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Sony DSCHX90V/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
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- 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS (Trademarked) Vario-Sonnar T Lens
- 18.2MP Exmor R (Trademarked) CMOS Sensor for superb low light images
- Built-in retractable OLED Tru-FinderTM viewfinder
- Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 formats
- Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi with NFC
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Sony DSC-HX90V High-zoom Point and Shoot Camera
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, 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-HX90V 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 movies (1) with 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 (2) and NFC (3)
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 NFC (3) (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 inch Xtra Fine LCD display
Selfies have never been easier with a beautiful 3 inch (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 with downloadable camera apps (4)
Get creative with PlayMemories Camera Apps (4) 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.
Map your images with GPS tagged photos
Built-in GPS records location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. With the GPS Log and the supplied PlayMemories Home software, you can track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map, showing you where they were taken. Images can also be displayed on Google Earth.
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 and Footnotes:
2015 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.
Footnotes: (at least 8pt font):
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
Sony, Cyber-shot, BIONZ X, Exmor R, PlayMemories Home, PlayMemories Mobile, PlayMemories Camera Apps, SteadyShot, Xtra Fine LCD and the Sony logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.
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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° tilt screen for 18.2MP selfies. Stunning picture quality comes from the low light Exmor R (Trademark) 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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I'd characterize myself as an advanced amateur user. Meaning I like to learn all the functions and play with different features and mode.
I've also been disappointed many times by cameras with poor low-light performance and poor focusing, so those are particularly important to me.
Having said that, here's my review after 2 days of using.
Interface: I've used Panasonics before so switching to a Sony took a while to get used to. There are lots of rings and dials and very tiny buttons. If you have fat fingers, don't get this camera. My fingers are average for a guy and I do have to be careful where I press. If you leave settings on full auto of course you don't need to use buttons, but if you want to control a lot of settings, then you do. One nice positive is the big control ring around the lens. It can be used to adjust shutter speed and aperture.
Viewfinder: You have to manually pop up the viewfinder with a tiny slider. I'm somewhat nearsighted (-1.50) but the diopter adjustment was easy and I have no problem seeing perfectly clear through it. The viewfinder is high enough resolution that I can actually see that the image is focused. Lots of information is also presented in the display.
Display: The main display is great and I like the fact that it can pivot 180 degrees up to do selfies, and also is good for taking pictures close to the ground. It also can display whether the camera is level, which is great for shooting landscapes with horizons. It is also good enough in bright sunlight, though in such situations I do prefer the viewfinder.
Low light: Low light performance is above par for a camera with such a small sensor. Sony has a nice feature where it will take multiple fast exposures and blend them together to achieve a low-noise yet non-blurry low light image. I've included an example of that.
Zoom: the 30X optical zoom is amazing. I've include pictures comparing full-wide to full-zoom. On other 30X cameras I've tried, the long end of the range is almost always unusably blurry. With this camera, it is quite acceptable and even impressive from the samples I've uploaded.
Dynamic range: The camera has 3 modes - regular mode, expanded dynamic range mode, and HDR. Photos with HDR do look a bit odd, but the camera does a great job of blending multiple shots together without blurring. I didn't spend a lot of time playing with these modes, but most people will leave it on the expanded dynamic range mode and let the camera decide when to activate HDR and by how much.
Video: The camera promises 5-axis stabilization. It does work quite well as my hands have tremors and I'm usually disappointed with handheld videos from my smartphone and previous cameras. I shot a video rapidly changing subjects far and near and moving the zoom a lot, and the camera kept up the whole time without doing that annoying "focus search" that other cameras seem to do whenever the subject changes. I'd give it high marks for being intelligent.
Conclusion: I wanted a great pocket-sized camera that works for travel, indoor parties, and some fine photography such as flowers, landscapes, and portraits. I believe I've found the camera with the best of all worlds, without excessive compromise. Would I get better images from a 1" sensor? Probably, but then I'd sacrifice the zoom. If I were to have just one camera, this would be it.
When cameras converted from film to digital, Sony was the perfect company to capitalize on the transition, as they have a strong background in all the components that make up a digital camera... electronics, optical, mechanical and functional designs. It's no surprise Sony hase done so well in the small digital camera market vs. the industry leaders in the larger cameras, such as Nikon and Canon. Sony always seems to be out front with many of the new and beneficial innovations in these small cameras. This camera is no exception.
First, I want to comment on what makes this pocket point n shoot unique and exciting. I will be updating this review over time. Of course, when this review is a few years old, its possible all these features have become commonplace amongst all cameras, so always consider this when reading reviews, specially electronics.
What I really appreciate on the 90V....
Strangely enough, I actually love the way this camera fits in my hand. My current go-to camera was the Sony RX100 II, which was very difficult to hold in your hand. I had to buy an accessory finger grip to prevent this little bugger from slipping out of my hand. However, u could not install this on the camera if you wanted to use the nicely fitted camera case. So I was forced to install the grip on the outer part of the lower case. It increased the footprint of the camera for carry. Well, this is corrected on this camera, the finger holder accessory is part of the camera body, and that tiny addition makes the camera feel very safe and secure between your fingers. In addition, the custom cover fits over the camera like a glove. Kudos to Sony for listening to customer feedback. Although on the previous RX100 II, I considered this a bit of an oversight.
If you shoot selfies, there is a lot of options, including the most used option, cell phones. However, cell phones produce very low rez front camera images, as well as having inferior optics vs. the rear camera. If the images are for the web only, and u perfect the technique, they are more than satisfactory. However, if you ever desire to make a print of these selfies, this is where the 90V excels, as it can take a full rez 18MP image, more than sufficient for 5x7" or possibly 8x10 if your technique is good enough. Seems selfies are all the rage these days, specially with those picture perfect backgrounds.
The articulating display is quite handy.... obviously for selfies, u simply flip it 180 deg and the display sits above the camera. But there is many other benefits of this. For example, when shooting a subject at knee level, u can look down while holding the camera at arms length. Or, when shooting into crowds from above, you turn the camera upside down and articulate the display downward. It's a bit awkward at first, but you can easily adapt. The RX100II (and I assume III) allows u to tilt the display, allowing you to shoot with the camera in the more natural upright position. This is confirmed by a reviewer in the comments section below, the RXIII does have a double hinge articulating display. If this is something you do often, u might want to compare the two cameras.
30x optical zoom - Wow. The key word here is OPTICAL zoom, not digital zoom, which reduces the total pixel count, more of a marketing ploy than a real feature. This pop up viewfinder is quite an opto / mechanical / electronic breakthrough in a camera this small. And while zooming to 30x, this viewfinder can make or break a shot of very distant subjects. As keeping the camera still at this magnification is beyond what the Image Stabilization can handle. This is NO knock on Sony's IS, it's simply the nature of optics, the image blur increases linear with magnification. Like all long telephoto lenses, the simple solution is a tripod. However, thanks to the viewfinder, I found another VERY elegant solution. more below
Pop - up viewfinder! Once again, I consider this an optical / mechanical / and electronic breakthrough....i.e. to create a pop up view finder with this much quality, and yet, so small is truly remarkable. Sony realized the value of this, and incorporated it in their RX100III as well. Why is this so significant? And what is the purpose of a view finder vs. using the rear display? Several reasons, some may or may not apply for your needs....
1) In bright sunlight, often it is VERY difficult to see the display! But this viewfinder is bright enough, that even on the most sunlight day, and NO eye cup around the viewer finder (which I thought would be problematic) the scene and menus are easily viewed! Superb!
2) For those of us over a certain age, approx. 40-45, presbyopia is a fact of life, and we can no longer close focus without optical aids, such as reading glasses. Or the same is true if a person is younger, but far sighted. We start out life with a 40 diopter range of focus in our eyes (from 8" to infinity), but this slowly degrades to about 2 diopters by age 60, its a gradual and somewhat linear decline. The pop up viewfinder has a diopter adjustment, which enables the user to focus, withOUT the use of optical aids. So if you require reading glasses, this feature alone is worth the price of the camera, as if your reading glasses are not handy, no worries, pop up the viewfinder and snap away with everything in clear focus.
3) Stabilization. Another unique benefit of the viewfinder.... it enables you to brace the viewfinder against your nose...assuming you have a right dominate eye. This provides a point of stabilization. While the cameras optical stabilization is good to a point, the only way to keep a 30x shot still without a tripod, is to use the viewfinder. How? You press the viewfinder against your nose, and now you have eliminated handshake. It works remarkable at 30x zoom. So this a good technique trick that compliments the pop up viewfinder.
While the RX100II had an accessory viewfinder, u had to carry it everywhere....and that some what defeats the purpose of the pocket n go concept. So of all the cool upgrades Sony has offered, for me, the pop up VF is the most significant, with the 30x being 2nd.
Another reviewer took issues with this pop up view finder. First, he mentioned you have to pull the viewfinder outward after it up pops up. This is correct, and you then must push it inward to lower the VF back into its housing. If this was not incorporated into the design, the VF would be too big to fit in such a small camera. Considering most people use the display more often, this is whats called a design compromise, and IMO, a very smart one. The VF is there, for whenever you need it. As for the view inside the viewfinder.... the reviewer mentioned the VF is too small, I would disagree with this. The size of the optic is not what is relevant. What matters is the design of the optics. The ray bundle that leaves the optic and travels to your eye is cone shaped. The wider the cone, the greater the FOV (Field Of View) which is projected on your retina. This is what gives u the sense of size. The tricky and costly part of any optical design, whether lenses, viewfinders, eyepieces, etc. is how Wide the FOV is. This VF has a very acceptable FOV IMO. Sony offers specs on the FOV in terms of 35mm film format using a 50mm fl lens, which produces a 40 deg Horiz FOV. More than sufficient to see the scene well, as well as the information displayed in the viewfinder. To put this in perspective...... a common cinema screen viewed from the middle row produces about 50-55 deg Horiz FOV. So to see 40 deg HFOV in such a small optic is quite remarkable. It is close, (but not quite as good) as the previous accessory viewfinder which sold for $400 as a stand alone item on the RX100II. So, once again, a feature needs to be evaluated fairly...i.e. based on size constraints, optical limitations and cost. While I to would love a 60 deg HOriz FOV viewfinder with a big rubber eye cup, that also drops down into the camera for storage, and for $20 add on price... this is fantasy thinking. While advances are being made every year in electronics, optical advances occur VERY slow, about 20x slower.
Lock on auto focus has been around on some cameras, I have found a few applications for it, but don't use it often, but if you shoot people or pets, and enjoy tracking them waiting for the right moment to capture, its a great feature!
10 fps is amazing for a camera this small...of course, u only get one burst, but regardless, the fact it exist in a camera this small is hard to fathom.
Many of the other features, such as Wifi, GPS, NFC are becoming more commonplace so I wont comment on these. However, there is a big benefit to a camera that can display the image on a big tablet... this is extra handy when shooting products for ebay. You can better frame the shot and evaluate the capture. I have used this feature many times and it has been very helpful.
I also appreciate Manual mode in a consumer level camera. While most people won't use it, there is always times when the camera does NOT know how to properly evaluate a scene, or you want an exposure that is not ordinary...so u can set SS and apt. yourself, nice touch. The other modes are more commonplace and have been around for some time, so I wont comment on them.
Sony offers their own Play Memories app... If u are new to digital, and do not already own and use other software such as Adobe PS, its prob. a nice user friendly picture management system. It also is ideal if you are big on social media, as they provided all the interfaces for loading pictures to your Fav social media sites. I have been doing this for so long, I still use Adobe products for download and editing. When I have more time, I will try the social media aspects of this software.
Image quality - This camera takes excellent images... I think the RX line is slightly better, as it has a slightly larger sensor. There is tradeoffs for larger / smaller sensors of similar pixel count. Don't be fooled by the difference between 18 and 20MP. To double the image quality, just like film, you must 4x the area, or 4x the pixel count, not double the pixel count most people confuse. Larger sensors have larger pixels, (light buckets), so they are more sensitive to light, which enables better high ISO performance as well as greater dynamic range (contrast range of the scene being captured). So under the right set of circumstances, the larger sensor will record better image quality. But under ideal circumstances, the differences are negligible, specially if the intended use of the image is for web display The upside of the smaller sensor is it enables shorter fl's for the same FOV, which therefore allows for shorter fl lenses. Shorter fl lenses will have lower f stops, which equals more light, which translates into faster shutter speeds. This is what enables the 90V to get such incredible optical zoom, much less than the RX line, which would require a lens much too large to achieve similar zoom range. In the case of web based images, assuming u are shooting a scene with limited dynamic range of maybe 6 stops max. u would never see a differences between the 90V and the higher priced RX. Sony does an excellent job explaining their back lit sensors and the benefits of such. So I will not elaborate on that.
Between the RX and the 90V
As another reviewer noted.... if you need long telephoto often, the 90V is the only choice. If you shoot relatively close subjects as your norm, and you shoot them in relatively sufficient lighting (ISO 400 or lower), the 90V would not disappoint. However, if you shoot relatively close scenes and in low light, or high contrast scenes (bright sun + shadow areas, like inside a forest), the RX's larger sensor would produce more detail in both the highlights and the shadows. Possible some of the photo review sites will have both of these cameras test results posted to demonstrate how much dynamic rage the RX has, as well as, its better high ISO performance.
As for shortcomings.... at this price point... I can't really think of many. Many people would want the camera even smaller, but if you have big hands like me, any smaller than this, I could not manipulate it in my hands well enough. Its barely longer than a pack of cigs, about the same thickness. Battery charging, u can buy some nice after market chargers vs. charging the camera directly. I think its best this resides on the accessory market, as not everyone needs chargers, it depends on how you use the camera. Sony batteries have excellent life span! Now some phones such as my Galaxy NOTE4 record video in 4K, I think the next evolution of these cameras will all include 4K video, but, this is a "still" camera, with a video option, so I can't ding a point for such, as HD video is still the standard. As for the body, which another reviewer complained of a plastic type feel... I can only assume Sony engineers evaluated every possible option for the housing. Many of these composites / plastics are extremely durable, and if they can withstand a drop, then I would assume Sony's position was, why add the extra wight that metal brings on. I will not be dropping the camera to test this. We can only assume, as many cameras as Sony sells, I am sure housing material selection has been researched extensively. Again, these are tradeoff's decisions made during the design process.
A truly amazing camera with features I never dreamed I would see in a package this small! Kudos to Sony Design engineers!!
UPDATE July 26 15
I have been using this camera more...and am continually amazed. Here is some of the key breakthroughs as I see it... they are not new features, but rather, greatly improved features.
IS - This camera has MUCH better Image Stabilization than any P&S I have ever experienced, including the RX100II. It's truly incredible at low shutter speeds, such as 1/15th, how I can hand hold and get no image blur. you have to pay close attention to the screen to see the subject stop shaking as IS slowly steady's the subject...specially when you press the shutter release half way down. I also have been taking shots at 30x with remarkable results. But again, u must use the technique I described above, AND, pay attention to the image as IS takes a second or two to wrestle it under control. Handheld product shots for ebay, amazing, no tripod needed.
Focus lock. This camera does an amazing job focusing on your target area. You must learn about focus to use it A simple approach is, set to Center Focus, place focus square on the subject u want in exact focus position, press shutter half way to lock focus and re compose the scene, wait for IS to stabilize and fire. (never letting off half the shutter) Of course, if you are shooting action shots, this is not possible, hence the other focus modes and shooting modes. Regardless, the in focus area is incredible sharp for such a small sensor.
Dynamic range... much improved. This camera yields much more detail in shadows, even when NOT in DRO or HDR mode. I am sure this is firmware function, but regardless, its incredibly effective...often no post processing required!
Flash - for a small camera, the flash is powerful.... when shooting very close subjects, such as product shots, or pet faces, move back, and zoom to re compose, so flash does not burn out the closest areas, works amazing.
Close focus - this really took me by surprise... I have shot subjects within 14" with remarkable sharpness, almost as if it was a macro camera. Combine this with incredible IS, and you have a P&S macro camera, which are notorious for needed a tripod.
Screen preview - One of the nice things about digital cameras is seeing the scene u are shooting, and adjusting the settings to see how exposure settings will play out. The screen is dynamic... many cameras do this, but this camera does it remarkably well...what u see in the preview, is what you get in the final image. It gives you time to set up a scene properly for exposure, then when you go to expose, u only have to concentrate on proper focus and composure.
This camera keeps amazing me....the more I use it, the more I LOVE IT! The IS continues to amaze me.... at slow shutter speeds in low light, even at 1/8th sec. I am getting still captures hand holding! (at wides fl of course) While I thought the 30x was the claim to fame, I have to rate this IS as a HUGE advancement in technology.
But, lets not discount the incredible value of having 30x with the pop up viewfinder. As I mentioned above, its an incredible combination as the viewfinder logedge against your inner nose, gives a stable reference vs. hand holding the camera away from you to see the rear display. I attached some 30x pix shot with minimal effort... again, these are equiv of 700mm+ lens on a full frame 35mm!
Video on this camera is truly remarkable. I have been shooting concert videos and am stunned something u can fit in your shirt pocket can shoot HD vidoes this well. Of course, 4k is not possible on this camera, but on the newer versions 4k is an option. But keep in mind, 4k file sizes are 4x the size for equal minutes. So if you record a lot of footage, u need a lot of memory.
Regardless, the ability to zoom in 30x with incredible IS allows for easy close ups even at great distances from stage. search this exact string in utube
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notice the end of video, where u can see the distance from stage !!