Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Review

August 31, 2009 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

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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 video and fast burst modes. Sony's entry in this category, the HX1, features a 20x lens (that extends from 28mm at the wide end all the way to 560mm at the telephoto end), HD video recording, a large 3' tilting LCD screen, up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting speeds, and special shooting modes that help you get better pictures easier. All this built around an all-new CMOS sensor.
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 ($499) is a super zoom camera that uses a CMOS sensor, rather than the CCD typically found on compact cameras. This 9.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor allows the HX1 to perform all kinds of tricks, including 10 frame/second continuous shooting, HD movie recording, a unique "sweep panorama" feature, and more. Its ability to record stills and HD movies makes the DSC-HX1 what most would call a "hybrid camera". Its main competitor (the Canon PowerShot SX1) is also a hybrid model -- it too has a CMOS sensor, a 20X zoom lens, and HD movie recording (at a higher resolution, in fact).
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Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is the company’s latest super-zoom digital camera, sporting 9 Megapixel resolution, a tilting 3in screen and a 20x optical zoom range that’s equivalent to 28-560mm. Announced in March 2009, it becomes the second mainstream compact camera to feature a CMOS sensor, following Canon’s PowerShot SX1 IS. Like that model, this equips the HX1 with both High Definition movies along with impressive continuous shooting capabilities, although there are key differences between both models.
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