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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


A feature rich superzoom, that's a decent performer...

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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 Review


The Sony HX1 is an innovative new Super-zoom camera that Sony hasloaded with its top lens,imaging sensor and processor as well as itsnewest and best features. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Versatile zoom lens with 28-560mm equivalent focal range; Sweep Panorama Mode; 1080p HD Video Capture; Versatile exposure mode options; 3.0-Inch LCD; Bionz Processor; EXMOR CMOS Imaging sensor; 10fps at 9-Megapixels; Excellent overall Performance ;...

More than average noise at all ISO settings; Noticeable Chromatic Aberrations ; Bottom Line ; The Sony HX1 is an innovative new Super-zoom camera that Sony hasloaded with its top lens,imaging sensor and processor as well as itsnewest and best features....

The Sony HX1 is an innovative new Super-zoom camera that Sony hasloaded with its top lens,imaging sensor and processor as well as itsnewest and best features. Read more in our

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Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a powerful ultrazoom camera that shoots decent pictures and good looking video, as well as being able to easily take night shots and panoramas. At around $500, It is expensive, but it does offer a lot of features.

The Sony DSC-HX1 is a powerful camera that boasts a number of interesting features. And these features actually do what they say: the panorama mode takes great panoramic shots quickly, and the hand held low light mode also produces much sharper and...


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


Of all the megazoom cameras I've handled, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 ($500 as of September 2, 2009) is by far the fastest. It starts up in about 2 seconds and has almost no lag time between shots. Its sharp, tilting 3-inch LCD screen makes shooting...

Extremely fast to focus and shoot ; Tilting 3-inch LCD screen

Subpar image quality ; Settings Menu is difficult to access

The DSC-HX1 trounces megazoom competitors in speed and special functions, but fails painfully in image quality.


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


The HX1 was one of the biggest hits from the 2009 PMA convention, the camera industry's toned-down version of E3. Press people tend to be pretty jaded, yet there were audible gasps when this camera strut its stuff during the official introduction....

Sweep panorama ; 10 fps ; 20x zoom

No RAW option

Let's state this upfront: Sweep panorama is one of the coolest features you'll ever use.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


Camera manufacturers seem to have chosen megazooms as their latest battlefield--and thankfully, the fight isn't just about who's got the biggest lens. In this case, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 incorporates several technologies from the Alpha DSLR...

Fast; tiltable LCD; Hand-held Twilight mode produces better-than-average photos in low light; zooms during movie capture

Small EVF; no raw support; HDMI output requires dongle; no standard continuous-shooting mode

Trade-offs abound in Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 megazoom. Though it's fast and has some really novel, useful features, it just doesn't deliver the photo quality expected for its class.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 superzoomer reviewed


Sure, it's got that funky flip-out display, in-camera panorama stitching, HD video recording and a host of other fancy features for its $500 pricepoint, but does Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 give DSLRs a run for their money? Digital Photography ...


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


2009 is already shaping up to be another bumper year for the superzoom 'bridge' camera. Since the publication of our superzoom test at the start of this year there have been a number of new models released with new features such as bigger zooms, better...

Decent resolution for such an ambitious lens; Good color, generally accurate focus gives a high 'hit rate' even in auto mode; Huge photographic versatility with 28-560mm lens and auto macro mode; Image stabilization works well (and can be used in movie...

Pixel level quality not great; visible sharpening and NR artefacts; ISO 800 - 3200 noisy and of limited use; Noise reduction destroys fine detail at anything over ISO 400, effects visible at base ISO; Electronic view finder is low resolution and small;...

The HX1 presents a very attractive package to the potential buyer.

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 packs a lot of features into a relatively small space; it has a 20X zoom, shoots high definition video, has a CMOS sensor and includes a number of new shooting modes that Sony claims will produce better pictures. These new...

The Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 has a lot of potential. It's not the top of the heap when it comes to megapixels (9 megapixel compacts are cheap these days), but it adds a number of interesting new features that could be extremely useful. We found that the...

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


The DSC-HX1 is a full-featured compact digital super zoom, or “bridge” camera, as some people call them. Cameras like this are intended to be a “bridge” between the compact point-and-shoot and DSLR worlds, and the DSC-HX1 does a good job at this. The...

9.1MP resolution20X zoom (28-560mm 35mm equivalent)10 fps continuous shootingTilt-and-swivel 3.0 inch LCDFace detection autofocus

Sony's latest entry into the compact digital super zoom category is the...

Product Specifications

In photography, timing is everything. With the ultra-fast, 10-shots-per-second speed of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1, it's easy to capture a swinging bat just before it hits the ball. Remarkable Exmor" CMOS technology even makes it easy to capture photos in low light while maintaining smooth color gradation and crisp detail. Especially useful for beautiful landscape shots or shooting skyscrapers, the Sweep Panorama mode takes seamless 224-degree shots with breathtaking 9.1 megapixel results? just press the shutter and sweep in a horizontal or vertical direction. And don't miss the 20x optical zoom or the Intelligent Auto mode that eliminates the guesswork by automatically adjusting camera settings for you. Got a shaky hand? Optical SteadyShot image stabilization has you covered by reducing blur for sharp, lifelike images.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FH50

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:Memory Stick Duo / Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Folding
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Back light / Backlight portrait / Landscape / Macro / Portrait mode / Twilight mode / Twilight portrait


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Cyber-shot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-5.2
Max Focal Length:100mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:20
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.4"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.6 mm ( 1/2.4 ) / 10.6 mm ( 1/2.4" )
Optical Sensor Type:Exmor CMOS
Sensor Resolution:9.1Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (Steady Shot)

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:2
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 125 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto (125-3200)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Vivid
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic