Sony DSC-HX100V 16.2 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On January 31 2011, Sony announced two new 16.2 Megapixels Cyber-shot SuperZoom digital cameras - DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V. Both cameras comes with a dedicated movie button offering HD video shooting capability at 60 progressive frames per second (1920x1080 60p).

The HX100V camera comes with 27mm Carl Zeiss? Vario-Sonar T* lens with 30x optical zoom. It features the 16.2 Megapixels Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS sensor supporting a new Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR (High Resolution) mode at 42.9 Megapixels panoramic images (10480x4096 resolution). The DSC-HX100V camera is available in black and is listed for retail at $450.

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Sony DSC-HX100V Camera Reviews Roundup


DPI - Feb 06 2012
"The Sony Cyber-shot HX100V is an ultra-zoom camera with a weird twist: its feature set and operation reminded me of another camera I had reviewed recently. The Sony HX100V felt like an "extra-large" version of Sony HX9V compact super-zoom camera, with a 16 megapixel backlit CMOS image sensor, 3 inch screen, GPS, manual controls and even its featur..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Info - Oct 27 2011
"When a camera waltzes up to your imaging lab and aces the most important test, it's hard not to be impressed. Such is the case with Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V. But evaluating this camera was an exercise in tempering our enthusiasm. After recording one of the best color accuracy scores we've ever seen, this model went on to post... good scores in the remai..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Oct 22 2011
"There is a lot to like about the HX100V. Its 30x optical zoom lens, which covers 27-810mm (equivalent) is incredibly versatile, the camera feels great in the hand, is comfortable to use and its 16MP sensor provides image quality which, at most ISO sensitivity settings compares well with the best of its competition. Especially impressive is the HX100V's vide..." More »
73out of 100
TechRadar - Aug 31 2011
"The superzoom market has a lot of 30x zoom models on offer and Sony's HX100V is an all guns blazing addition to the category. An easy to use layout with manual zoom/focus ring, significant 27-810mm zoom range, nippy autofocus, close-up macro mode and forward-thinking tech such as GPS all make the camera stand out. Available for around £400, the Sony C..." More »
80out of 100
CNET US - Aug 19 2011
"Considering this camera's price and size, the photo quality is excellent. Or should I say, it can be excellent if you take full advantage of all the HX100V's shooting options. But even left in auto it turns out very good photos. When viewed at full size, you can see there's little difference from ISO 100 to ISO 400. The only real issue I have is that photos..." More »
70out of 100
Camera Labs - Aug 14 2011
"Compared to the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V looks to be a very compelling option. Its 16.2 Megapixel sensor provides an extra 2 Megapixels over and above the PowerShot SX30's 14 Megapixel resolution and image quality to match and even better the lower resolution PowerShot. It also has full 1080p50/60 HD resolution video compared..." More »
86out of 100
ePhotoZine - Jul 27 2011
"ISO shots show low noise at ISO100 - 400 with grain appearing at ISO800. Noise is still quite low at ISO1600 however detail suffers. At ISO3200 noise dominates the image with detail lacking, and chroma noise is prominant, especially in greys and blacks. There are three options regarding noise reduction, Standard, Low and High. White Balance - Auto white bal..." More »
90out of 100
Photography BLOG - Jun 28 2011
"The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX100V is one of the best super-zoom camera that we've ever reviewed, offering a compelling mix of advanced features, excellent still image quality, fantastic lens and a class-leading video mode, all at a price that is competitive with its main rivals. The move to a 16 megapixel sensor may elicit groans amongst more experienced p..." More »
90out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Jun 12 2011
"For some bizarre reason - as yet unexplained - in the S mode, we couldn't set aperture settings smaller than f/6.3.  This quirk was confirmed by a reader who expressed interest in the camera and pushed us to seek one to review. In the A and M modes, aperture adjustment went all the way down to f/8 (the minimum aperture available). The restriction..." More »
90out of 100
Pocket-lint - May 25 2011
"But the big question of them all has to be about image quality. Just how good are the HX100V's images? The short answer would be "ok" rather than "great". Sony has put a standard 1/2.3-inch-sized compact sensor into the HX100V's body but then crammed some 16.2-megapixels onto this small space. Apart from the marketing benefits this may g..." More »
90out of 100
PopPhoto - May 21 2011
"Like a lot of non-DSLRs, the HX100V scored only Extremely High in our color accuracy test, with an average Delta E of 9.3. Though not up to today's DSLR standards, it still beats most color films, which would score 11 or above in our test. Note that the Sony does not shoot RAW files; we tested its highest-quality JPEGs at the camera's default settings...." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Mar 09 2011
"Closer examination of the spec sheet shows that the HX100V's sensor is an Exmor R - the "R" standing for (and this is considering that same confused Japanese naming logic) "back-lit". Now that's a key difference, as backlit sensors are constructed entirely differently to conventional ones. It may sound a tad boring, but the wires in the..." More »
Not Rated
CNET UK - Mar 07 2011
"We were impressed by this lengthy lens in several respects. First of all, it's quite fast. Zooming the full distance doesn't take too long, so if you spot something interesting in the distance, you'll be able to square it in the viewfinder before it flies off, or vanishes or succumbs to the weathering powers of rain. Secondly, even when zoomed in the full d..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Sony DSC-HX100V

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    amazon 2014-09-29 07:00
    Amazing, Kiersten
    Talk about fabulous. Even when you zoom all the way the picture is perfect! It works amazing in outdoor photos. A must buy.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-24 07:00
    Five Stars, Janet E. Cassell
    great
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    amazon 2014-09-24 07:00
    Great pictures and easy to use., Mike
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    Great pictures and easy to use.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-05 07:00
    Five Stars, Shashikant Garje
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    great features, love the intelligent auto features, panorama sweep
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-05 07:00
    I love it, Shashikant Garje
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    great features, love the intelligent auto features, panorama sweep
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-03 07:00
    Five Stars, MHSavelle
    Verified Purchase(
    Love this camera !
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-09-03 07:00
    I love it, MHSavelle
    Verified Purchase(
    Love this camera !
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-08-19 07:00
    Five Stars, robert guzik
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    thanks
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-08-10 07:00
    My Über-Camera!, Psychic Philosopher
    I call this my "über-camera" because the photos I've taken with it are so incredibly good. I've used this camera across the Caribbean and continental US, and I have no complaints at all. The video is high-quality, the sound is great, and you can't hear the zoom during video use. I'm a point-and-shoot photographer, so I don't take full advantage of all the features. But my photos look professional, and I am able to capture great memories and zoom to get architectural details when sightseeing or great photos when sitting in the back of a performance center. This camera has been my faithful companion for a couple of years now, and I'm so very happy with the purchase. I can't recommend it enough!
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-07-02 07:00
    Very Close to Perfect, Cucucachu
    Verified Purchase(
    Bought as a Christmas present for my wife, its now been 3 years and she still is nuts about it. I bought this model because it uses a standard SD Card to store pictures, not a Sony specific memory stick. The quality and ease of use make this an excellent choice. I would like to find the same camera, but with a WiFi connection to make it easier to download pictures than connecting to a PC or iPad. That and replaceable lens at this price point are the only items on my wishlist for this camera.
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    amazon 2014-03-11 07:00
    This is the best camera for Full HDMI for photo's AND movies., JW
    I have a Sony HX100 and I use it for taking pictures and movies of sport car races, Sears Point near Sonoma, Ca., for the past 30 years. I shoot out doors, in varying weather, over a time period of 8 - 10 hours. Using the Manual Mode I can take up to ten photograph's quicker that you can blink an eye. I also take pictures for a Corvette Club that I am a member of, this constitutes tours, field tips, dances, banquets, in others words it is a variety of social occasions both indoors and outdoors.
    I made an extensive research to try to find the best camera for my needs, while keeping within my budget. I found out that there are a number of manufactures and a kazillion of different models, yet they all looked similar and have the same basic attributes. A camera with an exchangeable lens was out of the question, due to cost.
    I have never considered that a camera that takes pictures could take quality movies, visa a versa, a camcorder does not take good quality pictures. The Sony HX100 is the first picture / movie camera that I have found that produces Full HDMI, 1080p movies. The movies are equivalent to my Full HDMI, 1080p camcorder. Seeing these movies on my 60" LED, HDMI, TV, are just fantastically, unbelievable !!!
    It would be impossible to list all of the many configurations that the Sony HX100 can do, it took me to sit down with paper and pencil to figure them all out for my applications. It was well worth the effort. However, here are just some of what this camera will do: On the Mode Dial - Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Scene Selection (16), 3D, Movie Mode AVCHD 60p, ISweep Panorama, Manual, Aperture Priorty Shooting, Shutter Speed Priorty Shooting, Program Auto. The built-in manual / guide: Shoot / Playback Guide, Icon Guide, Objective Guide, Troubleshooting and Keyword. Built-in Settings, 18 different sub menus. Not enough ? Built-in flash, 30X, 27mm-810mm, 16mp lens, manual focus, tilting LED Screen, built-in GPS, memory card up to 64gb, stereo recording, USB and HDMI output. Battery life is excellent, good for 80 - 100 pictures using a flash, 1
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-17 08:00
    SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX 100V, John Folger
    Verified Purchase(
    Everything I expected from this camera. Great zoom with clear pictures. Nicer to carry around then a DSLR, with almost the same results. Would recommend it to your viewers.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-17 08:00
    SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX 100V, John Folger
    Everything I expected from this camera. Great zoom with clear pictures. Nicer to carry around then a DSLR, with almost the same results. Would recommend it to your viewers.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-03 08:00
    Fantastic Camera, MKR
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    Zoom is just unbeleivable. Picture quality is great. Took it to African safari and was able to take pictures at distance and upclose without having to worry about changing lens as in SLR camera.
    HD movie qulity is very good.
  • amazon
    amazon 2014-01-03 08:00
    Fantastic Camera, MKR
    Zoom is just unbeleivable. Picture quality is great. Took it to African safari and was able to take pictures at distance and upclose without having to worry about changing lens as in SLR camera.
    HD movie qulity is very good.
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-12-30 08:00
    Exceeds your expectations, Datesmcgee
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    I used this for video taping drag boat races. Awesome quality video. I love the optical zoom. Thinking of getting the new 50x model...
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    amazon 2013-12-30 08:00
    Exceeds your expectations, Datesmcgee
    I used this for video taping drag boat races. Awesome quality video. I love the optical zoom. Thinking of getting the new 50x model...
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    amazon 2013-12-18 08:00
    PROBLEM BOX, MAVERICK
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    Show defect... show defect ... show defect ... show defect... show defect... This show me defect ... A problem is a box ... no security
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    amazon 2013-12-18 08:00
    PROBLEM BOX, MAVERICK
    Show defect... show defect ... show defect ... show defect... show defect... This show me defect ... A problem is a box ... no security
  • amazon
    amazon 2013-12-02 08:00
    An Unexpected Video Bargain, Rick Bennette "Rick Bennette"
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    Most camcorders in this price range are weak in the video recording ability. The HX100 records some of the most natural looking, sharpest video in and above its class. It is actually sharper than the video from my Sony Alpha 57. While some users may report color that lacks the movie look, it is because this camera records more like your eye sees images with colors that are natural and not overly saturated. It is not the most light sensitive camera in low light, but it produces an image that has very little grain as the lighting gets darker. Even Sony's own successors, the HX200 and HX300, don't produce an image this sharp and clean, although they are more saturated in color.
    Most camera functions can be controlled manually, which is a plus for this class of camcorder. The lens, while exhibiting a fair amount of geometric distortion (straight objects appear slanted) at wide angle, the chromatic aberration (color fringes around objects in the corners of the image) is very well controlled. Battery life as good, the camera feels well balanced and turns on and is ready to record in under two seconds.