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Sony DSC HX90V Compact Camera Review

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The smallest of the group measuring just 102.0 x 58.1 x 35.4 mm, the DSC HX90V is certainly extremely portable. But you’ll never complain about a lack for features as Sony has somehow found a way to still pack in a 30x optical zoom lens, an electronic viewfinder, and a pop-up flash into the tiny body.

While it shares the same zoom range as the DSC HX60V from last year, the camera actually gets a bit of a lens upgrade, as it sports Zeiss optics this time. The new Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 at the wide end and f/6.4 at the long end, and covers a 35mm equivalent range of 24-720mm.

The HX90V also gets Sony’s BIONZ x processor and a Back-Illuminated sensor that has slightly lowered resolution (18.2-megapixels as opposed to 20.4-megapixels) for a bigger pixel pitch. Together, these should lead to better performance at higher ISOs.

The pop-up viewfinder is very reminiscent to the one found on the higher-end RX100 IV, and we must say it’s probably the best we’ve seen on a compact camera so far. Like, the one on the RX100 IV, the OLED viewfinder sinks into the camera body and pops up at a flick of a switch. It’s clear and bright, and you get a live image review of your settings, making it extremely handy for judging exposure.

Sony DSCHX90V

Sony DSCHX90V

Also improved is the rear 3-inch TFT LCD on the camera. This now flips up a full 180 degrees so you can easily do selfies or take pictures with the camera at low angles. Of course, DSC HX90V sports Wi-Fi with NFC capabilities for easy picture sharing, and GPS geotagging capabilities that can be used with the Sony PlayMemories Home software on your computer to display a path and images of your journey on a trail map.

Highlights

  • 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS (Trademarked) Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • 18.2MP Exmor R (Trademarked) CMOS Sensor for superb low light images
  • Built-in retractable OLED Tru-FinderTM viewfinder
  • Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S, AVCHD & MP4 formats
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi® w/NFC

Quick Spec

The HX90V brilliantly integrate a ZEISS® optical zoom lens of stunning range and integrity, OLED Tru-Finder for truer views of how your shot will look, and an LCD monitor that tilts back for you to frame yourself up.

  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar® T* 30x optical zoom lens for extra-clear pictures
  • 18.27 MP Exmor R® CMOS sensor for higher image quality even when dark
  • BIONZ X™ image processing engine delivers more detail with less noise
  • Retractable OLED Tru-Finder for clearer viewing, greater operability
  • 180-degree tiltable LCD for easy framing of selfies/low-position shots

SENSOR TYPE: 1/2.3 inch (7.82 mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE): 18.2MP
OPTICAL ZOOM: 30x
ISO SENSITIVITY (STILL IMAGE): ISO 80-12800

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