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Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V preview gallery and video sample

By dpreview staff on Sep 12, 2011 at 23:40 GMT

Just posted: Our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V preview samples gallery. The HX100V is the latest offering in Sony's H series of superzooms. It combines a 30x zoom lens (26-810mm equiv.) with Sony's latest 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. We've put together a sample gallery that uses the camera in a variety of shooting conditions and including several sweep panorama examples.

Samples gallery

There are 27 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

Sony HX100V Preview Samples - Posted 12th September 2011

HD Movie Sample

Sample Video 1 - 1080p60

1920 x 1080p, AVCHD, .MTS file, 40 sec. 125.9 MB Click here to download original .MTS file
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Total comments: 32
dudu911
By dudu911 (Sep 18, 2011)

I got one. It is a 2nd to my Canon dslr.
I bought it for macro shooting.
The only thing it lacks the super-macro abilty.. :(
Can't use Raynox DCR250 conversion lens, too.

This way Sony missed one of 2 popular functions of super-zooms..

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Sep 14, 2011)

holy crap, a 26mm to whaaaat zoom?

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aquadust
By aquadust (Sep 13, 2011)

just another "megapixel race" member, who would need 16mpx? wholel camera management is concentrated on mpx. canon started the race with 15mpix and 18mpix aps-c sensors, nikon followed after 2 years with 16mpix aps-c and now sony released new 24mpix aps-c sensors. when will this race end? but let's get back to compacts, how many mpx from tiny compact cmos sensor is enough for managers? 20? 30?... omg I'm really scared of what will be next :D, 20 or 30mpix 1/2.3" sensor? really?... it this because of some hidden contract with memory cards developers to maintain market demands or what? :D why do we need to waste gigabytes of storage? everything is based on management decisions, not engineers or HW developers... perhaps they should ask people what they want, and not what managers who propably never took a photo want... i'm not very optimistic, i miss my old "low mpix" camera with awesome perpixel sharpness very much :(

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 14, 2011)

2mpx are probably enough. 4mpx are enough for medium sized prints or to allow for cropping. But what self-respecting Homer S. will buy a 2mpx camera if he can get a 20mpx one and win bragging rights with his smarty-pants in-laws or friends. To argue that "fewer megapixels are better" will draw blank or suspicious stares: the proponent will be considered a nut or a heretic. "High time he upgraded his meds," the listeners will think. It's also hard to argue that light and heavy objects fall at the same speed, even though that is easier to prove, and people still won't believe.

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eljaye
By eljaye (Sep 19, 2011)

I agree. Why dont they ask the consumer. The same goes for providing a viewfinder - so hard to find these days yet necessary for people who wear glasses

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jumbocat
By jumbocat (Sep 13, 2011)

As an incorrigible pixel-peeper, I have to agree with comments about smearing, etc., from this camera when photos are viewed *at full size*. That is also my experience of having owned one for some time now. However, at normal screen size on my computer monitor (30", BTW) they are excellent, as are the ones from the baby brother, the HX9V. So, all you gripers, let's have some statistics: how many of you ever look at photos on anything bigger than a 30" screen from a distance of about 3ft?; how many of you EVER print anything bigger than A4? Yes, you can crop better from a larger sensor, as I do from my A33, where the reach is limited by the lens that happens to be on it at the time but if you have the zoom/macro range to take the photo you want in the first place, why do you need to crop?

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 14, 2011)

Another question: how many people take pictures of friends or relatives who want the pictures to be viewed at "full size"?

Very likely, Sony (and others) learned that consumers prefer some smearing, since it subdues marred complexions or signs of age.

Loss of granular detail of vegetation never impaired the auction prices of a Monet.

If the choice is between noise and NR, most will prefer the later. The notion that everyone can or will do NR manually is a bit unreal, but the option to turn off NR might appeal to a few purists.

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Simon97
By Simon97 (Sep 13, 2011)

Low ISO softness and smearing is a disappointment. Lens is not bad unless zoomed all the way where it becomes very soft. Unfortunately, this camera is just a numbers pleaser with no real image quality to back it up.

I have not seen any camera with the tiny 16mp sensor that is worth a darn. It is a bridge too far for this sensor size. It is better to down size the images to 6 to 8 mp range before they are of any use.

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harry
By harry (Sep 13, 2011)

All things considered, I think HX100 produces good still images and excellent videos. Like many others, I would really like to pick the brain out of Sony's designer/engineer/marketing people why in the world they needed to use a 16mp sensor? For most uses, it's a waste of memory. For people really like to enlarge, crop, on "clean" images, etc., please go get a DSLR.

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Charles Ramsey
By Charles Ramsey (Sep 13, 2011)

Videos of the Fuji HS20 the Kodak Z990 and the Nikon P500 are available online the Sony has far less parallelogram distortion.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 13, 2011)

Video is good but picture quality is nothing special. As good as HS10 only.
Come on DPR show us HS20 samples in the studio. If there is anything that should be reviewed, it is HS20.

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Sep 13, 2011)

The problem with testing the Fuji HS20 is that it really needs to have noise reduction set to low and tested with the EXR sensor modes where it performs best.

EXR cameras really need to be tested at full res and then at half res in 'binned' mode to get a good indication of potential output.

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jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (Sep 13, 2011)

I concur Daniel. The F550EXR shots in the gallery are not convincing. Sort of shots taken by Grandma =D

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Dpreviewmember
By Dpreviewmember (Sep 14, 2011)

I have a HS20 and you are right, picture quality in 8MP, P mode, ISO100 to 400 are really good with this EXR sensor (much better than at 16MP). Also you get twice the dynamic range increasing contrast detail which contributes more to image quality than just MPixels counts.
Fujifilm just developed a new 12MP 4/6" EXR CMOS sensor that's going to be on the X10 compact camera, it shows that they are getting serious about image quality and away from this crazy MP race, at least realizing consumers are not all ignorant.

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dodfr
By dodfr (Sep 13, 2011)

Awfull sensor quality ! shame on Sony.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 14, 2011)

Do you prefer your P200's MPEGVX video?

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jaja_m
By jaja_m (Sep 13, 2011)

another smeary piece of junk... this megapixel race madness must be stopped!

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 13, 2011)

I have to say the images actually look better than I was expecting for such a dense sensor

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 14, 2011)

So long as consumers prefer the cameras that offer the highest pixels per dollar, that's unlikely.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 13, 2011)

I found this SONY HX100V lacks of hotshoe for external flash mount. Otherwise it is up to Panasonic's FZ-150. I wonder if people care (worry) about this missing feature when considering HX100v and FZ-150.

I don't know why Sony refuses to add a hotshoe for flash.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Sep 14, 2011)

sony doesnt like it, like minolta always had this stange hotshoe, so one hotshoe hater buys the other hotshoe hater means no hotshoes for sony cams in the future hehe

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Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Sep 13, 2011)

Looking at those at 100%, especially the landscape pics, I think results are very smeary.
I am pretty sure my Fuji HS20 is doing a better job of fine detail, though it would be interesting to know if the Sony can have noise reduction turned down a bit, that may improve things.
The FZ150 is more than likely a good deal better than this as well going from current DPR samples.

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ecka84
By ecka84 (Sep 13, 2011)

It has too aggressive noise reduction, but it's somewhat effective for such a small CMOS sensor. Low ISO images (ISO100-200) look very good when downscaled to 2000x1500 resolution, which is impressive compared to competition and similar to Canon SX30 IS (IMHO). 1600x1200 works for ISO400-800.
Now, video quality is fantastic and it puts this camera at the top of my recomended superzoom list. :)

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Joesiv
By Joesiv (Sep 13, 2011)

Man looking at those origional sized photos even at base ISO really has me wondering why the MP race is still going on with these tiny sensors! You'd get the same detail with 8MP or less, and at much smaller file sizes! Oi...

On a positive note, the video is nice!

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Jogger
By Jogger (Sep 13, 2011)

great camera work

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SAERIN
By SAERIN (Sep 13, 2011)

Impressive.

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Eugenio Guarente
By Eugenio Guarente (Sep 13, 2011)

Good camera, but waiting for the Panasonic FZ-150.

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B1ackhat
By B1ackhat (Sep 13, 2011)

Video looks awesome, but what the heck always takes DPR so long?! This camera has been out for ages.

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Elaka Farmor
By Elaka Farmor (Sep 13, 2011)

The same quest in my mind. Soon it´s the time for HX200V :-)

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Mirfak
By Mirfak (Sep 13, 2011)

What's new? For example, the Canon Powershot SX30 is just about to be supplanted by the SX40HD, and the SX30 has not been reviewed.

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (Sep 13, 2011)

Video beats the snot out of my XZ-1.

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policeman0077
By policeman0077 (Sep 13, 2011)

vedio quality is good~

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Total comments: 32