The Sony Cyber-shot HX100V is the latest in a series of ‘superzoom’ cameras from Sony which are intended to combine the versatility and portability of compact cameras with a DSLR-similar form cistron and operational ergonomics. With the HX100V, Sony brings a host of new and updated features to its flagship superzoom model. The most obvious of these changes include a 16MP ‘Exmor R’ back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom and full Hard disk 1080p video capture. The HX100V mimics the grade factor and treatment of an entry-level DSLR in a parcel housing a 27-810mm equivalent zoom lens and a compact camera-sized 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor.
An update to the Sony DSC-HX1, the HX100V stays true to its predecessor in terms of form and way. In fact, at starting time glance, information technology may be hard to tell the 2 cameras apart. The HX100V does, however, avowal its share of changes, including a longer zoom range, more than powerful flash, college resolution LCD and a redesigned, though functionally like carte du jour interface. ‘Under the hood’, the HX100V shares a lot of features and functionality with the genuinely compact Sony DSC-HX9V, which nosotros reviewed recently as office of our Compact Travel Zoom group exam.
Sony DSC-HX100V fundamental specifications:
- 16MP ‘Exmor R’ CMOS sensor
- 27-810mm (equivalent) zoom lens with optical image stabilization
- ISO 100-3200
- Built-in flash
- 10fps continuous shooting (at 16MP)
- 1080/60p movies in AVCHD format
- 921,000 dot three.0 inch tilting LCD screen
- Built-in stereo Mic
- Congenital-in GPS
Compared to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
The most obvious firsthand competitor to the HX100V is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. Both cameras offering full manual exposure control, and record 1080p video with stereo sound (up to 60p in the case of the HX100V). Although the HX100V has a longer zoom range (30x versus 24x), information technology is slightly smaller in both width and depth. The FZ150 can capture raw files while the HX100V is limited to JPEG capture only.
|Perhaps the about immediate concrete distinction betwixt the two cameras is the higher reach of the pop-upward wink on the FZ150. The unit on the HX100V does have a higher flash guide rating (12.7m versus ix.5m at the wide end) than the FZ150.|
|From the pinnacle, we can see how similar the two cameras are in terms of operational ergonomics. The HX100V lacks a flash hotshoe mount, but includes both a focus selector button and custom button only backside the shutter release.
Although information technology has a longer telephoto range, the HX100V’s zoom extends forwards slightly less than that of the FZ150.
|The HX100V is a few millimeters taller than the FZ150, has a significantly larger iv-way controller, and a higher resolution LCD (921,000 versus 460,000 dots).|
|With the rear hinge blueprint of the HX100V’s LCD, you frame the limerick while looking directly behind the lens, which may experience more intuitive for some users. The fold-out screen on the FZ150 offers more than flexible viewing angles when holding the camera in a portrait orientation.|
Compared to the Sony DSC-HX9V
Aside from the HX100V’s EVF, articulating LCD screen and of course, 30x (versus 16x) optical zoom, it has a lot in mutual with the Cyber-shot HX9V. Every bit the comparing below makes manifestly, the HX100V houses these features in a significantly larger parcel with a more spacious push button layout and larger control points. More ‘DSLR-like’, in other words.
|The HX100V and HX9V offering similar functionality (including the aforementioned 16MP sensor) and features but in dramatically different form factors, as you can meet from this comparison image.|
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