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Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V

16.2-megapixel digital camera with 30X optical zoom

11 Reviews

Item # 158HX100K

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A camera that's as responsive and quick as your subject
Tired of snapping out-of-focus photos from the sidelines? Or, once you get home, discovering that your kid is too small to recognize in any of your pictures? The Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V will get you close enough to snap all the details on the field with a powerful 30X optical zoom lens. The 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode lets you hold down the shutter button and fire away until you get that shot of the game-winning goal. High-speed auto focus makes sure that all your photos of your star athlete are sharp and detailed.

A camera that's as responsive and quick as your subject
Tired of snapping out-of-focus photos from the sidelines? Or, once you get home, discovering that your kid is too small to recognize in any of your pictures? The Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V will get you close enough to snap all the details on the field with a powerful 30X optical zoom lens. The 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode lets you hold down the shutter button and fire away until you get that shot of the game-winning goal. High-speed auto focus makes sure that all your photos of your star athlete are sharp and detailed.

Get closer to the people you love
The camera finds the faces in your frame and automatically adjusts its settings to give you crisp, attractive photos of friends and family. Capture fleeting smiles with the help of "smile shutter" mode, which automatically snaps a picture when it spots a grin. If your subject starts to squint as you take a photo, an anti-blink function snaps two quick shots, and then records only the one with your subject's eyes wide open.

3D Panoramic photos and 1080p HD movie mode
This camera boasts plenty of other cool features, too. The big 3" LCD screen is angled and adjustable, so you can tilt it wherever you need to when you're framing your shots. You can create 3D panoramic photos that reach beyond the scope of an ordinary wide-angle lens by sweeping the camera horizontally or vertically across your scene — the 'HX100V stitches several images together in-camera to form one seamless 3D photo that you can check out on your 3D TV when you get home. (You'll need 3D glasses, too.) The DSC-HX100V also offers an impressive HD movie mode, which lets you shoot high-definition 1080p footage of all your special events. And the camera is GPS enabled, so you can record your location and map out all your trips on the computer when you return home.

    • 16.2-megapixel effective recording
    • 30X optical zoom (4X digital zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, and Memory Stick® PRO Duo™ media
    • high-resolution angled and adjustable 3" LCD screen (921,000 dots)
    • electronic viewfinder
    • built-in wide-angle lens for photos of landscapes or large groups
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 27-810mm
    Special Features:
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
    • Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization
    • 3D panorama mode assembles several images into one fluid photo
    • advanced "Exmor R" CMOS sensor for sharp photos even in low-light
    • built-in GPS receiver and compass record the location and direction of photos for photo-mapping (with included software)
    • motion detection keeps your photos of moving subjects clean and crisp
    • face detection controls focus and exposure for accurate portraits
    • high-speed linear focus for quicker automatic focus
    • anti-blink function captures two images and records the one with the least amount of squinting
    • scene recognition chooses the appropriate scene mode based on your subject and shooting environment
    • Dynamic Range Optimizer for accurate contrast between light and dark areas
    • 10 frames-per-second continuous shooting mode
    • in-camera editing functions for retouching and special effects, including red-eye reduction
    • 9-point autofocus for shooting multiple or off-center subjects
    • 19MB built-in flash memory
    Connections and Dimensions:

    I'm a novice photographer but already made wonderful pictures at night/very low light with it. All settings are not always obvious to find, I had to look into the manual for some, but once you know how to reach every command you are in good hands.

    Aurel, Detroit, MI

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital still camera (black)
    • Lens cap
    • Lens cap string
    • Adjustable neck strap
    • NP-FH50 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (6.8 Volts/6.1 Wh/900 mAh)
    • AC-L200D AC adapter with attached 67" DC output cable (DC output: 8.4V/1.7A)
    • 62 AC cord
    • 39" USB cable (has USB Type A connector on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
    • Picture Motion Browser Version 5.5 on CD-ROM
    • Instruction Manual (English/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Online registration sheet
    • Accessories catalog
    • PlayMemories brochure
    • Operating Instructions correction sheet

    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (11 Reviews)

    Great camera

    Aurel from Detroit, MI on 5/31/2012

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    I'm a novice photographer but already made wonderful pictures at night/very low light with it. All settings are not always obvious to find, I had to look into the manual for some, but once you know how to reach every command you are in good hands.



    Pictures Perfect!

    Ed from Enola, PA on 3/9/2012

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    I've tried many different brands of long-zoom, DSLR-style cameras. This one is amazing! I've had no out-of-focus photos, even hand-holding the camera and using full zoom on auto setting. The photos are sharp and beautiful. I believe this is the best long zoom camera on the market today. If you give this Sony a try, I feel confident you also will be extremely happy!

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Great camera

    Byron Z. from Carson, CA on 3/6/2012

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    I have been looking for a new camera for about a year so after a lot of research I finally decides on this camera, this is replacing a Fuji Finepix, I checked similar option from Nikon, Olympus, Kodak and Panasonic, but after talking to people who own them and reading a lot of review in different sites I decide on Sony, I have only had it a little over a week and have only taken a couple hundred pictures but I an happy to say that I can see a huge difference on the picture quality and I am glad I paid the extra amount for this camera, I recommended it to my brother, I hope he got it before you guys run out. Buy it if you can find it, specially if you an get it from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Quality, ease of use, plenty of shooting options.

    Cons: Price of spare battery.

    sony megazoom

    PaulR from Oldwick NJ on 1/27/2012

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    Xmas present for my daughter, but I had to play with it. Very good for low light, for example interior pictures for a Realtor. Surprisingly fast, as good as either of my digital SLR's as far as I can tell (recent Nikon and 4 yr old Pentax), but both of these have medium-telephoto most of the time, larger F-# in the 4+ range. Astonishing zoom! This is my first encounter with one of the "super-zoom" breed, and I'm amazed. It goes from modest wide-angle to a long zoom effortlessly. It was more expensive than much of the competition, I'm convinced it was worth it.

    Pros: low light, fast, zoom.

    Cons: size, its really not much smaller than an SLR, is lighter though.

    this is all you need

    Dave from Royersford, PA on 1/27/2012

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    overall a good camera for the price. pictures are beautiful, camera is light, has extra long zoom, good battery life, easy to hold in one hand with some curvature to the body, display tiltable. what don't like is the dial on top is made to be easier to use actually makes it harder to understand than older models. i guess i can use it better if i read the manual but the old sony long zoom i had was very intuitive that i never did have to read the manual. it is slow to process the pictures but for the price, it's hard to beat. an slr is faster but not the kind you want to lug around disney the whole day, 7 days in a row. this one i don't notice the weight.



    My Sony; my best friend!

    Martha from Hammond, IN on 1/24/2012

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    Wow! This camera couldn't be better! Easy to use, superior picture and video quality, excellent in dim or dark environment, comfortable to hold and has fun features to play around with! It's a very handsome camera and the buttons are placed correctly. Everyone who I show it to is impressed. I've been a photographer for 10 years and this is the camera I've always been looking for! I've had point and shoots but never SLR's with interchangeable lenses (don't want to get into that). This camera has great distance & macro capabilities with very little shake! I can capture far away birds, icicles on a bridge without getting wet and cool fireworks at night. The videos are so clear with great sound. I can zoom in & out during the video. And take still photos easily during the video! Beautiful color but a little too red on the display - I still love the color! It's normal looking when I download it on my computer. this camera would be good for a beginner or advanced photographer and no extra lenses are needed. I've had no problems with this camera since I purchased it 2 months ago. The battery life seems very sufficient for me. I love that it has a sceen and a viewfinder! When I turn it on, the lens cap pops off automatically so it saves me a step. I love to view my pictures on the camera screen in a "slide show" format - it plays in 4 different formats & music choices! So cool! The camera has a built in help screen if you need information on something. It's all good!!!

    Pros: Ease of use, cost, quality of photos, quality of HD video, battery life, low shake, GREAT in dim light, great zoom, beautiful macro, yadah...yadah...yadah...

    Cons: I could say that it's heavier and bigger than my digital Elph....what do you expect!

    Love It

    Marcus from Saint Louis, MO on 11/14/2011

    Overall, somewhat expensive for a point and shoot camera, but out performs other cameras. Guess you get what you pay for! great camera for beginners like me, who like wonderful pictures,but dont really care for complex cameras like DSLR's Very pleased with my choice, highly recommend this camera!

    Pros: I just got this bad boy today, so still learning all the in's and outs of it. But so far I am very impressed. Love the detail of the view finder, has many features similar to a dslr, but cheaper, and easier to understand and use. Love the full HD video capabilities, love the blurred background capability, 16.2 MP is of course nice too!

    Cons: Somewhat heavy, course Im use to having a much smaller camera, but I like the way it feels in the hand. Wish it came with a Class 10 memory card, which is recommended for Full HD video capture!


    Ed R. from Long Island, NY on 9/13/2011

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    I have not yet had the opportunity to use many of the features of this camera. Having owned Sony cameras in the past and having studied the exceptional users manual, I have no doubt that I will be thoroghly pleased with my purchase. The features and abilities of the HX100V greatly exceed my needs. My only regret is not having had this camera on previous vacation trips.



    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V

    WADE from TACOMA, WA on 9/12/2011

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    THIS CAMERA IS AWESOME! the number one feature is the 30x zoom - im a avid sports fan so i love the shots i get at sporting events.... the in camera guide manual is a classic really came through with this really simplifies what settings you'll need to be in for that perfect shot!!!!! and of course the 16megapixels make some great photos...the landscape feature is awesome also...its so much more i can say but if you are serious about your photography game this camera is the way to go!!!!



    Sony performs as always

    Tammycincy from Cincinnati, OH on 8/22/2011

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    Just bought this before heading to California for vacation and soo happy I did. My other Sony cybershot was great as well but this one has more options and takes incredible pictures in low light, action shots, close-ups, etc. I was driving down highways and taking pictures while the car was moving and they are beautiful and crisp. Low light settings captured the mood of the setting rather than a flash washing them out. Automatic setting is true to capturing the setting on its own. I like playing with settings but if you are not savy you can just put it on automatic and know that you will have a fabulous shot.



    Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX100V

    tapmot from Menominee, MI on 7/29/2011

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    I purchased the Sony DSC-HX100V after looking at the other brands. It offered most of the features I wanted as I live on Green Bay and I wanted to take pictures of the birds and ships that pass by. I wanted a fast camera with a long lense and the ability to take panaramic pictures. I was able to use the Nikon and the Canon that I was considering and I found the Sony a little more to my liking. It does have a learning curve so you need to use it before you try and take some serious pictures. Each time I use the Sony I find that I can do more and more with it and faster. I can also take short movies, that is a great bonus. I was able to get a moderately good picture of a Black Bear with it and the bear was moving at max speed across the back country road. Thank You auto focus and "A" setting. I am happy I purchased the Sony, no buyers remorse here.




    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled Yes
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-810mm
    Optical Zoom 30x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing Yes
    Manual Exposure Yes
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Internal Memory 19 MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.3" CMOS
    Megapixels 16.2
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080
    Width (inches) 4-13/16
    Height (inches) 3-7/16
    Depth (inches) 4-3/16
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 20.4
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Recording Features
    View, Edit, And Print Images
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD display with 921,600 dots (resolution 640 x 3 (RGB) x 480). TruBlack technology makes your still images and movies easy to focus with brilliant quality. The LCD screen allows you to view an image before taking a picture and replay images that have been stored in memory. Through the Screen Display Settings, you can select a bright or normal LCD display with or without exposure data.

    Viewfinder: In addition to the 3" LCD monitor, the HX100V has a 0.2" electronic viewfinder (EVF) with a diopter control that lets you adjust the image to your eyesight, with or without glasses. This FLC (Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal) viewfinder has 201,000 pixels. You can switch between the EVF and the LCD monitor manually (using a button on the top of the camera), or the display will switch automatically to viewfinder as you bring the camera close to your eyes.

    Dual Media: This camera has 19 MB of internal memory. This camera is also compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards. Memory Stick PRO Duo media with a capacity of up to 32 GB, and SD memory cards of up to 64 GB have been confirmed to be compatible with the camera. Class 4 or higher SD cards or Memory Stick PRO Duo Mark 2 media are recommended when recording movies.

    Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG and MPO (3D) formats. Moving images with audio (stereo) are recorded in AVCHD format and MPEG-4.

    Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a back-illuminated, 7.77mm (1/2.3") color Exmor R CMOS imaging device with approximately 16.8-million total pixels and 16.2-million effective pixels.

    Carl Zeiss Lens: The DSC-HX100V features a Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with a wide angle performance equivalent to 27mm for wider landscape scenes or group shots. The lens has a 30x optical zoom and a focal length of 27mm to 810mm (35mm equivalent) for still images, 29-870mm for 16:9 movies and 36-1080mm for 4:3 movies. It has an aperture range of F2.8 (W) to F5.6 (T).

    Smart/Precision Digital Zoom: The camera has a Precision Digital Zoom of 4x. Combined with the 30x optical zoom, the maximum total zoom is 120x. The camera's Smart zoom technology intelligently uses the full image sensor to let you zoom into the portion of interest by cropping the image size, thus avoiding the image degradation found in most digital zooms. The maximum zoom scale depends upon the image size:

    Image Size Maximum Smart Zoom
    10M 37x
    5M 53x
    VGA 216x
    16:9 (2M) 72x

    Note: Smart zoom is not compatible with 16M or 16:9 (12M)

    Optical SteadyShot: With Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, the DSC-HX100V uses a built-in gyro sensor to compensate for shaky hands, minimize blur, brighten images, and allow flash-free shooting to preserve the mood.

    Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX100V allows you to choose from six image sizes:

    Image Size Internal Memory Memory Card Capacity
    Approx. 19 MB 4 GB 32 GB
    (4608 x 3456)
    3 670 5400
    (3648 x 2736)
    4 860 7000
    (2592 x 1944)
    7 1450 11500
    (640 x 480)
    98 19000 40000
    (4608 x 2592)
    3 710 5700
    (1920 x 1080)
    21 4250 34500

    Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record moving images in Full 1080p HD with sound. AVCHD movies are recorded at 60 fields/sec with Dolby Digital audio, while MPEG-4 movies are shot at 30 frames per second with AAC audio. Memory card capacity for movies is as follows:

    Image Size Memory Card Capacity
    4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
    AVC HD 28M (PS)
    1920 x 1080p
    15 min 35 min 1 hr 15 min 2 hrs 30 min
    AVC HD 24M (FX)
    1920 x 1080i
    20 min 40 min 1 hr 30 min 3 hrs
    AVC HD 17M (FH)
    1920 x 1080i
    30 min 1 hr 2 hrs 4 hrs 5 min
    AVC HD 9M (HQ)
    1440 x 1080i
    50 min 1 hr 45 min 3 hrs 35 min 7 hrs 20 min
    MP4 12M
    1440 x 1080
    40 min 1 hr 20 min 2 hrs 45 min 5 hrs 30 min
    MP4 6M
    1280 x 720
    1 hr 15 min 2 hrs 40 min 5 hrs 25 min 10 hrs 50 min
    MP4 3M
    640 x 480
    2 hrs 25 min 4 hrs 55 min 10 hrs 20 hrs 5 min

    Note: You can shoot continuously for approximately 29 minutes. Maximum MPEG-4 movie file size is approximately 2 GB.

    Burst/Bracket Modes: The camera offers two multiple-image shooting modes:

    • Burst: The burst mode lets you shoot multiple images when you press and hold down the shutter release. Up to 10 images per second are recorded at the High setting, while up to 2 images per second can be shot at the Low setting. The number of photos and the interval are determined by the selected picture size. Focus, White Balance, and Exposure Value (EV) are set with the first image.
    • Bracket: The 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 three different step values: 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV, or 1.0 EV. You can also choose a bracket mode with the white balance at normal, shifted toward blue, and shifted toward red.

    3D Photos: The DSC-HX100V is capable of recording the following 3D images:

    • 3D Still Image: shoots a 4608 x 3456 (16M/4:3) or 4608 x 2592 (12M/16:9) image that can be played back as 3D on a 3D-capable TV
    • 3D Sweep Panorama: shoots a panorama image that can be played back stereoscopically on a 3D TV
      • Image Sizes: 7152 x 1080 (183°), 4912 x 1080 (126°), 4912 x 1920 (130°), 3424 x 1920 (90°), or 1920 x 1080 (49°) (2D Sweep Panorama images are also available.)
    • Sweep Multi-Angle: shoots a panorama image (1920 x 1080) that can be played back as a stereoscopic image by tilting the camera to the right or left, and a panorama image that can be played back stereoscopically on a 3D TV

    Note: 3D images can only be viewed on a 3D-capable TV with the camera attached via an optional HDMI cable.

    Global Positioning System (GPS): The camera has a built-in GPS receiver that provides positioning information for your images and movies. The information includes the coordinates (latitude/longitude), time and time zone, and shooting direction. This information is imbedded into the photos, and can be used to indicate the shooting location on a map when viewing on a computer.

    Self-Timer: You can set the Self-Timer mode to a 10-second or 2-second delay so you can be in the picture. You can also select two Self-Portrait Timer modes which will capture the image 2 seconds after the face of one person or two people are detected.

    Focus Modes: You can select from three auto focusing methods and manual focusing:

    • Multi AF: The camera focuses in nine areas around the center of the frame. This method is helpful when your subject is not centered in the frame.
    • Center AF: 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 AF: The camera allows you to move the AF range finder to focus on a very small area.
    • Manual Focus: Focus manually by turning the focus ring.

    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.

    Anti-Blink Function: The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Skin or 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 so you can determine whether or not you need to take another shot.

    Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can select the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity to Slight Smile, Normal Smile or Big Smile.

    Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Twilight using a Tripod, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Landscape, Portrait, Infant, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. You can select from the following Scene Recognition modes:

    • iSCN: Camera detects conditions such as backlight or a night scene and takes the shot using the optimal settings.
    • iSCN+: Camera shoots one image without using the scene recognition functions and another image using the scene recognition function.

    Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:

    • Intelligent Auto Mode (iAuto): Allows you to shoot still images with the settings adjusted automatically.
    • Superior Auto: Combines Scene Recognition and high-quality image technology to automatically shoot images with optimal settings.
    • 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.
    • Scene Selection Modes: You can choose from the following Scene Selection modes:
      • Soft Skin: Allows you to shoot faces with smooth-looking skin
      • Background Defocus: Allows you to shoot with the background out of focus to define the subject
      • Soft Snap: Allows you to shoot images with a softer atmosphere for portraits, flowers, etc.
      • Anti Motion Blur: For shooting indoor shots without using the flash to reduce subject blur.
      • Landscape: This mode is used for shooting landscapes at a distance.
      • Backlight Correction HDR: Shoots 3 images with different exposures to create a single image with greater range of gradation.
      • Twilight Portrait: This mode is used for shooting people in the foreground at night.
      • Twilight: This mode is used for shooting a distant subject at night.
      • Handheld Twilight: Allows you to shoot night scenes with less noise without using a tripod
      • High Sensitivity: The camera shoots without flash in low light, reducing blur. Any size image available. Sensitivity increased up to ISO 3200.
      • Gourmet: Shoots food arrangements in delicious color.
      • Pet: Allows you to shoot images of your pet with the best settings.
      • Beach: This mode is for shooting at seaside or the lakeside.
      • Snow: This mode shoots whitish scenes brightly.
      • Fireworks: This mode allows you to record fireworks in all their splendor.
      • Advanced Sports Shooting: Allows you to shoot fast movements such as in sports;
      • while the shutter button is pressed halfway, subject motion is predicted and focus is adjusted automatically.
    • Manual: 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 F2.8 and F8 (Wide Angle) or between F5.6 and F8 (Telephoto).
    • Aperture Priority: Manually select the aperture, and the camera will automatically select the shutter speed that is appropriate for the scene.
    • Shutter Speed Priority: Manually select the shutter speed, and the camera will automatically select the aperture that is appropriate for the scene.
    • Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode: Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction (horizontal or vertical), and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed and then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image in the span of a second. A High Resolution panorama in a 43 megapixel size (10480 x 4096 resolution) is also available.
    • Movie Mode: Allows you to record AVCHD or MPEG-4 movies with stereo audio.
    • 3D Shooting: For shooting images that can be played back in 3D on a 3D-capable TV.
    • Memory Recall: Allows you to shoot an image after recalling commonly-used modes or camera settings registered in advance.

    Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments.

    Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 11-7/8" to 41' 8" with the zoom set to wide and 6' 6-3/4" to 19' 4-3/8" with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:

    • Auto: the flash automatically strobes when the surroundings are dark
    • On: 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 Slow Synchro: the flash fires at the end of the exposure to allow you to shoot both the subject and background with more light.
    • Off: the flash does not operate

    Natural Flash: Most point-and-shoot camera flash shots are not able to capture colors the way the eye sees them. The HX100V's Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash, and then uses that reference to correct the color, to give you more lifelike color.

    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-weighted, 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 well-balanced exposure.

    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 Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white fluorescent), Daylight, Cloudy, One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) or One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used).

    Grid Lines: The cameras on-screen grid lines make it easy to set a subject's horizontal and vertical position.

    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.

    In-camera Function Guide: An on-screen function guide text/icon display makes it easy to learn the camera functions that give you greater creative freedom to adjust photo settings. The function guide can be turned on or off as desired.

    Date and Time: Each time you take a picture, the camera records the date and time. The date and time are not superimposed on the picture, instead saved in a data file along with the image. Using the included PMB software, you can print or save images with the date.

    View, Edit, And Print Images

    View Modes: The Sony DCR-HX100V's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by date, folder (stills), or folder (movies).

    Auto Orientation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.

    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 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images.

    Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). Each effect has a preset music soundtrack, or you can choose from the 4 selections. The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds or automatic to suit the selected effect. You can select Folder play (all images in the selected folder), All play (all images on the memory card), or This Date (all images from selected date). When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.

    Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 8x the size of the original 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.

    Retouching Still Images: You can add effects or make corrections to a recorded images and then record it as a new file while the original image is retained. You can use the following features to edit your recorded images:

    • Trimming: playback zoom is performed on the image and part of the image is cropped
    • Red Eye Correction: corrects the red-eye phenomenon caused by flash
    • Unsharp Masking: sharpens the image within a chosen frame

    Music Transfer: You can change the music files that are preset at the factory with your own music, using the Music Transfer program in the supplied CD-ROM.

    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.

    Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.

    Battery Information

    Battery Information: The DSC-HX100V is powered by the supplied NP-FH50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-L200D AC adapter, the battery charges in the camera in approximately 100 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:

    Function Battery Life Number of Images
    Recording Stills LCD Screen Approx. 205 min Approx. 410 images
    Viewfinder Approx. 220 min Approx. 440 images
    Recording Movies LCD Screen Approx. 120 min ---
    Viewfinder Approx. 130 min ---
    Viewing Still Images Approx. 290 min Approx. 5800 images

    Auto Power-Off: You can choose from two options of Power Save to conserve battery power:

    • Stamina: If the camera is not operated for a certain period of time, the power turns off automatically. In shooting mode, the LCD screen automatically goes dark before the power turns off.
    • Standard: Same as Stamina, but the camera stays on longer before automatically turning itself off.
    • Off: Turns off power save mode.

    Inputs and Outputs

    HDMI Output: The Sony DSC-HX100V is equipped with a mini-HDMI jack for connecting the camera to an HDTV using an optional cable. If the connected TV is Bravia Sync-compatible, you can operate the playback functions of the camera using the TV's remote control.

    USB/AV Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack (Type 3c terminal) on the side of the camera for connecting an optional USB/AV cable (VMC-MD3). This one output and cable allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB, or view your photos on a TV via composite video and stereo audio RCA. The USB interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible. A USB cable is included with the camera for connecting it with your computer.

    Supplied Software

    Software: The DSC-HX100V comes with a CD-ROM containing the following:

    • Picture Motion Browser (Ver.5.5): compatible with Windows operating systems only
      • save and print images with the date
      • display images stored on a computer by shooting date in a calendar display
      • correct still images and change the shooting date and time
      • upload images to media services
    • Music Transfer: compatible with Windows and Macintosh operating systems
      • replace the music files on the camera and replace them with your own selections; upload MP3s from your computer or music from CDs
    • PMB Portable:
      • upload images to a blog or other media service
      • upload images from a computer connected to the Internet when you're away from home or office
      • register the media services (such as blogs) you use frequently
    • Cyber-shot User Guide: a detailed instruction guide for uploading to your computer (html)
    • Product Registration: register your camera online

    System Requirements: You can copy images from the DSC-HX100V to a Windows PC or a Macintosh computer. The supplied Picture Motion Browser software can only be used on a Windows PC; it cannot be used on a Macintosh. The minimum system requirements are:

    • Windows:
      • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP¹ (SP3), Windows Vista² (SP2), or Windows 7
      • CPU: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or faster (for playing/editing high definition movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster / Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20 GHz or faster) (for processing HD FX/HD FH movies: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster)
      • Memory: 512 MB or more (for playing/editing high definition movies: 1 GB or more)
      • Hard Disk: Approximately 500MB required for installation
      • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more

        ¹64-bit editions and Starter (Edition) are not supported.
        ²Starter (Edition) is not supported.

    • Macintosh:
      • USB Connection: Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.6)
      • Music Transfer/PMB Portable: Mac OS X* (v10.4 to v10.6)

        *Equipped with Intel Processor

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