Sony CyberShot® DSC-HX99
18-megapixel digital camera with 28X optical zoom, 4K video, Wi-Fi®, and Bluetooth®
Our take on the Sony CyberShot® DSC-HX99 by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX99 is loaded with features that help shoot close-up action sequences that are steady and in focus.
Zoom in close on your subject
The compact Sony CyberShot® DSC-HX99 offers 28X optical zoom, so you can get a close-up photo of a faraway subject. And not only does it take super-sharp stills, but it's the first camera in the HX line to record Ultra HD 4K video. There's even built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can quickly and easily share your best shots with friends via social media.
Steady, focused shots
It can be difficult to keep a camera steady at high zoom, which can result in blurry, out-of-focus shots. The DSC-HX99 uses SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode to keep photos and video free of shaking and blurring.
The camera also helps you focus on who and what you want to photograph. Lock-on autofocus helps track a subject even as it moves — ideal for photographing your child's sporting events, for instance. And it can shoot up to 10 photos in burst mode to capture an action sequence.
Face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits, and the camera can even wait until it detects a smile on your subject's face before releasing the shutter.
Frame it perfectly
You'll have no problem locating, framing and photographing your subject in bright sunlight, thanks to the 'HX99's built-in popup OLED viewfinder. The camera's tilting 3" LCD screen lets you see what's happening even when you're taking a selfie. On the other hand, if you want to be in a group shot or get a wide view of yourself and the landscape, use the camera's self-timer function to get in front of the camera.
- 18.2-megapixel effective recording backlit CMOS sensor
- ultra-sharp 4K movie mode
- 28X optical zoom (120X digital)
- records photos and video onto optional SD and SDHC memory cards
- tilting 3" high-resolution LCD screen (921,600 dots)
- retractable built-in OLED viewfinder (638,400 dots)
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-720mm
- built-in Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® for wireless connectivity
- wirelessly transfer or back up images to your smartphone via Wi-Fi with Sony's PlayMemories app for Apple® and Android™ devices
- Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens provides exceptional clarity
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Intelligent Active mode adds stabilization in clockwise/counter-clockwise directions
- advanced Exmor R® CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low light
- powerful BIONZ X processor
- lens-mounted control ring manages select camera functions
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual exposure modes
- Sweep Panorama mode lets you capture 360-degree panoramic shots
- lock-on autofocus tracks a moving subject
- face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits
- smile recognition holds shutter response until the camera detects that your subject is smiling
- high-speed shooting: 10 frames per second at full resolution (10 consecutive frames maximum)
- self timer lets you get in the shot
- built-in flash
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output (cable not included)
- high-speed micro USB 2.0 interface (cable included)
- 4-1/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-7/16"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 8.6 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (black)
- NP-BX1 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V 1240mAh 4.5Wh)
- AC-UUD12 AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1.5A)
- 24" USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro-B USB on other end)
- Wrist strap
- Startup Guide (English)
- Startup Guide (Fren/Span)
- Reference Guide
- Limited Warranty sheet
- Online registration sheet
- Caution sheet about memory card
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||Y|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-720mm|
|Highest Resolution||4896 x 3264|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||8.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99 digital camera has a 3.0" XtraFine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The LCD screen can be rotated upward for framing low angle shots, or all the way to 180° for self-portraits. Once the display is raised above 90°, the image flips so you'll see your image in the right orientation. The LCD brightness control can be set between -2 (dark) and +2 (bright), or Sunny Weather for shooting outdoors.
Pop-up OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen, the camera has a 0.2" OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with approximately 638,400 dots resolution. The viewfinder has a diopter that lets you adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight. As you raise the camera to your face, a sensor automatically switches the camera to the viewfinder, and will switch back to the LCD monitor when you pull your face away. The camera will turn on when the viewfinder is raised, and will turn off when lowered.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media:
|Recording Format||Compatible Memory Cards|
|Still Images||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC |
Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)
|AVCHD||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (Class 4 or faster, U1 or faster) |
Memory Stick Micro (Mark2)
|XAVC S||4K 60Mbps |
HD 50Mbps or lower
|microSDHC, microSDXC (Class 10 or faster, U1 or faster)|
|4K 100Mbps |
|microSDHC, microSDXC (U3)|
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 21.1 Megapixels total and 18.2 Megapixels effective.
30x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a high quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 4.25-118mm zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 24-720mm). The aperture range is F3.5-8.0 (W) and F6.4-8.0 (T), and the angle of view is 84°-3°30'.
Zoom Function: In addition to the 30x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Smart Zoom, Clear Image Zoom, or Digital Zoom. Smart Zoom enlarges images without causing image deterioration by partially cropping the image. The Clear Image Zoom enlarges the image digitally with a process with less deterioration. The Digital Zoom magnifies images uses an image process that causes increasing deterioration as you zoom farther. The amount of zoom for each image size (at 4:3 aspect ratio) is as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom |
(incl. Smart Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom||Digital Zoom|
|Large 18M||---||Approx. 2.0x||Approx. 4.0x|
|Medium 10M||Approx. 1.3x||Approx. 2.7x||Approx. 5.4x|
|Small 5M||Approx. 1.9x||Approx. 3.8x||Approx. 7.6x|
Zoom Assist: The Zoom Assist function helps you easily frame moving subjects at high zoom values. When zoomed way in, Zoom Assist will temporarily zoom back out so you can find your subject and quickly reframe. The Zoom Assist function can be assigned to one of the camera's custom buttons.
Optical SteadyShot: Optical SteadyShot can provide blur-free movies and still images. With sophisticated algorithms and a high-performance gyro-sensor, Optical SteadyShot significantly reduces camera shake for hand-held shooting at high zoom magnifications.
Control Ring: The camera is equipped with a handy control ring around the base of the lens. By turning the control ring, you can change the desired settings instantly for various shooting modes. The functions can be set independently for still images and movies, if desired. You can set the control ring to set the aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, ISO, White Balance, Creative Style, Picture Effect, or Zoom.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG in 4 aspect ratios. Moving images are recorded in XAVC S (MPEG-4/H.264 video, LPCM 2ch audio (48kHz 16-bit)), and AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video with Dolby Digital 2ch audio).
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX99 allows you to choose from the following image sizes and aspect ratios:
|Large||16M: 4896 x 3264||18M: 4896 x 3672||13M: 4896 x 2752||13M: 3664 x 3664|
|Medium||8.9M: 3648 x 2432||10M: 3648 x 2736||7.5M 3648 x 2056||7.5M: 2736 x 2736|
|Small||4.5M: 2592 x 1728||5M: 2592 x 1944||2.1M: 1920 x 1080||3.7M: 1920 x 1920|
|VGA||---||VGA: 640 x 480||---||---|
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. The available image sizes include:
- Standard: 3872 x 2160
- Wide: 5536 x 2160
- Standard: 8192 x 1856
- Wide: 12416 x 1856
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in XAVC S 4K, XAVC S HD, and AVCHD formats in the following image sizes:
|File Format||Movie /Quality||Bit-rate||Image Size|
|XAVC S 4K||30p 100M |
|100 Mbps||3840 x 2160 (30p/25p)|
|30p 60M |
|60 Mbps||3840 x 2160 (30p/25p)|
|24p 100M||100 Mbps||3840 x 2160 (24p)|
|24p 60M||60 Mbps||3840 x 2160 (24p)|
|XAVC S HD||60p 50M |
|50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p/50p)|
|60p 25M |
|25 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (60p/50p)|
|30p 50M |
|50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (30p/25p)|
|30p 16M |
|16 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (30p/25p)|
|24p 50M||50 Mbps||1920 x 1080 (24p)|
|120p 100M |
|100 Mbps||High-speed Movies |
1920 x 1080 (120p/100p)
|120p 60M |
|60 Mbps||High-speed Movies |
1920 x 1080 (120p/100p)
|AVCHD||60i 24M (FX) |
50i 24M (FX)
|24 Mbps (max)||1920 x 1080 (60i/50i)|
|60i 17M (FH) |
50i 17M (FH)
|17 Mbps (avg.)||1920 x 1080 (60i/50i)|
Motion Shot Video: The Motion Shot Video feature lets you see the tracking of the subject's motion in high-speed, like a stroboscopic image. You cannot save the images made with Motion Shot Video as a movie file. It is simply a playback feature.
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the HX99 offers several types of drive modes:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous images (at full resolution) while you press and hold down the shutter button. Approximately 3 frames per second will be recorded at this setting.
- Speed Priority Continuous Shooting: Up to 155 continuous frames can be recorded in a single burst at approximately 10 frames per second.
- Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a delay of 10 seconds, 5 seconds, or 2 seconds.
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode takes 3 or 5 frames in succession after a 10-, 5-, or 2-second delay.
- Continuous Bracket: The Continuous Bracket mode lets you shoot a series of 3 images, each with a different exposure setting, with a single press of the shutter button. You can also use the self-timer along with the Continuous Bracket.
- Single Bracket: The Single Bracket mode is like the Continuous Bracket, except the shutter button is pressed and released for each image.
- WB Bracket: The White Balance Bracket mode shoots three images, one with the current color tone, one with the white balance shifted toward blue, and another toward red. WB Bracket Lo records the images with small changes in the white balance, while WB Bracket Hi records the images with large changes in the white balance.
- DRO Bracket: The D-Range Optimizer Bracket is like the White Balance Bracket, except each image has a different degree of DRO value.
Self-Portrait: The LCD monitor can be tilted approximately 180° so that you can view yourself in the monitor. This allows you to take a self-portrait after a 3-second (or longer) delay.
Multi Frame NR: The camera can automatically shoot multiple images continuously, combine them, reduce the noise, and record them as one image. Multi Frame Noise Reduction allows you to select larger ISO numbers than the maximum ISO Sensitivity.
Eye AF: When Eye AF is turned on, the camera can quickly detect the subject's eyes for accurate focusing and tracking. The Eye AF is effective even if the face is partially hidden, when looking down, when backlit, or wearing glasses.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
- Wide: The camera focuses in all ranges of the finder frame automatically. When you press the shutter button halfway, a green frame is displayed around the area that is in focus.
- Center: The camera focuses on a subject in the center of the frame. By pressing the shutter release halfway, you can lock the focus on your subject and recompose your shot with the subject off center.
- Flexible Spot: The camera focuses on a very small area, which can be moved around within the frame.
- Expand Flexible Spot: If you cannot achieve focus on the single selected point, the focus points around the flexible spot are used as the second priority area to achieve focus.
Lock-on Auto Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the Lock-on Auto Focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority. When the Smile Shutter function is activated, the camera will automatically detect and shoot a smiling face.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode operates in the Intelligent Auto and Superior Auto modes, and automatically detects ten different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Macro, Spotlight, or Low Light. The camera may also recognize whether the camera is on a tripod or moving (bright or dark surroundings), and if photographer is walking.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
- Auto: Allows you to shoot still images with the settings adjusted automatically. In the menu, you can select Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto. Both modes shoot with automatic scene recognition.
- Program Auto: Allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and aperture value). You can also select various settings using the menu. Program Shift allows you to change the shutter speed and aperture combination without changing the set exposure.
- Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the shutter speed.
- Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the aperture setting.
- Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed and aperture are adjusted for the best exposure.
- Memory Recall: You can store and recall often-used modes or numeric settings. There are 2 Memory Recall positions.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record 4K or Full HD XAVC S or AVCHD movies with stereo audio.
- Sweep Panorama: Multiple images are shot while the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes: Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti-motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Fireworks, and High Sensitivity.
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +3.0EV to -3.0EV in 1/3 stop increments. You can also adjust the exposure in a range of -2.0EV to +2.0EV for movies.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 11.8" to 17.7' with the zoom set to wide and 8.2' to 9.8' with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:
- Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark or when there is backlight
- Fill-Flash: the flash strobes with every shot
- Slow Synchro: the flash is used regardless of the amount of ambient light, but the shutter speed is slower under dark conditions, allowing you to clearly shoot a background that is out of the flash-lit area
- Rear Synchro: The flash works right before the exposure is completed every time you trigger the shutter. This allows you to shoot a natural image of the trail of a moving subject such as a moving car or a walking person.
- Off: the flash does not operate
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Multi: The image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
- Center: Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject.
- Spot: Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background.
- Entire Screen Average: The camera measures the average brightness of the entire screen. The exposure will be stable, even if the subject moves or the composition changes.
- Highlight: The camera measures the brightness while emphasizing the highlighted area on the screen.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent (Cool White), Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Color Temp/Filter, and Custom Setup (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images with different effects, such as Toy Camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature, Watercolor, and Illustration. The original image as well as the retouched image can be saved.
Creative Style: You can select a Creative Style to achieve a desired image. Examples include Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, and Sepia. You can adjust contrast, saturation, and sharpness for each Creative Style item.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
Wireless Overview: The Sony DSC-HX99 has built-in Wi-Fi so you can interface the camera with your smartphone or Wi-Fi-enabled laptop computer and wirelessly perform various shooting and playback functions. You can also connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. The camera also supports NFC (near field communication). Wireless functions include:
- Saving images to a computer
- Transferring images from the camera to a smartphone
- Using a smartphone as a remote control for the camera
- Viewing still images on a TV
- Recording location information from a smartphone to images
- Transferring images to the FTP server
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the HX99, your smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 10.3-12.0 or later. It is also compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with Android 4.4-9.0 and up.
NFC (Near Field Communication): By touching an NFC-enabled Android smartphone or tablet to the "N" mark on the left side of the camera, the smartphone will be connected automatically via Wi-Fi, and the PlayMemories Mobile app will be launched. The two devices must touch for approximately 1-2 seconds to make the connection.
View Modes: The Sony DSC-HX99's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views: Date View, Folder View (Still), AVCHD View, XAVC S 4K View, and XAVC S HD View.
Image Index: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the image index mode. The image index feature lets you to display a total of 9 (3 x 3) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once. You can also view images in the Calendar View which displays a thumbnail image on the shooting date.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select playback of a specific folder, or all photos within a date range. The interval between photos can be set to 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds, and you can change the playback image size from HD to 4K (when connected via HDMI to a TV that supports 4K). When playing back on a Bravia TV, effects can be turned on to enhance playback.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image to get a closer look at the detail of the image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
DPOF: You can mark recorded still images on a memory card for printing. This Print Mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-HX99 is powered by the supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UUD12 AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 230 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||LCD Screen||---||Approx. 370 images |
Approx. 460 images (Auto Monitor Off 2 sec)
|Viewfinder||---||Approx. 300 images|
|Typical Movie Shooting||LCD Screen||Approx. 55 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 55 min||---|
|Continuous Movie Shooting||LCD Screen||Approx. 95 min||---|
|Viewfinder||Approx. 100 min||---|
HDMI: The HX99 has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the side of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. The HDMI output resolution can be set to Auto, 2160p/1080p, 1080p, or 1080i.
Multi/Micro USB : The camera features a Micro USB port for connecting the supplied USB cable to your computer for downloading your photos, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
Camera Software: The Sony DSC-HX99 does not come with camera software in the box. Instead, Sony offers software for Windows- and Mac-compatible computers for importing still images and movies recorded with the camera to your computer. You can download the software to your computer using the appropriate URL provided in the supplied Instruction Manual. The following downloadable software is compatible with the camera:
- PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX99 can be used with
PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. The
software is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 (SP1), and
Mac OS X v10.10-10.11/macOS 10.12-10.13. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
- Import images recorded on the camera to the computer.
- Play back images stored on the computer and the camera.
- Share images using PlayMemories Online.
- Edit movies by cutting or merging
- Add various effects, such as BGM and subtitles to movies
Note: When used on a Windows computer, additional functions can be performed.
- Imaging Edge: Imaging Edge lets you remotely operate the camera from the computer, and adjusting or developing RAW images recorded with the camera. The software is compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 (SP1), and Mac OS X 10.11/macOS 10.12-10.13.
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