Expert Review of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Point & Shoot Digital Camera Black
Sony CyberShot DSC HX10V is a pocket travel and ultra-zoom camera packed in a compact body. This is equipped with 18.2 megapixel CMOS sensor camera with an ultimate high speed auto-focus to click super steady images even while capturing moving objects. Basically, it is said to be an updated version of HX9V in looks and specifications but sits under HX20V camera that features 20x of optical zoom. HX10V showcases a good quality lens, a good mix of shooting features that give pleasing stills and video. You can catch the details of every shot with its super 16x of optical and 32x of clear image zoom profiled in this ultra-versatile camera. Its high speed continuous shooting, full HD video recording with stereo sound, GPS and quick Auto Focus keeps HX10V in limelight. You can always click good quality, blur-free and clear images with its improved high-speed auto focus along with backlit CMOS sensor which accurately captures moving objects. It comes with Extra High Sensitive Technology that is automatically activated while shooting in low-light conditions as quoted by the Sony website.
Design and Build Quality
Sony Cybershot DSC HX10V is a little bulky sized gadget as compared to other compact zoom cameras in the market, but it has sturdy and solidly-built metallic body that is very comfortable to use. It provides a good level of grip, especially when combined with the thumb grip on the backside of camera to hold the camera strictly in position. This metal finish, modern looking camera comes in variety of attractive colors that is black, white, red and silver. The battery and memory compartment presents at the bottom is lockable with a plastic latch. It is featured with multi-card options such as SD/SDHC/SDXC, memory stick micro, SD memory card along with Sony memory stick but only one card can fit at the time in the provided slot.
Focus and Face Detection
Sony Cybershot DSC HX10V has an amazing TTL Contrast Detection auto-focus feature that combines multiple technologies namely Exmor R CMOS sensor, BIONZ imaging processor with a newly developed lens. BIONZ image has advanced auto-focus function that makes you shoot the scene in just 0.13 second. Its focusing modes include spot focus, auto focus, face detection, AF tracking, etc. Focus at full optical zoom is also very quick, which is a good consideration while opting for a 16x zoom.
Lens and Image Stabilization
Sony Cybershot DSC HX10V has Sony G Lens with primary RGB color filter, which has a focal length of 4.28 - 68.48mm (35mm Equivalent to 24 - 384mm). It features an Optical steadyshot image stabilization with active mode that sets the image sensor as such so to ensure that the image remains as steady as possible. It compensates the camera shake by controlling camera movements in both vertical and horizontal directions. The lens produces well-exposed images with bright pleasing color reproduction and also the lens performs well in both wide and telephoto zoom expect for very little and occasional distortion. Dynamic range is reasonable, and can be extended by using one of the multi-shot HDR modes on the camera. Macro performance of the lens is good enough to allow you to take a picture with the subject just 5cm from the front of the lens even slight zoom-in is also possible. It offers the ISO range starting from ISO100 till 12800 along with the auto ISO mode. ISO100 images show the lowest amount of noise, with good color. Auto White Balance (AWB) feature of the camera performs quite well under tungsten lighting giving a satisfactory result. The camera has three panoramic shooting modes, standard, wide and high-res panoramic. To take photos, you can simply click the button and pan the camera around and the camera stitches instantly - works well for landscapes, although it may struggle with moving subjects. There are a number of picture effects present in the camera such as HDR Painting, Rich monochrome, Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Part colour (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow), Miniature, Soft High-Key, Watercolor, Illustration.
Screen and Menus
Sony Cybershot HX 10V camera showcase 3 inch of LCD screen with image display resolution of 921,600 dots and video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Screen is lifted straight with wide viewing angles and surrounded with the panel of buttons at the right-hand side. There are round and smaller menu buttons that can easily be operated with thumb, although for detailed menu you have to access setup menu. The setup menu includes all the basic menu options such as shooting, main settings, memory card, and clock. The design and layout of Sony HX10V is quite similar as of HX7V. One additional features of this camera is the selection of settings in Auto mode that enables you to adjust the white balance, exposure and allows you to add creative filters.
Sony Cybershot HX 10V uses NP-BG1 Li-ion Rechargeable Battery that gives life to the camera for around 340 shots according to CIPA test results. Battery might go flat if GPS is constantly used. Battery can be charged in camera or through the USB to AC adapter or computer.
Sony cybershot HX 10V has got optical stabilization technique which provides smooth Full high definition videos with stereo sound and with its fast DSLR-like focusing speed lets you shoot even in low-light conditions. This camera will let you shoot the videos at up to 50 frames per second. You can record stunning movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video for ultra-clear, fast moving video with less distortion and can be easily playedback on your HD TV. You can enjoy shooting both stills and movies at the same time with its dual record capability and you can compress the video with options including AVCHD 1080 50i / MP4 25p.
The Sony Cybershot HX10V offers an 18.2 megapixel backlit CMOS sensor that is currently considered unique to Sony's cameras. The powerful 18.2 Megapixel "Exmor R™" CMOS sensor features a unique back-illuminated technology and is twice sensitive to light as compared to conventional CMOS sensors. Its heightened sensitivity ensures superb-quality images with extremely low noise, even when the images are clicked in dark environments. Its Extra High Sensitivity technology automatically gets activated when shooting in low light conditions that gives you good build quality.
Sony Cybershot DSC HX10V is a compact, super-zoom camera with 18.2mp of sensor provide excellent features and includes full HD video recording and continuous shooting at 10fps. The camera is value for money with its high speed shooting and quick focus speeds even in dim lights and good video performance as well. Other exciting features includes Excellent panoramic modes, reasonable noise performance and Good macro modes.
Canon Cybershot DSC HX10V provides the issues with battery, although the battery life is decent enough but with the excessive GPS use battery starts draining quickly. As we increase the ISO, image starts suffering with noise and occasionaly some purple fringing can also be seen in this camera.