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Sony DSC-HX100 Digital Camera - Black (16.2MP, 30x Optical Zoom) - 3-inch LCD

by Sony
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • 16.2 effective megapixels Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 30x optical zoom/27mm wide angle lens - Vario-Sonnar T lens by Carl Zeiss
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama automatically combines a burst of images to create extra-wide panoramic pictures, even with moving subjects in the frame (3D, High Resolution and Multi Angle)
  • 3D Still Image - press the shutter button: camera shoots two successive frames, analysing distance to create a single 3D image: view on 3D TV
  • High-speed continuous shooting - Press the shutter button and freeze the action with a high-speed burst of images at up to 10 frames per second
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Sony Cyber-shot HX200V Super Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD Sony Cyber-shot HX200V Super Advanced High Zoom Camera (18.2MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD 4.6 out of 5 stars (92)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.2 x 8.7 cm ; 526 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCHX100V.CEH
  • ASIN: B00506E398
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,585 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

Flagship Cyber-shot™ for uncompromising imaging performance. Enjoy powerful 30x zoom in a compact camera that’s easy to carry around, wherever you go. Take precisely detailed images and HD videos using the most advanced automated features and a range of DSLR-like manual controls. Cyber-shot™ HX100V is also designed to explore with on board GPS and Compass technology so you can geotag shots and see exactly where you took your photos. Like the HX9V, this camera offers Full HD (1920x1080) movie recording at an incredible 50 frames per second. Inside is a range of cutting edge technology including a 16 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor, 30x IS optical zoom and a 27mm wide angle Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens. Bring memories vividly to life with 3D single shot and Intelligent Sweep Panorama. The definitive all-in-one camera for high resolution stills and video.

Track where you shoot with GPS
Track where you shoot with GPS
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Designed to travel

Compact and light but ruggedly built, HX100V is a camera that’s perfect for taking around. It offers a great combination of style and durability – just what you need on holidays and while out with friends. GPS displays your position on screen so you always know where you are and where you’re going. Then when you get back home, retrace your steps with exciting online maps on your PC.

Capture everything, even in low light

High performance imaging is what Cyber-shot™ HX cameras are all about. The HX100V takes the lead with a high sensitivity 16.2 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor for shooting intensely detailed, high resolution images. Press the shutter and shoot at an incredible 10 frames per second or freeze the action with a high-speed burst of images. Developed exclusively by Sony, the Exmor R™ CMOS sensor absorbs twice as much light as a conventional sensor giving you low-noise pictures that stay perfectly defined even in poor conditions. So if you want to shoot at twilight while the sun is setting over the sea or indoors without using a flash, that’s no problem.

Cutting edge technology including a 16 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor.
Cutting edge technology including a 16 megapixel Exmor R™ CMOS sensor. Click here for a larger image
Creative control

A Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with a minimal focal length of 27mm allows you to capture intimate portraits and dramatic wide angle scenes. For action that's further away there’s a 30x IS optical zoom offering superb clarity. With advanced manual functions on the HX100V, you’ll be in total creative control. Set up your picture perfectly using manual ring for smooth zoom and focus, jog dial, WB shift, custom button and memory recall. Optical stabilisation keeps your shots steady so your photos retain sharpness and definition, whatever and wherever you are shooting.

Big screen viewing

Flip the HX100V round and you'll find a large, extremely high quality 3" XtraFine TruBlack LCD screen (921k dot) offering excellent detail, high contrast and wide viewing angle. Framing shots is really easy on screen with everything crystal clear in fine detail and high contrast. Touch the screen to access a range of modes and settings or review your shots with friends. Scroll through latest compositions by sliding your finger across the screen – nothing could be simpler.

Capture in 2D, view in 3D.
Capture in 2D, view in 3D.
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3D – the new dimension

The sophisticated HX100V gives you the opportunity to discover an incredible new dimension in imaging. Shoot 3D still photos at the touch of a button for playback on your 3D TV. Just press the shutter and the camera will shoot two successive frames, then automatically create a single 3D image from them. You can also capture stunning landscapes and cityscapes in panoramic 3D with Intelligent 3D Sweep Panorama. Simply press the shutter while sweeping the camera from side to side or up and down to shoot a high-speed burst of frames. Images are then automatically stitched together to create one amazing panoramic picture at a high resolution of 42.9 megapixels. Sweep Multi Angle creates amazing 3D-like views so you can view your subject from different angles by tilting the camera screen. When you’re done, sit back and enjoy 3D shots on your 3D HD TV or zoom in with PlayStation®3.

Shoot in Full HD 1080p

Just like the HX9V, this advanced Cyber-shot records an incredible 50 Full HD (1920x1080) frames every second in progressive mode for ultra-smooth, cinematic action. It’s the perfect camera to take along when heading out into the great outdoors. Efficient AVCHD video compression technology optimises file size for easy storage and sharing on your PC. Sound quality is impressive too with stereo recorded at 50 frames per second to bring out all the atmosphere. Relive the excitement by watching your movies on your HD TV using the camera's multiple HD output options.

So easy with Superior Auto

Time is of the essence when shooting action or capturing special family moments. Superior Auto mode takes the stress out of selecting perfect camera settings to suit the scene by adjusting exposure and other camera settings automatically. You’ll get DSLR-like quality with low noise and high dynamic range for a wide range of shooting situations.

Impressive background effects

If high contrast is causing washed-out backgrounds and detail lost in shadow, switch to Backlight Correction HDR. The HX100V will take two images at different exposure settings then combine the best elements of each into one natural-looking image. Plus with Background Defocus, you can create professional-looking images with a razor-sharp foreground subject against a smoothly blurred background.

Natural portraits

Face Detection automatically adjusts the exposure, focus and skin tone of your shot so the photos you take of your friends and family look more natural. Soft Skin mode uses this Face Detection technology to automatically soften wrinkles and freckles, as well as adding definition to the eyes and mouth - perfect for individual or group portraits. Smile Shutter is another handy feature that when activated, automatically takes pictures when people smile.

Browse, manage, share

Upload memories to your favourite social networking website with just a few clicks of the mouse. PMB (Picture Motion Browser) Portable software lets you select and transfer photos or video clips to any web-connected PC. Ideal while travelling when you only have a few minutes spare to get in touch with friends and family.

Product Description

Many cameras struggle to produce crisp, clear images in low light. The revolutionary Exmor R CMOS sensor boosts sensitivity while reducing image noise for brilliant, detail-packed pictures. Left your camcorder behind? One touch is all that's needed to shoot brilliantly crisp, detailed video clips. In a Cyber-shot first, you can now record an incredible 50 Full HD (1920x1080) frames every second to capture silk-smooth, cinematic action. Discover an incredible world of 3D imaging. Shoot 3D stills at the touch...


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4.6 out of 5 stars
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony HX100V 25 Feb 2012
I was undecided between going for the Lumix FZ150, Canon SX40, and the Sony HX100V. When I finally made up my mind and decided to part with my hard earned cash I went with the Sony. I am definitely not disappointed with my decision. This is a fantastic camera. After reading what seemed like a million different reviews I was struggling to make a decision. Each of the cameras I was considering has their pros and cons. One thing which really sold the Sony for me was the build quality. Both the Lumix and the Canon felt very plastic and lets be honest, a bit cheap. The Sony, although it is slightly bigger and heavier than the Lumix it is of an excellent build. It feels great when in use and everything is easy to find. A few reviews tend to focus on the fact that Sony have packed 16.1 mil pixels into the HX100V, and they view this as a negative because it can in fact lead to a lessening of the image quality. What you have to remember though is that this is not a DSLR camera. The quality of the images that the Sony or any of the cameras I have already mentioned will not match that of a Canon EOS or Nikon D to give a few examples. What you need to ask yourself when considering buying a new camera is what you intend to use the camera for. If you want a camera that produces good quality images, provides HD movie mode, is packed to the gills with function and versatility, then don't look any further, go for the Sony! The zoom on this thing is unbelievable! At 30x it can produce great images without the need to lug around any separate lenses, as is the case with any DSLR. I owned the Nikon D5000 and had the Nikkor 70-300mm zoom lens. The problem was it was a complete beast and a nightmare to carry around. Read more ›
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic camera. 20 Dec 2011
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A fantastic camera, so easy to use & loads of setting choices to use.
It is a fully automatic camera from taking pictures in its automatic modes (smile recognition) to using as a SLR (manual setting of aperture, film speed & focus).
The HD video is great, the zoom is fantastic (but would recommend a tripod when using the extreme zooming & the sound is very clear.
I have seen several super-zoom cameras, but I found this one the best for what I wanted.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Camera 27 Nov 2011
By Bosse_A
This camera does more than we expected. The intelligent Auto is fantastic and so is the HDR setting. The Steady Shot for video is extremely steady.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dschx100v 10 Feb 2012
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Purchased this camera after I returned the Olympus sz30mr, this Sony is The Best I have ever owned, live colors and so many options, easy to use and very very user friendly system. Image quality can not be distinguished from DSLR, well in other words they made a DSLR in a compact version, there you go. if Amazon had 6 stars I would give 6 stars no probs.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Smart 20 Sep 2011
I've owned the camera three weeks now and after all the looking around at all the brands I think I've got the best. It is a shame it hasn't got a written manual as having to turn the computer on all the time to find out things is a pain. Having said that, a lot of instructions are to be found inbuilt and read off the screen. I have upgraded four times since 2000, from original bridge cameras up to the Nikon P90 with the zoom factor getting larger every time. The focus is always a bit iffy but this is the best so far, and quick. The camera is so automatic you don't realise some of the functions it does without a button pressed. For instance there is no function for turning the photo round 90 degrees when you've just taken the photo in portrait, just turn the camera back to landscape and the photo turns automatically. The pictures taken are impressive, inside aircraft hangers with no flash, and macro, are a treat. The battery lasts well, (I only use the camera for stills), and the settings are fairly straight forward, but as I said earlier, it's so auto that some of the settings you look for are not on this camera. Far distance shooting, (mountains), to macro settings, (flowers), are all automatically set, something I've always had to do myself. (I'm getting on a bit now and new equipment frightens me)! It's slightly heavier than my other cameras but I like that as it seems more steady and more solidly built. A little bit more pricey but it's worth it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome camera! 16 Feb 2012
By Aftab
I have always been a fan of this series of Cybershot and the latest model proves it is very innovative. I like the seperate movie button. In addition, i love the ability to snaps out of a video shoot as stills! This camera gives one so many new options for a anrak like me. A camera very similar to a SLR with price of compact! Buy it!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ~AMAZING~ 10 Aug 2011
By reuben
I have had this camera for several weeks now, i did manage to get it for 310, instead of nearly 400 like it is on Amazon. The first thing i noticed when taking the camera out the box was that you can charge the battery whilst it is still inside the camera, i hate taking batteries out and putting it in a separate charger. After it's first charge, i turned the camera on (which by the way takes about 3-4 seconds if you press the shutter button as soon as you press the power button.) I went outside and took many photos, which is when i noticed how fast the thing focuses, it is amazing! faster than my dad's dSLR. The panorama function is very clever, all you have to do is sweep the camera in whichever direction you like, including up and down, and it takes several photos automatically, and the onboard processor links them all up. Then, i found the movie function. WOW. It is absolutely amazing, it takes 1080p, and in 50interlaced, and 50 progressive. It is so smoooth, the steady shot is absolutely amazing, you can shake it about as much as you want, and it stays extreamley smooth, you can use the full 120x zoom (30x optical 90x digital) whilst filming. Another handy movie feature is, you can set it so if the camera detects a smiling face, it will automatically take a picture, whilst your filming. i like the way you can use the ring around the lens or the small ring on the shutter button to zoom in and out, and when manual focus is selected, the big ring turns into the focusing ring. The quality of photos is also absolutley amaazing! Recommend this to anyone, much better than my friends more expensive fujifilm 16.1MP, and has got better video quality, and sound quality than my mums panasonic 3mos [] quid camcorder. Brilliant camera
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars brillant
excellent camera, really worth the money, can't have any problem with it, small, light and compact. but the zoom is unreal videos brilliant and the pictures are so clear
Published 7 months ago by James E McClements
2.0 out of 5 stars Sony DSC HX100V / 200V build quality
SONY CYBERSHOT DSC HX100V / 200V REVIEW

Owned this camera for 18 months now . Initially disappointed by the image quality as pictures seemed painted/smudged straight out... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P A BATESON
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have been using this camera a year now and cannot not pick a fault with it , it takes excellent pictures for me every time . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Peter G. Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony digital camera
Excellent value camera with mant effects, compact and easy to use - has many more features than mu Sony Alpha SLR. Read more
Published 23 months ago by prisoner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good camera but awkward to handle.
I bought the Sony DSC-HX100 mainly for the power of the Zoom and was not disappointed. So far I've shot birds at a distance and family close up, inside and out with excellent... Read more
Published 23 months ago by David Pickles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for a great camera
I was sick of having poor quality compact digital cameras so I decided to invest in a better one and I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Miss K. A. Heath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Camera
very good camera. i don't need DSLR one. beacause this is like DSLR camera. there are lot of potions as DSLR one.
Published 24 months ago by Moditha
4.0 out of 5 stars Frank Benn's review from south Africa
For the past 5 years my camera has been a Sony DSC-R1, probably the best bridge camera ever made, weighs in at 1kg and built like a sherman tank, it has performed faultlessly since... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by frankb
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