Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review

Price, features and full specifications of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V camera review
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V review. Some time ago we reviewed the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V and we liked it a lot. Actually it was one of the best point and shoot digital cameras we've come upon.
Now there is a new model which claims to be even better, so lets take a closer look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V digital camera.

Main features
The DSC-HX10V has 1/2.3-inch Super HAD CCD image sensor and 18.2 million effective pixels. With the huge 16x optical zoom you won't have to worry about distance. That's one of the highest ever zoom lenses inserted in a compact camera. This zoom is just amazing for such a small device. And if this is not enough you can always try the 32x digital zoom.

Of course you can zoom in and out until recording your FULL HD videos and not worry about the sound of the zoom motor cause it is almost completely silent in the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V.
There is only one thing that we will tell you about the shooting modes in Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V - it has them all and 3D sweep panoramas and shooting in low light conditions are coming out more than fine with this camera.

The image processing is provided by the Sony's BIONZ image processing system which converts the raw image data from a CCD or CMOS image sensor into the chosen format.
And of course the DSC-HX10V has Sony G Lens which will provide the best brightness for your photos with the amazing light gathering capability of this camera.
The 1080p FULL HD videos recorded with the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V come out great and have maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,080/50i.

Here is an example test video recorded with the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V:

The  Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V has a nice big Xtra fine 3.0-inch (7.5cm) LCD display which makes it easy to view photos, read menu, and compose shots even in bright light conditions. It is one of the very good screens inserted in a compact digital camera. No viewfinder in the DSC-HX10V but that isn't a bad thing cause most people never use it on a compact camera even if they have it available.
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V
Here are the complete specifications of the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V:
Image Sensor Image Sensor 1/2.3 type(7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor Number of Pixels Approx. 18.9 Megapixels (Gross) Approx. 18.2 Megapixels (Effective) Lens Lens Type Sony G Lens Focal Length (35mm equivalent) f=4.28-68.48mm (Still Image4:3): f=24-384mm (Still Image16:9): f=26-416mm (Movie16:9): f=25-400mm (SteadyShot Standard), f=26-546mm(SteadyShot Active) (Movie4:3): f=31-496mm (SteadyShot Standard), f=32-672mm(SteadyShot Active) F-number F3.3(W)-5.9(T) Focal Range (From the front of the lens) iAuto:AF (W:Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.120cm(3.94') to Infinity) Program Auto: AF(W:Approx.5cm(0.16') to Infinity, T:Approx.120cm(3.94') to Infinity) Camera Imaging Processor "BIONZ" Total Zoom Magnification 16x(Optical Zoom during movie recording) Clear Image Zoom: Still Image 32x Digital Zoom: Still Image 18M Approx.64x / 10M Approx.85x / 5M Approx.120x / VGA Approx.244x / 13M(16:9) Approx.64x / 2M(16:9) Approx.163x Movie: Digital Zoom Approx.64x Main Function Focus Mode Multi Point AF/ Center Weighted AF/ SpotAF/ Tracking Focus/ Face Tracking Focus AF Illuminator Auto / Off Light Metering Mode Multi Pattern/ Center Weighted/ Spot Aperture iAuto(F3.3/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) Program Auto(F3.3/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) Manual(F3.3/F8.0(W), 2 steps with ND Filter) Shutter Speed iAuto(4" - 1/1600) Program Auto(1" - 1/1600) Manual(30" - 1/1600) ISO Sensitivity(REI) ISO 100-3200(iAuto), ISO 100-12800(Superior Auto), ISO 100-1600(Program Auto) Exposure Compensation ± 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step SteadyShot Optical White Balance Auto/ Daylight/ Cloudy/ Fluorescent 1/ Fluorescent 2/ Fluorescent 3/ Incandescent/ Flash/ One Push, One Push Set Shooting Mode (Still Image) Superior Auto/ Intelligent Auto/ Easy Shooting/ Program Auto/ Movie Mode/ Panorama/ Manual Exposure/ Scene Selection/ Picture Effect/ 3D/ Background Defocus Scene Selection High Sensitivity/ Night Scene/ Handheld Twilight/ Night Portrait/ Landscape/ Soft Snap/ Soft Skin/ Anti Motion Blur/ Backlight Correction HDR/ Beach/ Snow/ Fireworks/ Advanced Sports Shooting/ Gourmet/ Pet Mode Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama 3D 3D Still Image/ 3D Sweep Panorama/ Sweep Multi Angle Photo Creativit Yes Picture Effect HDR Painting/ Richtone Monochrome/ Miniature/ Toy camera/ Pop Color/ Partial Color/ Soft High-key/ Watercolor/ Illustration Still Image: Number of Recorded Pixels(Image Size) 4:3mode: 18M(4,896 x 3,672) / 10M(3,648 x 2,736) / 5M(2,592 x 1,944) / VGA 16:9mode: 13M(4,896 x 2,752) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080) / Sweep Panorama:HR(10,480 x 4,096) / Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920) Still Image: Number of recorded pixels (Image Size) during Movie 16:9mode: 13M Level(4,896 x 2,752), 3M(2,304 x 1,296), 4:3mode: 10M Level(3,648 x 2,736), 2M(1,632 x 1,224) Still Image: Number of recorded pixels (3D Image Size) 4:3mode: 18M(4,896 x 3,672) / 16:9mode: 13M(4,896 x 2,752) 3D Sweep Panorama: Wide(7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard(4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920) / 2M(1,920 x 1,080) Sweep Multi Angle :2M(1,920 x 1,080) Face Detection Auto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority Face Selection: Yes(Touch, Selected-face Memory) Maximum number of detectable faces: 8 faces Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard Red Eye Reduction Auto / On / Off Flash Mode Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off Flash Range ISO Auto: Approx.0.25m to 5.3m(W) / Approx.1.2m to 2.9m(T), ISO3200: up to Approx.8.0m(W) / Approx.4.1m(T) Continuous Shooting Speed (Maximum) Approx.10 fps(10 shots) Monitor LCD 7.5cm(3.0type)(4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD Viewfinder - Recording Dual Rec From 4:3Movie to Still Image Size 10M Level (3,648 x 2,736) 4:3, 2M(1,632 x 1,224) 4:3 From 16:9Movie to Still Image Size 13M Level (4,896 x 2,752) 16:9, 3M(2,304 x 1,296) 16:9 Number of Recording per 1 Movie: 10pics Recording Media * w/ Adaptor (Not supplied) Memory Stick Duo Memory Stick PRO Duo Memory Stick PRO Duo(High Speed) Memory Stick PROHG Duo Memory Stick Micro * Memory Stick Micro (Mark2) * SD Memory Card SDHC Memory Card SDXC Memory Card microSD Memory Card* microSDHC Memory Card* Recording File Format Still Image:JPEG, 3D Still Image:MPF, Movie:AVCHD Ver2.0/MP4 Movie Recording Mode AVCHD 50i: 24M FX/ 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 9M HQ(1,440 x 1,080/50i) MP4: 12M(1,440 x 1,080/25fps)/ 6M(1,280 x 720/25fps)/ 3M VGA(640 x 480/25fps) Internal Memory Approx.19MB Microphone / Speaker Built-in Stereo Microphone/ Mono Speaker Volume Setting: 16 steps Wind noise reduction: Off/On GPS Yes Playback Zoom Magnification of Playback Mode 8x Retouch Retouch (Trimming, Red Eye Correction, Unsharp Masking) Terminal Interface MicroUSB, Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0), Mini HDMI Video Out HD(HDMI) Wi-Fi - USB Auto (MultiConfiguration)/ Mass Storage/ MTP General Battery NP-BG1 Dimensions (W x H x D) 104.7 x 59.7 x 33.8mm Weight Approx. 234g (Battery and Memory Stick DUO are included) Approx. 204g (Body Only) Image Index 16 / 25 images Playback Cue, Review (Movie)/ Slow Playback (Movie)/ Panorama Scroll Playback Slide Show Settings Image: All / Date / Folder Effect: Simple / Nostalgic / Stylish / Active Music: Select / Off Interval: 3 / 1 / 5 / 10 sec. (only Simple effect) Repeat: On Slideshow Music AC3(Stereo) Music Tool Yes Print Print Order Mark (DPOF): Single / Select / Date / Folder PlayMemories Home Yes Others Others iAuto(iSCN(Advanced)), Soft Snap(Anti Blink(Auto), Soft Skin(Anti Blink(Auto)) InCamera Guide, Smile Shutter, Grid Line, Auto Bracket

The  DSC-HX10Vcomes in four different color choices: black, white, silver and  red.

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V
Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V white
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V is not a cheap compact camera but it definitely is one of the best out there. Its price is around $300 (around £280 in UK).

So if you ask us would we recommend this camera we would definitely say YES. Packed with great features this is one of the best compact digital cameras offered at a very good price.