Sony DSC-HX1: Auto Panorama

Sony DSC-HX1 Specifications

Image Sensor: 9.1MP 1/2.4″ (7.63mm) Exmor CMOS
35mm Equivalent: 28-560mm
Aperture: F2.8-8.0
ISO: 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Optical Zoom: 20x
LCD: 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD – 230,400 pixels
Burst Mode: About 10fps (10 shots)
Storage: 11MB Internal Flash, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo 
Movie: 1280 x 720p at 30fps
Connectivity: USB 2.0, HDMI
Price: US$499.99
Full specifications at Sony. 


Sony‘s DSC-HX1 is an 20x ultra-zoom 9MP digital camera. The HX1 takes 1280 x 720 video at 30fps progressively. Don’t let anyone fool you about its 1080p video capturing capability: it’s not really 1080p. If you look closely at the specs you’ll see that it’s the funky 1440 x 1080 pixel format. What you want is 1920 x 1080. Digital stills can be taken at up to 10fps and up to just 10 shots, so that’ll be just about 1 second of high-speed shooting. Low-light shooting is improved with the HX1 taking 6 shots at once and then combining them for a blur-free and noise-free low-light shot. This would be great for everyone who likes to take pictures indoors and when the sun is down. Two videos by Slash Gear after the jump.

The most interesting feature of the HX1 is what Sony calls Sweep Panorama. In Sweep Panorama mode the HX1 automatically stitches together multiple scenes to create an ultra-wide 7152 x 1080 image. The $499.99 price isn’t for everyone but if all you do is waste your life away stitching together pictures into a panorama, the HX1 might be a life safer.

Overview of the HX1:

Demonstration of HX1’s Sweep Panorama:

You can sign up at Amazon to get notified of when the HX1 becomes available.

Source: Sony, Slash Gear, Engadget

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