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Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera (Black)
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- 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor for superb low light images, Built-in retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder
- Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S, AVCHD & MP4 formats, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi w/NFC, 5-axis image stabilization greatly reduces camera shake blur
- Selfie-ready 3" Extra Fine LCD multi-angle display, P/A/S/M modes, customizable settings and Memory Recall mode, Enhance features w/ downloadable camera apps, Capture the decisive moments with up to 10fps or keep your subject in focus with Lock-on AF
- Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity Telephoto: 8.20' (2.5 m) - Infinity.Adjustable Angle Up by approx. 180 degrees. F-number (Maximum Aperture) F3.5 (W) - 6.4 (T)
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Incredibly Close-Up and Compact
Get sharp detail up close with the world’s smallest and lightest^5 30x zoom camera. There's even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180° tilt screen for 18.2MP selfies. Stunning picture quality comes from the low light Exmor R sensor and premium ZIESS lens with 5-axis image stabilization. Then share photos instantly with built-in Wi-Fi^2 and NFC^3.
30x optical zoom ZEISS lens plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom
Get super close and clear with the premium ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens from wide angle (24mm equivalent) to 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image digital zoom. The ZEISS T* coating reduces undesirable reflection, such as ghosting and flare, on the lens surface, while 30x optical zoom allows you to get closer to your subject. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful BIONZ X processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Superb 18.2MP image quality
The DSC-HX80 features an 18.2 megapixel backside illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with a BIONZ X image processor. This brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s professional ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens to deliver high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain for both stills and movie.
Built-in retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder
View every scene in rich detail with the high contrast and bright, pop-up OLED Tru-Finder with approx. 638k dots resolution. The electronic viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results. Use of aspherical lenses in the eyepiece optics raises performance and minimizes size, while a convenient eye sensor automatically switches between EVF and LCD screen, for easy operation.
High-quality movies1 w/ XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 codes
Capture high quality HD movies^1 in the XAVC S format. With 50Mbps Full HD (1920x1080) 60p high quality video recording, XAVC S enables beautiful video recording with minimal compression noise even in scenes with a lot of movement. Linear PCM is adopted for audio compression delivering incredible audio to match your video. The camera also records in AVCHD, ideal for HDTV and Blu-ray Disc burning, or your choice of highly compressed MP4 HD video ideal for web.
Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC
Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to control your camera with your compatible Smartphone or Tablet^2. Frame your image on your device’s LCD and control the camera’s shutter. You can even transfer the images taken directly to your mobile device for quick editing and uploading - sharing has never been easier. With NFC3 (near field communication) - connectivity has been simplified to one-touch. Simply touch the camera to the compatible NFC enabled device to connect.
5-axis image stabilization greatly reduces blur
Get remarkably sharp images with Sony’s Optical SteadyShot image stabilization for both stills and video. Additionally, intelligent Active Mode combines 5-axis* image stabilization with Sony's advanced frame-analysis technology to greatly reduce blur caused by camera shake when shooting movies – allowing you to move along with the action – and get clear images of your subject in motion – even when zoomed in.
Selfie-ready multi-angle 3" Xtra Fine LCD display
Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3” (921k dots) Xtra Fine LCD Display that rotates up approx. 180°. Easily frame for selfies or to shoot objects like pets at eye-level without having to get down on the ground. Simply scroll through menus and preview life thanks to the large display which delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
P/A/S/M modes, customizable settings & Memory Recall mode
For creative flexibility, you can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting. MR (Memory Recall) mode is available for quick manual adjustment and a control ring - that can be assigned with various functions - such as manual focusing or step zooming, allow for superior control of your shooting experience.
Enhance features w/ downloadable camera apps4
Get creative with PlayMemories Camera Apps4 by applying exciting artistic effects or retouching images with professional results, and then easily upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram. Enjoy added functionality with apps that include Time Lapse, Smart Remote Control, and Direct Upload.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Never miss that decisive moment; like a bat hitting a baseball or a fleeting smile. Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, with an ultra-fast shutter lag of Approx. 0.008 sec.
Keep your subject in focus with Lock-On AF
Lock-On AF (Auto Focus) gives you the ability to select a focus point with subject recognition, then allows the camera to track and keep your subject in sharp focus even when in motion.
Legal & Footnotes
2016 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
1 Records in 29 minute segments
2 Requires PlayMemories Mobile app installed on compatible Android or iOS device.
3 Requires NFC-compatible mobile device. Check device’s user manual for compatibility.
4 Requires a valid Sony Entertainment Network account. Some apps require a fee.
5 Among fixed lens point and shoot cameras with 30x optical zoom or more, as of April 13, 2015
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Get sharp detail up close with the world’s smallest and lightest 30x zoom camera. There's even a pop-up electronic viewfinder for eye-level framing and a 180 Degree tilt screen for 18.2MP selfies. Stunning picture quality comes from the low light Exmor R sensor and premium ZIESS lens with 5-axis image stabilization. Then share photos instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.
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* Smaller 1/2.3 sensor as opposed to 1" sensor (then again price is reflective of smaller sensor and the 1/2.3 sensor on the HX80 is back illuminated which makes it much nicer than other comparable sensors)
* No 4k video
* No manual zoom
* No touchscreen
* Pop up viewfinder
* Flash that's semi-tiltable
* Quick menu with 12 customizable functions
* Full PASM modes for manual and semi-manual controls plus full auto modes if that's the preference
* Monitor that tilts 180 degrees for selfies
* 30X zoom fantastic for travelers
* High quality XAVC S video format up to 50mbps at 24p, 30p, and 60p (requires SDXC memory cards)
* PASM modes all available for video
* Video manual mode has auto-iso option (not all cameras allow video auto-iso in manual; i.e. the much more expensive RX100 doesn't have this option)
* 5-AXIS image stabilizer works great
* WIFI/NFC included plus downloadable apps
There are many more features that I could go on about this neat little point and shoot, just check out the spec sheets. At this price level, especially for those that like to shoot both photos and videos, the Sony HX80 in my opinion is one of the best 1/2.3 sensor pocket cameras. I hope you find this review helpful!
I was out bird watching with my SWAROVSKI binos - and spotted this iguana (St. Maarten) sunning itself on a dead snag far in the distance. Decided to try out my new HX80 to see what the zoom could do. Zoom is really good - but it would be worthless in this case without a view finder. See attached hand-held images for wide angle - and the 30x zoom on the iguana. The red arrow in the wide angle shows where the iguana is sunning itself.
Highly recommend as a nice pocket point and shoot.
Stuff in the daytime
Stuff at night
A video of me making coffee
It's pretty easy and straight forward. It has two modes where the camera does pretty much everything for you. Superior Auto shoots a burst of photos and creates a composite of the images captured. It's pretty great if you're willing to hold the camera still for about two whole seconds for it to capture the scene. And I'm told it's best to use this mode in darker places to reduce noise, but I haven't tried that yet. I personally prefer the other mode, Intelligent Auto. This mode adjusts the settings according to the shooting conditions. It's quicker to get a picture in this mode while still automating a lot of the process in taking the picture.
Other photo modes include:
Scene Selection: Lets you pick one of the many preset for certain conditions so that things can be more predictable when you shoot. Gives you a little more control than the previous two modes.
Memory Recall: Lets you create some presets that you can recall.
Manual Exposure: Adjust aperture and shutter speed manually. I think this mode is meant to be used for long exposure photos.
Shutter Priority: Adjust only the shutter speed manually.
Aperture Priority:Adjust only the aperture manually.
Program Auto: Sets both aperture and shutter speed automatically, while the other settings can be set manually.
iSweep Panorama: Shoot a panorama picture. You can set the direction you want to sweep, so you can shoot horizontally or vertically.
Videos are a whole other story with this camera. The first thing to talk about is the video quality when filming. It can capture in 1080p and 60 frames per second in three formats. The first format is MP4, which is the preferred format for YouTube. If you intend to shoot a video that will be uploaded directly up to YouTube, this is the video format to use. I shot a little YouTube video using the "AVCHD 60p 28M(PS)", which was the maximum setting for that video format. It looks good, but when I went to edit it, I can only export into MP4 or some other formats, so next time I'll just use MP4. I couldn't tell the difference anyway when I compared two videos in both formats. There's also the "XAVC S HD" video format, which is said to be suited for shooting movies, but apparently my SD card isn't good enough for it, so I have to wait for my new SDXC card to arrive. I probably won't need it.
Another thing to keep in mind when filming with this camera is the 5-axis stabilization feature. Basically, it's a feature where the sensor in the camera is being mechanically stabilized, giving you no compromise in quality when shooting stabilized video. Most cameras handle this digitally by cropping the actual video and outputting an upscaled version of the cropped video. Depending on how much you shake, you can notice a huge drop in video quality if you use digital stabilization. This camera does not have that issue. An interesting this to keep in mind is that when the feature is on, you can notice the camera adjusting the sensor when you set the camera down, which creates this feeling like you're on a boat or something even though it's sitting on the counter or s sturdy surface.
When it comes to audio, the stereo speakers are located on top of the camera. They're located in a way that makes it pretty impossible to stick fluff to, which is something I see a lot of people do to mitigate wind noises when shooting videos. It does have a feature `There's also no way, that I know of, to connect an external microphone, so that internal microphone is all you have. So far, I don't have any problems with it, but I also don't shoot videos where I talk and I haven't been to any concerts since I bought this.
The flash is hidden away inside of the camera until you hit a switch to pop it up. This means if you want to use the flash, you have to pop it up every time and also remember to push it back down when you're done with it. It sounds like a chore, but it could be a good thing. When you don't need it, you have the assurance that it won't go off when you shoot, because it's tucked away. The flash is located directly above the sensor, so the lighting it provides is pretty centered on the subject.
Auto-focusing was kind of a pain to deal with. The only explanation I've found on how it works is that it auto-focuses on the nearest subject in the center of view. I can see it's pretty quick at auto-focusing, but I can't seem to figure out how to make it focus on what I want it to focus on. I guess I just need to do a lot more research on this.
Transferring photos and videos off this camera is SUPER easy! I connected my phone (Sony Xperia XZ) via NFC and the QR code it provides and both of them work super quickly and the transfer starts right away. Usually takes about 3 seconds for an 18mp photo, which is about 4 MB. You do need to download the PlayMemories app on your phone.
There's an OLED viewfinder that pops up and down. By default, it turns on the camera when it pops up and turns it off when you push it back down. You can turn that off in the setting. It has a proximity sensor that automatically turns on the screen in the viewfinder when you bring it close to your eye. I personally don't use this feature, because I have to get really close to it to set the sensor off and my nose ends up touching the screen below, which is gross in the Summer when I'm sweaty and the sweat gets on the screen.
The flip up screen is amazing! It would automatically flip the image and the HUD. By default, when you flip up the screen and press the shutter button, it has a 3 second timer before taking the picture. You can turn that off in the settings. Also the camera has Smile-Shutter where it detects smiles would take a picture automatically.
Another feature I find to be extremely useful, but haven't gotten around to using, is the facial registration. You can program the camera to recognize up to 8 faces and it uses these faces to prioritize autofocusing and the smile shutter.
The feature I use the most, however, is the built-in level. This will help you keep your camera level in both landscape and portrait mode. It's very useful for panorama pictures and capturing video.
Finally, there's a button in the bottom right corner of the camera with a question mark on it. This button gives you hints and explanations on pretty much every feature on the camera. Just go to any option or setting and press the button for help. It's been pretty helpful for me in troubleshooting and learning how to better utilize the many features.
What I don't like:
In order to record a video, you have to press the dedicated video button, which is the circular button on the top right corner with the label MOVIE above it. Even if you're in Movie mode, you have to press that button. This is an issue when you shoot a video of yourself, since you have to feel around and find that button to start and stop the video and it's VERY annoying.
You can also use the PlayMemories app to remotely control your camera, but I don't like it. It kinda lags and there's almost no point in using it. You're better off buying a camera remote from Sony.
Even though I had issues with some of the things about the camera, most of those issues can pretty much be resolved with a little research and further experimentation. I'm not a professional photographer or a vlogger and my Xperia XZ can take better pictures and videos than this can, but it is a reliable camera with greater zoom capability (30x) and a lot of features to explore. It doesn't excel in any field, but it's also far from the worst in every field, so you end up with what can only be described as decent. I do plan to continue using this camera a lot more. I'd say if you're not a professional photographer or a vlogger, this is the best camera you can get for around $300. This is the camera you would buy if you want to step up your Instagram pictures and videos or just need to use something that's more natural to hold and use than your phone. I've done just that with a lot of my recent Instagram posts and I'd say this camera is doing a phenomenal job at that. I'd even go so far to say that this is the perfect small camera on the market in this price range.