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Sony HX100V Digital Camera

Bridge Camera 16.2MP 30x Sep 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Nine industry awards
Good size
Good connectivity
82 Reviews + 9 Awards
Camera Labs Highly Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
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Reviews

Nine Industry Awards

Camera experts rave about this camera and have given it nine awards.

The experts at three expert review sites all concluded that this medium megapixel digital camera was great. Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and Camera Labs all gave this camera a "Highly Recommended" award.

This Sony digital camera was given a "Recommended" award by websites What Digital Camera, Dgl.ru and Alphr.com all of whom decided that this digital camera was good.

This Sony camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from review sites Photoreview.com.au who wrote that this medium megapixel digital camera was exceptional.

The authors at two other expert review sites both wrote that this medium megapixel digital camera was good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourty expert reviews from sites including DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera and CNET.com the average expert rating of this Sony digital camera is 81%. Camera experts think this digital camera is one of the better cameras of this spec and age.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 42 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is brilliant. 22 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Owners think this medium megapixel digital camera is one of the better digital cameras of a similar age and type.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

Based on 23,306 expert and owner reviews (including 401 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Good Connectivity

Six owners mentioned in their reviews that it had gps. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “A 30x, 27-810mm lens, built-in GPS tracking, full 1080p high-definition video with stereo sound” in their review of this digital camera and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Pcworld.com_techhive.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Its special features and GPS gi”. Al wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The GPS initially took an extraordinary length of time to initialise on the first ever switch-on”.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Nine people said in their reviews that the product was compact. Six years ago expert website Photographyblog.com mentioned “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V is a new super-zoom compact camera that seemingly offers all of the latest must-have features” in their review of the Sony HX100V. Also six years ago expert website Digital-Photography-School.com said “About this time last year I fell upon a Sony DSC-HX5V compact digicam with great glee, buying one to use for my family picture making”. Frankb wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk “To change to a DSLR with a good telephoto lens requires very deep pockets and an understanding wife! Then the birth of the superzoom compact, all with very impressive specs”.

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Expert website Techreviewsource.com wrote “It does feel a little bulky in the hands of its user.”. They also said “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V measures 4.6 x 3.6 x 3.5-inches (wdh) and weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces, which puts it on the large and heavy side” in their review. Expert website Alphr.com mentioned “It's chunky, which means it's comfortable to hold”.

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Heavy

The lightest medium megapixel digital camera that has been available for around the same time as this camera is 20g and the heaviest is 1.3kg. The Sony HX100V is fairly heavy (525 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix D7000 (£755.58) (690g).

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the HX100V in September 2013.


Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera, the Sony HX100V's digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest digital zoom of medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1x, the biggest is 120x, and the average digital zoom is 6.6x.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera is 14x, and the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x. With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the Sony HX100V has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age.

If you want a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Nikon P510 (£293) (42x).

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Networking

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Sony HX100V does not support Wi-Fi, unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Price

Reasonably Priced

Eight people considered that the product was good value for money. Expert review site Ephotozine.com gave the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote six years ago “The Sony Cybershot HX100v has a high price, yet justifies that with a camera packed with advanced”. Expert website Firstpost.com said “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V is priced at Rs” and gave this digital camera a score of 70 out of 100. Amazon Customer scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “This versatile cyber shot is extremely good value for beginners and sophisticated enough for the semi-pro”.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was expensive. Reuben wrote six years ago “The quality of photos is also absolutley amaazing! Recommend this to anyone, much better than my friends more expensive fujifilm 16.1MP” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5. P a Bateson mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Am disgusted that such an expensive bridge camera should break after such a short period of time”. They also wrote “The camera was considerably more expensive than the Fuji / Canon / Nikon competitors - presumably because of the GPS” in their review.

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Features

Packed Full of Features, Lens Ring

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Website Evogadget.com said in their review of this digital camera “Packed full of features, lens ring”. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote “Overflowing with shooting features” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Cnet.com mentioned “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V has a lot of features and a lot of lens with photo” in their review of this digital camera.


Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony HX100V has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The smallest display diagonal of digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera is 2", the largest is 4.8", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

Digital cameras with a larger display diagonal that might be worth considering include the Nikon D4S (£3,379.99) (3.2"), or the Samsung Camera (£34.99) (4.8").

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Quite High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the cameras that have been available for more than two years the display resolutions (numeric) range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Sony HX100V has one of the higher display resolutions (numeric) (921,000 pixels) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony HX100V supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera which do not support Full HD video.

It is worth considering other digital cameras which also support Full HD video including the Samsung Camera (£34.99), the Nikon V2 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm, or the Olympus Stylus SH-2 (£273.09).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony HX100V has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this age and type.

The worst video resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Impressive Flash Power for Its Class

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good flash. Dp Review wrote “Impressive flash power for its class”. Al mentioned in his review of the Sony HX100V on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I found that the HX1, often over-exposed some shots and its strong flash drowned out the white-balance”. Ross wrote on expert review site Amazon “The flash was also used intelligently by the superior auto mode”.

Good Screen (even If Not the Most Accurate) With Vertical Tilt

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Digital Versus wrote six years ago “Good screen (even if not the most accurate) with vertical tilt” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expertreviews.co.uk said in their Sony HX100V review on expert website Expert Reviews “The 3in articulated screen is seriously sharp, ther”.

Video Performance

Twenty customers agreed that the Sony HX100V was good for video recording. Five years ago website Evogadget.com wrote “Video performance”. Dp Review said eleven years ago “Excellent video quality and stereo microphone”. Expert review site Ld2.ciol.com mentioned “Great video, sweep panorama” .

Extremely Versatile Zoom Range

Eighteen people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Eleven years ago Dp Review mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Extremely versatile zoom range”. Expert review site Ld2.ciol.com said six years ago “A 30x zoom and good photo quality makes for a wonderful package” in their review of this digital camera. They also wrote “The 30x zoom gives you incredible range for capturing the perfect photo” in their review.

Six owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Six years ago expert website Luminous-Landscape.com mentioned “These are fixed lens cameras with small sensors”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Twenty-seven customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera “The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V is one of the best super-zoom camera that we've ever reviewed, offering a compelling mix of advanced features, excellent still image quality, fantastic lens” and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Expert review site Evogadget.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Its name is Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V and it promises great things to photographers who plan to buy it” . Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned “Excellent quality images and videos” in their review of this digital camera.

Six owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Sony HX100V review “A 16 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor capable of shooting at 10fps and recording full HD video”. Expert review site Digitalcamerainfo.com said “A 16.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, Full HD video shooting at 60p, high speed focus, articulating LCD, plus a GPS transceiver.”.

Two owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good image sensor. Tom mentioned in his review of this digital camera “No big problem as the heat sensor can be turned off” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Ross said in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon “Why the hell would I, when I can do everything they can without the need to change lenses every five minutes and clean the sensor” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Sony HX100V has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might want to look at include the Coolpix S9700 (£282.13), or the P510 (£293) both from Nikon or the Samsung Camera (£34.99).

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony HX100V features saturation adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Sony HX100V features contrast adjustment. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also feature contrast adjustment.

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

With a playback zoom (max) of only 1 times zoom factor, the Sony HX100V has one of the lower playback zoom (max) amongst medium megapixel cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 16x.

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Features Histogram

The Sony HX100V features histogram. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also feature histogram.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony HX100V supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Sony HX100V has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the Sony HX100V does not have a video out.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony HX100V has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony HX100V has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Heavy

The lightest camera that is a similar age to this digital camera is 0.097kg heavy and the heaviest is 180kg. With a weight of 0.574 kilograms, the Sony HX100V is quite heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony HX100V has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have an image stabilizer.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Sony HX100V has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 1920 x 1080, 2592 x 1944 and 3648 x 2736 and 4608 x 2592. Across all medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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16.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.2 megapixels camera.

If this Sony camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Pentax K-5 II + SMC PENTAX-DA 18-55mm + SMC PENTAX-DA 50-200mm (16.3MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony HX100V features smile detection, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony HX100V has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Design

Nice Design

Four customers who reviewed the Sony HX100V reckoned that it was good looking. Expert website Evogadget.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The new CyberShot DSC-HX100V it is a gadget that looks elegant, has many interesting features”. Six years ago expert review site Digital-Photography-School.com said in their review of this digital camera “It has since traveled with us on all our excursions, elegantly and easily recording our trips as HD movies”. Al rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera also six years ago “The picture quality of the HX100 is pretty good too”.

Three owners wrote that it was well designed. Expert review site Cameralabs.com wrote “The Cyber-shot HX100V is a very capable model that's packed full of exciting features, is nicely designed and handles beautifully”. Expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned six years ago “With its nice design, high-quality lens, good sensor” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. Six years ago Reuben rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “It stays extreamley smooth, you can use the full 120x zoom (30x optical 90x digital) whilst filming” in his review of this digital camera.

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Easy to Use

Ten customers who purchased the Sony HX100V reckoned that it was easy to use. Expert website Ld2.ciol.com mentioned “The bottom line for me with this camera is it is just plain fun to use”. Expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “The dual zoom-meets-focus ring is a great control mechanism that's well-placed for comfortable u” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Firstpost.com said “It does offer ease of use along with various other features”.

Four owners who purchased this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Photopete wrote on expert website Amazon five years ago “Same great handling camera.” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Pix said “The controls are over sensitive and handling the camera in any other way is awkward”.

Three owners who reviewed it thought it was comfortable and easy to hold. Al wrote in his review of this digital camera “I found the camera quite nice to hold and there is a leather `effect' grip which facilitates that”. Pix said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “However, whilst the shooting position is comfortable”.

Three owners said in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Kev T Brown scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “There are more than enough settings to help you take better photos”. Mr. M. P. Dibley wrote “The settings are fairly straight forward.” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

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And Solid Shooting Performance for Its Class

Six people who bought the Sony HX100V concluded that it was well made. Digital Versus said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Great design and handling, nice build and finish” . Website Asia.cnet.com rated this digital camera 78 out of 100 and mentioned “And solid shooting performance for its class”. Expert website Ephotozine.com said “The Sony Cybershot HX100v is the only ultra zoom camera with built in GPS” in their review of this digital camera.

Excellent Photo and Video Quality

Sixteen customers who purchased the product agreed that it was good quality. Digital Versus scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Great picture quality, particularly in telephoto mode”. Website Asia.cnet.com wrote six years ago “Excellent photo and video quality” . Dp Review scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Good image quality for its class with pleasing colors”.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dschx100v
Barcodes 00027242808782, 03610170025443, 04905524768749, 04905524768756, 04905524774955

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