Friday, April 24, 2009

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 does HDR and Panorama

One of the most significant announcement by Sony during the PMA’09 in Las Vegas earlier this year was not a new DSLR but a new prosumer (or bridge) digital camera, the Cybershot DSC-HX1 (or HX1 for short).


The most significant feature when I first came across it was it’s ability to do in-camera panoramic shots.  Of course, they also mentioned about faster shutter speeds, better noise reduction and a longer tele-range, up to 20x.  What I missed in the announcement was that it was also able to do HDR by combining 6 shots.  The YouTube video below gives a good overview of the features.

In summary, the HX1;

  • 9.1 megapixels
  • up to 1/4000th shutter speed
  • up to ISO 3200
  • 3-inch LCD
  • 9 AF points
  • HD Video
  • 10 frames per second continuous shots
  • about 500g in weight

You can now pre-order with a few online vendors including and is priced at slightly below USD500.00.

Personal option is that the focal length of 5 – 100mm won’t reach out as far as other superzoom offerings (maybe I am reading this range wrongly).


kuanhoong said...

Hmm really have no idea how the HDR is created.. maybe need to test out this camera when it is available in the market

Ian Tan said...

may have made a mistake, it may NOT be HDR but just superimposed images of same exposure to calculate the "shake" factor ... i am also not that sure ...

Dennis said...

well, this camera is nice i think but i can't buy it..we already have one,lol...but this is in good quality i guess....

suzane said...

I have the Sony DSC-H10 and i love it too. Very easy to use and the pictures come out crisp. Especially the macro ones and outdoors.Still have a lot to learn. I plan to take a photography class since this is something i really enjoy doing.Sony DSC HX1 has the good features, but if I compare the “upcoming price” i would prefer Canon rather than Sony.