1. The 20x ƒ/2.8-5.2 G-Lens extends in 35mm equivalence from 28-560mm. 2. The Function Guide will step beginners through the various functions of the camera on the LCD screen. 3. The DSC-HX1 accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo media cards.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
LIST PRICE: $399
The 9.1-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 from Sony has quite a few highlights, most notably the 20x G-Lens zoom and a Sweep Panorama mode that stitches a scene together in-camera after panning. The Exmor CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processing deliver high-speed 10 fps image capture at full resolution, and the camera records HD video in 1440x1080 at 30 fps (1440 isn’t full resolution at 1920x1080, but the advantage is smaller video files and resolution that’s better than 720p). For fighting camera shake at telephoto ranges, the HX1 offers Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with a built-in gyro sensor for detecting vibrations and an extended ISO range of 125 to 3200. The Anti Motion Blur mode also takes six quick captures and layers them into a single optimal image that’s able to capture sharp shots without the extra noise that high-ISO shots are prone to. The 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display can tilt up or down at near 90º angles, and Intelligent Auto and Scene modes allow you to set proper exposure for conditions.
STANDOUT FEATURE: The 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus display can tilt up or down at near 90° angles.
BENEFITS OF ULTRAZOOM
INTERCHANGEABLE-LENS CAMERAS give you the most lens options, but there’s a lot to be said in favor of compacts with huge zoom ranges. For one, there’s price: Matching the range of one of these ultrazoom cameras means buying multiple lenses, and can get expensive fast. Size and weight are considerations, too. That’s why, even if you own an interchangeable-lens camera and a variety of lenses, you might want to have an ultrazoom compact as an option when you need to travel light.