Sony HX80 overview
Sony HX80 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on March of 2016. It uses a 18 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4896 x 3672.
The HX80 stands at #14 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #390 out of 1436 for cameras in our list. You can check out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.
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Sony HX80 history
The Sony HX80 comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can view all past and newer models along with main specifications.
Sony HX80 Gallery
You can check the HX80 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony HX80 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of pros and cons of the Sony HX80 based on aspects which are typically seen as necessary in a digital camera.
Sony HX80 Sensor details
The Sony HX80 features the Bionz X processor. The sensor dimension on the Sony HX80 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4896 x 3672 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 80 to 3200. This ISO can also be expanded electronically to a high of 12800. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic underneath displays the HX80's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The HX80 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Sony HX80 dimensions
Sony HX80 has a weight of 0.54 lb (245g or 8.64 ounces) and features outside size of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Sony HX80 is lighter when compared to various rivals.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Underneath is a picture of the Sony HX80 with a softdrink to help you have a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the HX80.
Sony HX80 Lens specs
The HX80 provides a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 24-720mm giving it a 30.0 x zoom which is very good and does make it easier to zoom all the way in.
At the widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f3.5 and that's really slow and not the best in low light events and you might struggle to capture good bokeh. You could also have to boost the ISO setting giving you noisy images. For the tele end, 720mm is brilliant zoom and comes with f6.4 which is fairly slow and you may need to use slower shutter speeds.
Sony HX80 Connectivity
The HX80 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can transfer files and sometimes alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Several applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.
Sony HX80 Video specs
The highest video resolution on the Sony HX80 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and XAVC S file format. 1080p resolution is an excellent balance for video quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to downsample. The camera doesn't include a mic or headphone socket which means you have got little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to look into a different model in case you need decent audio in your videos.
Sony HX80 Weather Sealing
Sony HX80 doesn't include weather sealing so damp conditions could affect the camera.
Sony HX80 Screen and Viewfinder
The Sony HX80 houses a 3" tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 921k dots.
It possesses a selfie friendly screen to shoot self portraits and even group shots if required. Please note that the display offers no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications regarding Sony HX80 are the following:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
Viewfinders can be rather helpful for sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.
Sony HX80 Shutter specs
Sony HX80 continuous shooting rate is 10.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Sony HX80 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Sony HX80 has got only built-in flash lacking external flash ability.
Sony HX80 Autofocus specs
Sony HX80 has got just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera boasts Face detection which is useful for portraits.
It also includes Tracking AF for moving subjects. Sony HX80 lacks manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful for low light conditions or you want more precise focusing control.
Sony HX80 Battery life
The battery power (NP-BX1) for the Sony HX80 is made to last for 390 photographs according to the CIPA standards which is higher than average ın comparison with its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest (600) battery life for this category of cameras.
Following is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:
Sony HX80 for different styles of photography
The following bar chart displays a overview of the Sony HX80 for different styles of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section underneath.
Portrait photography with Sony HX80
The Sony HX80 has a points tally of 40 which is terrible, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support in addition to the potential to use off-camera flash.
Street photography with Sony HX80
With a very good points tally of 70, the Sony HX80 is a very decent fit to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony HX80 Sports photography details
A modest sports photography points tally of 58 indicates the Sony HX80 is somewhat acceptable for shooting sports. A camera really should have very good focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony HX80 Travel photography information
Portability is really critical in buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Sony HX80 gets a fantastic 76 for a travel camera which makes it a great option to take on your journeys.
Sony HX80 Landscape photography advice
If you find yourself looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor will be image quality. The Sony HX80 with it's modest grade of 49 for a landscape camera is somewhat adequate compared to it's competitors.
Sony HX80 Vlogging info
A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Sony HX80 is a fine option for vlogging as it comes to a nice score of 75.
Sony HX80 Alternatives
If you are looking for alternatives to the HX80, here is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The line graph down below shows you an overview of the HX80 compared to it's highest rated competitors listed earlier.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might check out as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.