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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 Sensor1/2.3 type(7.76mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
Number of PixelsApprox. 18.9 Megapixels (Gross)
Approx. 18.2 Megapixels (Effective)
Lens TypeSony 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)
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)
Imaging Processor"BIONZ"
Total Zoom Magnification16x(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 ModeMulti Point AF/ Center Weighted AF/ SpotAF/ Tracking Focus/ Face Tracking Focus
AF IlluminatorAuto / Off
Light Metering ModeMulti Pattern/ Center Weighted/ Spot
ApertureiAuto(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 SpeediAuto(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
White BalanceAuto/ 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 SelectionHigh 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
PanoramaIntelligent Sweep Panorama
3D3D Still Image/ 3D Sweep Panorama/ Sweep Multi Angle
Photo CreativitYes
Picture EffectHDR 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
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 DetectionAuto / Off / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Face Selection: Yes(Touch, Selected-face Memory)
Maximum number of detectable faces: 8 faces
Dynamic Range OptimizerStandard
Red Eye ReductionAuto / On / Off
Flash ModeAuto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off
Flash RangeISO 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)
LCD7.5cm(3.0type)(4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
Dual RecFrom 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 FormatStill Image:JPEG,
3D Still Image:MPF,
Movie:AVCHD Ver2.0/MP4
Movie Recording ModeAVCHD 50i:
24M FX/ 17M FH (1,920 x 1,080/50i) / 9M HQ(1,440 x 1,080/50i)
12M(1,440 x 1,080/25fps)/ 6M(1,280 x 720/25fps)/ 3M VGA(640 x 480/25fps)
Internal MemoryApprox.19MB
Microphone / SpeakerBuilt-in Stereo Microphone/ Mono Speaker
Volume Setting: 16 steps
Wind noise reduction: Off/On
Zoom Magnification of Playback Mode8x
RetouchRetouch (Trimming, Red Eye Correction, Unsharp Masking)
InterfaceMicroUSB, Hi-Speed USB(USB2.0), Mini HDMI
Video OutHD(HDMI)
USBAuto (MultiConfiguration)/ Mass Storage/ MTP
Dimensions (W x H x D)104.7 x 59.7 x 33.8mm
WeightApprox. 234g (Battery and Memory Stick DUO are included)
Approx. 204g (Body Only)
Image Index16 / 25 images
PlaybackCue, Review (Movie)/ Slow Playback (Movie)/ Panorama Scroll Playback
Slide Show SettingsImage: All / Date / Folder
Effect: Simple / Nostalgic / Stylish / Active
Music: Select / Off
Interval: 3 / 1 / 5 / 10 sec. (only Simple effect)
Repeat: On
Slideshow MusicAC3(Stereo)
Music ToolYes
PrintPrint Order Mark (DPOF): Single / Select / Date / Folder
PlayMemories HomeYes
OthersiAuto(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.

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