Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Digital Camera

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Digital Camera

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Product Highlights

  • 18.2MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar 30x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-720mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 638.4k-Dot Pop-Up OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30p Video with Full Pixel Readout
  • ISO 80-12800 and up to 10-fps Shooting
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
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Sony DSC-HX99 Overview

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A sleek form factor along with capable imaging and a long-reaching zoom, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 from Sony is a compact camera well-suited for travel and everyday shooting. Revolving around a back-illuminated 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the HX99 is capable of producing notably smooth and clear imagery with low noise levels, along with an expandable sensitivity range up to ISO 12800. The sensor and processor combination also avail fast performance throughout the camera system, including a 10-fps continuous shooting rate and UHD 4K30p video recording. Complementing the imaging is a balanced physical design, which incorporates both a pop-up OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder and 180° tilting 3.0" 921k-dot touchscreen LCD, along with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless image sharing and remote camera control via a linked smartphone or tablet. Contrasting its sleek size, the HX99 is also distinguished by its impressive 30x zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens, which provides a 24-720mm equivalent zoom range. Spanning wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives, this lens benefits from Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake for sharper handheld imagery. Designed to be a versatile, all-in-one pocketable camera, the HX99 mixes both capability and intuitiveness to appeal to a wide range of shooting needs.

18.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor and BIONZ X Image Processor
Utilizing an 18.2MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor, the HX99 is able to produce high-resolution stills and UHD 4K video with notable clarity and smooth tonality. The sensor employs a back-illuminated design, which allows it to achieve reduced noise levels along with a native sensitivity range to ISO 3200 that can be extended to ISO 12800 for working in low-light conditions. The sensor and processor also provide a continuous shooting rate of 10 fps for up to 10 consecutive frames in a burst.

Additionally, the HX99 is the first HX-series camera capable of recording UHD 4K video, at either 30p or 24p frame rates, as well as Full HD video. 4K video uses full sensor pixel readout to record approximately 1.6x times the required information, and this oversampling process helps to deliver greater clarity along with reduced moiré and other artifacts.
ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x Zoom Lens
Covering wide-angle to super telephoto perspectives, the built-in 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens spans a 24-720mm equivalent focal length range. Five aspherical elements are incorporated in the optical design, which reduce spherical aberrations throughout the zoom range, and a T* anti-reflective coating helps to control lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color neutrality.

Complementing the optical design, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is also used to minimize the appearance of camera shake. An Intelligent Active Mode is also available to reduce blur common to shooting video while moving. Also aiding in achieving sharp imagery, Fast Intelligent AF employs an optimized spatial object detection algorithm to quicken focusing speeds, and Eye AF can be used to automatically detect and focus on the eyes of the main subject.
Body Design and Wireless Connectivity
  • Helping to maintain a sleek form factor, the 638.4k-dot OLED Tru-Finder electronic viewfinder employs a unique pop-up design to retain a pocketable overall size when not in use.
  • Rear 3.0" 921k-dot LCD monitor employs a 180° tilting design to facilitate working from low angles or taking front-facing selfies, and this screen is also a touchscreen for intuitive menu navigation as well as the ability to work with Touch Focus, Touch Pad AF, and Touch Shutter functions.
  • A control ring surrounds the lens for directly and intuitively adjusting shooting settings, such as shutter speed and aperture, among others.
  • Built-in pop-up flash provides additional illumination when working in low-light conditions.
  • The large right-hand grip offers increased comfort and support for longer shooting sessions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC lets you wirelessly share imagery to a smartphone or tablet for instant sharing online. This connectivity also lets you remotely control the camera from a mobile device. Additionally, Bluetooth connectivity also lets you embed your mobile device's location data to your images for geotagging.
  • Included NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides approximately 370 shots per charge when working with the rear monitor, or 300 shots per charge when shooting with the electronic viewfinder.
UPC: 027242914063

Sony DSC-HX99 Specs

Pixels 18.2 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVCHD 2.0, XAVC S
Audio: AC3, Dolby Digital 2ch, Linear PCM (Stereo)
Max Resolution 4896 x 3672
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Color Spaces sRGB, Adobe RGB
Lens Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar, 11 Elements in 10 Groups
5 Aspherical
Effective Focal Length: 4.25 to 118mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 720mm)
Aperture: f/3.5 (W) to f/6.4 (T)
Zoom Optical: 30x
Clear Image Zoom: 2x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 1.97" to Infinity / 5 cm to Infinity
Telephoto: 8.2' to Infinity / 2.5 m to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 3200 (Extended Mode:80 to 12800)
Shutter 4 to 1/2000 Second in Auto Mode
1 to 1/2000 Second in Program Mode
8 to 1/2000 Second in Aperture Priority Mode
30 to 1/2000 Second in Shutter Priority Mode
30 to 1/2000 Second in Manual Mode
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Multi, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Intelligent Auto, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature Filter, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Incandescent, Shade
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps at 18.2 MP for up to 10 Exposures (JPEG Format)
Self-Timer 2, 5, 10 Sec
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Rear Sync
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.0 to 17.7' / 0.3 to 5.4 m
Telephoto:8.2 to 9.8' / 2.5 to 3 m
Memory Card Type microSD
Memory Stick Micro
Memory Stick Micro (M2)
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 3840 x 2160p: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080p: 60 fps, 50 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1920 x 1080i: 60 fps, 50 fps
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Diopter Adjustment -4 to +3 m
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Touchscreen Tilt (921,600 Pixels)
Screen Coverage 100%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) Built In
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Battery 1 x NP-BX1 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6 VDC, 1240 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4" / 102.0 x 58.1 x 35.5 mm
Weight 8.54 oz / 242 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.905 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 4.7 x 2.9"

Sony DSC-HX99 Reviews

Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 Digital Camera is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Camera... if youre willing to learn I make my living as a photographer. And I agree with the old adage that the best camera is the one you have with you. If Im working I put together the gear I need to get the job done... I have a lot of it after 40 years. A lot of this gear is heavy to lug around and so darned expensive that double checking to see if its safe is not a joy. But thats how you get great shots. That only makes up a part of my life. The rest of the time Im being a normal human being. One of the things I enjoy daily is taking my dogs for a walk... and they are big and single-minded. Packing a dslr and dealing with them is just too much and way too risky. For years Ive packed a subcompact (usually Sonys) that, at a reach, could capture that unexpected opportunity. I wear them on a long lanyard around my neck that goes to my big front pocket and keep it in an easily accessible a neoprene sleeve... sometimes a cut down wool sock top (so it comes out easier and faster). The HX99 seemed too good to be true... and if you leave it on Program or Automatic you will more often than not get mediocre shots (as with every camera). One reviewer said the menu was impossible to understand. One said he didnt need another camera with endless ways to get a bad shot. Its a complicated and unbelievably feature rich serious camera and a casual photographer would be better off buying something thats easier to use. But for a professional photographer with the patience and experience to realize the full potential of the camera... its a little miracle. It is full of compromises (what camera isnt)... but in the right hands you can pull professional images from it. Usable commercial images. Its that good. Word of advice: Sony has pulled this amazing little camera off by fitting it inside a very narrow window of prosumer perimeters. For example dont be greedy. The zoom is unbelievable. And pretty darn crisp from end to end. And outside with plenty of light you can get a great image at full some using ISO 100. But dont try any additional crops or digital zooming. Your zoom is your crop. Keep that in mind and Ive taken usable shots at up to ISO 800. The stabilization is amazing... and I use a lot of Nikon VR lenses.  I cant speak to the video yet, but even offering 4k at 30fps is pretty exceptional. And the little Ive done so far leads me to believe that the same guidelines I mentioned for photos will be the same for video. In conclusion... if you want a point and shoot for family photos you are wasting your money on this camera. If you fit into the category that I do in my photography... and believe that the best camera is the one you have with you... this camera will challenge and delight you. P.S. If you are hamfisted and prone to dropping things this may not be the camera for you. This is not a camera to throw in your back pocket. It is built lighter than its much more expensive brothers... lighter in construction... but a real featherweight machine on the positive side, because of it. Ron Thierfelder
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lots of ways of taking terrible pictures This camera has a wonderful set of user adjustable options and features. The one problem is it takes terrible pictures. I dont need a thousand ways of taking bad pics. The 4k video was pretty good and usable.  But the pics were horrible, even in good light. I guess I am just used to better. It is on par with a cell phone and not even a modern, good cell phone camera. I can honestly say the only advantage to this camera over a top tier cell phone camera is the zoom.  I sent it back.  B&H was wonderful on the return, no questions asked. The review is not a bad reflection on their top notch customer service.
Date published: 2018-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal travel camera Have owned this camera for a couple of months now, just returned from a months vacations in Spain where I put her through its paces; The optics are excellent as expected from a Leitz lens; The electronics also excellent, as expected from Sony; The ergonomics are great, it will easily slip into and out of a coat or blue jean pocket; The zoom is amazing from 24-700 mm although sharp focusing at full telephoto can be a little iffy without support; The body is somewhat slippery so I purchased the leather-like old fashioned, elegant camera case and used it all the time minus the front cover piece for a much safer hold.....For the money in my opinion it cant be beat as an ideal travel camera.
Date published: 2019-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Have your expectations in line Since 2000, I have owned thirty digital cameras (many/most bought from B&H), nine of them being Sony including the HX9, HX50 and HX90.  If I have learned anything it is that there are inherent limitations to small-sensor, long-lens cameras when it comes to picture quality, so you need to decide if that is a fair trade-off for the super zoom and compact form factor.  For me, the 50 was not, and the 90 bricked on me, so after seven years and over 5,000 photos and movies the HX9 is still going strong (and has the best grip of any H camera Sony has made).  I still use the 9 on occasion but have sworn off buying any more small-sensor cameras, instead using the Sony a6000 with the 18-135mm lens which is an awesome combo.  Frankly, my phone takes incredible snapshots, and truth is that I dont need that ultra-long zoom anyway, but if you do then the 99 is probably the best pocket camera you will find for good results - just dont expect great results.
Date published: 2018-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Camera To get a Sony with 24-720 and shots 4K video. Plus a Zeiss lens for under $500.00 is amazing. Photo quality is excellent. Very fast focus.
Date published: 2018-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small and functional for the light at heart... If you are buying this camera because you want to take decent pictures with a very small light camera, with a nice zoom range this will fit the bill. If you want a light easy to carry camera this is a good choice. Dont expect it to replace your full frame camera if you are in to fine art photography.
Date published: 2018-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such an interesting camera. Takes great photos. I like the panorama feature. The Sony HX99 fits easily inside my pocket.
Date published: 2018-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment Bought this as a more portable version of the larger Sony A7S. Almost identical controls in a much smaller platform. Size is great. Camera is not. Im experienced/proficient and know (un intuitive) controls/menu very well. This camera is slow- autofocus. It lacks consistency of holding exposure, focus points. Moving back to my A7ss and iPhone as a portable image acquisition platform...
Date published: 2019-01-05
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