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Old May 1, 2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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Seems a good superzoom with innovating features and reasonably quick and good at low light.

Nobody here having at least tried it? :?
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Old May 12, 2009, 3:34 PM   #2
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I like it very much so far - although I would prefer sharper photos at longer focal lengths (wouldn't we all).

Macro - excellent
High Speed burst - excellent (I use this more in the 5 frames per second for 2 secs than the 10 : 1, the 5MB is plenty enough to get great photos).
Low light (Twilight) - very very good if on a tripod, good if not. Even 800 / 1600 produces printable 5" x 7" prints.
Panorama Stitching - mostly superb but some times awful ! You need to learn the speed at which to pan (on a tripod is better and easier).
x20 (9mb) x26 (5mb) x33 (3mb) & x108 (!!!) VGA (for email) zooms - The first two are very usable the x33 isn't really unless you just want to identify a bird ! x108 ? Well what do you expect !
Build quality - very good (Canon SX10 is better and the Pana Z28 worse).
Articulated Screen - excellent. I don't need it to be able to do a 360 double back flip with tuck - this does all I need and the quality is very good. EVP too small for my poor eyesight.
HD Video - lovely lovely lovely - however the continuous focus is a little slow, although the zoom functions throughout the range.

It's a good camera for me and is a very good replacement for my old digicam Oly 8080.

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Old May 13, 2009, 7:28 PM   #3
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Check out the www.dpreview.com Sony Talk Forum. There is another personal review there on the HX-1. And in the next couple of weeks Jeff should comple a full professional review of the HX-1 over at www.dcresources.com.

05/17/2009 Update: The full Sony HX-1 review has now been posted over at www.dpreview.com, and there should be another professional review at www.dcresource.com before the end of may.

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Old May 17, 2009, 9:20 PM   #4
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The new Sony HX-1 is getting pretty good reviews. I think it might be a very important first step forward in using a CMOS imager on a digicam. It certainly competes well against Canon's SX-1 CMOS imager based camera.

Here is a sample photo taken with the brand new Twilight Mode that takes 6 high ISO setting photos and then merges them into a single image to give the photographer the greatest resolution and the least noise.

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Old May 18, 2009, 8:43 PM   #5
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I keep coming across some really excellent Sony HX-1 camera photos. I found another excellent example that comes close, or rivals, that fabled DSLR clarity and sharpness.

Please take a good look and tell me what you think. Thanks!

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Old May 20, 2009, 12:05 PM   #6
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The HX-1 arrived late yesterday afternoon (05/19). The battery is now charged and I will do some experimenting today. I will be soon posting some results.

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I and many others be looking forward to your images, Sarah. And, given the great results you've been able to get with Panasonic's FZ28, I hope you'll come out and tell us which camera is better - and why. Yes, there are reviews on the Web which find the FZ28 superior to the HX1 at the pixel level. But your real-world results will no doubt be what tips many potential buyers one way or the other.
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I keep coming across some really excellent Sony HX-1 camera photos. I found another excellent example that comes close, or rivals, that fabled DSLR clarity and sharpness.

Please take a good look and tell me what you think. Thanks!

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It could be my monitor but this image looks far from being sharp.
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The HX-1 arrived late yesterday afternoon (05/19). The battery is now charged and I will do some experimenting today. I will be soon posting some results.

Sarah Joyce
Although I won't be buying the HX-1, I'm very curious to see the results you'll come up with. Since the release of the H2 I've been disappointed with the H series. I still have my H1 but after trying the H50, I decided to switch to Pana (FZ18 and FZ28). As for the HX-1, just because it has a CMOS sensor it does not mean IQ will be superior. Canon already realeased a long zoom with a CMOS sensor and that was a failure.
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OK this is quik and dirty, meaning that it is NOT sceintific at all.

But here you have comparison photos from the Sony H2 (1st Photo), Song H-50 (2nd Photo), and the Sony HX-1 (3rd Photo)

After comparing, what do you think?

To my eyes, the Sony H-2 is still the winner, then comes the new Sony HX-1, followed by the Sony H-50.

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