Sony HX10V

 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V front
 
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-400mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 234g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Released February 2012
  • Newer Model is Sony HX20V
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
91
Imaging
43
Features
46
Overall
44

Sony HX10V summary

Sony HX10V is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera first released on February of 2012. It has a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4896 x 3672.

Sony brought out the updated Sony HX20V (Read Full Comparison) in order to replace this camera.

The HX10V is scored #87 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #545 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. Please check our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your custom requirements.

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The following is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Sony HX10V family

The Sony HX10V comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all earlier and most recent models alongside key features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX350 front thumbnailSony HX350
HX10V vs HX350
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2016
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX80 front thumbnailSony HX80
HX10V vs HX80
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX90V front thumbnailSony HX90V
HX10V vs HX90V
24-720mm
F3.5-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2015
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H300 front thumbnailSony H300
HX10V vs H300
25-875mm
F3-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H400 front thumbnailSony H400
HX10V vs H400
25-1550mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2014
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX400V front thumbnailSony HX400V
HX10V vs HX400V
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX50V front thumbnailSony HX50V
HX10V vs HX50V
24-720mm
F3.5 - 6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX300 front thumbnailSony HX300
HX10V vs HX300
24-1200mm
F2.8-6.3
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H200 front thumbnailSony H200
HX10V vs H200
24-633mm
F3.1-5.9
20MP1/2.3"2013
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX20V front thumbnailSony HX20V
HX10V vs HX20V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX200V front thumbnailSony HX200V
HX10V vs HX200V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
18MP1/2.3"2012
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX10V front thumbnailSony HX10V24-400mm
F3.3-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H90 front thumbnailSony H90
HX10V vs H90
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX30V front thumbnailSony HX30V
HX10V vs HX30V
25-500mm
F3.2-5.8
18MP1/2.3"2012
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX100V front thumbnailSony HX100V
HX10V vs HX100V
27-810mm
F2.8-5.6
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX7V front thumbnailSony HX7V
HX10V vs HX7V
25-250mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-HX9V front thumbnailSony HX9V
HX10V vs HX9V
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H70 front thumbnailSony H70
HX10V vs H70
25-250mm
F3.5-5.5
16MP1/2.3"2011
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H55 front thumbnailSony H55
HX10V vs H55
25-250mm
F3.5-5.5
14MP1/2.3"2010
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Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H20 front thumbnailSony H20
HX10V vs H20
38-380mm
F3.5-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
Sony-Cyber-shot-DSC-H50 front thumbnailSony H50
HX10V vs H50
31-465mm
F2.7-4.5
9MP1/2.3"2009

Sony HX10V Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Sony HX10V based on factors which are often regarded as useful in a camera.

flash built-in
good minimum ISO (100)
good resolution (18MP)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has face detection focusing
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
includes HDMI support
lighter than competition (234g)
long zoom (400mm)
long zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
nice clear screen (922 thousand dot)
quite wide (24mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
can't use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
lack of shutter priority mode
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing external microphone jack
missing headphone jack
missing Timelapse mode
no aperture priority mode
no manual focus
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Sony HX10V Sensor information

The Sony HX10V features the BIONZ processor. The sensor dimension in the Sony HX10V is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4896 x 3672 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18MP and has a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the HX10V's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The HX10V sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V sensor size Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Sony HX10V dimensions

Sony HX10V weighs around 0.52 lbs (234 gr / 8.25 oz) and features outside size of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3"). The weight of average Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Sony HX10V is less heavy than its competitors.

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Down below is a picture of the Sony HX10V next to a soft drink to help you have a sense of its size.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V dimensions scale

The top view under will show the button design on the HX10V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V topview buttons dials

Sony HX10V Lens information

The HX10V features a fixed lens with a focal range of 24-400mm making it a 16.7 x zoom which is amazing and will make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 making it somewhat sluggish and not ideal in low light events and you might find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You would also need to boost your ISO which results in noisy files. At the long end, 400mm is exceptional zoom and comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you will have to go with slow shutter speeds.

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Sony HX10V Connectivity

The HX10V has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send pictures and sometimes adjust settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external monitor. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Sony HX10V Video information

The highest possible video resolution in the Sony HX10V is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives you an excellent balance in quality versus file size but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to downsample. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over your audio. It is perhaps best to find an alternative model in case you want good audio in your video clips.

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Sony HX10V Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Sony HX10V so you have to be careful in wet or dusty situations.

Sony HX10V Display and Viewfinder

The Sony HX10V has a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 922 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Sony HX10V are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Sony HX10V Shutter information

Sony HX10V continuous shooting rate is 10.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1600 seconds.

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Sony HX10V Flash and Hot shoe information

Sony HX10V boasts just built in flash with no external flash support.

Sony HX10V Autofocusing information

Sony HX10V boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker & accurate than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

It has 9 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Sony HX10V has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is good in low light conditions or you want to have more exact control on focusing.

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Sony HX10V Battery life

The battery life (NP-BG1) on the Sony HX10V is made to last for 320 pictures according to the CIPA specifications making it about average when compared to its competitors. The average Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the best (600) battery life in this range of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the highest battery life:

Sony HX10V for varying styles of photography

The following diagram presents a outline of the Sony HX10V for varying styles of photography. To see more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.

Sony HX10V Portrait photography advice

The Sony HX10V has a points tally of 39 which is low, meaning that it is not acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor dimension, support for RAW files plus the potential to work with off-camera lighting.

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decent megapixels (18MP)
has face detection focus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Sony HX10V as a Street photography camera

Getting a nice score of 62, the Sony HX10V is a good option to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (234 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Sony HX10V Sports photography info

A modest sports photography points total of 50 means the Sony HX10V is somewhat suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent focusing and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (18 megapixels)
has tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus

Sony HX10V Travel photography highlights

Portability is pretty crucial when selecting a travel camera. In general, the Sony HX10V gets a nice 70 as a travel camera which is a good choice to buy for your journeys.

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lighter than competitors in class (234 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
great zoom (400mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)

Sony HX10V Landscape photography features

In case you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Sony HX10V and it's moderate grade of 46 for a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate amongst it's competition.

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rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse recording

Sony HX10V Vlogging details

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Sony HX10V is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it delivers a low rating of 35.

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pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (234 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support

Sony HX10V Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the HX10V, below is a selection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The diagram down below provides you a bird's eye view of the HX10V versus it's highest scored competitors listed previously.

Following are several cameras you may see as alternative options. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Sony
Model
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2012-02-28
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Powered by
BIONZ
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW files
Max native ISO
12800
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-400mm (16.7x)
Highest aperture
f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance
5cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inch
Resolution of display
922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech
XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30s
Fastest shutter speed
1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed
10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.30 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
234 grams (0.52 lb)
Dimensions
105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
Other
Battery life
320 pictures
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
NP-BG1
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots
1
Price at release
$616