Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 9.1MP Review

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.

HX1 Specifications

  • 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.

The first thing that struck me about the Cybershot DSC-HX1 camera is that it is quite light for its class. Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

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 :

Pros :

  • 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

Cons :

  • 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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2 Replies to “Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 9.1MP Review”

  1. I’d say for your age and your budget to get a brigde. That is, a halfway point camera between the compact point and shoot casual cameras and more professional single lens reflex sorts. They’re usually listed under regular digital cameras in stores, but sometimes people will try to put them with the SLRs to get the feeling of professional’. They’re a great step up and aren’t awfully hard to use. And they are much cheaper than a SLR too. The Nikon P90 would be a good one by Nikon, and I know Canon makes a few nice ones too. The big thing you can tell if they’re a brigde is they’re much smaller than professionals and don’t have a detachable lens.

    1. Great Shout Rakesh. I’m actually in the process of writing up a one page review of several Bridge Cameras. Whilst the P90 isn’t on that batch of reviews, I DO have it on a long list of cameras to look at. Now that you’ve mentioned it, I will promote it up my list and (depending on it’s availability) I will look to do a review by the end of september. I will post a link back here when it’s done.

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