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Sony DSCHX90 Digital Compact High Zoom Travel Camera with 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen and View Finder (18.2 MP, 30 x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) - Black
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- Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 30x optical zoom lens for extra clear pictures
- 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor for higher image quality even when dark
- Retractable OLED Tru-Finder for clearer viewing and operability
- 180 degrees tiltable LCD Screen for easy framing of selfies or low position shots
- Use built-in NFC/Wi-Fi capability to send photos and movies from your camera to other mobile devices
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|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||—||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||18||18.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||20.4||18.2|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||10.2 x 3.5 x 5.8 cm||—||—||3.99 x 11.3 x 6.65 cm||6.1 x 71.7 x 42.9 cm||9.23 x 2.16 x 5.24 cm|
|Item Weight||245 grams||5 grams||218 grams||298 grams||0.63 kg||105 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.5 Watt Hours||4.5 Watt Hours||—||1,050 Watt Hours||4.5 Watt Hours||2.3 Watt Hours|
|How is the Lithium Battery packaged?||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||—||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment||Batteries packed with equipment|
|Max Focal Length||720 mm||—||720 mm||135 mm||1,250 mm||250 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||—||24 mm||4.3 mm||25 mm||25 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18.2||18.2 megapixels||21.1 megapixels||20||20.4||18.2|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick||—||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card; Memory Stick||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick||Memory Stick|
Colour Name: Black | Style Name: Travel Camera with View Finder
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Sony DSCHX90 Digital Compact High Zoom Travel Camera with 180 Degrees Tiltable LCD Screen and View Finder (18.2 MP, 30 x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC) - Black.
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Upgrade your view
Take a better look at all you aim for, with a small digital camera including a 30x optical zoom lens developed by Sony along with the legendary Zeiss, a clear retractable OLED Tru-Finder.
30x zoom lens with Zeiss quality built in
The result of over a century and a half of Zeiss expertise in high-precision optics is clear: this 24-720 mm lens renders portrait, close-up and landscape images in natural glory from every perspective with vivid sharpness and contrast intact. Zeiss T* multi-layer anti-reflective coating effectively eliminates surface ghosting and flare.
Exmor R CMOS sensor for extra sensitivity
The more light is allowed to strike a sensor, the more appealing a resulting image will look. So the Exmor R CMOS sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels employs back-illuminated design to let four times more light in than a more conventional sensor, is twice as sensitive to light and even features Sony Column A/D Conversion technology to reduce image noise.
BIONZ X for more detail and less noise
To transform data from the Exmor R CMOS sensor into high-resolution images, the BIONZ X image processor integrates detail reproduction, diffraction-reducing and area-specific noise reduction technologies. This combination makes it possible to reproduce realistic images of truer colours and textures with precision in real time.
OLED Tru-Finder improves the view
The high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder is far brighter than more conventional electronic viewfinders; features even more compact dimensions; displays real-time preview and various shooting information, so that what you see onscreen is exactly what you'll get in your shot; and is retractable for portability, safety and practicality.
180-degree tiltable LCD monitor for easy framing
The high-resolution LCD on the camera back can be tilted up to 180 degrees. So when you're in front of the camera, you can easily view the LCD to check the framing before you shoot a selfie, for example. This flexibility also lets you comfortably maintain stress-free posture while monitoring a scene that you want to shoot from a low angle.
One-touch remote and one-touch sharing
One-touch remote lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder and remote control for a digital camera and one-touch sharing lets you transfer your photos and videos from your camera. Either way, by installing PlayMemories Mobile app to your NFC enable Android smartphone or tablet, you can avoid complex set-up sequences and establish wireless connection simply by touching your device to the camera. No NFC? No problem. You can also pair the devices manually.
More flexible movie formats
The new XAVC S 3 format captures movies detailing extra-smooth action and high-quality sound with fidelity to the original sources. Whether you’re shooting in XAVC S or high-definition AVCHD format, you can also simultaneously record another version of the same scene in a compressed, web-friendly MP4 format for convenient sharing.
GPS charts your course
The built-in GPS geotags photos and movies, so you can track your trip's shooting locations precisely. Later, to relive the fun that's been captured in the footage, use Sony PlayMemories Home software to recall journeys, wherever on Earth you shot them on camera. With Map View mode, the path and images of a journey appear on a trail map.
Control ring and grip take hold
For fuller-scale operability, you can assign frequently used manual focus, step zoom, quick zoom and other functions to the control ring around the circumference of the lens in front, then access and use those functions instantly as needed when shooting. Moreover, the camera grip has been ergonomically designed for optimal handling stability at all times.
|Sensor||CMOS(BSI) 1/2.3 inch||CMOS(BSI) 1/2.3 inch||CMOS(BSI) 1/2.3 inch|
|Effective pixels||18 MP||18 MP||18 MP|
|Focal Length||25-500 mm G||24-720 mm CZ||24-720 mm CZ|
|LCD||3.0 inch (460 k)||3.0 inch (Flip/921 k)||3.0 inch (Flip/921 k)|
|Viewfinder||OLED, 638 k|
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The camera is excellent (-other than the lack of crop function). Having spent 7 months getting awful out of focus, dull shots, I am now back to snap away and 99% are great shots with barely a glance at what I am aiming at. The colours are so much more vibrant on Sony than on the other brand. I absolutely cannot live without the painting function which turns a dull day into a great photo - not everyone's cup of tea I know but if you like it, Sony are great at it. Photo and video in Sepia is also a fabulous tool as a friend does living history so old photos definitely a bonus for this. What I love most is the Programme function and the fact that there is very little that my hulking great SLR can do that this little camera cannot.
There is no need for me to go through every function this camera has as it is easy for anyone interested in buying one to just go download a pdf of the manual online if you want to check what functions are available. The important point is that the camera produces fabulous photos with minimal effort and I am sure when I have had time to do more than take holiday shots, I will be even more impressed than I already am.
The only minus points at all are, as previously mentioned, Sony has dispensed with the in-camera cropping tool which was the one thing I used most. However, it appears most brands have done the same, in favour of cropping on phone or tablet once transferred. I was resistant to this at first as was worried about staorage capacity on my phone but having dumped another 1000 photos on it yesterday, it does not seem to be an issue.
The second possible minus will depend on preference. Apart from the age of my old HX20V, another reason for the upgrade was direct connection to save cables and laptops to download photos. Previous other brand purchase did this by Bluetooth, Sony does it over wifi. The downside to the wifi method obviously being that if you are out and about without wifi then you cannot transfer. The Bluetooth method could be used at anytime, however, firstly I never had the time or wanted to waste it transferring whilst out and secondly and most importantly, the Bluetooth function drained the camera battery faster than a bucket with a hole in it! So, with that in mind, I decided the wifi was an improvement rather than a deficit. Also the wifi camera to phone transfer was extremely fast and very easy to do, the Bluetooth was complicated and took ages. The Sony mobile to Sony Online Album took a very long time though but that could be my phone. Had I transferred from camera to iPad and then to online album it may well have been faster.
Battery life very good, lasted 2 days of constant use whilst away before needing to be charged. (I keep a spare battery with me and a mini charger from Top Max though just in case). Flash on this is also very good, nowhere near as bad as the average 'rabbit in headlights' effect usually produced by flash shots and did not make the shots look cold as some flashes do. This is also the most accurate camera for colour I have had; I have some that can't produce blue correctly on flowers and some that struggle with purple (shots of orchids) but this does a very good job. The zoom is fantastic, quite stunning how good shots are when using the zoom. My previous purchase of other brand, 30 optic and 30 digital, the digital zoom was so useless it wasn't worth using it, not so on the HX90. The viewfinder, not something I had in the HX20V is very handy especially on bright days.
So, as the only negatives to this fabulous little camera are relatively minor, I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone wanting a comprehensive compact camera. Do not be swayed by the claims of other brands, this camera delivers exactly what it promises and most importantly, you do not miss that all important try, fly past, candid shot due to the camera did not perform or worse, because you were so busy trying to work it that you missed the entire thing! Just point and shoot, HX90 does exactly as it promises.
Negatives, well there's no GPS although this can be picked up from your phone and connecting to an iPhone is a bit clunky but if you want a small camera with a massive zoom I don't see many alternatives.
I bought the DSCHX90 to fulfil that role and to be honest was not expecting much. Having owned a Canon SX50HS/SX60HS and Sony's own DSCH400 'superzoom', I'd been left disappointed with a number of things - bulk, price, build and of course image quality. The DSCHX90 intrigued me though, its front dimensions are not that bigger than a credit card and research seem to suggest that the little guy punched well above it weight.
Boy are those reviews right, this is a mini marvel from Sony. Oddly over-shadowed by the multi-headline grabbing features of Sony's bigger lines, I've generally found the images and features of this camera to be outstanding. It does everything my smartphone camera can't and is a perfect solution for situations where I don't necessarily want to be waving my iPhone around.
It won't ever replace the quality of my RX100M4 of course, but I would have no hesitation in grabbing it for situations where a single / small camera is the best choice. Highly recommended as a versatile / companion device.
(1) The LCD display is not bright enough, even adding +2 on the setting. I have a similar Canon, which is at least twice as bright.
(2) The viewfinder does not look as if will be very durable. This was one of the reasons I bought the camera.
(3) Very basic instructions.
Note that the camera is capable of a lot more than advertised.
For example, due to an eyesight problem I have difficulty in holding the camera level. I was pleased to find that it is possible to have an interactive "level" line displayed all the time on the display.
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