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Outstanding travel compact camera,
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This review is from: Sony HX10 High Zoom CMOS Sensor Camera - Red (18.2MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Camera)
Firstly, as pointed out below, Amazon sells the HX10V model, not the HX10 which the Amazon heading/title indicates (the model sold by Amazon has GPS, the HX10 does not; formally, I received a DSC-HX10VRC 1080 50i AC100v-240v. This means DSC=digital still camera; V=with GPS; R=red).
I've had the HX9V for 18 months/7500photos, and been extremely pleased with it. The HX10V is a significant and worthwhile upgrade: most things are slightly faster and better, and the new price is remarkable value, well ahead of the competition for travel cameras I think.
From a cold start (30min since off), the HX10V can take a picture about 4 seconds after turning on, half the time of the HX9V. Usefully, video shooting starts also starts 2 seconds (rather than 5 seconds) after pressing the button (top-tip: video-taking starts much more quickly if you have the rotary selector on top set to 'movie' too). Importantly, the long 10 seconds recording time of videos after stopping filming is reduced to a few seconds, before you can do anything with the camera. You can also take still photos while making a video on the HX10V. Photographs are taken slightly faster after pushing the button, more can be taken per second (another top-tip: although it works without formatting, using the camera 'format memory card' function speeds it up). Resolution is up by 12%; the lens seems identical and is excellent, with quite close/macro focussing possible. A significant upgrade is the standard micro-USB plug on the camera, rather than the close but different Sony proprietary socket on the HX9V. The top panel, not shown in the Amazon pictures, has unfortunately been downgraded on the HX10V, not I think just my being used to the 9V: the on/off button is smaller, deep in plastic, and next to the shutter (needing a really firm press with a small finger to turn on), while the selector knob is buried and less knurled: both are hard to operate with cold hands outside today, and near-impossible with gloves. GPS lock-on is fast and sensitive (eg near a window in a room where the HX9V cannot get a signal), and a great boon for the way I take pictures and videos anyway, and unlike devices on large SLR cameras at 10x the price, includes compass information. All the control software/menu operation has been improved and simplified: the not-particularly-useful Custom and Memory Recall are deleted, but sadly they are not replaced by manual exposure and raw save options, both of which the lens/sensor quality could easily exploit.
I realise a comparative review may not be useful to many people, since few will have the chance to have the old and new models. The differences are small enough to not make 'upgrading' worthwhile, but if you have a use for a second travel camera, or are changing from a basic holiday camera, the HX10V is outstanding in its performance: I will use it in place of an larger multi-lens SLR camera regularly. The lens is excellent and speed of response to buttons not limiting (unlike the HX9V and other travel compacts).
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013 12:35:15 GMT
Thank you, Professor, for an excellent review; what you have written has been most helpful to me.
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