen with anti-reflective coating. The screen tilts approx. 90° up or down, making it easy to shoot at high or low angles. Great for shooting over crowds or under objects.


On top of the camera is the power switch, shutter release coupled with the zoom controls, buttons for the focus options and burst and braketing options as well. Under those you can see the mode dial, allowing for quick changes of the shooting modes. At the very bottom are the buttons for playback mode and the metering options.


Since so many of the shortcut buttons are located on the top, the back of the camera is very simple. The MENU and Delete buttons are located above and below the 4-way controller respectively. The 4-way controller itself is acts as buttons for shortcuts to the DISP, Flash, Self timer and Macro options. It is also used to navigate and make selections within the menus.


The first of the two ports on the left side of the camera is for Sony's Multi-connector. This can be used to connect the camera to a computer via USB 2.0 or to any TV through the RCA cables. Sony also has an HDMI adapter that fits into this port for viewing your HD movies on a HDTV.


Here is the second port, which allows you to attach an external power source.

The HX1 uses Sony's Memory Stick or Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards, to accompany the 11MB of internal flash memory. The camera is shown here with a 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo card.

Approx. Storage Capacities:


Powering the HX1 is a 6.8V, 900mAh Li-Ion rechargeable battery. With the included battery and Sony's Stamina Battery Power, the camera is capable of capturing up to 390 images on a single charge. Along side of the battery indicator, the camera will actually tell you approx. how much time is remaining as well.

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