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Sony HX10V review

Travel compact with built in GPS and 16x optical zoom

Our Verdict

For

  • Full manual control
  • Great screen
  • Picture effects
  • Large zoom range
  • GPS

Against

  • No raw shooting
  • Processing time sometimes slow

Sony introduced the HX10V in February 2012 to sit in its latest range of superzoom travel compacts.

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V features very similar specifications as the Sony HX20V, but comes with a shorter zoom range, at a still impressive 16x optical zoom.

Housing an 18.2 million pixel 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, the camera also features the latest Bionz processor, Full HD video recording, inbuilt GPS and full manual control.

Sony HX10V review

The 16x optical zoom lens is equivalent to 24-400mm in 35mm equivalent terms, and is also boosted to double that by Sony's Clear Zoom technology.

Working in the same way as digital zoom, Sony claims that its By Pixel Resolution Technology is of a higher quality than standard digital zooms.

On the back of the camera is a 3-inch, 921k dot XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD screen. There's no viewfinder, and no port or hotshoe to incorporate one either.

Sony HX10V review

Unlike the premium Sony RX100, the Sony HX10V doesn't have the ability to shoot in raw format. It does come with a number of other advanced controls, though, such as Program and Manual mode.

Other interesting features, probably designed to attract holidaymakers, are a number of Picture Effects, or digital filters, sweep panorama, 3D shooting and intelligent Auto modes.

There's also an impressive sensitivity range, starting at ISO 100 and rising all the way up to ISO 12800.

Sony HX10V review

The Sony HX10V has a full price of £299 in the UK and $329.99 in the US, putting it in the same price bracket and category as the popular Panasonic TZ25, which also features a 16x optical zoom.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution18.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
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
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution18.9 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BG1
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
Height59.7 mm
Width104.7 mm
Depth33.8 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.28 mm to 68.48 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAC3
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX10V
Product NameHX10V Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
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.

Battery Life340 Shot/2.83 Hour 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
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker