The Good The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is a feature-filled compact megazoom with very good photo and video quality and a useful zoom lens.
The Bad The HX10V's 18-megapixel resolution is more about marketing than image quality. Many of its shooting modes require multishot processing, which slows you down and can't be used with moving subjects.
The Bottom Line Sony continues to crank out nice compact cameras with long zoom lenses, and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is no exception.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V combines two of Sony's compact megazoom cameras from 2011: the HX7V and the . Basically, it has the HX9V's body and 16x, f3.3-5.9, 24-384mm Sony G lens, but the controls and shooting options of the HX7V. Of course, if you're not familiar with either camera, all you really need to know is that the HX10V has a nice lens, a good assortment of shooting capabilities, and turns out pleasing photos and video.
The list of reasons not to consider the HX10V is fairly short, but depending on your needs or expectations, they could be enough to go with another camera.
For example, its 18-megapixel resolution shouldn't be used as a gauge of image quality. It's basically little more than marketing at this point (and that really can be said about most compact cameras). The same goes for ISO sensitivities; the HX10V goes up to an unusable ISO 12800. Just because those are things you'd find in an SLR does not mean that you're going to get SLR-quality photos here. Pixel peepers expecting sharp fine details free of noise and artifacts when photos are viewed at full size on screen won't find that even at its lowest ISOs.
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