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Sony launches five zoom compacts, including HX30V 20x WiFi compact superzoom

Feb 28, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Sony has launched four GPS-enabled 18MP CMOS zoom compacts, ranging from the 16x DSC-HX10V all the way up to the 30x DSC-HX200V. The DSS-HX20V adds a 20x zoom to the 10V's specs and the HX30V gains WiFi on top of that. All four CMOS cameras offer nine creative processing filters and latest fast AF which the company says will focus in as little as 0.1sec and 0.2sec in low light, they also have high-res 920,000 dot LCDs. There's also a less-expensive 16MP CCD 16X zoom model, the DSC-H90. All of the cameras feature at least 27mm equivalent wide-angle lenses.

The four CMOS cameras feature the company's latest fast AF which interprets the depth of the scene before you take a shot, to ensure it moves its lens in the right direction when you try to take an image. This combines with fast processing and a fast read-out sensor to offer the short focus times promised. The DSC-HX20V, 30V and 200V also offer the latest image stabilization that corrections for camera rotations around the lens axis.

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GET CLOSER TO THE ACTION WITH NEW HIGH-ZOOM SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERAS

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 27, 2012 – Sony's new "H-Series" high-zoom Cyber-shot cameras make it easy to capture crisp, beautiful photos and HD videos from a variety of distances. Ideal for travel photography or simply capturing everyday content, the five new models include the DSC-HX200V, DSC-HX30V, DSC-HX20V, DSC-HX10V and DSC-H90 cameras. The HX30V and HX20V models will each feature a new, ultra-thin 20x optical lens, which enhances zoom capabilities while still maintaining a small, compact body. Additionally, the HX30V will feature Wi-Fi® capabilities, allowing for seamless transfer of photos to compatible smartphones, tablets or televisions and sharing via popular social networking services.

"Consumers want versatility in a compact camera," said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. "By focusing on slim, stylish designs while adding advanced image sensors, strong zoom capabilities and new opportunities to share content socially, we continue to push the boundaries of the category."

The new 20x zoom "AA" (advanced aspherical) lens element in the HX30V and HX20V models produces outstanding results with a design drastically smaller than comparable 20x lenses in previous models. The thinly-designed lens, which requires highly sophisticated glass molding to create, allows the camera chasses to remain as compact as possible. In addition to its strong zoom capabilities, the new "AA" lens can focus at a minimum distance of approximately 1 cm for stunning, clear macro shots.

The new DSC-HX30V model features Wi-Fi® capabilities, allowing it to link directly and transfer content to a variety of compatible devices including smartphones, tablets and televisions. Using the new PlayMemories™ Mobile application from Sony, images can then be shared easily from the host device on Facebook®, YouTube® and other popular sharing sites. The Play Memories app is currently available for free download on both the iTunes® app store and Android Market™.

High-Zoom, High-Resolution

The new HX200V, HX30V, HX20V and HX10V cameras all have a new Sony 18.2 MP "Exmor R" CMOS sensor, the highest resolution sensor currently offered in the mainstream "point and shoot" market. The new sensor teams with an advanced BIONZ® processor to deliver blazing fast AutoFocus speeds of approximately 0.13 seconds in daylight and 0.21 seconds in low-light shooting situations (in case of fastest model, measured at 3 EV). Additionally, the new cameras feature "Clear Image Zoom" digital zoom technology, which boosts optical zoom to 2x virtual capabilities (i.e. 20x optical to 40x "Clear Image Zoom") while maintaining full resolution.

The high-end HX200V features a 30x optical zoom (60x "Clear Image Zoom"), with the HX30V and HX20V cameras each offering 20x optical zoom (40x "Clear Image Zoom") and the HX10V model offering 16x optical zoom (32x "Clear Image Zoom"). Each of these new models has "Optical Steady Shot" to reduce any blurring caused by camera shake during shooting – even with the zoom extended - as well as some creative photographic settings.

The entry-level H90 zoom camera has a 16.1 MP CCD sensor, 16x optical zoom lens, 720p HD video capabilities, enhanced image stabilization for both stills and movie shooting (Optical Steady Shot Active Mode) and a variety of other useful features.

Product Specs, Pricing and Availability

The new assortment of high-zoom "H Series" cameras will be available at Sony retail stores and online (www.store.sony.com) as well as other authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network. Detailed specifications are below:

• The DSC-HX200V camera will be available in black this March for approximately $480.  Features include:

• >The DSC-HX30V camera will be available in black this May for approximately $420. Features include:

• The DSC-HX20V camera will be available in black this May for approximately $400. Features include:

• The DSC-HX10V camera will be available in white, silver, black and red this March for approximately $330. Features include:

• The DSC-H90 camera will be available in silver, black and red this March for approximately $250. Features include:

Sony DSC-HX200V & H90 specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200VSony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
Price
MSRPApprox. $480Approx. $250
Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)Compact
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 36724608 x 3456
Other resolutions4912 x 1080, 4896 x 2752, 3648 x 2736, 3424 x 1920, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 4804608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOSCCD
ProcessorBIONZ
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets76
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • 3D: MPF
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)27–810 mm24–384 mm
Optical zoom30×16×
Maximum apertureF2.8 - F5.6F3.3 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2x)Yes (20x)
Manual focusYesNo
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)5 cm (1.97)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTiltingFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,600460,800
Touch screenNo
Screen typeXtraFine TruBlack TFT LCDClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronicNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Superior Auto
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto, w/Program Shift
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Shutter Speed Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual Exposure
  • Scene Selection
  • Picture Effect
  • 3D
  • Background Defocus
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Manual Exposure
  • Scene Selection
  • Picture Effect
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Handheld Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Advanced Sports Shooting
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Advanced Sports Shooting
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range12.40 m3.70 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow SyncAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHDMPEG-4
MicrophoneStereoMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG DuoSD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage included105 MB27 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)No
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-FH50 battery and chargerLithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)450290
Weight (inc. batteries)583 g (1.29 lb / 20.56 oz)222 g (0.49 lb / 7.83 oz)
Dimensions122 x 87 x 93 mm (4.8 x 3.43 x 3.66)105 x 60 x 34 mm (4.13 x 2.36 x 1.34)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltInNone
GPS noteswith GPS Log Recording function

Sony DSC-HX10V, 20V & 30V specifications

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10VSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20VSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Price
MSRPApprox. $330Approx. $400Approx. $420
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4896 x 3672
Other resolutions4912 x 1080, 4896 x 2752, 3648 x 2736, 3424 x 1920, 2592 x 1944, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorBIONZ
Image
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3)
  • 3D: MPF
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)24–400 mm25–500 mm
Optical zoom16.7×20×
Maximum apertureF3.3 - F5.9F3.2 - F5.8
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
Digital zoomYes (40x)
Manual focusNoYes
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)1 cm (0.39)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots921,600
Touch screenNo
Screen typeXtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1600 sec
Exposure modes
  • Superior Auto
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Easy Shooting
  • Program Auto
  • Movie Mode
  • Panorama
  • Manual Exposure
  • Scene Selection
  • Picture Effect
  • 3D
  • Background Defocus
Scene modes
  • High Sensitivity
  • Night Scene
  • Handheld Twilight
  • Night Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Soft Snap
  • Soft Skin
  • Anti Motion Blur
  • Backlight Correction HDR
  • Beach
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Advanced Sports Shooting
  • Gourmet
  • Pet Mode
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range5.30 m7.10 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHD
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage included19 MB105 MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes
WirelessEye-Fi ConnectedBuilt-In
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NP-BG1 battery and charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)234 g (0.52 lb / 8.25 oz)254 g (0.56 lb / 8.96 oz)
Dimensions105 x 60 x 34 mm (4.13 x 2.36 x 1.34)107 x 62 x 35 mm (4.21 x 2.44 x 1.38)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSBuiltIn
GPS noteswith GPS Log Recording function

Additional images

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-90  
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V  
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V  
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V  
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V