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Sony DSC-HX60V/B 20.4 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, 3" LCD (Black)
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- 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom, Optical Steady Shot image stabilization with 3-way active mode, 20.4MP images and high speed AF even in low-light
- Full HD 1080/60p with dual record of stills and movies, Full manual & dedicated EV control dial allow more creativity, Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
- Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and mic, Incredible battery life of approx. 400 shots, 3.0in LCD (921k dots) with high resolution viewing
- Take stunning images with Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360 Degree
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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SDXC;SDXC;;|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|Item Dimensions||4.25 x 1.5 x 2.5 inches|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.5 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||25 grams|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.4 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.05 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Sony NPBX1|
|Video Capture Format||HD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p|
|Viewfinder Type||optical viewfinder|
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|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 2.5 x 4.25 in||5 x 6.25 x 2.75 in||1.42 x 4.02 x 2.28 in||1.38 x 4.45 x 2.6 in||1.01 x 3.78 x 2.16 in||1.42 x 4.02 x 2.28 in|
|Item Weight||—||—||0.54 lb||0.59 lb||4.8 ounces||0.52 lb|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||20.4 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.3 megapixels||20.4 megapixels||18.2 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p||1080p||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||VCHD: 28M PS(1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX(1,920x1,080/60i) / 17M FH(1,920x1,080/60i),MP4: 12M(1,440x1,080/30fps) / 3M VGA(640x480/30fps)||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|Viewfinder||optical viewfinder||electronic viewfinder||LCD||None||None||None|
Take hold of the textured grip and capture your next adventure with ultra-sharp precision. Not only does this compact, 20.4MP beauty deliver an impressive 30x optical zoom, actions shots appear clearer thanks to advanced 3-way image stabilization. You also get full manual control for more creative shots and 1080/60p movie recording for smoother footage. You can even map your memories with built-in GPS tagging and accessorize with a wide variety of available extras.
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I really like how fast the power-on is. Unlike many digital cameras, it does not play a start-up animation; I can take a photo within 2 seconds of pressing the power button.
The camera is very easy and intuitive to use, with fully-automatic settings so you don’t have to know anything about cameras. On the other hand, if you’re experienced with cameras, the manual mode gives you full control over every aspect of the camera. And if there’s something special that you want to do which isn't included on the camera, the camera has WiFi so you can easily download an app from Sony’s website.
The WiFi can also be used to transfer images to a computer or your smartphone (but you can also use the included microUSB/USB cable instead). The other main feature is GPS (turned off by default), which will tag photos so you can use image managing software to sort by location.
Unfortunately, my camera arrived with a contaminant on an internal lens, causing a blurry dark spot to appear on all images taken with a small aperture. I included a photo of my wall showing this problem. Amazon is good with returns, so if possible, test the camera as soon as you get it. If you see any problems, return it immediately. For more details, see the note at the end of this review.
Besides the problem with quality, everything else about the camera is awesome, and I definitely recommend it.
Following is a detailed analysis of the camera, separated into different sections.
--- INITIAL SETUP & CHARGING ---
When the camera first arrives, the battery pack is about half charged, so the camera can be used right away. However, it does not have any internal image storage, so none of your images will be saved. You’ll need a memory card, which is not included, so you’ll need to buy one (be sure to get class 4 or higher).
The battery pack does not need to be removed from the camera for charging. Instead, plug the camera into a computer using the included microUSB/USB cable, or use the included AC adapter to plug it into an electrical outlet. Charging is slow; it takes about 3.5 hours when plugged into an AC outlet, which is how much continuous usage I seem to get on a full charge. Keep in mind that the camera will only charge when turned off.
--- IMAGE QUALITY ---
Every image taken with this camera has some slight noise. This isn’t really a problem, because the high resolution balances out the noise, so you’ll only see the noise if you magnify the resulting image. If you use a photography mode called Superior Auto, the camera automatically reduces the noise using digital image processing (such as selective Gaussian blur); this can be a little aggressive in dim lighting, and it can take a couple seconds to process, so I usually use other modes.
The camera saves the images in JPG format, so naturally there’s a level of JPEG compression. You can pick between “Fine” and “Standard” quality. With “Fine” quality, I can’t detect any compression artifacts in the final result. With “Standard” quality, the artifacts are barely detectable. Overall, the compression seems very conservative.
--- BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY ---
For beginners and non-experienced photographers, this camera is very intuitive and easy to use. It has two photography modes that will do everything for you automatically. The first mode is called “Intelligent Auto,” and it picks the best settings for any scene, from twilight to beach photography. The second mode is called “Superior Auto,” and it will do everything that Intelligent Auto does, plus it will use noise reduction techniques to ensure that the photo is perfect. More experienced photographers can use the “scene” mode, which will allow the photographer to pick from a selection of scene types (“Portrait,” “Sports,” and “Landscape,” to name a few), in case there’s a particular situation that the camera won’t recognize. And no matter what mode you’re in, you can adjust the brightness of the image using the EV wheel on top of the camera.
The camera has 30x optical zoom. The zoom is variable-speed, and will go faster or slower depending on how much you press the zoom button. The camera will go up to 60x using “clear image” zoom (which basically enhances the result so it doesn’t look as bad). It also has an option to use digital zoom, which will go up to 120x but looks really grainy. Even at high zoom levels, the camera is very stable thanks to optical image stabilization.
The camera is also capable of very good macro photography – it’ll take photos 1.5” away from the subject.
--- ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY ---
I was very pleased to see that the camera allows for manual focus – too many digital cameras are lacking in that respect. This camera actually has two types of manual focus: “semi-manual” and “manual.” Semi-manual allows the photographer to focus the camera, and then the camera will try to fine-tune that focus to get an even better result. Manual focus, on the other hand, gives the photographer full control over the focus level, and the camera doesn’t make any changes.
The user can also pick from a few shooting modes which allow for control over particular photography settings. There’s “aperture priority” and “shutter priority,” which allow the photographer to pick either aperture or shutter speed, respectively, while the camera automatically adjusts the other of the two. In the “program” shooting mode, the camera automatically adjusts both aperture and shutter speed. Each of these three modes allows the photographer to adjust ISO, flash brightness, focus, EV, and white balance.
The “manual” shooting mode allows the photographer to adjust both aperture and shutter speed. So when you’re in the manual shooting mode, you have full control over all of the settings: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focus, flash brightness, EV, and white balance.
The shutter speed ranges from 1/1600th of a second to 30 seconds. The aperture goes from 3.5 to 8.0. The ISO ranges from 80 to 3200, but also includes a noise-reduction option which will combine 4 photos and ranges from 100 to 12800.
If you ever find a combination of settings that works really well, you can save the settings by going into the menu and picking “memory”. You can save up to 3 different configurations. To load the settings, just pick the “memory recall” shooting mode, and the camera will automatically use the saved settings.
--- VIDEO ---
When shooting video, you can record in AVC HD format or MP4 format. AVC HD allows you to pick between 60 fps and 24 fps, with an option of interlaced and progressive video encoding. At the best setting, the camera is capable of going up to a bitrate of 28Mb/s (1920x1080 HD video, 60 fps). Alternatively, you can pick MP4, which has a maximum bitrate of 12M (1440x1080 HD).
--- VIEWING & TRANSFERRING IMAGES ---
I was disappointed that the camera only allows 1 image to be deleted at a time (unless you format the card, which will delete everything). Other cameras allow the user to pick multiple images, and delete them simultaneously. I also noticed that the camera becomes unresponsive for about 2 seconds after deleting each image, which makes it very difficult to quickly delete, say, 10 images
To transfer the images, you have a couple of options. You can connect the camera to your computer using the included microUSB/USB cable, or you can transfer wirelessly to either your smartphone or your computer. Wireless transfer is pretty simple, but it requires that your computer/smartphone have Sony PlayMemories installed. The camera has Near-Field Communication, so transferring to your smartphone only requires you to tap the camera to your phone (assuming the phone also has NFC). Keep in mind, though, that AVCHD videos cannot be transferred wirelessly.
My camera came with a speck of white gunk on an interior lens. It's hard to see the particle by looking into the lens opening; however, it causes a noticeably dark off-center spot on every image taken with a small aperture. This is clearly a serious quality issue, and if your camera has this problem, there is no way to fix it yourself. Sony will clean the lens under warranty, but the buyer has to pay for the shipping, and overall it's a big pain. Instead, I suggest returning it to Amazon, and then purchasing a new one; they have a pretty good return policy. Either way, I docked a star for the hassle.
Here's what to look for when you get your new camera: first, set it to "Aperture Priority" mode. Next, rotate the wheel until it's set to f-8.0, and point the camera at a plain white/grey surface (such as a wall). Look for a large grey circle; it'll be pretty obvious. I included an unedited photo showing what it looks like.
Confusing menus and complex indications that measure camera noise obscure preview with no guidance available to turn that off.
This camera has an amzing zoom lens for a digital camera, but as with many cameras, zooming in also increases the inability to take a steady shot with no blurring without a tripod is nearly impossible. I have taken many photos in my yard of the hummingbirds who comes to visit, most from behind glass, since they are scared and fly off the minute I open the door, and even that way, I've gotten some decent shots.
The camera is mostly easy to use. I'd love a more extensive description of the many symbols popping up on my screen! I also love that it takes pretty decent photos in low light. The iso goes up to 1600, and that is wonderful.
What I am searching for now, or what would be a great addition if it doesn't already exist, is the ability to add a view finder on to the flash foot. In my attatched photos, you will see the photo of the blue bird, which was taken in bright sunlight. I had no idea what was in the acreen at the time, and the ability to view information about the exposure itself, as well as a better abiltiy to aim at the subject matter would be a great boon. The second photo was taken from a long sitance off a bridge at a nearby creek, and I was very pleases with that result,down o the catch light in the bird's eye! The photo of my children demonstrates the distortion at the sides of the frame on in the faces of the two kids on the ends.
Otherwise, wonderful, fun camera, and a great deal for the price!