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February 29, 2012

Sony Announces Two Killer Cameras Compacts with Carl Zeiss Glass and 1080/60p Video!!

Sony DSC-HX200V Digital Camera

I just got an email about the new Sony DSC-HX20V and DSC-HX200V Cameras that are armed with 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensors and Carl Zeiss glass!! In addition to that they both do 1080/60p video and the quality is incredible due to the killer sensor.  These two new Sony cameras basically have the Nex feature sets and power, but also have a super zoom Zeiss lens. Great for film makers on a budget if you ask me!! The sensor is is physically smaller than the APS-C Nex sensors, but still large enough at 1/2.3″ (7.77mm).

So what do these have over the older models that matters you might wonder??  Improved sensors, refined processor, much better AF, and Optical SteadyShot w/ 3-Way Active Mode, High ISO 12800 for better low light performance, and a HDMI D micro connector.

The DSC-HX20v has a 20x zoom lens and is physically much smaller than the DSC-HX200V which packs a 30x zoom lens and sturdier grip. They both offer an incredible line-up of feature list that just seems to go on forever. Sony is known for this though ;)

Key Features of the DSC-HX200v & DSC-HX20V

  • 18.2Mp 1/2.3″ Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 25-550mm Sony G Lens
  • 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack Display
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • 3-Way Active Mode
  • 1080/60p HD Video Capture
  • GPS and Compass Functionality
  • 10 fps Burst Mode
  • MS Duo/SD/SDHC/SDXC Compatible
 

Sony DSC-HV200V Photos:

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Sony DSC-HV20V Photos:

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DSC-HX200V – Full Overview

The Sony DSC-HX200V Digital Camera puts 18.2Mp, 1080/60p video capture, and the grip and styling of a DSLR in the palm of your hand. Designed for the more active shooter with a need for a better grip than that of a traditional point-and-shoot, the HX200V goes the distance. It works hard to provide you with great looking images and the extensively functionality achieve them.

18.2Mp images just don’t happen. An entire system has to come together to make it possible. The HX200V provides you with the tools needed, including Active 3-Way Optical Image Stabilization, a 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack display, and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 30x optical zoom lens. The lens also utilizes a 60x Clear Image Zoom.

A number of auto modes come into play when shooting the HX200V as well. From GPS and Compass functionality for geo-tagging to iSCN for automatically adjusted camera settings, Sony gave the HX200V a host of features that take the guesswork out of shooting. Other highlights include 10 fps burst shooting, Background Defocus, and Anti-blink. And of course, no matter what you’re shooting, the camera accepts Sony’s Memory Stick Duo media as well as SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards.

18.2 Megapixel Back-Illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
The 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. The sensor enables advanced processing that reduces noise levels resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details
High Speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light
Optical Zoom Plus Clear Image Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-Way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths
GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in “Play Memories Home” software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth
Capture the Decisive Moment with Up to 10 fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
Picture Effect for More Expressive Photos
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects
Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera’s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting
Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR Mode
With Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter™ mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting
Anti-Blink Function
It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
Panorama Still Image Size
Sweep Panorama: HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080 / 4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080 / 3,424 x 1,920)
Video Mode
AVCHD 60i: 28Mp PS(1,920 x 1,080/60p) / 24Mp FX/17Mp FH (1,920 x 1,080/60i) / 9Mp HQ(1,440 x 1,080/60i), MP4:12Mp (1,440 x 1,080/30fps) / 6Mp (1,280 x 720/30fps) / 3Mp VGA (640 x 480/30fps)
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
Still 16:9: 29-870mm / Still 4:3: 27-810mm / Movie 16:9: 29-870mm (SteadyShot Standard), 30-1259mm (SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 36-1080mm (SteadyShot Standard), 37-1530mm(SteadyShot Active)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
Scene Modes
High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode /Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced sports shooting
Power Requirements
100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 18 W

DSC-HX20V – Full Overview

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V is an advanced point-and-shoot that has 18.2Mp, 40x Clear Image Zoom, and Active 3-Way stabilization to its credit, not to mention 1080/60i HD video capture. In addition, the HX20V also provides you with GPS and compass functionality for geo-tagging and more! When you consider all the auto features of the camera as well, you’ll find the HX20V is more than a snapshot machine, it’s a real memory-maker.

Those 18.2Mp just don’t work alone to provide you with stellar images, they have the help of High Speed AF – for clear photos, even in low-light – along with all the aforementioned features. Other notable features include the Sony G lens and a 3.0″ Xtra Fine LCD TruBlack display. The camera also puts a 10 fps burst mode at your disposal, and numerous auto functions for great photos without the guesswork. Face detection, Anti-blink, iSCN, Natural Flash and more all work hard to ensure that your memories will be beautiful for years to come.

18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS Sensor
The 18.2Mp Exmor R CMOS sensor captures ultra-high definition images that take full advantage of the camera’s sharp Sony G lens. An advanced BIONZ processor rapidly analyzes the Extra-High Sensitivity data from the sensor, and activates By-Pixel Super Resolution technologies to reduce noise levels up to 6X compared to previous CMOS sensors, resulting in stunning low light images with incredible details
High Speed AF
To improve focusing speed and sensitivity, the Exmor R CMOS sensor uses its rapid throughput to deliver high-quality image signals to the camera’s BIONZ processor. The result is fast, DSLR-like focusing speeds, even in low light
Optical Zoom Plus Clear Image Zoom
Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HDTV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time
Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-Way Active Mode
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths
GPS and Compass
GPS and compass record location data and camera direction as you shoot movies and photos. GPS Log lets users track a photographic journey and later view the path and images on a map. Map View in “Play Memories Home” software, allows users to view images on a map showing where they were taken. The logged path and images can also be displayed on Google Earth
Capture the Decisive Moment with Up to 10 fps
Capture full 18.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D Still Image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities. Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way
Picture Effect
Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects
Photo Creativity
Photo Creativity allows you to fine-tune your exposure settings, such as brightness, color, and vividness, and quickly choose the right enhancement for your subject. Now you can view Picture Effects and Photo Creativity effects in real time on the camera’s monitor or in the viewfinder before shooting
Background Defocus
DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear
Superior Auto Mode
Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The camera automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using Backlight Correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and 44 scenes for movies, making it easy to get the best shot
Face Detection Technology
Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends
Smile Shutter Technology
Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting
Anti-Blink Function
It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot
Soft Skin Mode
Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot
Intelligent Scene Recognition Mode
Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes for photos and 44 scenes for videos and selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep
Natural Flash
Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don’t capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash controls the white balance of both the background and main subjects
Motion Detection
Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces
Sweep Multi Angle Mode
In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the camera takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD
Panorama Still Image Size
Sweep Panorama: HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080 / 4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080 / 3,424 x 1,920)
Video Mode
AVCHD 60i: 28Mp PS(1,920 x 215; 1,080/60p) / 24Mp FX / 17Mp FH (1,920 x 215; 1,080/60i) / 9Mp H(1,440 x 215; 1,080/60i), MP4: 12Mp (1,440 x 215; 1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280 x 215; 720/30fps) / 3Mp VGA (640 x 215; 480/30fps)
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
Still 16:9: 27.5-550mm / Still 4:3: 25-500mm / Movie 16:9: 27.5-550mm (SteadyShot Standard), 28-784mm (SteadyShot Active) / Movie 4:3: 34-680mm(SteadyShot Standard), 35-980mm (SteadyShot Active)
AF Modes
Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Semi Manual / Tracking Focus / Face Tracking Focus
Scene Modes
High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks /Pet mode /Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced sports shooting
 

Sony HXV100V Review:

I found an Excellent review on the previous HX100V model by BinaryCafe on Youtube. He goes over almost everything in a very short amount of time which is quite impressive, and the new model is basically the same thing so….

 


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2 Comments


  1. ChrisH

    I was SO excited about this, until I found out how much (little) a sensor at 1/2,3″ really is
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sensor_sizes_overlaid_inside_-_updated.svg

    That’s the smallest size of them all ffs :)
    This is same size as tons of other POS cameras has got over the last 100 years.

    Why don’t anyone make a deasent POS camera with a little bigger sensor AND a cool zoom?
    The rest of the specs are great… why.. why…

    “it will be to big” is not the right answer – if I buy a “real” DSLR the weight will be even bigger.
    I want an integreated linse on a better sensor than 1/2,3″


    • Jay

      Hey Chris,

      It is frustrating, but they have to keep the cost down somehow I guess;) The footage is still very good considering the relatively small chip. It’s certainly not the smallest chip out there.

      Best,
      Jay



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