3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V 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).
Pop-up OLED Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD screen,
the camera has an OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder with approximately 638,400 dots
resolution. To use the viewfinder, you'll need to use the pop-up switch on the
side of the camera, and pull the eyepiece out. A -4.0-to-+3.0mˉ¹ diopter 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 from the camera. The
camera will turn on when the viewfinder is raised, and will turn off when
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick XC-HG
Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG
Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or faster). When recording movies
in the XAVC S format, only SDXC memory cards with a Speed Class 10 or UHS Speed
Class 1 or faster are recommended. The HX90V is also
compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which allow you to upload your photos using Wi-Fi.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in
JPEG. Moving images can be recorded in these formats:
- XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video and LPCM 2ch audio
- AVCHD (Version 2.0 compatible): MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video with Dolby Digital
- MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video with MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a
1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately
total and 18.2 Megapixels effective.
30x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a high
Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* (T-star) 30x optical zoom lens. The aperture range is
F3.5-8.0 (W) and F6.4-8.0 (T). The 35mm equivalent focal lengths are as follows:
- Still Images: 24-720mm
(4:3), 25-750mm (3:2), 26.5-795mm (16:9), 27.5-825mm (1:1)
- 16:9: 26.5-795mm (SteadyShot standard), 28-1180mm
(SteadyShot active), 31-1210mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active)
- 4:3: 32.5-975mm (SteadyShot), 34.5-1450mm
(SteadyShot Active), and 38-1480mm (SteadyShot Intelligent Active)
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)
|Image Size ||Optical Zoom |
(incl. Smart Zoom)
|Clear Image Zoom ||Digital Zoom |
|Large 18M ||30x ||60x ||120x |
|Medium 10M ||40x ||80x ||161x |
|Small 5M ||56x ||113x ||226x |
|VGA ||229x ||459x ||459x |
|13M (16:9) ||30x ||60x ||120x |
|2.1M (16:9) ||76x ||153x ||306x |
|Movie ||30x ||60x ||120x |
Optical SteadyShot: Optical SteadyShot can provide blur-free movies
and still images. Camera-shake
compensation using Optical SteadyShot has been improved with the
addition of new electronic image stabilization, 5-axis stabilization, and
advanced frame analysis technology. This makes it easier to obtain
sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations. There are three levels
of SteadyShot available: Standard, Active, and Intelligent Active.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still
images, the DSC-HX90V allows you to choose from the following image sizes
and aspect ratios:
|Image Size ||3:2 ||4:3 ||16:9 ||1:1 |
|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
- Horizontal: 4912 x 1080
- Vertical: 3424 x 1920
- Horizontal: 7152 x 1080
- Vertical: 4912 x 1920
- 360°: 11520 x 1080 (Horizontal)
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can
also record movies in XAVC S, AVCHD, and MP4 formats in the following image sizes:
|Movie Format/Quality ||Average Bit-rate ||Image Size |
|XAVC S 60p ||50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|XAVC S 30p ||50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|XAVC S 24p ||50 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
60p 28M (PS)
|28 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
60i 24M (FX)
|24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
60i 17M (FH)
|17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
24p 24M (FX)
|24 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
24p 17M (FH)
|17 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|MP4 28M |
|28 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|MP4 16M |
|16 Mbps ||1920 x 1080 |
|MP4 6M |
|6 Mbps ||1280 x 720 |
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.
GPS: The HX90V is equipped with a GPS sensor that receives
location information from overhead global positioning satellites. Using
PlayMemories Home software (downloadable from Sony), you can use the location
data to display your photos on a map showing their shooting location. Even with
the camera turned off, you can track and log your location for up to 24 hours.
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the
offers several types of drive modes:
- Continuous Shooting: The camera shoots continuous
images while you press and hold down the shutter release. Up to 10
continuous frames can be recorded in a single burst at
approximately 10 frames per second (Hi speed) or 2 frames per second (Lo
- Self-Timer: You can set the
Self-Timer mode to a 10-second delay so you can be in the
picture. A 5-second delay is also available. The self timer with a 2-second delay can help prevent blurred
pictures from camera shake.
- Self-Portrait: With the monitor tilted upwards 180°,
the Self-Portrait Timer mode will
capture the image 3 seconds after you press the shutter button.
- Self-Timer Continuous: The Self-Timer Continuous shooting mode
takes 3 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--one at normal exposure, one
under exposed, and one over exposed. You can select from five different step
values: 0.3EV, 0.7EV, 1.0EV, 2.0EV, or 3.0EV. The shutter button is pressed
and held down until the bracket recording is completed.
- Single Bracket: The Single Bracket mode is like the
Continuous Bracket, except the shutter button is pressed and released for
- 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 Low 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
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.
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing
- 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:
- Intelligent Auto: Allows you to shoot
still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
- Superior Auto: Like Intelligent Auto, but also takes
clear images in dark or backlit scenes. If necessary, the camera may shoot
multiple images to create a composite image to record higher quality images
than in Intelligent Auto.
- 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
- Aperture Priority: You can shoot still images after
adjusting the aperture setting manually. The camera will determine the
- Shutter Priority: You can shoot still images
after adjusting the shutter speed manually. The camera will determine the
- Manual Exposure: You can set the exposure manually. The shutter speed can
be set between 1/4000 and 30 seconds. The aperture (F value) can be set
between F3.5 and F8.0 (Wide Angle) or between F6.4 and F8.0 (Telephoto).
- Memory Recall: You can store and recall
often-used modes or numeric settings.
- iSweep Panorama: Multiple images are shot while
the camera is moving, and these images are compiled into a single panoramic image.
- Movie Mode: Allows you to record Full HD XAVC S, AVCHD, or
MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio. You can set the camera to Program Auto,
Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, or Manual for movies, if you desire
- Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
Portrait, Advanced Sports Shooting, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Hand-held
Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti-motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Beach, Snow,
Fireworks, Soft Skin, and High Sensitivity.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 Spot, Center, or Multi-pattern Metering. 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. Center-weighted metering
measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the
brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, 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
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 0 (Cool White), Fluorescent
+1 (Natural White), Fluorescent +2 (Daylight), Custom
(adjust white balance depending on the light source), 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.
Wi-Fi Overview: The Sony DSC-HX90V 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. The
camera also supports NFC (near field communication).
PlayMemories Mobile: To interface with the HX90V, your
smartphone must have the PlayMemories Mobile application. The app is compatible
with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 7.0-8.3 or later. It is also
compatible with Android smartphones and tablets with the Android 4.0-5.0 or
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.
Wi-Fi Functions: The following wireless functions can be
performed with the HX90V:
- Smart Remote: You can use a smartphone as a remote
controller for the camera. Still images shot via remote control are
automatically sent to the smartphone's memory. You can also change some of
the camera's settings, including EV, Self-Timer, and Review Check.
- Send to Smartphone: You can transfer still images to a
smartphone for viewing. Images can be transferred in its original image
size, or resized to 2M or VGA. RAW images are converted to JPEG format
before being transferred.
- Send to Computer: You can transfer images stored on the
camera's memory card to a computer connected to a wireless access point or
wireless broadband router in order to easily make backup copies.
- View on TV: Images can be viewed on a network-enabled
View Modes: The Sony DSC-HX90V's View Mode allows you to
select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views:
Date View, Folder View (Stills), XAVC S HD View, AVCHD View, and Folder View (MP4).
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full
screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The 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.
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-HX90V is powered by the
supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UB10D 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:
of Images |
Images ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 195 min ||Approx. 390 images |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 180 min ||Approx. 360 images |
| Typical Movie Shooting ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 70 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 75 min ||--- |
| Continuous Movie Shooting ||LCD Screen ||Approx. 105 min ||--- |
|Viewfinder ||Approx. 115 min ||--- |
| Viewing Still Images ||Approx. 290 min ||Approx. 5800 images |
HDMI: The HX90V has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the
of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is
required to make the connection. 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, 1080p, or 1080i. When connected via HDMI
to TVs that support 4K, you can set the output for still images to 4K playback.
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
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX90V can be used with
PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. 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.
- Display images stored on your computer by shooting date on a calendar.
- Edit still images, such as resizing and cropping.
- Upload images to a network service (internet connection required)
Compatible Operating Systems: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from
the Sony Imaging website. It
is compatible with Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), and Windows Vista (SP2)
operating systems. A version is also available for Mac OS X 10.7-10.10. XAVC S
movies may not play back smoothly on a Mac OS.