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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 9.1MP 20x Optical Zoom Digital Camera with Super Steady Shot Image Stabilization and 3.0 Inch LCD

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  • 9.0-megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor for photo-quality pictures up to 13 x 19 inches
  • 20x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle Sony G-Lens
  • Capture up to 10 frames per second; HD (1080p) movie capture
  • 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD tilt display; 90-degree tilt, horizontal and vertical
  • 11 MB built-in memory; capture images to Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo media (not included)
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Technical Details

  • Large 3.0" LCD tilt display
  • Optical SteadyShotTM image stabilization
  • Anti-blink, Face Priority and Red-eye Reduction functions
  • BIONZTM Imaging Processor
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : W x H x D: 114.5mm x 82.8mm x 91.8mm (4 5/8" x 3 3/8" x 3 5/8")
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 5.1 x 7.6 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001U3ZUWO
  • Item model number: DSC-HX1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,621 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 2, 2009

Product Description

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 is a digital still camera and according to Sony is the world's first digital still camera with a sweep panorama mode for taking seamless 224-degree shots.  The camera features a BIONZ image processor, 9.1-megapixel Exmor CMOS sensor, and a professional-grade wide-angle G-lens to provide fast performance and high resolution shots. It is capable of shooting 9.1-megapixel images at 10 frames per second in addition to full 1080p HD video recording. The DSC-HX1 offers a powerful 20x optical zoom with optical image stabilization and includes anti-blur and intelligent auto modes for improved image clarity.

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Customer Reviews

All I can say is WOW!! The pictures are so great!! I have bought a photgraphy book to hopefully help me use the more advance settings on this camera. Read more ›
This camera is great in every way, except that it produces images that are the…Even on the sunniest day, the images are full of noise (artifacts) that ruin the image. N… Read more ›
I haven't taken a ton of pictures, but have tried some of the features. The panoramic shot is awesome and I used it for a large room, can't wait to try it with landscape! Al… Read more ›
It is nice and light to carry around. Takes great photos, the zoom on it is so good and the speed at which it takes the pictures is great. I took some pictures of a humming… Read more ›
I used it to capture some nature , abstract objects , night shots , low-light shots , long distance shots. The images were absolutely gorgeous. It is really amazing that a… Read more ›
I can't talk about the auto settings, because I always…The image quality is very good, also in very law light conditions, easy to use, light weight, feels good in hand. O… Read more ›
The controls are fairly easy to learn (don't really need the manual) I had 'em figured out in a couple hours of messing with it. They make sense. Read more ›
There are many modes to shoot in and I am still learning them. The twilight mode works quite well in low light and produces some interesting photos. I have had some… Read more ›
Produces great photos. Menu is very simple and easy to follow. Features are awesome too. Read more ›
However, the new feature such as panorama mode is easy to use. The twilight and anti-burr options are nice but also require Read more ›
It's simple to use, fool-proof, and the functionality is easy to manage. Read more ›
The features are excellent in this camera. Like the burst mode which captures up to 10 pics and u can choose the best out of it. Read more ›
Selectable pixel density allows you to take tons of pictures for a SD card or fewer as your need dictates. Color and 20X zoom are terrific. Only extra I wish it had is a… Read more ›
I have had this camera for about a year and overall I have been pretty happy with it, that is until I took it on a trip to…On the up-side, the zoom is amazing and sharp. Read more ›
I'm not a professional,but i…Zoom capabilities is good,and the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars,is because,i need to use it a bit more,and i will update this review. Read more ›
They improve the optical zoom, too. The zoom is great, but Nikon has a larger one. The colors of the Sony is very near to true colors. Read more ›
The anti-blur and twilight settings take a "burst" of 6 photos and combines them into one amazingly clear photo. Also the zoom is incredible. I could take pictures of… Read more ›
An awesome little point and shoot. The 20x zoom is amazing. Get an extra battery and an 8 GB card. Read more ›
I bought this camera as an upgrade frome my DSC-H7 and I must say that worth the money. It's easy to use, fast when I need it to be, great quality pics. Read more ›
Excellent camera. Easy to use. My photos now looks like made by a professional. Read more ›
this camerais so much more than i exspected very easy to use, the panarama feature is great and it is hard to find the right words for the video quality, its amazing. Read more ›
i usually buy a regular digital cameras i was looking for something that was easy to learn and easy to use... this is this camera. great quality in pictures, it was really… Read more ›
I got this camera because I wanted to take better quality…It's really easy to use but has a lot of nice features if you really want to dig in and start advanced shooting. Read more ›
I liked all of the features of the camera. It's pretty easy to use if you've read the manual. I recommend getting the complete manual. Read more ›
this is a sony format video. the quality of video is very nice. the file size is 20 min = 2 gigs. Read more ›
20X - you will be amazed to see the craters on the MOON. Besides the HD video recording is a great plus point. I made my short movie using this camera and guess what - I… Read more ›
I wanted to try the video feature, so I made this video of myself…When I played it back I could hardly believe the results...the video quality is simply outstanding. I… Read more ›
I love hikes and taking the panoramic shots and they are absolutely beautiful images...I've posted them on my Facebook and people…The video is very good and easy to use. Read more ›
But I figure I should use…I own a Sony SR-11 HD camcorder, the video is much smoother - it can take pictures, but just not as good as a camera with the same pixel numbers. Read more ›
The quality of shots is amazing and the feature to have panoramic shots is awesome. I also use it for video and the video is amazing.... great product overall.... Read more ›
The articulating LCD screen is bright, clear, and reveals enough detail to make a good judgment of the composition of your photo. Only under direct bright sunlight is it… Read more ›
- Great feel in your hands, comfortable grip - LCD is nice and big. Swivel screen feature gets used a lot Read more ›
To the same effect, all of them (even more "of course") seemed to be…- Canon: Very useful articulating LCD, but only 2.5 inches (and TRUST me, it makes a difference). H… Read more ›
The Sony won because for my search, in addition to having everything I wanted, and good reviews, it also had the extra features like panorama and burst that the Canon… Read more ›
In low light conditions you don't even need a tripod. Just hold it close to your body and use tilt function of lcd. I wish hx1 had carlzeiss optic and remote control. Read more ›
Initially, I really liked the form factor of the…But I did want a reusable intelligent battery vs. AAs and I was not that impressed with the screen resolution and EVF. R… Read more ›
I like the flip-out LCD which lets me sneak those candid shots when no-one thinks you're taking a picture. The lens is decent and gives a sharp focus. The lithium battery… Read more ›
*** ADDED 05-08-09 *** 5. Although this camera has a great zoom lens for a non-DSLR, I found that it had difficulty focusing on close objects with a high zoom. Taking… Read more ›
Taking close-ups from about 2.5 feet away, I found it difficult to go beyond 3x zoom. Just another difference between this and a DSLR with a huge telephoto lens. Of course,… Read more ›
The panarama mode is…The high speed shooting was important and at 10 frames per second there is no competition outside of high end slr's, and I do not like packing lenses. Read more ›
The upgrades from the H1 to the HX1 are immeasurable. I especially love the G lens, the speed (10fps burst) and the fact that you can zoom video. It's as if they took every… Read more ›
I love the way I can pull a subject in to fill the screen! So overall I am very happy with the lens' performance. The EVF is small but has nice resolution. Read more ›
The in camera Panning mode works really well, again, MUCH better picture than with the HS10 in the same mode. Colors were lovely and pics were SHARP. I loved that. Read more ›
(That "X" makes all the difference!) The color is really nice, the pictures come out very well even at high zooms. Speaking of zoom, the 20x is amazing! Read more ›
His photos are amazing, both in color and clarity, and he's even had faithful DSLR users concede that his snapshots are better than theirs; I know because I've witnessed it… Read more ›
The new technology is wonderful. Great photos, vibrant colors, sharp focus...love it. Read more ›
The 'sweep panarama' mode also really works...and well. Oh, and the camera takes nice photos as well, with outstanding color accuracy. This camera has a long list of… Read more ›
Though it has a limit of 10 pics per…Possibility 9: You can add many cool digital color filters through the built-in menu to gain the same resault of the real filters. Read more ›
So inside I use the flash if it requires it. The flash indoors is bright. I was in my kitchen and it lite up the living room quite well). Read more ›
4. Optical Stabilization works very well 5. Flash is extremely powerful. You can take pictures in VERY LOW LIGHT situations, and produce a bright crisp pics Read more ›
The still pictures are excellent except in very low light with out the flash. The Flash coverage is very good. The Panorama mode is spectacular and unusual. Read more ›
Point and shoots simply have smaller sensor. If you want a camera which can take pictures well without using flash, you would do much better with a digital SLR. But those… Read more ›
For portraits though, definitely switch to A mode and…Burst mode works great for capturing just the right moment, provided the lighting is good (no flash in this mode). H… Read more ›
3. Anti - blur and Hand held twilight do a very good job, Much better than a SX10 in this field. 4. Powerful flash. 5. Amazing burst mode. Read more ›
I am so glad I upgraded to this camera. I will always go with Sony and the price is the best yet. I would buy from ABT anytime. Read more ›
I was up and shooting in an hour. The price was great too. Read more ›
I would turn off between shots to extend battery but I completely drained the battery in Rome and really would have liked another hour of battery (the third party battery… Read more ›
All in all a great product for the price. I recommend it to anyone who's a beginner, looking to get great quality images and video, with ease of use at a great price! Read more ›
Hope this peaks your interest. I could go on for pages, but this is a great camera at a great price. I would recommend it and I have owned some of the best. Read more ›
I have not used the video yet so I can't comment on that aspect of the camera. I highly recommend this camera, it is an excellent value! Read more ›
I am extremely pleased with this camera because of the clarity of the…The battery is great, and the camera is easy to use once you play around with it for a little while. Read more ›
The articulating LCD screen is great for the low-angle and over-the-head shots. Battery life is good as well. Read more ›
I also purchased the telephoto auxiliary lens and took pictures and video at a NASCAR race in Dover that had…Battery life is excellent- practically it just goes and goes. Read more ›
Hand-hend twighligt takes good…Battery life is very good, it shows on the display how many minutes you have left ( I took about 200 pics and still have 170 min left). G… Read more ›
While taking the photos separately and stitching them together would achieve better results, this is more convenient. Battery life is great. I am still using it on the… Read more ›
This camera provides the best combination - Decent picture quality, Excellent HD video and 20x optical zoom. Build quality is great and battery life is good. Read more ›
The positioning of the buttons are not "random" a.k.a all over the place -It's Surprisingly smaller than what I have expected which makes it easier to carry around -… Read more ›
We miss nearly evert shot we would want because the camera doesn't…The camera is lightweight and easy to carry, but really doesn't do what we need it to do with a baby. T… Read more ›
Looks big but not bulky. Easy to carry and feels Solid. Easy to use and settings are user friendly. Read more ›
If you want gorgeous stills and also the ability to capture a modicum of HD video, this is…I took it to the beach last week and it was great to finally carry just 1 camera. Read more ›

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293 of 303 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Marton on May 5, 2009
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I was looking for a new digital camera to replace my Leica V-Lux 1 which a bought a couple of years ago. I sold the Leica and was planning to use the money to buy a current camera. My dilemma was whether to stay with a super zoom camera (flaws and all) or take a step toward an entry model DSLR. I also wanted a 2009 model as I wanted the most current technology available so I would be less inclined to feel the need to buy an "upgrade" in another year or so. Ultimately, I narrowed my search down to the Sony HX1, Canon SX1, Panasonic G1 and Sony a300. For me, build quality and feel, size (travel convenience) and lens versatility were my main priorities (not necessarily in that order). I think it is very important to figure out exactly what you really want out of your camera so you get a good fit that matches your expectations. So for me, low light picture quality was not a major concern as I expected to use the camera mostly outdoors or in good lighting situations. And in-door shots were probably going to be portraits or museum shots so again it was not a big concern for me.

Initially, I really liked the form factor of the SX10 (SX1 was not out yet) and its feel in my hands and layout. But I did want a reusable intelligent battery vs. AAs and I was not that impressed with the screen resolution and EVF. Reviews of the SX1 were also a little disappointing so I decided to pass on the Canon. I next explored the DSLRs. I really liked the Sony a300 but in the end couldn't justify the cost (this is a minor hobby for me and kids are teenagers so there are a lot less Kodak moments for m) and I didn't want to lug lenses around as I did that most of my life when I had old fashioned film cameras like the Nikon FE2 / N6006.
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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. on May 16, 2009
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Before to order Sony HX1 through Amazon, I did a lot of reserch works with all possible information online, my considerations were among Canon SX1,Canon T1i, Nikon P90 and Sony HX1.Now after almost two weeks of practice with Sony HX1,I can surely to say it's really the best combination of all cool possibilities you can find on current market:

Possibility 1: Super optical Zoom up to 34X( equv. to 952mm)if you use 1.7x tele-conversion lens which is not offered by Canon SX1. DSLRs cannot easily reach this zoom range unless you are rich enough and strong enough to bring those lenses in your backpack.
Possibility 2: Great picture quality with the sharpness comparable to most low-end DSLRs if you have enough kownledge and technics of photograghy, for example by adjusting ISO, aperture or speed etc. HX1 offers almost all features you can find in DSLRs when you turn the mode dial to M,A,S,P. The best picture is not made by the camera, it's by your brain. Sony HX1's professional G lens made the good quality possible.
Possibility 3: Great sharp HD Video with stereo sound,you can record video as long as your memory card can hold, with a 16GB card you can easily take hours of HD video. The resolution of 1440x1080p is already sharp and smooth enough and when you watch your video with TV or computer, what you see is the same video quality as full HD at 1980x1080. Yes, Canon SX1 has the REAL 1980x1080, but it has a limitation of 4GB or 30 min, while its' video file MOV is much larger which can quickly occupy all your memory card. Canon T1i has HD video too, but it's with mono sound and same limitation.
Possibility 4: Graet performance with low light conditions.
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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful By vlim on May 7, 2009
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** Modified 05-08-09 by adding nitpick #5 :) ***

I had been a digital point-and-shoot camera person for about 12 years, since the Canon Powershot 100. Over that time, I've upgraded to various Powershot models until 2 years ago, got a Sony A100 DSLR. I love that camera and have lots of fun taking pictures with it.

For work, we had been using my A100 to take product photos. It was nice having a remote, and all of the great DSLR features that come along with that camera. But, I have been without my A100 for a while, and was missing it dearly, so I decided to get another camera for work, and was having trouble deciding between the DSC-HX1 and the A200 DSLR.

I've been playing with both, and have decided to return the A200 and keep the DSC-HX1. Here's why:

1. The other people helping me take these product photos don't have any DSLR experience, and don't share my enthusiasm for photography. They prefer point-and-shoot. So from an ease of use standpoint, the DSC-HX1 is a better choice, especially with the live view. The A200 doesn't have that, and although the A350 does, it does cost $100 more.

2. The HX1 has enough features on it to allow us to play with settings to get a great shot. You can control aperture, shutter speed, etc, just like on a DSLR. Manual focusing is available, but using the selective focusing is much more accurate for our non-moving subject. We just move the cursor to highlight the area that should be in focus, and the camera does the rest. Otherwise, there are lots of DSLR-like features.

3. The picture quality is pretty good. The JPG only shooting mode may put off more serious photographers who want RAW, but is fine for those moving up from lesser cameras. The large lens and CMOS

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