March 21, 2011: Sony Australia has announced four new H-series Cyber-shots, the 3-D capable HX9V, and three others.
We can’t tell you much about the latter three, as the Sony press release provides absolutely no detail except for their names and the fact they are good cameras with which to travel. One is the HX100V, one is the HX7V, and the runt of the litter is the H70 (Ha – only three characters!). Anyway, in the absence of further information, let’s focus on the HX9V, shall we:
For a start, it’s the ‘hero model’ of the H series. (Maybe ‘H’ is short for ‘Hero’?) Standing in the big, dark shadow of this Colossus of a camera, the other three H series models have been rendered virtually invisible!
In addition to 3D shooting (don’t know how, don’t know why) the HX9V features a small-area 16 megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS Sensor, for improved low-light performance. It shoots video at 1080p high-definition AVCHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. ‘Stunning’…’razor-sharp’…’life-like’…’vivid colours’ – etc.
It also features built-in GPS and a compass. Once photos are uploaded onto a computer, users can map where they were taken using the ‘accompanied’ (ie, ‘accompanying’ or, even better, ‘complementary’) Picture Motion Browser Software.
Sony has also introduced Sweep Panorama Mode for the first time to an H series camera with the HX9V (if my reading of the release is correct…But then again, if the H series is all-new, then it would have to be for the first time. Hmm, I’m confused). Anyway, like the new W series cameras it can capture a 42.9 megapixel panorama, which like the W series cameras is ‘the highest resolution among all compact digital still cameras’ – except of course for the H series, with which it shares this distinction. (You can see how a fellow can get confused here! It does your head in when you read these things too carefully)
Other features are Optical Active SteadyShot and a G-series lens of unspecified focal length.
The new Cyber-shot H series cameras are available from April. The HX9V has an RRP of $599, the HX100V (which lacks heroic characteristics but is nonetheless one hundred bucks extra) is $699, the HX7V is $499 ( and pictured above right – we couldn’t find a pic of the mighty 9V, but let’s assume it looks somewhat similar), and the H70 $349.
COMMENT: Garbage in, garbage out!