Choosing a super-zoom camera (part 5)

3/26/2012 9:20:49 AM

Choosing a super-zoom camera (part 5)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V


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3 stars

$615 including VAT

30x zoom range is not the biggest currently, but everything else about HX100V follows the topic of “bigger, faster and more”, from is 16-megapixel sensor to 1080/50p video recording. 3-inch articulated screen is sharp, with a GPS radio for pasting photos and even an intergrated neutral-density (ND) filter, which reduces the amount of light touching the sensor.

There is a lens ring for zooming or manual focus and a dedicated button to move the focus point. Pressing the command dial will turn on/off its function between many exposure-related settings, depending on the selected capturing mode. However, the information on screen updates slowly while rotating the dial.

It has fast autofocus, and we measured only 1.3 seconds between shots, but the Panasonic FZ48 and FZ150 are faster. Full-flash photographs were 12 seconds apart; while most other cameras were between six and eight seconds. Continuous mode was at either 10fps or 12fps, both limited to 10 images.

Video recording is highlighted, with sharp details and smooth motion, thanks to the 50fps frame rate. Autofocus and zooming is smooth, fast and quiet. However, HX100V does not allow manual exposure control for videos. Clicking the record button will skip the white balance setting, though it still produces attractive colors and significantly low noise in artificial lighting.

The picture quality is good, but not without some errors. Its 16-megapixel sensor and sharp lens captured memorable photos and excelled at telephoto photography. However, the digital sharpening and noise reduction sometimes destroy fine details, even after we supervise these settings. Low-lighting photographs were better than we expected, but it did not suit the standards of Canon SX40 HS.

Fujifilm HS20 EXR has excellent controls; Panasonic FZ150 has better video mode and faster performance. Both are comparable to HX100V on image quality, and Canon SX40 HS beats it.


Verdict. HX100V is a fully impressive camera; however, it did not stand out in any specific area.

Ultra-zoom digital camera. 15.9 megapixels (4.608x3.456), 30x optical zoom (27-810mm), 3-inch LCD (921.600 pixel), SDXC slot and Memory Stick Pro Duo (19MB internal), Li-ion battery, 87x121x99mm, 577g, one-year RTB warranty.

Canon Ixus 1100 HS


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3 stars

$521 including VAT

IXUS 1100 HS’s 12x zoom seems not so notable compared with today's standards. However, with a thickness of 22mm, it is the slimmest camera in this category. Unfortunately, not only the body was withdrawn accordingly but Small battery also lasts for just 170 shot.

There are a few button, with all taking shot settings was placed on 3.2 inch touch screen. Typing on the preview image will move the focus point, start tracking or focus and take pictures, depending on the menu option. However, we found the cumbersome and slow navigation scrolling list.

3fps continuous mode is slower than 10fps mode provided by the other cameras, but it can keep continuing until the memory card is full. A different mode running at 0.9fps with updates autofocus between each photo. This is good news for alternative drive mode, where the capture took place 2.3 seconds apart.

With the same 12MP CMOS illuminated sensor used in the SX40 HS and SX230 HS, it’s not surprising that this camera to create beautiful images. Bright scenes were taken with smooth, vivid colors. the remote location zoom or dim light requires faster ISO speeds, impressively low noise levels.

The lens does not have similar standards, for example, images show the pale focusing and the phenomenon of chromatic aberration at the edges. The center seems better but admittedly, not as sharp as the Canon SX230 HS image. These are sophisticated problems, however, it’s reasonable to expect more from such an expensive camera.

The video quality is generally excellent, with sharp 1080p pictures and dominating stability of optical. However, 16 minutes limited videos disappoint. Stereo soundtrack is in-details and clear, but the micro phone has been able to record the engine zooming sound and focus quieter environment.

HS 1100 is only available for in advanced orders, and there’s hope that price will drop when the product is widely available. However, simplifying is necessary for it to be competitive with PowerShot SX230 HS, which has a sharper lens and comprehensive controls. If super-compact size is important, consider the IXUS 230 HS


Identify. The visuals are impressive, but the touch screen controls is cumbersome and overpriced.

Super zoom digital camera. 12MP (4.000x3.000), 12x optical zoom (28-336mm) LCD touch screen 3.2 inch, SDXC slot (not supplied), Li-ion battery, 60x99x22mm, 206g, 1 year RTB warranty .


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