Sony Cyber-shot HX99 Review

November 6, 2018 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

Sensor

Sensor Type
1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number of Pixels (Effective)
Approx. 18.2 Megapixels

Lens

Lens type
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 11 elements in 10 groups (5 aspheric elements)
F-number (Maximum Aperture)
F3.5 (W) - 6.4 (T)
Focal length (f=)
f=4.25-118mm
ANGLE OF VIEW (35MM FORMAT EQUIVALENT) (STILL IMAGE)
84deg.-3deg.30min.(24-720mm1)2
Focus Range (From the Front of the Lens)
Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 250cm (8.20 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 250cm (8.20 ft.) to Infinity)
Optical Zoom
28x
Clear Image Zoom (Still Image)
18M Approx.60x / 10M Approx.80x / 5.0M Approx.113x / VGA Approx.459x / 13M(16:9) Approx.60x / 2.1M(16:9) Approx.153x3
Clear Image Zoom (Movie)
4K:Approx. 45x,HD:Approx. 60x3
Digital Zoom (Still Image)
18M Approx.120x / 10M Approx.161x / 5.0M Approx.226x / VGA Approx.459x / 13M(16:9) Approx.120x / 2.1M(16:9) Approx.306x3
Digital Zoom (Movie)
Approx. 120x3

Screen

Screen Type
7.5cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Adjustable Angle
Up by approx. 180 degrees
Display Selector (Finder/Lcd)
Auto/EVF
MF Assist Magnification
7.7x, 15.3x
Touch Panel
Yes

Viewfinder

Screen Type/Number of Dots
0.2-type electronic viewfinder(OLED), 638,400dots
Field Coverage
100%, 4K Movie: Approx.97%
Magnification
Approx. 0.5x with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35mm equiv.)
Eye Point
Approx.20mm from the eyepiece, 19.2mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(diopter) (CIPA standard)
Dioptre Adjustment
-4.0 to +3.0m-1
Brightness Control
Auto, Manual(5steps)

Camera

Image Processing Engine
Yes (BIONZ X)
Steadyshot
Optical
Steadyshot (For Movie)
Yes (Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type)
Focus Type
Contrast detection AF
Focus Mode
Single-shot AF,Continuous AF(Movie Only),DMF,Manual Focus
Focus Area
Wide,Center,Flexible Spot (S/M/L),Expanded Flexible Spot
LOCK ON AF
yes
Light Metering Mode
Multi Pattern,Center Weighted,Spot,Entire Screen Avg,Highlight
Exposure Compensation
+/- 3.0 EV, 1/3 EV step
ISO Sensitivity (Still Image)(Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto(ISO80-3200, selectable with upper / lower limit),80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200(Extendable to ISO6400),Multi-Frame NR:Auto(ISO80-3200 same as selected range in Auto), 100/200/400/800/1600/3200/64004/1280045
ISO Sensitivity (Movie)
Auto(ISO80-3200, selectable with upper / lower limit),80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200(Extendable to ISO6400)
Minimum Illumination (Movie)
Auto: 9lux (Shutter Speed 1/30)
White Balance Modes
Auto,Daylight,Shade,Cloudy,Incandescent,Fluor.: Warm White,Fluor.: Cool White,Fluor.: Day White,Fluor.: Daylight,Flash,C.Temp./Filter,Custom1,Custom2,Custom3,Custom Setup
WB Micro Adjustment
G7-M7 (57 steps) , A7-B7 (29 steps)
Shutter Speed
iAuto (4" - 1/2000) / Program Auto (1" - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8" - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30" - 1/2000) / Manual (30" - 1/2000)6
Aperture
iAuto(F3.5-F6.3(W)) / Program Auto(F3.5-F6.3(W) ) / Manual(F3.5-F8.0(W)) / Aperture Priority(F3.5-F8.0(W)) / Shutter Priority(F3.5-F6.3(W))
Image Control
Contrast,Saturation,Sharpness,Creative Style,Color Space,Quality(RAW / RAW&JPEG ( Extra fine, Fine, Standard) / JPEG ( Extra fine, Fine, Standard)
Noise Reduction
high ISO NR:Normal/Low, Multi Frame NR:Auto, ISO100-12800
Dynamic Range Functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0EV, 1.0EV step)
Shooting Mode
Auto(Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto),Program Auto,Aperture Priority,Shutter Speed Priority,Manual Exposure,MR(Memory Recall) 1,2,Movie Mode(Program Auto,Aperture Priority,Shutter Speed Priority,Manual Exposure),Sweep Panorama,Scene Selection
Scene Selection
Portrait,Macro,Landscape,Sunset,Night Scene,Handheld Twilight,Night Portrait,Anti Motion Blur,Pet,Gourmet,Fireworks,High Sensitivity
Continuous Shooting Speed (maximum) (with max. recording pixels)
Spd Priority Cont. Approx. 10 fps, Cont. Shooting Approx. 3 fps789
Self-Timer
Off / 10sec. / 5sec. / 2sec. / 3 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. / 5 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec.
Drive Modes
Single,Continuous shooting,Spd Priority Cont,Self-timer,Self-timer(cont.),Cont.-bracketing,Single-bracketing,White balance bracketing,DRO bracketing
Panorama (Shooting)
Sweep Panorama
Picture Effect
[Still Image]:Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration; [Movie]:Toy camera,Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono.
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia
Number of Recognised Scenes
[Still Image]:Superior Auto: 44 / iAuto: 33; [Movie]:44

Flash

Flash Mode
Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill Flash / Slow Sync. / Rear Sync.
Flash Type
Built-in, manual pop-up
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off

Bracketing
Yes
Flash Range
ISO Auto: Approx.0.3m to 5.4m(11 13/16 inches to 17 feet 8 19/32 inches)(W) / Approx.2.5m to 3.0 m(8 feet 2 27/64 inches to 9 feet 10 7/64 inches)(T)

Recording

Compatible Recording Media
Memory Stick Micro,Memory Stick Micro (Mark2),microSD Memory Card,microSDHC Memory Card,microSDXC Memory Card10
Recording Format
[Still Image]:JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.31,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format),[Movie]:XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
Recording Format (Movie Audio)
XAVC S:LPCM 2ch,AVCHD:Dolby Digital(AC-3) 2ch(Dolby Digital Stereo Creator)
Colour Space (Still)
sRGB,Adobe RGB
DCF/DPOF
DCF/DPOF/EXIF/MPF
Still Image Number of recorded pixels (Image Size)
3:2mode:16M(4,896×3,264)/8.9M(3,648×2,432)/4.5M(2,592×1,728),4:3mode:18M(4,896×3,672)/10M(3,648×2,736)/5M(2,592×1,944)/VGA(640×480),16:9mode:13M(4,896×2,752)/7.5M(3,648×2,056)/2.1M(1,920×1,080),1:1mode:13M(3,664×3,664)/7.5M(2,736×2,736)/3.7M(1,920×1,920),Sweep Panorama:Wide(12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160),Standard(8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
Movie Recording Mode (NTSC)
PAL/NTSC Selector: [NTSC] AVCHD: 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i)/ 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M(3,840x2,160/30p)/ 30p 60M(3,840x2,160/30p)/ 24p 100M(3,840x2,160/24p)/ 24p 60M(3,840x2,160/24p), XAVC S HD: 60p 50M(1,920x1,080/60p)/ 60p 25M(1,920x1,080/60p)/ 30p 50M(1,920x1,080/30p)/ 30p 16M(1,920x1,080/30p)/ 24p 50M(1,920x1,080/24p)/ 120p 100M(1,920x1,080/120p)/120p 60M(1,920x1,080/120p)
Movie Recording Mode (PAL)
PAL/NTSC Selector:[PAL] AVCHD: 24M FX(1,920x1,080/50i)/ 17M FH(1,920x1,080/50i), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M(3,840x2,160/25p)/ 25p 60M(3,840x2,160/25p)/ XAVC S HD: 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/50p)/ 50p 25M(1,920x1,080/50p)/ 25p 50M(1,920x1,080/25p)/ 25p 16M(1,920x1,080/25p)/ 100p 100M(1,920x1,080/100p)/ 100p 60M(1,920x1,080/100p)
Proxy Recording
Yes

Interface

Input and Output Terminals
Multi/Micro USB Terminal11, Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI
NFC
NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
WI-FI
Yes(IEEE802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band))
Bluetooth
Yes(Ver.4.1)

Power

Power Source
DC3.6V(supplied battery)/ DC5.0V(supplied AC adaptor)
Battery System
NP-BX1
Power Consumption (Camera Mode)
Approx. 1.5W with LCD monitor and approx. 1.8W with viewfinder(CIPA standard)
USB Charge/USB Power Supply
Yes (with supplied AC Adaptor and supplied Battery)
BATTERY LIFE(STILL IMAGES)(CIPA)
Monitor:Approx. 370 / Approx. 185min., Monitor (When Auto Monitor off is set to 2sec):Approx. 460 / Approx. 230min., ViewFinder:Approx. 300 / Approx. 150min.12
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES ACTUAL SHOOTING)(CIPA)
Monitor:Approx. 55min., ViewFinder:Approx. 55min.131415
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES CONTINUOUS SHOOTING)(CIPA)
Monitor:Approx. 95min., ViewFinder:Approx. 100min.1314

Others

Shooting Functions
Eye AF,Face Detection,Face Registration,Smile Shutter,Grid Line,Step Zoom/Quick Zoom,Digital Level Gauge,WB Bracketing,DRO Bracketing,MF Assist,Peaking,Zebra,Marker Display,Micref Level,Zoom Assist,My Menu Setting,Self-portrait timer
Playback Functions
BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI),9/25-frame index view,Auto Orientation,Slide Show,Forward/Rewind (Movie),Delete,Protect,Motion Shot Video,Automatic Image Rotation,Cont Shoot Grouping
TRILUMINOS Color
Yes16
4K image output
Yes
Operating Temperature
0 degrees C. - +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F.

Print

Print
Exif Print,PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)

Size & Weight

DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (APPROX.)
102.0mm x 58.1mm x 35.5mm(4 1/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 1 7/16 in.)
WEIGHT (CIPA COMPLIANT)
Approx. 242g (8.6oz) (Battery and Memory Card are included)/Approx. 216g (7.7oz) (Body Only)

What's In The Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1,AC Adaptor,Micro USB cable,Wrist Strap,Instruction Manual

Footnotes
1Value displayed on the camera and recorded in the Exif 2At maximum pixel readout. 3Optical zoom from the wide side (except RX1 series and RX0). 4Achieved by using "By Pixel Super Resolution" technology and overlay burst shooting. 5REI = Recommended Exposure Index 6When ISO sensitivity is higher than IS0 3200, the slowest shutter speed limit is 1/4 sec. Manual setting of ISO sensitivity to lower than ISO 3200 is necessary to set shutter speed slower than 1/4. (except DSC-RX0, DSC-RX1, DSC-RX10, DSC-RX100 series models). 7Speed will be slowing after taking some shots. 8You may not be able to shoot images in Burst mode depending on the Shooting mode. 9Continuous shooting speed will be reduced when used together with built-in or external flash. 10For movies, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), or microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card of Class 4 or faster is necessary. 11Supports Micro USB compatible device. 12The LCD screen is turned on, shooting once every 30 seconds, the zoom is switched alternately between the W and T ends the flash strobes once every two times, the power turns on and off once every ten times. 13Based on non-stop recording until the limit (29 minutes or 4GB) has been reached, and then continued recording again. Shooting functions such as zoom will not be available. 14Continuous shooting is possible for approximately 29 minutes (limited by product specifications,default setting. except DSC-RX0). 15Indication recording time, which is defined by repeating the cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom (except DSC-RX1, DSC-RX0 series models), stand-by, power off. 16Models capable of extended-gamut recording and HDMI transmission function for both still images and movies. 17Among fixed-lens digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and telephoto end 700mm or above (angle of view, 35mm format equivalent). As of August 2018, based on Sony research. 18Angle of view (35mm format equivalent). 193840 x 2160 pixels. Continuous recording time is approx. 5 minutes, and may vary with recording environment. 20A Class 10 or higher micro SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record videos in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps. 21CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=4.25mm (wide-end), EV8.5, Program Auto, AF area: Wide, NTSC mode. 22With "Continuous shooting mode: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting" and "Image quality: Fine”. Speed will decrease after some shots have been taken. 23With "Continuous shooting mode: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting" and "Image quality: Fine. Under Sony test conditions. 24Can be connected via Bluetooth with smartphones featuring (as of August 2018): - Android smartphones: Android 5.0 or later and compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 or later, iPhone/iPad: iPhone 4S or later/iPad 3rd generation or later. 25Refer to the download page for details: http://www.sony.net/disoft/d/ 26Does not support full functional compatibility with some of the camera models. See Sony support site for details. 27The images are for illustration purposes only. 28Features and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.