I had deliberately not taken my camera to a recent friend’s wedding as I didn’t want to be seen to be ‘treading on the toes’ of the official photographer.
However, it didn’t take me long to get chatting to the ‘snapper’ and he introduced me to his ‘spare’ camera for the day. “Why don’t you take a few shots”, he naively said.
I was soon hooked on the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 and thought that I would undertake a review.
- Brand : Sony
- Model : Cybershot DSC-HX1 9.1MP 20x Optical Zoom Digital Camera with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 Inch LCD
- Model No. : DSC-HX1
- Dimensions : W x H x D: 114.5mm x 82.8mm x 91.8mm (4 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ x 3 5/8″)
- Weight : Approx. 1.8oz. (504g) – including battery and Memory Stick
- Mega-pixels : 9.1
- Optical Zoom : x20
- ISO Range : 125 to 3200
- Continuous Shooting Mode (frames per second) : 2 frames / 5 Frames / 10 frames
- Viewing Screen Size : 3 inches
- Viewing Screen Tilt Angle : 90 degrees
- Memory : Built in 11mb. Plus removable memory stick
Adam’s Cybershot Summary
I’ll be honest and say that Sony don’t normally build my ‘cameras of choice’…… until now. The HX1 has actually been around for three years and I’m surprised that this has not caught my eye sooner.
Secondly, it’s very intuitive. Okay, I’m a ‘professional’, so I should know what I’m doing. However, even someone with limited digital camera experience will soon be taking great professional-looking photographs with this Cybershot. For example the panorama mode is very impressive and easy to use.
One of the reasons the wedding photographer wasn’t using this model is that he was doing a lot of tri-pod work and when using a tripod access to the memory card was impossible. A small point, but it’s one for the professionals to note.
For the high action photographers, there is a very impressive 10-shot high speed mode. Whilst that might not be enough shots for the professional sports photographer, it’s more than enough for the keen enthusiast. You need to be aware that you will need to wait for quite a while (16 seconds) before you can take further photos.
The internal flash performed well, with a range of over 9 meters. Of course the flash is not available with the continuous shooting mode.
The zoom feature, whilst effective, is a little on the slow side for my liking. But that is a relative small point for an overall excellent unit.
Here are the pros and cons at a glance :
- Robust design
- Good for low light photography
- Powerful internal flash
- Impressive panorama mode
- Movie capture zoom feature
- Overall performance is very good
- A feature packed camera at an affordable price
- A few small ‘niggles’ (e.g. slow zoom speed) but nothing to write home about
- Whilst the picture quality is good at computer screen digital level, if you are looking to produce large prints then the photo quality is not the best I’ve seen. However in my mind I am comparing this with some top end products, so perhaps I’m being a little harsh.
Overall, I really have taken to this excellent piece of equipment and can fully appreciate why it gets so many rave reviews.
I award the Cybershot HX1 a review score of :
87 out of 100
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