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SonyCyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 104 reviews)

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    (77)

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    (24)

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    (2)

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    (1)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (90)
  • Zoom range/performance (63)
  • Large clear LCD (56)
  • Good in low light (42)
  • Great resolution (37)

Cons

  • Short battery life (5)
  • Poor image quality (4)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Lag / shutter delay (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (59)
  • Family photos (52)
  • Video (41)
  • Wildlife (40)
  • Low light (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (52), Casual photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (20), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (95), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Like a Swiss Army Knife

I don't know how a review can be useful unless you know my needs and expectations. I purchased this camera because I didn't want the bulk of a dSLR and its multiple lenses, I...Read complete review

I don't know how a review can be useful unless you know my needs and expectations. I purchased this camera because I didn't want the bulk of a dSLR and its multiple lenses, I wanted a viewfinder, a long zoom for wildlife shots in and around my home, auto exposure bracketing for my HDR shots, and a GPS to easily record where a photo was taken on road trips

As it turns out, its weight and size are too great to put in a jacket pocket, it has a viewfinder but I have to take my glasses off to use it, the long lens is great, the auto exposure bracketing is fast but insufficient in scope, and the GPS works but takes too long to lock in.

And that is almost the story of this camera. The cup half empty, or half full. It works well, but it could have been the best ever.

I am going to criticize some things below, but before I do, I recommend you buy this camera if you want to get great movies, wildlife photos, and do some things you could only otherwise accomplish with a $1200 dSLR and $2000 worth of lenses.

B&H Photo has a great return policy, and I wouldn't buy this camera from anyone else. You may love it, and there is much to love, but you may try it and be frustrated at where it falls short. It is sort of like a Swiss army knife. I will definitely keep mine, but it shortcomings prompted me to order a 4/3 system camera, also from B&H Photo.

It does the big things well. Given that all point and shoots have an "upper limit" on image quality imposed by their sensor size, this one is on a par with my prior bridge cameras. There are comprehensive reviews elsewhere, so I will simply say it does fine within the limits imposed by the size of the sensor . I took a handheld shot of a deer at about 75 yards, at full telephoto, in sunlight at 1/400, f5.6, at 200 ISO. At full size I could clearly see and count his chin whiskers. The original was very good, and with auto exposure bracketing, I got an exposure I liked. After a little post processing sharpening, it would pass all but a pixel jockey's taste test as to color, white balance, and resolution.

That said, it sometimes does strange things with image compression. (no raw available). At full size objects sometimes appear "painterly" in the midtones, and the jpg compression produces some noticeable artifacts. Remember that "full size" with 16 mega pixels is bigger that you are ever likely to view or print the image, so for practical purposes, a whisker count is plenty good enough. Anyone I know will be impressed with the quality.

The movie function produces amazingly good images and you can zoom the lens while shooting, and it auto focuses, although there is some motor noise. I don't like the placement of the movie button because I can't find it with my eye to the viewfinder, and therefore I shake and move the camera at the end of the shot. That is just one example of a less than optimum implementation, and not the worst of the lot, because this one you can work around by letting the video run another second or so after you decide to end it, then later edit out the shaky ending produced by trying to insert your finger between your cheek and the camera.

Unlike my two prior bridge cameras the HX100V is too big to carry in a jacket pocket, and it barely stuffs into my auto console. It is heavy, and almost as imposing as a dSLR, which can't be hand carried without being an annoying encumbrance.

The LCD is articulated and is large and very sharp and bright. I really like that the viewfinder turns on when I put my eye up to it, but unlike my prior bridge camera, I can't see the whole frame with my glasses on. But it has a viewfinder which is a real plus.

The camera has a "custom button." I bet you thought this might allow you to set up a custom setup that you use frequently so you could push the button once and reset the camera for that circumstance. Nope. Instead you can first select in the setup menu one of 5 functions most photographers seldom use, and assign that to the custom button Then when you are shooting and push the custom button, up pops the menu for your pre selected and little used function. Big deal. Now you can twittle with the controls to select the setting you want for that one function. That done, you can push the control to exit that function and take your photo. That is probably the worst example of missed opportunities, but I have others.

By the way, you can create predetermined settings and store up to four, then recall them with a few turns and pushes of other control buttons, but not as you are shooting, So the capability is there, just not as well implemented as it might have been. How? By assigning a default set of settings to the control button, and allowing you to cycle through the others by pushing the control button. It seems so evident, why didn't they do it?

Lets suppose you have discovered HDR, which is now a part of most consumer photo editing software. It requires multiple shots at exposures above and below the "proper exposure. You can produce some crowd pleasing effects used by professionals who make a living selling impressive photos. So how does the HX100V do it? One EV over, one under, and one on target. You will never see shadow detail and white clouds with that range (3shots, 2 EV range). You need at least 5 shots (2 EV over and under, 4 EV range). Is three better than none? You bet, and it is done at a fast frame rate. Great. But why not 5 or 7 steps, and make it a winner? Half full, half empty.

The gee whiz gadgets are limited in use The 3D only works if at all, with the camera hooked to your 3D ready TV. I have one, but why bother. The sweep panorama works, and will probably please most of the time. It doesn't stitch especially well so things like roof lines will be choppy, but it does work for images at a distance, like landscapes, and if I want good stitches I can still do separate photos.

I don't use scene settings, so how the camera tweeks settings for sunsets or photos of spoons is of no interest to me. I'll make my own decisions, thanks. I haven't even tried them.

The GPS works, but you will be waiting for it. If you don't regularly sync it via your computer to satellite data, the wait will be so long you will give up. I waited 15 minutes and gave up. After syncing via the USB cable, I got cold start times in around 2.5 to 3 minutes, and off and back on times of maybe 15 seconds. What that means in practice is a long wait before the first photo in a location, and an annoying shorter wait again after it times out. Still, you have GPS, and that beats no GPS.

The documentation for this camera is a disgrace. The printed manual is little more than a list of settings, and the disk html version leaves out all but essentials. If you enjoy spending hours learning how it works by experimenting, this is the perfect camera for you. Honestly, I don't like to use manuals, and I don't mind playing with a camera for days until its functions become familiar. The HX100V forces you to do that.

As I used this camera, I kept thinking that Sony wanted you to buy a dSLR so they deliberately bunted when they could have hit a home run. And now the 4/3 system cameras are eliminating the size and weight advantage. Hummmm?

I mentioned that after I bought and used this camera I ordered a 4/3 system camera. Why? It is smaller, it takes 5 or 7 auto bracketed exposures, and it has a much bigger sensor, thus sharper photos. The bridge cameras have been my choice for years because I was a former SLR user tired of being a pack mule and I disliked a camera that I knew was there, around my neck, on my side, in my way. Unfortunately the HX100V is almost in the same league for size and weight. So I wanted a finely crafted camera with more elegant controls, and less bulk. I'm happy if people don't notice me carrying big iron, and they don't duck and run when I pull out my equipment.

If there is a HX200V in the works, do this. Up the AEB to at least 5, and do 7 for a must buy. Squeeze the camera down to fit in a typical jacket pocket (my last bridge camera did). It would be nice if it were lighter, but it is size that forces me to carry it on a strap. I like the idea of GPS but is it (the technology) always going to be a problem, adding weight and size, but always slow? If so, drop it for the size and weight saved.

That's my best shot.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Three Items Were Deal Breakers for Me

I'll cover the CONS first, since there were only three of them - but they WERE deal breakers for me.First, the camera is not set up for taking HDR (High Dynamic Range)...Read complete review

I'll cover the CONS first, since there were only three of them - but they WERE deal breakers for me.First, the camera is not set up for taking HDR (High Dynamic Range) pictures. When using Automatic Exposure Bracketing, (AEB), this DSC-HX100V camera only allows you to set plus or minus one f-stop. When taking HDR pictures, setting a minimum of two f-stops either side of the on exposure picture - is absolutely mandatory for BASIC HDR picture taking. In other words, with the MAXIMUM bracketing possible , the DSC-HX100V takes the first picture on exposure, the second is taken one f-stop below, and the third and final picture is taken one f-stop above. It is not possible to set anything greater than one f-stop variation. Almost all of the other cameras in this class allows you to set up-to two f-stops below and two f-stops above the on exposure picture using (AEB). (It is possible to set the exposure manually, but this is at least ten times more complex and extends the image acquisition time by a factor of 25.)For me this was the first dealbreaker.Secondly, Sony uses a proprietary format for its HD video. I was not able to find a simple free player which handled that particular format easily. GOM failed. It played the video haltingly, and could not find an appropriate codec. VLC failed as well . The Sony Movie File Format: AVCHD 60i / 60p requires that you install the special Sony player-software (that comes on the CD with the camera) on your computer, and THEN you need to register your device. This is the absolute ANTITHESIS of what you WANT to do when you take video of the family, or the kids, and then want to immediately share it with other members of your family, who may be scattered around the country. Or for that matter upload it to YouTube etc. For me this was a second dealbreaker.The third CON was having to charge the battery in the camera. This of course means that you cannot take pictures and charge the battery at the same time. You either do one, or the other. And if you have a spare battery, you cannot charge that while you're taking pictures.I don't know how much money Sony saved by not providing a separate charger is proprietary battery, but in my opinion, it wasn't worth it. If you're doing any serious shooting with the camera, you're going to buy extra batteries, and you ARE going to HAVE TO buy at least one extra battery charger. While this was not an absolute dealbreaker for me, it represented a guaranteed add-on expense which I balked at.**********************************As for the positives, I think the camera is superior to its competition in almost every other way. The pictures were clean, clear, crisp. The zoom worked exactly as advertised. The screen on the back of the camera is nothing short of superlative. The controls for me are extremely well-placed. The video review was incredibly easy to use. And with the exception of the three items mentioned above, the camera was an absolute delight to use and take pictures with.IF the three CONS mentioned above are NOT a problem for you, then I would HIGHLY recommend this camera in the mega-zoom category.*********************************[...]

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5.0

Excellent Camera

By Ashakar

from NSW Australia

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
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

      This camera has been great! Excellent zoom and incredibly clear and etailed photos. Been the best purchase for a long time!

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      4.0

      The whole family will borrow it!

      By Image_maker

      from Somers, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

      I got this camera beause I wanted a point-and-shoot that had the most pixels and greatest zoom capability at a resonable price. I got all three. Pics are very very good - I have the ISO on Auto most of the time. The battery life is Ok if you do not watch the pics on the camera.
      It is light enough to hand hold and get shots of butterflies in the back yard. The IS helps too.

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

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      4.0

      Love My New Camera

      By Marian

      from Wilmigton DE

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Light weight
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

        This camera is easy to use. It has many preset scene selections to help with lighting etc. The on-camera help is great. Everything you need to look up is on the camera. Once I become familiar with all it can do, it will be even better. I was dissappointed when I tried to take a photo of an insect on a flower that I couldn't focus on it with the zoom. I found out to use the full zoom I needed to be six feet away. I did find ther is an attachement (Raynox DCR-250) Super Macro Lens that will remedy that.

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

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        5.0

        This camera fits me to a T!

        By Lynn4part

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        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
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

          I'm not a photographer -- but I feel like one with my new Sony Cyber-shot! It has alot of lighting features, manual or auto focus, and takes gorgeous pictures!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Incredible Pictures

          By Dee

          from New York, NY

          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
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

            I purchased this camera on the recommendation of a friend. It is extremely easy to use and the clarity of the pictures is incredible. There are many features that I haven't used yet but I can't wait to try them out.

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

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Mikey

            from Glendale Az

            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
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

              I will use this camera for most of my picture taking from now on. Even though I have a dslr
              this camera has it all. I am very pleased with the ease of use & the beautiful images it produces

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10

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              4.0

              So Far, So Good

              By Blacksheep

              from Fairborn, OH

              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
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                I bought this to replace my DSC H9.

                I've only had this camera a couple weeks and haven't taken many pics with it, but the few I have taken have turned out rather nicely.

                The screen is a good size, but I still wish I could turn it all the way around.

                Haven't tried any video with it yet, but will later this month.

                Although the camera is virtually the same size as my older Canon EOS Rebel XT (with no lens attached), the Sony with its 30X optical zoom is way more useful as a carry around camera for general picture taking.

                I may update this review after I have some more experience with it. So far, it's easy to use and I figured out how to use the manual settings without having to look at the book.

                Took the attached photo on manual, ISO 200, 1/200 at f 5.6, 30X optical zoom, hand held, spot auto focus. Sharply defined craters and crater rims. Perhaps not as sharp as my Sony Alpha 100 with the Perkin Elmer lens on the tripod, but definitely acceptable. Not nearly so expensive a camera as even the PE lens used on the Alpha.

                The main drawback to this camera is it offers only 4:3 and 16:9 formats-- no 3:2. The 16:9 is fine for panoramic views and wide screen video, but 4:3 is a terrible format for stills. Nobody, not even Sony builds a 4:3 monitor, lap top screen, or TV in these proportions any more. It doesn't even match the 4x6 photos you get from print services.

                This would be a 5 star camera if it had the 3:2 format capability.

                Sony, what were you thinking when you eliminated the 3:2 format?

                Can we get a firmware update that will rectify this situation?

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

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                5.0

                Quality of image

                By Deneise

                from Itaúna,M.G. BRAZIL

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                  The facility of use the camera and take photos anywhere.

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

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                  5.0

                  Everything as advertized and as promised

                  By tyc

                  from Danville, Ca

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                    This is my 2nd Sony tele digital, the first was a DSC-H9 bought at a Sony store in 2007 which has a 15X lens. That one served me to this day and I am happy with every aspect of it. I now bought this much more advanced DSC-HX100V from B&H with unbelievable lower price. The service is fast and the product is wonderful. I am a very happy customer.

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

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                    5.0

                    GReat zoom and very stable

                    By Rob in Phoenix

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Great image stability
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great zoom range performance
                    • Outdoor long range shots

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                        I recently shot 150 pictures at the Indian Wells tennis tournament and got great shots even at full zoom. Great image stability. Also got great night shots without using the flash. The panorama mode worked too. My only complaint is that it is a little slow to focus between shots, but certainly not a deal breaker. I replaced a Sony DSC H5, which I liked, but the new m
                        odel does everything better!

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

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                        4.0

                        exelent camera

                        By alexandre

                        from fortaleza, ce, brazil

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • 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
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                          zomm, easy to use , wonderful pitures.

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

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                          5.0

                          Brilliant!

                          By Harry

                          from Jersey city, NJ

                          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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                            I bought this camera to take pictures of my family and I am amazed with the overall quality of the pictures. Great camera, has all the necessary bells and whistles less the cost and perfect for normal family use.

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

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By Alexandre DF

                            from Brazil

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                              Great for everyday situations!!!
                              Even de AUTO functions are well calibrated.

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

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                              5.0

                              excellent.

                              By flaviavcn

                              from dunellen, nj

                              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
                              • 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-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                I use the product every day. To take photos to my child.Is fantastic.All that you said about it is true.

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

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                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Amazing Camera!

                                By Cyn

                                from New York, NY

                                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
                                • 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-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                  The clarity of the photos taken from this camera are beautiful! The images are sharp and the colors are vibrant. If you are looking for a camera that could produce DSLR like images, this camera is highly recommended! It is easy to use and the weight is not too heavy. I've always loved SONY products and this one is a keeper for many years ahead.

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

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                                  5.0

                                  AWESOME

                                  By Nanette

                                  from Anchorage, Alaska

                                  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
                                  • Nice Body Color
                                  • Short Lag Time
                                  • Small / Compact

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                    Perfect for a teenager.

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

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                                    4.0

                                    Still Learning to use the features!

                                    By Judy

                                    from Georgia

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good in Low Light
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Nice Body Color

                                    Cons

                                    • Lag / Shutter Delay

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                    I usually shoot with a Nikon D90 but ordered this Sony Cyber-shot for a trip to Europe this summer. Purchased because of the super zoom which works really great - and, the lightness of the entire camera. Much less bulky than the Nikon and extra lens. It makes great photos, but it's not my Nikon. It processes a little slower making me miss a few shots of the birds and wildlife - but, for the purpose I bought it - I think it will work out well. The ultimate decision is still out since I have only had it a couple of weeks. I'm still learning the features - only cons thus far is the slow processing and the pictures appear a little on the red side - which can be fixed with editing software but wish they were not so red - maybe a better review after I have used it more. . . .

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 6
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    perfect!

                                    By Alecarmeli

                                    from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                                    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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                      easy, very good and goes every where.

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

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                                      4.0

                                      Pleased

                                      By Mac

                                      from Pittsburgh,PA

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                        I am pleased with the camera performance & the video looks better than I expected--really good. Loads of features, light in weight, easy to handle. I just wish it accepted filters. The max range of the lens is tough to handhold @ 800mm! The electronic viewfinder is better than most competitors & quite usable. Buy the optional battery charger for more convenience.

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

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Camera

                                        By lpb

                                        from columbus,ohio

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Functional

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera (Black):

                                            Could not ask for a better camera. Great zoom pictures and videos come out perfect. Lots of features. Auto modes make it so easy to take great pictures.

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                                            • No

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