The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 offers a 16x zoom, a high-res 3-inch LCD, and an above-average list of shooting options.
The Bad Like Sony's other CCD sensor-based Cyber-shots, the H90 is slow and has a noticeable drop-off in photo quality above ISO 200.
The Bottom Line The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 is a fine choice for those wanting a compact 16x zoom lens for casual use.
Good for what it is -- no more, no less
It's not uncommon for camera manufacturers to sell two (or more) models of essentially the same point-and-shoot camera -- one with the latest features and technologies and a stripped-down version. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 is the stripped-down version of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V.
A casual look at the two side by side and you might think they're the same camera mainly because they have the same 16x, f3.3-5.9, 24-384mm Sony G lens. Look a little closer, though, and you'll see that the H90 has fewer shooting modes on its dial; a mono mic instead of stereo mics; no one-touch record button for movies; no HDMI output; and slightly different controls. You may also notice that the HX10V has a Sony Exmor R 18-megapixel sensor, while the H90 simply says 16 megapixels on it.
It's that sensor (as well as the image processor that backs it up) that makes the HX10V a better camera than the H90. At the time of this review, the models were separated by about $70, which is not a small amount, but compared with the differences in the cameras it's worth saving and buying the higher-end model.
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