David Hart: I have the DSC-HX30V and it is a mediocre to decent camera but an excellent video camera. I've taken high-def hand-held videos with it on a rigid-inflatable boat bouncing over the waves and the IS works wonders. Increasing the zoom range from 20x to 30x while keeping the same quality IS system would be quite cool, assuming Sony pulled it off.
On my last trip, I paired the HX30V with a Canon S95. The S95 was used for most of my photos, but the HX30V was used for zoom and videos. It was a lot lighter than carrying a huge zoom lens on my 40D and a video camera.
While most of the enthusiasts here won't like this camera, the HX30V has been very popular with everyday people who like to travel. I would expect the HX50V to be just as popular.
The RX100 can't have "all of these features" (i.e. a 1" sensor with a 30x zoom range) and still fit in the same package. If I want to zoom in on a subject with my RX100 past the end of its optical zoom range, I do it afterward on my PC. Which do you think will yield a better result in the end?
Tape5: The programmable ring is a joy to useThe high ISO is very impressive The lens is very impressive with resolution and its distortion control It is fast It takes fantastic videoIt produces beautiful high resolution images It has great two stage stabilisationIt has PHENOMENAL dynamic range
I mean RX100 of course, here to stay and continue to destroy the likes of this 10 MP joke. Those who think 20 MP is a bigger joke should examine printed images from RX100.
Agreed! Why isn't the RX100 in the comparison tool for this review?!
J. Qian: Sony has gone to great lengths to make this camera small, supposedly for travel , then why not have a GPS function built in it?
I have an Eye-Fi card in my RX100. The Eye-Fi card uses WiFi triangulation and Google's WPS database to geotag photos. This works pretty well, as long as you're in a reasonably urban area. (The Gobi dessert probably doesn't have enough WiFi access points to make this work.)