42nd Street Photo recommends the Sony DSC-HX1 9.1 Megapixel Digital Camera

Sony DSC-HX1 9.1 Megapixel Digital CameraSony Cyber-shot HX1 is a 9.1 megapixel image stabilized 20x zoom digital camera that features 28mm wide angle, 3 inch LCD, CMOS sensor, 10 fps high speed shooting, sweep panoramic mode, handheld twilight mode, HD movies, and a high ISO of 3200. Sony’s powerful Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 treats you to awesome 9.1-megapixel pictures. The large LCD screen tilts up or down 90° to help you compose shots from awkward angles. Capture subtle details on distant subjects with this camera’s remarkable 20X zoom. The ‘HX1’s face detection automatically adjusts focus and exposure for accurate portraits. And an anti-blink function snaps two consecutive photos, recording only the one with your subject’s eyes wide open.

Like all of Sony’s recent cameras, the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 has built-in memory, in lieu of having a memory card included in the box. The HX1 has a paltry 11MB of onboard memory, which holds just two photos at the highest quality setting. Thus, you’ll want to get a large memory card, and fast. The DSC-HX1 supports Memory Stick Duo media (sigh), and I’d recommend starting out with a 4GB card on on this movie-centric camera. The DSC-HX1 uses the NP-FH50 lithium-ion battery for power. This battery has been used in Sony’s camcorders for a while now. Despite its relatively small size, the battery packs a very respectable 6.1 Wh of energy into its plastic shell.

Features:

  • 9.1MP Exmor CMOS sensor delivers high speed for image clarity
  • Imaging Sensor: 1/2.4 type Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Still Images: up to 9.0 MP (4:3 3456 x 2592), (16:9 1920 x 1080); Movie HD (1280 x 720 at 30fps)
  • Media: 11MB internal Flash Memory, Optional Memory Stick® Duo Media
  • 20x Optical Zoom Sony G-Lens extends your reach and helps bring you closer to the action (28-560mm in 35mm)
  • 28mm wide angle gives you the power to widen your view and capture more of the city, landscape, or group
  • Large 3.0″ Clear Photo LCD Plus tilt display makes it easy to compose your images, even in tight to reach high and low places
  • Sweep Panorama Mode reaches beyond the traditional wide-angle lenses to let you capture expansive shots of landscapes, or skyscrapers
  • Handheld Twilight Mode helps you capture cleaner and sharper night shots without using a tripod
  • Anti-Motion Blur takes advantage of the Exmor CMOS sensor and High ISO to capture clear images with reduced noise, and less subject blur
  • Capture your movies in stunning 1080p HD Resolution and with the built in Stereo Microphone record Audio that is crisp and clear
  • Intelligent Auto mode goes beyond traditional auto settings by recognizing and adjusting to scene conditions and lighting, enhancing natural skin tones, and reducing blur
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition automatically recognizes eight different types of scenes and selects the most appropriate camera setting
  • Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, White balance, and ISO sensitivity to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye and blurred images
  • The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting
  • Smile Shutter mode captures a smile the moment it happens
  • Optical SteadyShot® Image stabilization uses a built-in gyro sensor to detect camera shake and automatically shifts the lens to help prevent blur without sacrificing image quality
  • Using 16:9 High Resolution Mode you can record images in the 16:9 Aspect Ratio favored by HDTV
  • Wide Zoom allows you to adjust images for tilt display at the 16:9 aspect ratio for optimum viewing on widescreen HDTV
  • Create fun and entertaining slide shows with the built-in HD Slide Show with Music capability
  • Power: Rechargeable Battery
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 4 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ x 3 5/8″
  • Weight: Approx. 1.8 oz.
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