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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 High Zoom Digital Camera with 10.3 Megapixel, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.0" LCD Display, Black

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About Sony

The Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX1 High Zoom Digital Camera has ultra-fast, 10-shots-per-second speed. Remarkable Exmor CMOS technology even makes it easy to capture photos in low light while maintaining smooth color gradation and crisp detail. Especially useful for beautiful landscape shots or shooting skyscrapers, the Sweep Panorama mode takes seamless 224-degree shots with breathtaking 9.1 megapixel results-just press the shutter and sweep in a horizontal or vertical direction.

And don't miss the 20x optical zoom or the Intelligent Auto mode that eliminates the guesswork by automatically adjusting camera settings for you. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur for sharp, lifelike images. The HX1 features a 9.1 megapixel Exmor CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's precision G-Lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced noise. With 9.1 megapixels, you can create stunning, photo-quality prints up to A3+ (13x19") size, or crop your images and still come away with high resolution shots.

Designed and manufactured to the highest standards of optical performance, the Sony G-Lens is optimized to perfectly complement the advanced image sensors and image processing technology in Sony's cameras. G lenses are used in top of the line digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras and advanced pro-summer HD Camcorders. Capture the action up close with the 20x optical zoom and with the 28mm wide angle lens the HX1 even allows you to capture more of the scenes in landscape or group portraits. The HX1's G Lens has a six blade aperture capable of producing a beautiful bokeh (beautifully defocused backgrounds with a soft natural feel). The aspherical lens elements made from ED (extra-low dispersion) minimize chromatic aberration common to high-magnification lenses.

Sony Features

  • 20x High Zoom: 20x optical zoom extends your reach and helps bring you closer to the action - a real benefit for sporting events, wildlife, distant landscape views and dramatic portrait shots
  • 28mm Wide Angle Lens: Widen your view and capture more of the city, landscape, or group with a 28mm wide angle G lens
  • 3.0" Clear Photo LCD tilt display (230k pixels): Compose and show off your images on the large 3.0" (230K) Clear Photo LCD Plus display, which tilts up or down approximately 90 degrees for easier high and low angle shooting and features a special anti-reflective coating for sharp visibility
  • CMOS Sensor: Enjoy extremely high resolution, fine tonal gradation and fast speed that faithfully reproduces every detail of your subject and reduces visual noise. The Exmor CMOS sensor brings out the full potential of the lens to ensure clear, high-precession image quality
  • BIONZ image processor: The BIONZ image processor delivers the high resolution and fast performance you expect from a Sony digital camera
  • High Speed Shooting (10fps): The HX1 can capture full 9.1 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 fps, helping to ensure you never miss the decisive moment. What's more, the HX1 employs a mechanical shutter that helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects
  • Sweep Panorama Mode: Reach beyond the traditional wide angle lens and capture more breathtaking shots with the world's first Sweep Panorama Mode in a digital still camera
  • Handheld Twilight Mode: Capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod
  • Anti-Motion Blur Mode: Anti Motion Blur mode with allows you to capture shots with reduced noise and less blur., ideal when subject or object moves, in dim light environment or when using telephoto
  • HD Movie (1080p): Capture your movies in stunning 1080p HD resolution and with the built in stereo microphone record audio that is crisp and clear. Continue to extend your reach and use the 20x zoom to capture those moments at a distance
  • Intelligent Auto Mode: Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode goes beyond traditional auto settings by recognizing and adjusting to scene conditions and lighting, enhancing natural skin tones and reducing blur
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition: Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings
  • Face Detection technology: 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
  • Selected Face Memory: Optimizing focus, exposure and white balance for a specific face is easier now with selectable facial memory, even when the subject leaves the frame. This feature is perfect at weddings and other events where the goal is always to focus on a certain person
  • Anti-blink Function: It's frustrating to think you've captured that perfect shot, only to review it later and discover one of your subjects blinked just as you pressed the shutter. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting
  • Red-eye Reduction: Helps reduce common red-eye problems
  • Smile Shutter Technology: The popular 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
  • Double Anti-blur Solution: The combination of Optical SteadyShot image stabilization and High ISO sensitivity helps compensate for shaky hands, minimizes blur and allows flash-free shooting to preserve the mood
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200): High ISO allows for faster shutter speed, so you can take photos indoors or in low light without the need for a flash
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer Standard and Plus: Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) Standard and Plus uses a sophisticated algorithm to determine the best exposure and contrast settings for almost any shooting environment
  • Convenient Photo Modes: 13 convenient photo modes to quickly adjust for specific shooting conditions. Photo modes include iAuto, Easy, Program & Scene Selection such as High Sensitivity, Landscape, Soft Snap, Twilight Portrait, Twilight, Beach, Snow, Fireworks, Underwater and Gourmet Mode
  • 9-Point Auto Focus: Because an off-centered subject can make your shot more interesting, a 9-point auto focus system measures nine precision focus points, giving you greater creative freedom to compose your images
  • Function Guide: This beginner-friendly optional function helps navigate through the various functions and settings tilt displaying the description of chosen functions or settings on the LCD screen
  • Intelligent Auto Focus: Auto Focus has become more intelligent, too. Cyber-shot automatically detects the changing situations such as subject brightness or zoom ratio and activates the auto focus before the user presses the shutter button

Sony Specifications

Burst Mode
Approx 10 fps (10 shots)
Color Mode(s)
Normal / Vivid / Sepia / B&W / Real
Date/Time Stamp
Available in the included PMB software.
Media/Battery Indicator
Memory Stick PRO Media Compatibility
Tested to support up to 16GB Memory Stick DUO PRO media capacity; does not support Access Control security function
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Self Timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off)
Still Image Mode(s)
Normal/High Speed Burst(High/Med/Low)/Bracketing(JPEG)-AE(Plus/Minus0.3EV/0.7EV/1.0EV)/WB/Color
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / Underwater White Balance Mode - Auto, Underwater 1, Underwater 2, Flash
3.0" Clear Photo LCD Plus (230,400 pixels)
Lens Construction
13 elements in 10 groups (including 1ED glass element and 1aspheric element)
Lens Type
Sony G-Lens
Stereo / Mono
Yes - Electrical
Battery Capacity
Approx. 195 minutes / Approx. 390 images
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM H type 6.8V
Imaging Device
1/2.4 type (7.63mm) Exmor CMOS Sensor
9.1 MP
Recording Media
11MB internal Flash Memory, optional Memory Stick Duo Media, optional Memory Stick PRO Duo Media
AF Illuminator Light
Auto / Off
Clear RAW NR
Dynamic Range Optimizer
Standard / Off / Plus
Histogram Display
In-Camera Editing
Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Soft Focus / Partial Color / Fisheye Lens / Cross Filter / Retro / Radial Blur / Unsharp Masking / Smile
Movie Mode(s)
1280 x 720 (Standard) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 1280 x 720 (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 1440 x 1080 (Fine) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / 1440 x 1080 (Standard) (Approx.30fps, Progressive) / VGA (640 x 480, Approx.30fps, Progressive)
Multi-Pattern Measuring
NightFraming System
NightShot Infrared System
PictBridge Compatible
Power Save Mode
Yes (after approx. 3 min. of inactivity)
Real Imaging Processor Technology
Scene Mode(s)
iAuto, Easy, Program, Handheld Twilight, Anti-Motion Blur, Sweep Panorama, Manual Exposure, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority and Scene Selection such as High Sensitivity, Landscape, Soft Snap, Advanced Sports Shooting, Twilight Portrait, Twilight, Beach, Snow, Fireworks and Gourmet
SteadyShot Image Stabilization
BIONZ Engine
35mm Equivalent
Still shots: 28-560mm / Movie 16:9: 31-620mm / Movie 4:3 :38-760
Aperture Range
Auto (F2.8-F8.0) / Program Auto (F2.8-F8.0) / Manual (F2.8-F8.0)
Digital Zoom
Smart Zoom / Precision Digital Zoom / Off
Exposure Compensation
Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
Face Detection
Detects up to 8 Faces - with Touch Priority / Auto Priority / Child Priority / Adult Priority
Focal Length
9 points / Center Weighted AF / Flexible Spot / Semi Manual / Manual
Auto / 125 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Macro Mode
Macro On/Auto: W:Approx.1cm(0.03') to Infinity, T:Approx.150cm(4.92') to Infinity
Optical Zoom
Shutter Speed
Auto (2" - 1/4,000) / Program Auto (1" - 1/4,000) / Shutter Priority (30" - 1/4000) / Aperture Priority (8" - 1/2000) / Manual (30" - 1/4000)
Smart Zoom Technology
5M: Approx.26x (Total), 3M: Approx.33x (Total), VGA: Approx.108x (Total), 16:9 (2M): Approx.36x (Total)
Total Zoom
Approx. 40x
Operating System Compatibility
Microsoft 2000 Professional, XP Home and Professional; Macintosh OS 9.1/9.2/OS X (10.1-10.5)
Supplied Software
Picture Motion Browser Vers 4.2.02 + USB Driver (Not supported by Macintosh Operating Systems)
Flash Effective Range
ISO Auto: Approx. 0.3 - Approx. 9.2m (Approx. 0.98' - Approx. 30.2') (W) / Approx. 1.5 - Approx.5.1m (Approx. 4.92' - Approx. 16.7') (T), ISO3200: up to Approx.16m(Approx.52.5')(W) / Approx.10m(Approx.32.8')(T)"
Flash Mode(s)
Auto / Flash On / Slow Syncro / Flash Off
Accessory Terminal
Multi connector
Audio/Video Output(s)
Yes via Multi-Use Connector
HD Output
Yes (1080i)
USB Port(s)
Yes - USB2.0 Hi-Speed
Dimensions (Approx.)
W x H x D: 114.5mm x 82.8mm x 91.8mm (4 5/8" x 3 3/8" x 3 5/8")
Weight (Approx.)
Approx. 1.8oz. (504g) - With battery and Memory Stick media.
Sony 1 year parts & labor limited warranty
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Most Liked Positive Review


4th of the H models i have had

Doesn't seem to get the best Macro as has it predecessors Will admit, the 20x zoom is awfully nice The camera is lightweight and easy to take most anywhere Seems to take slightly longer to auto focus Panorama mode is fantastic


Most Liked Negative Review


Worst Purchase

I have had nothing but problems with this camera. My brother bought the dsc-h5 6 years ago and I didn't have to adjust anything on that camera. Just kept it on auto and it took the most crisp, beautiful pictures in any lighting. So I decided to buy this upscale model a couple years ago. Well i don't know why people are raving about this camera. All my pics are grainy, even in good lighting. Can't get a clear face shot nothing....even in good lighting. I don't understand why it's like this. I ...

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I have had nothing but problems with this camera. My brother bought the dsc-h5 6 years ago and I didn't have to adjust anything on that camera. Just kept it on auto and it took the most crisp, beautiful pictures in any lighting. So I decided to buy this upscale model a couple years ago. Well i don't know why people are raving about this camera. All my pics are grainy, even in good lighting. Can't get a clear face shot nothing....even in good lighting. I don't understand why it's like this. I bought it because I was having a baby and now I need to buy a new camera because I don't have any nice photos.

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Sony Prosumer excellence - EXCEPT!


I've owned Sony's top of the line Digitals since my (1999) FD-91, which was replaced by a DSC-F707. I go to 30-50 Rock/blues/zydeco/tejano/ shows a year and LOVE to take pictures. the advent of YouTube started allowing me to capture entire songs in NTSC quality video, and my H2 and H7's got great sound and video. Although the sound was MONO and a little tinny, it was clear and NEVER distorted, no matter how close to the amplifiers I stood. I now have more than 500 GREAT videos on youtube under RD350C. When I decided to upgrade to HD and get a longer zoom, the HX1 seemed like the ticket. I was especially impressed by the substantial looking stereo microphone on the front of the camera (previous H models had a little grill on the camera body). Unfortunately, the first time I took this camera to a show, the music came out distorted and unintelligible. The same levels were handled beautifully by my other H's. Fixing this requires a simple Pi-filter circuit that uses a little bit of voltage from the camera's battery to offset the decibels. Sony's engineers obviously forgot to include this circuitry. I am now reluctant to upgrade in the Sony line again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Worst Purchase


I have had nothing but problems with this camera. My brother bought the dsc-h5 6 years ago and I didn't have to adjust anything on that camera. Just kept it on auto and it took the most crisp, beautiful pictures in any lighting. So I decided to buy this upscale model a couple years ago. Well i don't know why people are raving about this camera. All my pics are grainy, even in good lighting. Can't get a clear face shot nothing....even in good lighting. I don't understand why it's like this. I bought it because I was having a baby and now I need to buy a new camera because I don't have any nice photos.


Great General Purpose Camera


I bought this camera for my girlfriend. She had taken over my old Sony F828 (my first really good digital camera). When the F828 finally succumbed to old age after over a decade of heavy use, she wanted another Sony. She loves it. Uses it several times a week. Often takes pictures of her home building sites for posting on her business blog to show customers how their new home is progressing.


Great General Use camera


I bought this as a replacement for my girlfriend's Sony F828 (one of my all time favorites). The F828 has developed a short after many years of use. So far this seems to be a great replacement. My girlfriend uses the camera for family photos and home construction job site photos. Versatile and easy to use.


This camera helps me see a new world!


It has been a while since I had a "real" camera so you must take this with a grain of salt. My husband gave this to me and its first outing was highly successful. The ease of use and the quality of picture knocked my socks off. I was like a kid in a candy store. I was worried that there'd be too much to learn but it is easy to pick up and use immediately. I'm sure there are some nuances I still need to review but overall, I'm tickled pink.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


good for starting up


Great for people who are just getting into photography i got this with the intention of re-learning photgraphy and chose this camera because it has slr qualities such as apperture iso shutter speed control. But can also be used as a point and shoot. it has done its job very well but i have quickly outgrown it in under a year. Some things i like about thia camera are the 20x zoom, panoramic shots, 10 shot burst in under 1 second, tilting lcd screen and fairly easy to use menus. Things i hate are the slow auto focus, no hot shoe for external flash, very very slow processing time after pictures, very noisy at high iso, hard to switch from manual to auto focus. Over all this has been a great camera and i plan on using it for a long time but i will be upgrading to a canon t1i very soon so i can have more control over the images.


So far I love this camera.


Easy to use and very portable. I take my camera on many motorcycle trips and this one is very portable.


great camera for anyone


This camera is great for a point and shoot person. I am very happy with the quality and ease of use. All family members use and love the camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1


i just bought the camera few days back as much as i used it THE BEST

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nice, certainly not DSLR quality


It is lightweight. Hence, much more portable than DSLR. Low light works well (it takes pictures that can be recognized), but image quality is only good for Twittering or similar. Many shooting modes - sure a plus. However, possibilities to adjust are limited. I ended up using custom setting mode, because I could not tweak the standard modes properly.


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WILLIAM R  My girlfriend loved my hand-me-down Sony F828. This was the closest unit I could find on the market after the F828 finally laid down after ten years of service. It is a fine general purpose compact camera.

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