Sony introduces Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 30x travel zoom
Sony is unveiling its third in a series of 30x zoom compacts, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80. It offers a built-in pop-up EVF like the HX90, and uses an 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with Bionz X processor capable of 1080p HD video. Its zoom lens covers an equivalent 24-720mm range and is equipped with Optical SteadyShot stabilization. Size-wise, it's just a tad bit smaller than the RX100 series, making it shirt pocketable. Wi-Fi and NFC are included, and the 921k-dot 3" LCD flips upward for easier self portraits.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 will ship in April for $350.
Sony Announces New HX80 Compact Camera with 30x Zoom and Electronic Viewfinder
New Model is World’s Smallest Camera with 30x Optical Zoom Lens1
SAN DIEGO, Mar. 7, 2016 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the newest addition to their compact zoom camera lineup, the DSC-HX80 model.
The new camera features a variety of advanced imaging capabilities including 30x optical zoom, a high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensor and a retractable OLED Tru-Finder in a class-leading compact body. Along with the DSC-HX90V model, the HX80 camera becomes the only compact high-zoom camera with a retractable electronic viewfinder, making it an extremely appealing and flexible solution for travel and family photography and video shooting.
The HX80 also features a high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits or “selfies” and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible.
Key features for the new model are included below:
Compact Hi-Zoom HX80 Camera w/ Built-in Retractable EVF
Available in April for about $350
- Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
- Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors
- 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
- Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
- 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
- Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 Mbps
- Built-in 'pop up' flash for low-light shooting support
- Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps
1 Among compact digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and 30x or greater optical zoom lens, as of April 13, 2015
2 Effective Megapixels
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 specifications
|Max resolution||4896 x 3672|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary c0lor filter|
|ISO||Auto, 80-3200, expands to 12800 in Multi-Frame NR mode|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||12800|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||5-axis (hybrid)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–720 mm|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2x)|
|Normal focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Flash range||5.40 m (with Auto ISO)|
|Flash modes||Auto, on, slow sync, off, rear sync|
|Continuous drive||10.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||(3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)|
|Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S|
|Storage types||Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n with NFC|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||390|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||245 g (0.54 lb / 8.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||102 x 58 x 36 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.42″)|
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