Summary Sony DSC-HX100v

Prices Price
Camera only
$730
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 16
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 21
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 30x
Screen size
Help 3"
Aperture
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 921k dots
Wide angle
Help 27 mm
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 60fps
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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100vSony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

reviewsWhat are people saying about the DSC-HX100v

"Despite our few gripes, we still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the HX100V to someone interested in a superzoom camera."
popphoto.com | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"The Sony scored an Acceptable rating in overall image quality."
popphoto.com | talking about the camera's image-quality
"If you can accept that the HX100V sacrifices resolution to control noise, then you should be pleased with its noise performance."
popphoto.com | talking about the camera's iso-noise

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Videos

Sony DSC-HX100V Digital Camera Unboxing
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  • Exposure bracketing
  • White balance
  • Shooting video
Sony DSC Hx100v Manual focus test! ;)
  • Tutorial
  • Exposure bracketing
  • White balance
  • Shooting modes

Pros

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The Sony DSC-HX100v vs other recent digicams

Battery life Above average battery life Help
410 shots
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Digital
GPS Built-in GPS Help
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed Fast shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second

Cons

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The Sony DSC-HX100v vs other recent digicams

Wide angle Poor wide angle lens Help
27 mm
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Announced Old Help
February 2011
Weight Heavy Help
577 g
Size Slightly large Help
Prosumer size (122×87×93 mm)
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.7 MP
Sensor size Small sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
Thickness Thick Help
3.7"
Lowest price Expensive Help
$729.99
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The Sony DSC-HX100v vs other recent super zooms

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 60fps
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
External flash No external flash Help
Less expandable
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Discussion

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Avatar for Tyler Tyler (4:41 AM, August 19, 2013)
is there any way to hook up a shotgun mic to this for improved audio??
 
NSD (10:28 AM, April 25, 2013)
I have been using the Sony HX-100V for a year and it is the most outstanding among all the Super Zooms I have seen till date. The Image stabilisation at Full Zoom is perfect and thats the very reason you should pick it up if you are planning on buying a Super Zoom camera. Plus it has a nice DSLR feel to it where you can manually adjust the focus ring and gives you great control over the zoom. Low light photography is not the best but you have complete manual controls over shutter speed, aperture, exposure to suit it to your needs. Plus it has all the add-ons like Panaroma, 3D photography, good video, scene selections, background defocus, image stabilisation, anti blur, steady shot... and even GPS. This is a great recommended buy if you want to have a camera that gives you the feel of a DSLR with a Super Zoom.
 
Victor (6:49 AM, September 20, 2012)
I bought it $380 from Ebay.... its gr8
 
Shubahankar Majumdar17 (5:27 PM, April 15, 2012)
Shubhankar:  can v adjust the shutter speed and aperture manually in sony HX 100.
 
Cameraddict (5:19 AM, March 28, 2012)
I just bought Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. I like it! But I am still thinking of getting another kind like Nikon's latest P510. But after reading some negative feedbacks about this Nikon P510. I kinda turned off and I might be buying Sony DSC-HX100V.....I like my Canon SX40 HS especially on low light conditions and the 36X zoom is awesome. But I still want a camera that has a higher Mega Pixel...so I think, Sony DSC-HX100V is a good choice. It's good to have both!
 
Cameraddict (5:10 AM, March 28, 2012)
Canon SX40 HS is one great Point and Shoot Camera. Grab it if you are looking for camera that works excellent even in low light conditions be it outdoor or indoor. The DIGIC 5 image processor made this camera outstanding in many ways!
 
Avatar for subodh kanbarkar subodh kanbarkar (2:06 AM, March 12, 2012)
HX100V is an obvious choice
 
Avatar for subodh kanbarkar subodh kanbarkar (2:05 AM, March 12, 2012)
HX100V is an excellent camera in its class.. I've researched extensively on this one. Easy to handle and use.. Go for it!!
 
Kostov_K (9:39 AM, March 07, 2012)
Hi all!
What about the battery life?
 
Kostov_K (9:16 AM, March 07, 2012)
Hi all!

What about the battery life?
 
Rachellf (0:16 PM, February 27, 2012)
weneed to take lightning strike pics i dont know anything about cameras buying it for my daughter i think its a toss up between sony 100v or canon sx40 or canon 110d any tips please ?
 
Saumitra (2:46 AM, February 27, 2012)
can anyone help me !!!!
i wanna buy HXV but i am confused between Canon 1100d nd HX 100V
can anyone help me to sort out my problem ????
 
Varunsinghv7 (7:36 AM, February 26, 2012)
you are right queenpudd sony dsc-hx100v is the best camera
 
Lobsangggaltsen (11:20 AM, February 13, 2012)
i really would like to buy a sony cybershot dsc hx100v
so, could i pay only 10.00
 
Gmiura (3:49 PM, January 17, 2012)
I have one and I think this is the best multipurpose zoom camera to date. You must be aware that the image quality is very similar from the compact cameras (which is very good for general use), but it records in full hd and have several other cool features really fun and easy to use. I was very impressed how fast the auto focus is on this camera when using zoom comparing to others from the same range. It is not for professional use but it is a very complete camera to use everywhere.
 
Maxbern007 (11:58 AM, January 11, 2012)
Subissant l'attaque publicitaire en règle de ses adversaires (Canon, Panasonic surtout..etc), ça me conforte à penser que Le SONY HX100V reste le meilleur bridge...jusqu'à présent
 
SASQUATCH (7:23 PM, December 03, 2011)
Not only was your information very helpful Snapsort, but I've grown to trust your data haha.  IN FACT, I returned this camera that was 2 days old for the Sony NEX-5NK and couldn't be happier.  And to boot the "true-resolution" was 16.1mp which I found on here, so thank you, I actually needed the full reso and also RAW capabilities with what I'm planning.  What amazes me is the expansion capabilities with the NEX-5NK, it's limitless, reminds me of my JEEP Wrangler, very modular and customizable. 
 
SASQUATCH (7:33 PM, December 01, 2011)
Sony, quicker shutter speed (1/4 vs 1/3), Sony has a GPS, couple other minor things better on the Sony than the Canon.  After handling the Canon I didn't care for the pre-K looking fonts all over it, just felt and looked clunky, but very comparable spec wise.
 
SASQUATCH (7:28 PM, December 01, 2011)
Um yeah, pretty much it does not flip out, it tilts only, not sure why snapsort would state "it does", lol, it is NOT fully articulated therefore not considered a flip-out, period.
 
SASQUATCH (7:26 PM, December 01, 2011)
Awesome, thank you for the intel, makes sense.  Appreciate the true-resolution intel as well.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:45 PM, December 01, 2011)
Hi Sasquatch, here at Snapsort we quote the resolution of the images produced by the camera.  According to dpreview, the Sony HX100v produces images that are 4608x3456 pixels, which is 15,925,248 pixels, which in our books is 15.9MP.  We're not 100% sure what Sony means when they claim their camera is 16.2MP, it seems a bit misleading to us.

The true resolution is a calculated estimate based on the sensor size.  The theory is that light gets focused into small circles, and there is a physical limit to how small those circles are, so once the photo sites on a sensor are smaller than those circles they are no longer capturing more detail.  Some background here: http://snapsort.com/learn/sensor/true-resolution
 
SASQUATCH (6:05 PM, December 01, 2011)
Janice that's so nice to hear.  My youngest son is 24 and like his Dad an outdoorsman, so we both love photography along with the adventuring we do.  He has a Canon SX20 and I can't believe the shots he takes with it.  Couple weeks ago he bought a Nikon D5100 because he's stepping up, but for the pricetag I'm just getting into the "real" camera scene and found this Sony at BestBuy, nice demo from the camera tech and I was convinced.  Had mine two days now and am impressed.  After handling the Canon SX40, Fuji HS20 and Pan FZ150, none of them compared quite the same as this Sony.  I have 14 days to return it if unhappy with it, so we'll see. 
 
Still looking (6:05 PM, December 01, 2011)
Any specifics please. I am trying to decide...
 
SASQUATCH (5:59 PM, December 01, 2011)
No it does not, the articulating LCD of the sony is "Tilting" ONLY, not fully articulated aka (flipout), BIG difference in that the flipouts can actually flip around and protect the screen when not in use.  I don't mind the Sony tilting screen because I've ordered a screen film for it (good enough), if I decided to keep the camera that should suffice.  Wish they would have made it fully articulated though.
 
Still looking (5:58 PM, December 01, 2011)
what about the Canon sx40HS in comparison with the hx100v? Anybody with hands on experience on both these?