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 amazon.com 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).