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Old Apr 3, 2010, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default Sony HX-1 First Impressions

The Sony HX-1, introduced in June 2009 was Sony's first CMOS imager based camera. Subsequently the TX1, and the WX1 were introduced in this first generation of CMOS imager cameras.

Those three first generation CMOS imager based cameras used an imager design shown below.

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Old Apr 3, 2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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The logical question is how good did the HX-1 photos look with this departure from the decade long, and well used CCD imager that had been use since 1999.

Here is a fireworks shot done after dark using the HHT or hand held twilight mode. This is a totally unique mode that came to us for the first time, along with HSP hand sweep panoramas. otos

The HHT mode takes 6 quick photos in less than a second and then merges them together in a single photo retaining the best elements of each of the six photos. The resulting photo contains the best elements of each of the six photos.

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Old Apr 3, 2010, 11:38 PM   #3
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The Sony HX-1 also heralded another huge change for Sony. After a year of gradually breaking their ties with Carl Zeiss, Sony, using the lens making facilit is a 20Xies that came their way in the merger with Konica-Minolta began producing their own line lenses.

Sony uses the same G designation that K-M had used to designate their upper or premium level of lenses. The HX1 was one of the first new Sony cameras to use the new 20X optical zoom lens that spans a range of 28mm to 560mm, in 35mm terms.

Here is a photo sample that illustrates how the Sony G level lens performs.

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Old Apr 4, 2010, 1:24 PM   #4
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Here is a flash assisted macro shot from the HX1.

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Here is a HSP - a handheld sweep panorama with the HX1.

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Here is another HSP. This time it is done indoors under existing light conditions with the camera held in the vertical position.

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Wow-nice looking Sweep panoramas.

I got a HX1 yesterday for $586-Sony Australia's RRP is usually $799 and I enjoy capuutring panoramas with it.
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