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Lens

Adjustment dial

Lots of useful modes

Stereo mic

The HX1 uses a higher-quality lens than the company's other megazooms, based on the optics of its dSLR-focused G series.
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One of the nicer aspects of the HX1's design, Sony uses a jog dial to navigate and adjust shooting parameters like shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation, and so on.
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In addition to the typical scene, manual, and semimanual shooting modes, Sony offers a couple of interesting shooting options: Sweep Panorama, which bursts as you pan and automatically stitches the shots together, and Hand-held Twilight, which bursts three shots and blends them together to produce a brighter, relatively low-noise shot in dim conditions.
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To go with its HD movie capture capability, the HX1 also offers a stereo mic with reasonable separation. Unfortunately, it's also susceptible to wind noise, and the camera lacks a wind filter.
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