Sony DSC-HX100V with 30x Zoom and Swivel LCD
January 31st, 2011
Sony has announced the Cybershot DSC-HX100V long range zoom digital camera with an impressive feature set.
The 16.2 megapixel Sony DSC-HX100V with back-illuminated CMOS sensor sets itself apart from the competition with a 30x optical zoom providing a focal range from 27-810mm in 35mm terms, a large 3-inch high resolution 921,000 dot tiltable LCD display, a GPS tagging feature with compass, and offers full 1080p HD movie recording at 60 frames per second (fps) with stereo sound.
Power is supplied by a Li-Ion rechargeable battery (one battery and a charger is included). The Sony Cybershot HX100V is expected to be available by March 2011 and will sell for an estimated retail price of $450 in the US. See the latest street price for the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100
Sony of Canada Ltd. has not yet announced pricing for the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V.
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 31, 2011 – Sony today unveiled the 16.2-megapixel Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V digital still camera that offers Full HD video shooting capability at the touch of a dedicated movie button. Recording video at 60 progressive frames per second (1920x1080 60p), the HX100V can capture fast-moving action with exceptional smoothness and clarity.
The Sony DSC-HX100V is the company’s first compact digital still camera to include a 27mm Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom combined with full HD (1920 x 1080/60p) video capability.
Another Cyber-shot camera first, the 16.2-megapixel “Exmor R” back-illuminated CMOS sensor supports a brand-new Intelligent Sweep Panorama™ HR (High Resolution) mode. Just press the shutter button and sweep the camera, and it captures up to 42.9 megapixel panoramic images with crisp 10480x4096 resolution. Images can be viewed on the cameras’ 3-inch 921,000-dot Xtra Fine LCD™ display with wide viewing angle.
“The new HX100V is a great addition to the already explosive high zoom market, loaded with cutting-edge innovations by Sony to shoot stills and video,” said Kelly Davis, director of the digital imaging group at Sony Electronics. “With unique Sony technologies, including GPS, 3D, AVCHD™ video as well as increased zoom, Sony is offering consumers the best of both worlds.”
Zoom for Stills and Videos
Borrowed from the Handycam® camcorder line, the DSC-HX100V features Dual Record mode which can shoot video, while simultaneously capturing 3-megapixel digital still pictures (2-megapixel in 4:3 ratio when recording in MP4). The HX100V also offers a dedicated still image button and a dedicated movie capture button to make it easy to use for consumers (Dual Record feature is not compatible with 60p mode).
Despite its powerful zoom range, the DSC-HX100V can capture crisp, blur-free images with significantly reduced handshake, even while you’re walking along. The Sony HX100V features Optical SteadyShot™ with Active Mode, a powerful image stabilization system with ‘3-way shake cancellation’ as found on premium Handycam® camcorders by Sony. You’ll be rewarded with clearer results when you’re shooting handheld, even at telephoto settings where camera shake is most pronounced.
Personal 3D Content
The 3D Sweep Panorama feature lets you take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. The high-speed burst of frames is stitched together using innovative processing techniques to automatically create detail-packed 3D panoramas.
These 3D images can also be saved and viewed on a PlayStation3, using the “Play Memories™” application software downloadable from the PlayStation® Network.
The new models will let you view images in a completely different way. Unlike 3D Sweep Panorama mode, which lets you view 3D images on compatible 3D television systems, Sweep Multi Angle™ technology lets you view images in simulated 3D on the cameras’ LCD screen. This shooting feature captures 15 images at different angles and then compiles them into one photo. By tilting the camera back and forth, it creates a 3D-like effect on the display.
In addition to speed, these cameras’ GPS/Compass function makes them ideal for travel and holidays. The enhanced GPS/Compass function captures your location and shooting direction and allows you to enjoy the results after shooting as online maps with any Internet-connected PC.
The Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V camera also features a manual control ring that can be assigned as desired to adjust focus or zoom. It’s ideal for applications like macro photography, where focus can be adjusted precisely while viewing a magnified portion of the image.
Menu Selection Technology
While most cameras compile two images in Backlight Correction HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, enabling crisp details in difficult lighting, the HX100V utilizes an HDR feature that compiles the highlights, mid-tones and shadows from three separate shots to create one realistic-looking photo. With Backlight Correction HDR in the Scene Selection Shooting mode, getting the best shot in difficult lighting conditions is simple.
Designed to help users learn about the cameras’ features and how to use them on the spot, the “In-Camera Guide” is accessible from the menu button on the camera. Users can search by purpose or keyword and easily access the functions they seek.
The Sony HX100V also features Background Defocus mode, which highlights your subject like a DSLR; Soft Skin mode, which reduces visible blemishes and wrinkles, and Natural Flash, which corrects color balance for more natural shots. The HX100V also offers fast capture with up to 10fps at full 16.2-megapixel resolution.
Images and videos can be easily viewed on the camera's 3-inch high resolution (921K) tiltable Xtra Fine LCD™ display with TruBlack™ technology, which provides deep blacks and more color variation on the thin display.
accessories for Cyber-shot Cameras
All new Cyber-shot models are compatible with the latest range of premium-quality SDHC cards by Sony. The perfect partner for your Cyber-shot camera, they’re also a great match for SD/SDHC-compatible cameras, camcorders and devices from other manufacturers. The affordable Essential Series and value-added Experience Series are joined by the flagship Expert Series (Class 10) for photo users who demand class-leading capacity transfer speeds.
Secure Online Sharing with Personal Space Site
Videos and photos shared via the Personal Space site can also be viewed on Android™ smartphones such as the Xperia™ X10 by Sony Ericsson or iPhone®, via a dedicated application that can be downloaded from Android Market™ or iTunes® app store. Xperia users can also upload images directly to their own Personal Space account from their smartphone.
Sony HX100V Specifications