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Sony announces the Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

The first Sony compact camera to capture HD video

Sony Cyber-shot HX1

The Sony Cyber-shot HX1, at 20x, has the most powerful zoom on a digital camera of this class

Sony has announced the Cyber-shot HX1, a high-speed camera with a 20x optical zoom and HD video mode.

The HX1 will be launched in April this year, although Sony is yet to confirm a price. The camera features Sony’s Exmor CMOS sensor, which was originally designed for the Sony Alpha digital SLRs.

High-speed shooting

Sony claims that the camera is able to capture ten shots per second at its full 9.1Mp of resolution. The ISO can be set to a maximum sensitivity of 3,200, and the three-inch LCD can be tilted to aid the composition of photos when the camera’s held above or below head level.

The HX1 is Sony’s first compact camera to feature a high definition video recording mode. It also features a new processing trick called ‘Sweep Panorama’. This, according to Sony, allows the user to capture a series of rapid shots by holding down the shutter and fluidly sweeping the arm across the landscape. The Bionz processor then stitches the images together to create a single, extra-wide image.

High definition video on cameras

Richard Parris, Which? camera expert, said: ‘The trend for HD video recording in digital cameras is growing apace, but we’re still yet to see a model that can match up to the performance of a dedicated digital camcorder. We’ll be keen to test the HX1 as soon as it’s available.’

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