Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Digital Camera

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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Compact Digital Camera blends a progressive, poor-light optimized image sensor with a long-zoom, also characterized by its slender form factor and intuitive handling engineering. At the backbone is an 18.2MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor, featuring a back-illuminated design, as well as a BIONZ X image processor to create smooth image quality, reduced noise, and an expansive sensitivity range up to ISO 12800. Combined, the sensor and processor also deliver fast performance all through the camera system, including a 10 frames per second continuous shooting rate plus the ability to record Full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second using the XAVC S format.

Matching the imaging capabilities is a fitting physical design, which includes both a pop-up electronic OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder and 180° tilting 3.0" 921k-dot LCD screen into its design, along with built-in Wi-Fi with included NFC for wireless sharing of images and remote control of the camera using a linked smartphone or tablet. Contrasting the chic size, the HX80 is also distinguished by its far-reaching 30x zoom Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, which delivers a 35mm equivalent 24-720mm zoom range. Spanning wide-angle thru super telephoto ranges, this lens takes advantage of a 5-axis Optical SteadyShot image stabilization; diminishing the display of camera shake to provide sharper results. A true all-around pocketable camera, the HX80 combines both form and function, along with imaging advantage to handle a wide array of everyday shooting requirements.

Using an 18.2MP 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor combined with an BIONZ X image processor, the HX80 can produce high-resolution stills and full HD video with distinguished clarity and smooth tonality. The sensor features a back-illuminated design, too, achieving reduced noise levels along with an inbred sensitivity range up to ISO 3200, which may be extended to ISO 12800 for shooting in poor-light conditions. The sensor and processor also offer a continuous shooting rate of 10 frames per second for up to 10 consecutive frames in a spurt.

In addition, Full 1080 HD video recording is supported in 24p or 60p, or 60i, frame rates, with the ability to take advantage of the high-quality 50 Mbps XAVC Sa format or routine high-definition AVCHD format. When using either format, a secondary Internet-friendly MP4 version can be recorded simultaneously for easy online sharing.

Handling wide-angle thru super telephoto ranges, the built-in 30x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens covers a 35mm equivalent 24-720mm focal length perspective. Five aspherical elements are built-in to the optical lay-out, which diminish spherical aberrations all through the zoom range, and a T* anti-reflective coating assists to control lens ghosting and flare for increased contrast and neutral color..

Complementing the optical design, the lens's performance also takes advantage of its 5-axis Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to diminish the display of camera shake. Additionally, an Intelligent Active Mode is also possible to diminish blur frequent to shooting video while moving. Additionally aiding in accomplishing sharp imagery, Fast Intelligent autofocus employs an optimized spatial object detection algorithm to hasten focusing speeds as well as fine-tuning accuracy for consistently sharp results.

Body type Ultracompact  
Max resolution 4896 x 3672  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 18 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor Bionz X  
ISO Auto, 80-3200, expands to 12800 in Multi-Frame NR mode  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 12800  
White balance presets 9  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Image stabilization notes 5-axis (hybrid)  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24720 mm  
Optical zoom 30  
Maximum aperture F3.5 - F6.4  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2x)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 921,600  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, on, slow sync, off, rear sync  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)  
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n with NFC  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery & USB charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 390  
Weight (inc. batteries) 245 g (0.54 lb / 8.64 oz)  
Dimensions 102 x 58 x 36 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.42)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5