Sony Cyber-shot HX90V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

18.2MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS Sensor | 24-720mm equiv. F3.5-6.4 lens | Pop-up OLED EVF

What we like:

  • Large zoom range
  • Compact size
  • Video capabilities
  • Pop-up EVF

What we don't:

  • No Raw capture
  • Slow max aperture range

The Sony HX90V is one of the smallest superzoom cameras currently on the market. It offers a 30X, 24-720mm equivalent F3.5-6.4 optically stabilized lens, paired with an 18.2MP BSI CMOS 1/2.3" sensor. One of its most appealing features is a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder, similar in design to the one found on the Sony RX100 III and RX100 IV. It has a resolution of 638,400 dots with 0.5x magnification. It's not the world's highest resolution EVF, but considering the tiny size of the camera, it is impressive nonetheless.

Cosmetically, the HX90V looks a lot like Sony's premium RX100 line of Cyber-shot compacts. Of course the RX100 series feature a substantially larger 1"-type sensor, but with a much shorter zoom range. The HX90V on the other hand uses a relatively small sensor, but as a result, it can offer a substantially greater zoom range. The camera has twin controls: one dial on back and a customizable ring around the lens barrel. The 3" LCD can be tilted a full 180 degrees upward for self-portraits.

"One of its most appealing features is a pop-up OLED electronic viewfinder"

On the video front, the HX90V is quite capable, with the ability to capture Full HD 1080/60p video in the both AVCHD and XAVC S codecs. Features like built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and a GPS make the HX90V especially appealing as a connected travel camera. And while the camera offers an ISO range of 80-12800 low light image quality is one of the weak points of this JPEG-only camera, due to the combination of somewhat slow lens aperture range, over-aggressive noise reduction and just the fundamental physics of a small sensor.

Still, in decent light, the HX90V can handle still and video duties well. Ultimately, this camera is for those who want to travel very light without sacrificing zoom capabilities. We just wish it offered Raw mode.

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