First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
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First Look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Sony's new super-zoom point-and-shoot has amazing burst-shooting performance and a cool panorama feature.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com here at PMA 2009. I'm taking a First Look at the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1. Now, this camera cost quite a sensation at Sony's line show press conference just a few minutes ago. Like many of the cameras we've seen so far at PMA it is a mega-zoom camera with a 20x optical lens here. It does have optical image stabilization of course as you'd expect for that kind of zoom. But there are couple of other really promising features about this camera. The first is its burst-shooting mode. Sony says this camera can take up to 10 frames per second of fast moving action and deliver it at 9-megapixel, so remarkably clear photos even though they're moving so quickly. The other interesting feature about this is its panorama mode. Sony says you could take 100 photos in a sweeping motion and it could be stitched together into a panorama in less than 1 second with the camera's onboard processor. Now we didn't see Sony's stitched together a hundred photos, but we did see the sweep panorama in action and once again it was very impressive. Of course we'll want to get our hands on it and try it out in the wild. I was also excited to see that the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 can take full HD video 1080p in fact and it comes with anti-blur technologies, so that you get better photos in low light situations. All in all this looks like a very promising camera. It's set to debut in April for about $500. For CNET.com at PMA 2009, I'm Molly Wood. ^M00:01:21 [ Music ]

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