Pros Videos are amazingly smooth at 60 fps
GPS is also pretty good at picking up signals
Flash is also quite versatile
Camera's auto-focus is very good
Menus intuitive and quite easy to navigate
LCD screen is at the same high-quality resolution as most DSLRs
Cons Auto Focusing can be an issue in very dark scenes
Manual Focusing should work in every mode
Summary I finally got this camera when it became available here in Montreal, Canada and picked it up yesterday. It's pretty obvious even after one day, how superior it is to any other camera in this sensor size class.*** P.S. If you will buy this camera I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004H8FND0?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
Firstly, the videos are amazingly smooth at 60 frames per second PROGRESSIVE (or 60p; not interlaced like some competitors) at full HD (1920x1080). I have tried panning quickly (quicker than one would normally pan if one doesn't want to tire the eyes of the audience) and filming cars - both of which produced no choppiness as it did with the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS (which I returned due to its choppy videos at only 24p). I have tried low-light photos indoors with tungsten or halogen lighting and at night with just the street lights and car headlights and both come out quite beautiful with a minimal of graininess. This graininess is actually only evident if you enlarge the photo to full size or more than, I estimate, a 21x28 inch print size. And these would have to be taken with 1600 ISO or 3200 ISO in order to be "bothered" by the grain. When I view the photos on my 24 inch wide-screen Samsung monitor and also on my 40 inch Sony LCD HDTV and they look formidably sharp and beautifully exposed, with good colours and pixel sharpness/definition.
I would like to point out that I am a former owner of a DSLR - the Canon EOS 50D, which I sold, to change my photo habits for a more affordable camera which could also do excellent full HD videos. I have also done SLR photography as an amateur since 1981 and even took some photography courses in a degree program, so I'm quite familiar with camera features and how to take photos. This Sony HX100V hits the spot RIGHT ON! It has an astounding lens range from 27mm - 810mm at 4:3 photo format and today, I took a video of some pigeons grazing on a field at maximum zoom, hand held and they were as sharp as at any other lens zoom setting, and with very little camera shake and this is amazing for me!
The GPS is also pretty good at picking up signals. It had problems when I was in the balcony of my solid concrete and brick apartment (9 floors) which has other high buildings around it and a high-voltage hydro transformer next to it, but after walking about 100 feet to the other side of my building on the sidewalk of my street, the GPS picked up the signal faultlessly and kept it.
The flash is also quite versatile. It has a "slow synchro" setting which makes the background and the subject much more natural-looking and more evenly illuminated compared to the normal direct flash setting.
This camera is a wonder because you have control over everything and can adjust anything from white-balance, to exposure during videos, to flash exposure compensation, manual (user controlled) focus point selection and even manual focus!
The camera's auto-focus is very good and can track subjects really quickly. It is probably best to use the multi-focus setting if you are filming in busy places with lots of people or other subjects (like team sports) and you have the option of even selecting your own focus point.
The menus are also intuitive and quite easy to navigate and even have a built-in "help" feature right in the camera menus themselves, whereby, when you press the button on the lower right of the LCD screen with the " delete / ? " symbol, you can check some basic instructions on many features.
The LCD screen is at the same high-quality resolution as most DSLRs and as my old Canon 50D - at 921,000 pixels! It was bright and very sharp, making photo composition very easy. The electronic viewfinder is also very easy to use and sharp enough to use comfortably. The viewfinder also has a dioptric adjustment so that you can vary its focus/sharpness according to your eyes, adding yet another feature to this camera from the higher-end DSLRs, which again delighted me! However, Sony could consider having a fully reversable (180 degree) LCD screen which one can flip to face you when taking self-portraits or when not behind the camera. This feature would help save time in composing your shots.
The ergonomic fit of the camera in my hand was also perfect with that right-handed protrusion serving as a grip, making me miss my old DSLR even LESS! In fact, I don't miss my Canon 50D at all with this amazing HX100Vs quality and versatility and perhaps most importantly, the amount of control it gives the photographer over changing settings and consequently, over his/her photos.
The only gripe I have is a gripe that many people probably already have is that the instructions are not printable in one shot. You have to literally navigate to each page you want to print and print them. Though this can be adapted to in a way, since we can then only print the pages and sections we need, while leaving out the obvious and basic sections which we already know about. But still, a PDF Acrobat format instruction manual is definitely called for.
This camera puts all the cameras in its class to shame since it does things which no others can do yet - 60p video combined with an optical amazing zoom range (I have not even tested the digital zoom yet which would magnify even more), an intelligent and quick auto-focus, flash and overall excellent picture and video quality and all this, while still giving full manual control over all the settings that even professional photographers would be impressed with and many thought would only be found on higher-end cameras.
Way to go Sony! You've done your homework and brought out a great camera which beats the competition hands down!
Updated on Aug 28, 2011
Updated on Oct 24, 2011Edit Link
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Pros Fantastic 1080p Videos, super sharp images,Great Zoom and great sensor, decent amount of manual controls,Good menu and help, Great feature set - Burst mode, background de-focus, sweep panoroma.
Cons LCD doesn't close swivel, woeful design of camera surface, makes it look all dirty, Image stabilization is good but can be better at full zoom. Definitely not as good as advertized.
Summary When you pack so much into this price range, its sure to be a winner. The HX100V is a absolute must have for budding amateur photographers. DO NOT compare this to any DSLR. This is a good bridge super zoom. The best in fact in the market.But at half the cost of any decent SLR's it will definitely not win any comparisons.
The camera has a great 30x optical zoom and 120 x digital zoom.The photos can be shot in 5MP,10 MP or 16 MP modes. The images are great for this class of cameras. It comes with the following shooting modes which would make most happy.
1. Sweep Panaroma : My favorite. Lets you take 270 degrees and 40MP shots. Just turn the mode dial and press shutter key and follow the onscreen sequence for great results. No Family is too big to get them all in 1 pic now.
2. Background De-focus : Again very easy. Just select feature and follow onscreen recomendation for distance. The camera does the rest by focusing on the subject in great detail and defocusing the background . Can get some great shots with this mode.
3. Burst mode : 10 pics per second. Enough said.
4. Super intelligent Auto : It does everything to good results. Helps when you just want to take pictures without caring about settings, light quality etc.
5. Capture shots while recording video by pressing the shutter key
6. Has a Memory recall option where you can save 3 sets of manual settings for quick recall.
Many many many more options to choose from but the above are in my opinion the greatest selling points.
If the above awesome features still don't convince you, then get a load of the HX100's great video quality. Being outside US , I got the 1080 p at 50f and the videos are still stunning with vivid details and good sound. Full true HD and the videos are much better than the many many HD camcorders in the market today for same or higher price. Just watch some youtube videos shot from the camera and you will be making your own HX100V unboxing videos in no time.
"Almost perfect !"on by Fmanta
Pros Low light, macro , tele, flash, controls, battery life, focusing speed and precision, scene modes, HDR, movies, handling, zoom ring, automatic evf, outstanding stabilization.
Cons LCD could be better, no slow motion movies, charger in camera !?! , no filter thread ( actually a good thing for me because I sell filter adapters)
Summary Excellent comments from all reviewers here , I think that it's great when a reviewer is able to share a real owner experience with "similar" cameras. In my quest for the perfect camera I had the Canon SX30, Nikon P500 and the Fuji HS20. The HX100 is so good that I even bought the HX9V , wich is the same camera in pocket size. To be fair, Canon's rotating LCD is better, Nikon's LCD quality is better, Slow motion in Fuji's and Nikon's are very nice and that's all. In any other aspect, Sony is much superior, I don't even miss my Nikon D5000 and 3 lenses because the HX100 can handle almost any situation better, faster and easier, except low light moving objects and portraits, for that my next dream camera will be a Fuji X100.
Pros Superzoom and fast shutter fps speed
Cons Build and image quality
Summary Owned this camera for 18 months now . Initially disappointed by the image quality as pictures seemed painted/smudged straight out of camera ,compared to my last camera (Panasonic Lumix). After adjusting sharpening to max. in-camera , and further adjusting on p.c. with photoshop , I have had some fairly good results. The zoom is impressive and the 10 fps burst speed is also good , but the write speed is dreadful , and disables the camera for 5 or 6 seconds . The camera was considerably more expensive than the Fuji / Canon / Nikon competitors - presumably because of the GPS and 3D gadgets in camera - neither of which I have ever used . I was expecting a reasonably sturdy camera however , as it cost appx. £400 ! After just 18 months of careful , normal usage with no accidents or misuse - the shutter trigger and power zoom lever stiffened and then came off . Now out of warranty , I contacted Sony "support" who were unhelpful . After navigating their automated system for over an hour and then eventually contacting a person - they wanted £117 to repair this. Despite my protests . they were trenchant in demands for fee. Am disgusted that such an expensive bridge camera should break after such a short period of time , and very disappointed in Sony's "support" . Can NOT recommend this camera on grounds of build quality , and would avoid Sony products in general - based on customer "support" experience .
Pros good in low-light,user friendly,ring for zoom with view finder,excellent grip,good picture clarity
Cons a little over priced