- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3" Tilting Display
- ISO 100 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
- 577g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
- Announced October 2011
- Updated by Sony HX200V
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Sony HX100V summary
Sony HX100V is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on October of 2011. The camera uses a 16MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Sony launched the fresher Sony HX200V (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.
The HX100V ranks at #82 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over-all #569 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our list. Please test our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your custom criteria.
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Sony HX100V family
The Sony HX100V is part of a family of cameras. You can read the full list below.
HX100V vs HX35024-1200mm
HX100V vs HX8024-720mm
HX100V vs HX90V24-720mm
HX100V vs H40025-1550mm
HX100V vs H30025-875mm
HX100V vs HX400V24-1200mm
HX100V vs HX50V24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.320MP1/2.3"2013
HX100V vs HX30024-1200mm
HX100V vs H20024-633mm
HX100V vs HX20V25-500mm
HX100V vs HX200V27-810mm
HX100V vs H9024-384mm
HX100V vs HX30V25-500mm
HX100V vs HX10V24-400mm
HX100V vs HX9V24-384mm
HX100V vs H5031-465mm
Sony HX100V Gallery
You can look at the HX100V from different angles in the gallery underneath.
Sony HX100V Pros and Cons
Here is a shortlist of pros and cons of the Sony HX100V based on factors that are normally regarded as essential in a camera.
Sony HX100V Sensor features
The Sony HX100V features the BIONZ processor. The specification of the sensor in the Sony HX100V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and supports a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.
The image below shows the HX100V's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The HX100V sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Sony HX100V dimensions
Sony HX100V weighs around 1.27 lb (577 grams or 20.35 oz) and the physical size of the camera is 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 grams so the Sony HX100V is more heavy as compared with other rivals.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
The following is a photo of the Sony HX100V alongside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show you the button design on the HX100V.
Sony HX100V Lens features
The HX100V features a built in lens having a focal range of 27-810mm making it a 30.0 x zoom which is exceptional and will make it easier to zoom right in.
At it's widest 27mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 which will be rather sluggish and not great in low light situations and you will likely find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to up your ISO which causes noisy pictures. For the long end, 810mm is outstanding zoom and comes at f5.6 making it really sluggish and you may have to use slow shutter speeds.
Sony HX100V Connectivity
The HX100V has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras which have NFC and / or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy photos and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Certain apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it could be attached to an external screen. Many cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Sony HX100V Video features
The highest possible video quality in the Sony HX100V is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality gives a great balance for quality versus file size but 1080p won't leave you with much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone port which means you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably best to take a look at an alternative camera should you want good sound in your video clips.
Sony HX100V Weather Sealing
There is no environment proofing in the Sony HX100V so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Sony HX100V Display and Viewfinder
The Sony HX100V houses a 3" tilting display having a resolution of 921k dots.
Unfortunately the display is not a touch screen.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder specs regarding Sony HX100V are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
Viewfinders are pretty useful for bright outdoor conditions which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Sony HX100V Shutter features
Sony HX100V has the capability to shoot continuously at 10.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.
Sony HX100V Flash and Hot shoe features
Sony HX100V boasts just built-in flash without external flash support.
Sony HX100V Autofocusing features
Sony HX100V boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor boasts 9 focus points to select from. Sony HX100V can use manual focusing in case it is required for low light situations or you need to have more precise focusing control.
Sony HX100V Battery life
The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the best (600) battery life for this group of cameras.
Here is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the strongest battery life:
HX100V vs Fujifilm HS35EXR600 yesnono
HX100V vs B500600 nonoyes
HX100V vs L840590 noyesno
HX100V vs FZ200540 yesnono
HX100V vs V-Lux 4540 yesnono
Sony HX100V for various kinds of photography
The following illustration shows a summary of the Sony HX100V for various kinds of photography. To view more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Sony HX100V Portrait photography factors
The Sony HX100V gets a points tally of 40 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really very good for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the ability to utilize off-camera flash.
Sony HX100V as a Street photography camera
With a modest rating of 51, the Sony HX100V is somewhat suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sports photography with Sony HX100V
A reasonable sports photography score of 50 suggests the Sony HX100V is somewhat appropriate for shooting sports. A camera should have excellent tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Sony HX100V Travel photography information
Size is very important in choosing a camera for travel. On the whole, the Sony HX100V gets a moderate 54 for a travel camera which makes it somewhat appropriate to take on your vacations.
Sony HX100V Landscape photography highlights
If you find yourself looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor is going to be image quality. The Sony HX100V and it's modest grade of 47 for a landscape camera is reasonably acceptable among it's competition.
Sony HX100V as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should really come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Sony HX100V is not really very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible rating of 25.
Sony HX100V Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the HX100V, here is a range of the highest placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph below provides you an overview of the HX100V compared to it's top scored rivals mentioned previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, just click on the "compare" link.