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March 02, 2009

New Sony HX1 superzoom bursts at 10fps in full-resolution

It looks like the rumors were not unfounded, as Sony today announces the brand new Cybershot HX1. This is a "modest" 20X superzoom, using a speedy 9mp 1/2.4" CMOS sensor. The new camera comes a year after the Cybershot H50 and it becomes the new non-DSLR flagship in the Sony line-up.

Sony DSC-HX1 key specs
+ 1/2.4" 9mp CMOS (Exmor) sensor
+ promises 50% less noise than "traditional sensors"
+ Sony-branded "G" lens with optical image stabilization
+ 20X optical zoom lens (28-560mm eq, f2.8-5.2)
+ 10fps at 9-megapixels (!!!)
+ mechanical shutter
+ PSAM (manual exposure)
- no RAW as far as can tell
+ sweep panorama feature creates and auto-stitches ultra wides (7152x1080)
+ 30fps HD video (1440x1080) w/H.264
+ 3" LCD (multi-angle display, not fixed)
+ LiIon battery (390 CIPA)
+ DRO, Bionic Engine, Smile Shutter, etc
+ April for $500
+ European price 529 euro

Further Reading
+ "Too interesting to ignore" says Alpha Mount World - must read!
+ Digital Camera Review
+ Engadget
+ dpreview
+ Giant camera body pictures at Focus Numerique - note the "G" and "Exmor" carvings!

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