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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compact Camera, 27 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Black Digital Compact Camera, 18.2 MP, 16x Optical Zoom, Full HD, 3D, GPS (Camera)
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Before I start, I shall try and clear up the model name confusion (well it confused me anyway).

The Amazon page describes the product as the DSC-HX10 but in fact it is the DSC-HX10V.

The difference being the 'V' version has basic GPS function built in to record the location photos were taken and the direction the camera was pointing (compass heading) - Note: No world map or location information but it does offer the options to record a track of the camera location (bread crumb trail).

If I were Sony I would call one the DSC-HX10 and the other DSC-HX11 to avoid confusion.

Back to the camera.

With the provided battery charger (USB output) the manual says a flat battery will take just under 3 hours to charge! My one took 90 minutes so I guess it was part charged.

The battery is charged in the camera and I must admit to preferring external battery charger so the camera can be used while another battery is charging.

To this end I ordered the charger and battery pack option ACC-CSFG Sony Cyber-shot ACC-CSFG Battery and Charger Kit for NP-FG1 Battery

This pack also comes with the more deluxe battery that displays remaining minutes in the display NP-FG1. The camera comes with the basic cheaper battery that does not offer this information NP-BG1.

Another basic accessory I purchased was a carry case to protect the camera LCS-CSQ SONY LCS-CSQ PHOTO BAG SW

About the camera.
I have taken now 1,800 shots and several video clips.

All but about 5 photos look very good with these out of focus for whatever reason.

From pressing the power button you can take the first photo in under 3 seconds (longer if you want to get a GPS fix).

The instruction manual provided is one of the worse I have ever seen with the idea being you use the manual built into the camera. However when out and about trying to view the manual in bright sunlight it is quite tricky and even then the manual falls short not explaining all indications that are displayed on the rear screen (the printed manual does not include any guide to the screen messages).

Also what I found unusual is that it offers no setting to specify JPG compression. Typically the less compression will offer a better image but requiring more storage space.

The memory card I am using is a 16Gb SDHC Transcend 16GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card

Like most camera it offers full auto modes like "Superior Auto". In this mode sometimes you will hear it take multiple shots (as it does in high ISO speed modes). The camera then compiles these into one image.

Just viewed on a big screen TV or a computer viewing the full 18Mp image on a 2Mp display these look fine. However, if you view the images at full size (zooming in to 100% pixel to pixel) the do look a little odd, almost like that had been painted by a brush.

This effect is greatly reduced if you use the "Intelligent Auto" mode.

The camera also lets you take panoramic pictures where you just have to pan the camera with the best results with the camera on end.

It also takes 3D photos and a couple I have taken look quite good while others you can hardly see the effect.

The camera has a HDMI compact output to let you watch the photos on your TV (3D TV of course for 3D shots but I found it easier to put the card in my BD player which lists the 3D images separate for easy viewing). Also note that it does not seem to show the Panoramic images via HDMI.

The camera comes with no software but will install Sony Play Memories when you hook the camera up to your computer.

This software can also transfer the images and videos and place them in folders made out of the shooting date. It will also sort all your other photos.

Lastly, the software updates the GPS Quickfix file which is valid for 30 days every time you hook the camera up to your PC (assuming it has an internet connection). The Quickfix file reduces the time taken to obtain a GPS fix which is displayed on the camera panel by three signal bars.

If you buy one, I doubt you will regret your purchase but you may also want to consider Nikon, Panasonic and Canon models also.
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