Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Review | Product Summary
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Review

Renew your passion for photography with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V digital camera and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports and travel photos. The high-speed linear focus achieves dramatically clearer images while the Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers superior low-light performance and in ddition to Full HD 1080/60p movie recording capabilities, this high zoom digital camera also features iSweep Panorama mode to capture high resolution panoramic shots, which price at $429.99.
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With 30x optical zoom, incredible low light performance, full 1080x60p HD movie capabilities, and innovative features like, hi-speed linear auto focus, 3D image capabilities, and backlight correction to catch even the smallest details in high contrast shots, the Sony DSC-HX100V will renew your passion for photography. The DSC-HX100V features a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes. The high-performance Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonar T lens with 30x optical zoom lens brings distant subjects closer for video recording as well as for outdoor, sports, and travel photos, and Close Focus shoots close-ups up within a ½-inch of the subject. A 27mm equivalent wide-angle lens allows you to take wider shots of the scene or group in crowded spaces. 3.0-inch XtraFine LCD with TruBlack technology gives you deeper blacks and more color in your display, all while being thinner than most LCDs. Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 Full HD. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your Blu-ray Disc players, Sony PlayStation systems and compatible PCs and HDTVs.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Front View
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Front View

Don’t miss a single detail in high contrast shots. The built in backlight correction analyzes the image and automatically adjusts accordingly to give you a perfectly lit shot. Backlight Correction HDR helps correct for this by taking three pictures at different exposure settings and processing the best elements of each into a single image for more natural looking shots. Life moves fast, your camera’s focus needs to move just as fast. The Hi-speed linear focus achieves dramatically clearer images with an auto focus that moves just as fast as your life. Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Images will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way. With high resolution iSweep Panorama mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion. DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear. et cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera  Left View
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Left View

Capturing the right shot at the right moment has never been so easy. Digital zoom brings the action up close to get that perfect shot, every time. Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot. Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images. The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is a compact audio/video connector interface for transmitting uncompressed digital streams. HDMI connects digital audio/video sources such as a compatible camcorder, Blu-ray Disc player, a personal computer, a video game console, or an AV receiver to a compatible digital audio device and/or video monitor such as a digital television (DTV). Easily connect your Cyber-shot camera via HDMI cable (sold separately) to any compatible HDMI device to easily enjoy and upload content. Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Rear View
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Rear View

Sony’s Face Detection technology can automatically distinguish between children and adults. Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces. It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting or blinking. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot. In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD. Capture cleaner and sharper images in low light for non landscape shots. When set in Anti-motion Blur Mode, the DSC-HX100V captures six images in a fraction of a second with higher shutter speed and combines the data from all six to create a single image of extraordinary detail and dramatically reduce subject blur, beyond the capability of traditional cameras. TransferJet technology, developed by Sony and advanced and promoted by a consortium of 18 other companies, allows you to transfer up to ten files between two TransferJet enabled devices just by touching their TransferJet logos together, without the hassle of hunting for cables or the complication of pairing. Sony Picture Motion Browser software offers a simple, intuitive way to transfer, sort, and view your video and still images on your compatible PC. In addition, multiple output options let you burn your memories to DVD using an external DVD burning device (sold separately), as well as take advantage of one click upload to a number of popular video and photo sharing sites (such as Facebook and Sony’s Personal Space site). With the pre-installed Picture Motion Browser (PMB) Portable software the DSC-HX100V makes it easy to pre-select videos and images in the camera and conveniently upload them from the camera to a compatible PC and popular Internet sharing sites without the need for any additional software or install.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera  Top View
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Digital Camera Top View


Body type

Body typeSLR-like (bridge)


Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16.2 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors16.8 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS


ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo

Optics & Focus

Focal length (equiv.)27 – 810 mm
Optical zoom30×
Auto focusContrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Single, Live View
Digital zoomYes (7x)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountNone

Screen / viewfinder

Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3"
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic

Photography features

Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.6
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.7 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Continuous driveYes (10 fps)
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modesMulti, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo

Videography features

Audio channelsStereo
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)


Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo


USBUSB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo


Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-FH50 battery and charger
Weight (inc. batteries)577 g (1.27 lb / 20.35 oz)
Dimensions122 x 87 x 93 mm (4.8 x 3.43 x 3.66")

Other features

Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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