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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 102 reviews)

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    (70)

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    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (61)
  • Zoom range/performance (54)
  • Large clear LCD (53)
  • Image stabilization (45)
  • Good in low light (40)

Cons

  • Short battery life (9)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Long lag time (5)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (81)
  • Travel (73)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Fun (32)
  • Low light (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (52), Casual photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sony Raises the Bar once more!!

The HX1 is finally here!! I had ordered mine the day this camera hit the market and have had the HX1 for a little over a month now. This Camera is amazing!! ...Read complete review

The HX1 is finally here!! I had ordered mine the day this camera hit the market and have had the HX1 for a little over a month now. This Camera is amazing!! I also own the DSC-H50 which is very similar to the HX1, and first off, the construction on the HX1 seems more rugged and solid. The layout of the controls compared to H50 are better in my opinion. The HX1's handle has a better feel grip than the H50.
The major changes of the HX1 over the H50 is the Sony "G-Lens" which are used in some high end Sony HD Video Pro-sumer cameras. Yet the important thing about it is the amazing detail of the photos this camera can capture. Very close to DSLR, without the DSLR price. Next, this is Sony's First Point and shoot Camera to imcorporate a CMOS chip which have only been found in DSLR's until now. This means the camera is able to process images faster and with great detail. The EXMOR CMOS chip in the HX1 also alows this camera to take upto 10fps. You can capture Action shots at sporting events like you never thought before. (the minor flaw about using the cameras high speed mode is that it takes several seconds (8-10 sec.)to process the images, however, the images are full resolution and clear images.)
The HX1 has a 20X optical zoom and upto 40X Digital Zoom, great feature to get close to subjects from a distance, and thanks to the SUPER Steady Shot feature, you still get great images vs. blurred. This is great if you like to take photos at the Zoo or of Birds at Distance, I have been able to capture impressive pictures of birds.
The HX1 has a new Feature called "Handheld Twilight Mode" which works wonderfull!! In lowlight and No-Flash, The HX1 takes 6 rapid shots of your subject and proceses them into one shot giving you a clear picture. So if you forget your tri-pod at home, don't wory, This camera can take great still shots in low light and they do not come out blury! This is a great feature if you like to go to museums or any places that don not allow FLASH photography. I Tested this feature by taking photos of a Full Moon and compared to photos taken with a tri-pod and could not tell the difference! I was Amazed.
Macro Shots on the HX1 are sharper and clear vs. the H50's Macro mode, I've taken some amazing shots of flowers with the HX1 and every detail is very clear.
Also New on the HX1 is the ability to record video in Full HD (the HX1 allows you to record in 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 720i or VGA mode) I highly recomend the use of at least an 8GB memory card since recording in HD takes up alot of memory. You can connect the HX1 directly to your TV or HDTV with the supplied cable to view your photos/videos. (an HDMI adaptor is included to conect via HDMI)
Just like the H50, the HX1 has built in editing features to add to your pictures. You can Crop or add blur effects, add monochrome to an area of the photo, there is a Fish Eye effect which recreates your photo as if you had a Fish Eye Lens, and much more. You can view your photos you have taken in a slide show with music directly from the camera or connect the camera to TV. (and for greater detail, view your photos in HD)
One of the Other highlights this Camera Features is the Sweep Panorama Mode. You can Take photos of large landscapes in one shot. You simply point, hold and sweep the camera from left to right, right to left or bottom to up, up to bottom of the area you want to take. The HX1 processes the image as one panorama shot. Before, to do this you would have to take several shots, go home and use software capable of sticthing shots together to do this, now however, Sony has built these capabilities into the HX1 and all you have to do is point hold and sweep.
Overall I have been very impressed with this Camera. The abilities to take near DSLR quality photos (thanks to the new Sony G-Lens)and all new features that are included built in, make this camera stand in league of it's own. Even though other brands have similar features like high Zoom, what really stands out from the HX1 for me has been the picture Quality. Compared to the H50, picture quality once in full zoom (15X on the H50) the quality seems a bit grainy, however on the HX1, the picture quality is still great even at 20X or 40X.
There are a few features that the H50 has, not found in HX1, which include Nightshot (infrared)and remote control, also a lens hood. (the Lens hood that comes with the H50 fits the HX1 perfectly, however, Sony probably didn't include it with the HX1 since you can see the lens hood in the pictures when you have the lens at full wide angle 28mm. The H50 starts at 35mm and is not visible in the pictures. Overall, I higly Recomend this Camera if you are in the market for a high zoom point and shoot. You will not be disapointed. No worries about lugging heavy DSLR gear and lenses, the DSC-HX1 packs in a great lens into this camera and great features and most important, delivering great picture quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had hoped For Better

I have owned both the DSC-H7 and H9 and overall, had been happy with both models. So, when I read the advance notices about the HX1, I wanted to get one and put...Read complete review

I have owned both the DSC-H7 and H9 and overall, had been happy with both models. So, when I read the advance notices about the HX1, I wanted to get one and put it through its paces. In particular, I was excited about the panning feature and the rapid fire sports feature.

I took the camera on a ten day trip to Colorado, Utah and Arizona, taking over 800 pictures, so I feel like I gave it a thorough workout. Many of the images that I made were panoramic photos, a feature that worked pretty well. However, on several occassions the image failed to record, instead, giving me a message that I should pan in the direction of the arrow on the LCD screen, which I was doing. That only happened a few times. But, when I tried to pan in a vertical fashion, the camera failed each time. Moreover, ALL of my panoramic images were GROSSLY over exposed.

At full telephoto, all of my images lack contrast. This requires extra manipulation in PhotoShop, which, in most cases, enhances noise.

Rapidfire exposures of five and ten exposures is a great idea and a feature that every soccer mom is going to want. The image acquision works as advertised but it is the slow transfer to the memory stick that is a problem. Perhaps a high speed stick would help here.

I'll wind up my gripes by saying that shooting at ISO speeds over result in lots of noise. This is not acceptable. With the sensor in the HX1 that it has, images should be smooth at least through ISO 800.

OK, enough of that. Here's some stuff that I like about the HX1. In the "green setting", the ability for the camera to automatically shift to the type of scene is great. I shot images of landscapes, people and ultra-closeups. The camera recognized automatically the type of scene being imaged. As with previous models in this lineup, namely the H7 and the H9, the macro function worked flawlessly. Sony has a lock on good macro photography in the point and shoot style cameras.

The build is pretty good, however, I found it to look and feel a little "plasticky", if that's a word.

Two features have been left off this camera that I miss. One is the lack of any provision for a remore release and the other is lack of the ability to add filters.

Overall, the HX1 is a pretty good point and shoot camera. It is easy to carry and has a decent wide angle to telephoto range. Don't expect supurb results with it though.

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By caroefe

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

    I took a lot of photos from Manhattan with my Cyber-shot. Excellent!!

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    My third Sony!

    By Madero

    from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good battery life
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Short Lag Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

      I find the HX1 very easy to use, full of interesting features, and producing excellent quality pictures.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Easy does it!

      By Cheryl the family photo taker

      from Sparta, MI

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

        I really like this camera so far; it is easy to use and easy to hold onto with the way they designed this camera - easy grip and when you trying to take pictures quickly - this really helps. I dropped my last camera and ruined it for this reason.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect!

        By Dri

        from Sao Paulo, Brazil

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

          At the same time professional and sport. Perfect for travels.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          What a great camera

          By Dianne

          from Plymouth, Indiana

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

            I needed a simple camera for family photos with good quality pictures. This is the perfect camera for me. Easy to use and super fast!!! I love it. The shutter speed couldn't be better.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Easy and Compact

            By Iasbeck

            from Brasilia, Brasil

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor Image Quality

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

            Good for use in travel

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            just what i need

            By danieltobonr

            from Venezuela

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

              I was look for a easy to use, not expensive photo camera to our youth group, I found it on this Sony... they just click and take the pictures just like they want it... I´m very happy for buying this camera

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              4.0

              Amazing!

              By Ulas Ozkurede

              from Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor Image Stabilization

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

              Quality in daytime and night time. Easy to use. Good choice for beginners. That's one of the best in DSLR like machines.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8

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              5.0

              Excellent Camera!

              By Heleno

              from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                Easy do use; the panoramic photo is excellent;
                great zoom!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                "I would buy this product again and agai

                By TITO MENDOZA

                from IBARRA-ECUADOR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Good video quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • WEDDINGSEVENTS

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                  is a fabulous camera,almost professional,I take the best pictures with it

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  SIMPLY THE BEST !

                  By Claudio The Brazilian Guy

                  from Sao Paulo Brazil

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                  I took many cool photos on my vacation ! PERFECT

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 7
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Amazing!

                  By A. Perez

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                  • Poor Flash

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                  I took this camera on a vacation to Cabo San Lucas and it was amazing! The automatic funtions are so intuitive and the handheld twillight function is worth it weight in gold. the aperture priority function is also great for taking pictures of flowers, bugs, anything where i need the focus to be in the center. it creates great photos. i did have some trouble with the shutter priority setting when photographing a water fall, but if i had to guess it was most likely operator error. overall it was a great camera.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera

                  By Nakia

                  from Oakdale, LA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Nice Body Color

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                    Great for low lighting

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Birthday Present

                    By Suzy

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Food
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                      This was my son's birthday present and he has not put it down since. He loves the panoramic feature and the face recognition. The very best is the gourmet feature, we love to cook and always take pictures of favorite food items.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      All I expected

                      By Harley'sman

                      from Mattaponi, Va

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                        Just started using this camera. Have not had much time to get a true feel for all the features. So far it is giving me the shots I want. Upgraded from a point and shoot. Easy to use and like the features I've used so far including the panoramic and duel shot.

                        • Ease of Operation:
                        • 9
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        It is an amazing câmera!

                        By Flavinha

                        from Santos, Brazil

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                          Easy do use. The panoramic photo is excellent

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          I love this product

                          By Hellen

                          from Brasilia - Brasil

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                            easy to use, excellent buy

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 9

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                            5.0

                            Everyone who uses mine wants to keep it.

                            By Rondo

                            from Abilene, TX

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good battery time with HD
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Short Lag Time
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                              I use it for everything. I have a full sized Nikon SLR, but it is too heavy and impractical for my everyday needs. I followed its development in magazines and on the internet and bought one as soon as they were available, after having had 2 earlier, similar type sonys.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 10
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              nice camera, easy to use

                              By bug guy

                              from northern illinois

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color

                              Cons

                              • NONE AT THIS TIME

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                              I haven't had much chance to use it yet, but the macro capability will come in handy for insect shots. Unfortunately it is getting late in the year for much of that.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great to beginners like me!

                              By Tom

                              from São Paulo, Brasil

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color

                              Cons

                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Digital Camera:

                              This camera is very easy to use, if you dont have professional skills, thats the best camera!!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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