CNET First Look
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100VThe Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V has a lot of features and a lot lens with photo and video quality that's just good enough to back up its hefty price tag.
-Hey! I'm Josh Goldman and this is a look at the Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V, Sony's full-size megazoom that's so packed with features and shooting options. I could talk about it for about an hour, but nobody wants that. So, instead, I'll stick with the highlights. Of course, there's this lens in front that starts wide at 27 mm and goes out 30 times that and it can be controlled with the zoom control up here on top or this ring around the lens valve that also doubles as a manual focus control. Then, you've got this beautiful 3-inch tilting LCD on back, an electronic view finder, stereo mics, and built-in GPS for geotagging your photos. Shooting options include full manual and semi-manual modes with adjustments for color, contrast, sharpness, and noise reduction. It has all of Sony's automatic modes too as well as things like fast high resolution panorama shots and full HD video capture at 60p. With all of that stuff, though, the camera can get a little confusing, but Sony put in an entire user manual inside, so it's always handy. The camera focuses and shoots quickly for this class of camera, which means it's still might be too slow to get the shot you want, but you've got a fighting chance at least and its photo quality is very good to excellent for 8 x 10s and web views, but pixel papers will probably be turned off by the overall softness and noise of its full-size images. Anyway, if you're after a do-it-all compact camera with a very long lens and have money to burn, this is one of the best options. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Sony HX100V.