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Sony Cyber-shot HX100V review

Is Sony's 30x optical zoom HX100V the superzoom market leader?

Our Verdict

For

  • Clever dual zoom/focus ring
  • 30x zoom range equates to 27-810mm
  • GPS is forward-thinking tech

Against

  • No RAW files
  • Excess shutter speeds in auto modes
  • Images aren't going to replace a DSLR
  • Unfazed by 3D mode

Sony cyber-shot hx100v

The superzoom market has a lot of 30x zoom models on offer and Sony's HX100V is an all guns blazing addition to the category. An easy to use layout with manual zoom/focus ring, significant 27-810mm zoom range, nippy autofocus, close-up macro mode and forward-thinking tech such as GPS all make the camera stand out.

Available for around £400, the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V has a premium of around £50 extra over its competitors, but as a more up to date release in this category this isn't surprising.

We like

The clever dual zoom/focus ring and the 30x zoom range that equates to 27-810mm

We dislike

It can't replace an SLR for image quality and there's no option to shoot raw files

Verdict

In general we're impressed with the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V's image results, although the sharpness and detail falloff above ISO 800 is a drawback for high ISO settings.

However, unlike many compact cameras, shots up to ISO 1600 retain enough definition to be of good use, which makes the HX100V a good all-rounder on the image front throughout its zoom range.

Although the camera doesn't offer RAW file capture and mid-high ISO shots can lack finer details, elsewhere the HX100V has plenty of positives.

For its small faults there's little holding the HX100V back – it's one of the finest superzooms we've laid our hands on.

Tech Specs

Product TypeBridge Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.2 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Aperture Priority, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)525 g
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height86.6 mm
Width121.6 mm
Depth93.1 mm
Autofocus Points9
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.80 mm to 144 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX100V
Product NameCyber-shot DSC-HX100V Bridge Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX100V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Renew your passion for photography with Cyber-shot HX100V digital camera. A Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom brings distant subjects closer and high speed auto focus achieves dramatically clearer images while "Exmor R" CMOS sensor delivers superior low-light performance.

Battery Life410 Shot/3.42 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Bridge Camera
  • NP-FH50 Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cord
  • Software Media
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year