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Sony DSC-HX100V with 30x Zoom and Swivel LCD

Sony DSC-HX100V front side

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.


Additional headline features of the Sony DSC-HX100V include; an electronic viewfinder, manual exposure control (Manual, Aperture and Shutter Priority), numerous user friendly Auto Scene modes, an HDMI output connection to a TV or monitor and a high resolution panorama mode.

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.

•  Sony DSC-HX100V Press Release
•  Sony Cybershot HX100V Specifications

Sony DSC-HX100V back LCD view

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V Press Release

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.”

High Zoom for Stills and Videos
Ideal for travelers and photo enthusiasts, the flagship DSC-HX100V packs an ultra-powerful Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom range for crisply-detailed close-ups of distant subjects. Comfortable to hold and carry, its design echoes the style and control layout of larger DSLR models.

Sony DSC-HX100V top view

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.

Create Personal 3D Content
Sony makes it easy to create personal 3D content that can be viewed on an HDTV with 3D home theater system. 3D images are captured using 3D Sweep Panorama™ mode or the 3D Still Image mode. In this mode, the camera takes two consecutive shots in different focus positions to calculate the depths, and then it creates left-eye and right-eye images to produce a 3D effect. These images can be enjoyed in 2D or stunning 3D on compatible 3D televisions (3D-compatible HDMI™ cables and 3D glasses are also required and are sold separately).

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.

DSLR Speed
With the high-speed auto focus feature, these cameras provide a smarter way to focus with DSLR-like speed. High-speed autofocus locks onto subjects in as little as 0.1 seconds, letting you grab the most fleeting photo moments with ease.

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.

Easy Menu Selection Technology
The HX100V offers fuss-free operation. Superior AUTO mode recognizes a wide range of shooting conditions, automatically adjusting settings and shooting a high-speed burst of multiple frames as required in low-light conditions. These are automatically combined within the camera to create beautifully-exposed, low-noise results with virtually any subject—even in challenging low light conditions without flash.

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.

Sony DSC-HX100V with tiltable LCD display

New accessories for Cyber-shot Cameras
There’s a elegantly styled carry case option available for the DSC-HX100V. Giving easy access to your camera, the design avoids electromagnetic interference with the GPS/Compass function. The case features a quality leather-like finish, with a handy pocket for a spare memory card – ideal if you’re shooting lots of HD video. Crafted to protect the Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V, the LCS-HG case offers extra carry space for an additional battery.

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.

Personal, Secure Online Sharing with Personal Space Site
The Personal Space™ site is the network service by Sony that makes it easy and secure to share photos and video clips captured on your Cyber-shot camera. Upload your images from any Internet-enabled PC with the cameras’ supplied Picture Motion Browser software, or using pre-installed PMB Portable software. An email sent with an embedded link ensures that invited family and friends can view your pictures.

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 DSC-HX100V with flash up

Sony HX100V Specifications

Image Sensor 1/2.3" Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor
Effective Resolution 16.2 Megapixels
Focal Range 27-810mm equiv. in 35mm terms
Zoom 30x Optical Zoom

Digital Zoom: Approx. 7x
Aperture Range F2.8 (W)-5.6 (T)
LCD Monitor 3.0 inch Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology (approx. 921,000 pixels)
Brightness Control : 5 steps
Grid Display : Yes (Off / On)
Electronic Viewfinder 0.2-inch EVF with FLC (Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal)and 201,600 pixels
Embedded GPS Yes
Focus Range W: Approx. 5cm - infinity
T: Approx. 120cm - infinity
Focus Modes AF Modes : 9 points AF (Under Face Undetected) / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF/ Flexible Spot AF (touch) and Manual
ISO Sensitivity ISO : Auto / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200
Exposure Metering Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
White Balance Control White Balance Mode : Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push
Exposure Compensation Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
D-Range Optimizer Standard
File Format Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVCHD / MP4 / MPEG-4 AVC(H.264)
Image Size Still Image Size 4:3 :
16M (4,608 x 3,456)
10M (3,648 x 2,736)
5M (2,592 x 1,944)
VGA (640 x 480)

3D: 16M (4,608 x 3,456) / 16:9 (12M) (4,608 x 2,592)
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with Active Mode
Scene Shooting Modes Scene Mode(s) : High Sensitivity / Twilight / Twilight Portrait / Soft Snap / Landscape / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Hi-Speed Shutter / Underwater/ Gourmet / Pet / Soft Skin / Handheld Twilight / Anti Motion Blur / Backlight Correction HDR
Sweep Panorama Sweep Panorama : Intelligent Sweep Panorama / 3D Sweep Panorama / Sweep Multi Angle
Panorama Maximum Image Size Panorama: 10480 x 4096 resolution
3D Panorama: 7152 x 1080
Continuous Shooting Approx 10 fps at 16.2MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Shooting Assist Functions Intelligent Auto
Shooting Tips
Background Defocus
Superior Auto
Video Format AVCHD 60i / 60p / MP4
Movie Recording Size Progressive 1,920 X 1,080 (FX) Approx 24Mbps Approx 60fps
1,920 X 1,080 (FH) Approx 17Mbps Approx 60 fps
1,440 X 1,080 (HQ) Approx 9Mbps Approx 60 fps
1,440 x 1,080 Approx 12Mbps Approx 30fps
Progressive 1,280 x 720 Approx 6Mbps Approx 30fps
Progressive 640 x 480 (VGA) Approx 3Mbps Approx 30fps
Audio Recording Stereo Microphone
Dual Record Yes both still and video captured at the same time
Noise Reduction Clear RAW NR / NR Slow Shutter
In-Camera Editing Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking
Built-in Flash Modes Auto / On / Slow Syncro / Off
Red-Eye Reduction Auto / On / Slow Syncro / Of
Flash Range ISO Auto: Approx. 0.3m - 12.7m (W)
AF Illuminator Auto / On / Off
Self-Timer Self-timer : Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Smile Shutter
Blink Detection Yes
Removable Media “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording)
“Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording)
“Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”
SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
SDXC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
Outer Connectors Standard Audio / Video output
HDMI / Component (1080i)
USB Multi Use Terminal
Sony Party Shot Compatible No
Battery Power Rechargeable NP-FH50 battery
Dimensions W x H x D: 122.0mm x 87mm x 93mm
Weight Approx. 525g (1lb 2.5 oz.)
HX100V Package Contents • HX100V Digital Camera
• NP-FH50 Li-Ion Battery
• Battery Charger
• Wrist Strap
• USB Cable
• CD-ROM: Windows®: PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Ver. 5.5, PMB Portable

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