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Sony Cybershot HX1
Sony Cybershot HX1

Hey! You should know that Sony has released a newer version of this product: the Sony Cyber-shot HX100V.

Sony Cybershot HX1

We've given the HX1 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1 has had a great run, but it's approaching the end of its lifespan. The 20x optical zoom lens and full HD video recording keep it competitive with newer competitors; it's tough to argue with a successful camera like this, but it's just a bit too expensive to recommend over newer Panasonic, Canon, and Fujifilm models. 


  • 9 megapixels
  • 20x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle lens
  • 1080p Full HD video mode
  • 3.0-inch tilting LCD display
  • Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo memory storage (11MB internal)
  • Part Number: DSC-HX1
  • UPC: 4905524598735
  • Release Date: Mar 02, 2009

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Sony Cybershot HX1 Reviews

Sony Cybershot HX1 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Excellent Camera (Tony Cavalier — 01/13/2010)

I bought the Canon Powershot S20 IS and was thoroughly disappointed. The photos in the auto mode were washed out - no contrast. I'd bought the camera as an on-the-go camera so I wouldn't have to lug around my DSLR all the time. I returned it and got the Sony Cybershot DSC HX1 and was pleasantly surprised. Although it is a 9.1 MP vs the Canon 12, it is sufficient for my needs. If I want to print photos larger than 8X10, I'll use my DSLR.

The Sony has an abundance of features and the 10fps shots are great for fast moving subjects. I like the panorama mode, although I probably won't use it much. It has a very fast shutter speed for a point and shoot and focuses fast evern in low light. It is less bulky than the Canon also. The color saturation and contract in the auto mode is very good and can be enhances using the extra contract and staturation modes. The color reproduction is much better than the Canon. It costs a little more, but is well worth it. I recommen you don't waste your money on the Canon, go straight for the Sony - you will like the photos so much more. The only drawback is that it does not have a hotshoe. That would have been a nice touch. However, it's a great camera and you actually get more feature for your money.

  • 5.0 out of 5
sony HX1-love it! (Rhea — 01/07/2010)

this is the best camera ive used to date.
perfect camera, easy to use, take great pics, amazing clarity!
dslr was too bulky so my husband chose this the digital zoom!

  • 5.0 out of 5
great camera (john fairbanks — 01/06/2010)

bought camera before we went to the black hills [mnt.rushmore] on vacation also devils tower camera worked fine got some great photos of mnt climers and wildlife in the badlands my wife and I love this camera the only dowm side is you have to remove it from a tripod if you are using one so you can recharge the battery.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Really enjoy the Full HD video (ken — 12/14/2009)

I really enjoy the 1080p Full HD video recording, especially playback in their BRAVIA LCD TV. It's really, really good. When I compare it to others brands, the HX1 is much better than Panasonic. I like it because the battery lasts longer and Exmor-R CMOS sensor produces a good picture.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (Deep — 12/09/2009)

If someone is unable to decide whether he should go far slr or point and shoot, then hx1 is a perfect choice. I am 100% satisfied with it. 20X optical zoom is very useful. I am a great fan of its sweep panaroma feature.Construction is robust. You will not regret after you own this camera.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Sony HX1 (Jayne — 11/24/2009)

A brilliant camera, I decided against the DSLR as I didnt want the bulkiness and having to keep changing lenses. The HX1 has not disappointed me, optical zoom is just what I needed for taking pictures of birds, nature, and last week used it at the Dubai Airshow, and also taken twilight shots of the burj no tripod. The digital zoom isnt bad either. A great camera to carry around, even fits in my handbag! Who needs a DSLR.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Great Zoom, but Image quality.... (Gayan Dasanayake — 10/21/2009)

* Zoom is very useful.
* Image stabilization works fine.
* Solid and intelligent build (as Sony would always I guess)
* Great battery life.
* Sweep panorama mode is great.
* Superb video quality (can zoom).
* Powerful flash.
* Average picture quality.
* Low light performance is bad.
* No RAW feature and JPEG compression seems to hurt picture quality.

  • 1.0 out of 5
HX1 for Nature Photography (Marilyn Patterson — 09/24/2009)

My beloved Sony H50 died and after trying 3 times to fix it Sony replace it with the HX1. This is actually the second HX1 I have had. I returned the first one to where I bought it and lost $100 in the process. It only takes clear sharp photos when the lighting is perfect otherwise it cannot focus. This is especially true of small objects such as birds in trees or wildflowers on a cloudy day. Even when the light is good I have to focus 5 or 6 times before getting a clear shot. Birds don't wait. I haven't found anyone male or female, young or old who can hand hold the lens extended to 20X and still get clear photos even on a sunny day. The best we can manage is 15X handheld. Tripods and monopods get in the way of quick shooting. I believe that Sony has sacrificed the quality of the images for bells and whistles. If I can find a new H50 I will give the HX1 away. I shot over 500 images in each of the HX1's I used. I used all modes and none focused well in less than perfect light.