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Sony DSCHX90V Digital Camera

Compact Camera 18.2MP 30x Jan 2016
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Five industry awards
Good technical features
Does not have a good flash
181 Reviews + 5 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Ephotozine Recommended 01net.com 5 Star PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended

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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

Two expert review sites endorsed this camera. Review site Ephotozine conluded that they would endorse this compact camera and gave it a "Recommended" award and the writer at website PhotographyBlog.com conluded that they would highly recommend it and gave it a "Highly Recommended" award.

Three more expert review sites all thought that this camera was good. This Sony camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and 01net.com and Altomdata.dk gave it a "Best Product" award.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on eighteen expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Techradar this camera has an overall expert rating of 83%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

This digital camera has an average owner rating of 88% based on 239 owner reviews. 101 reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 91% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Good Brand

Based on 23,045 expert and owner reviews (including 1,068 verified purchases), Sony has good ratings for its cameras. Sony also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera, the DSC-HX90V's digital zoom of 120 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of cameras of this age and type range from 1.8x to 120x, and the average digital zoom is 21x.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the Sony DSC-HX90V has one of the bigger optical zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. The smallest optical zoom of compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 1x, the biggest is 30x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera is 1.7 and the largest is 4. The Sony DSC-HX90V has a fairly large minimum aperture number (3.5) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Other

Released Over a Year Ago

It was April 2017 when this Sony camera was released.


Smart TV

Does Not Have Gps

Four people thought this digital camera did not have gps. Bestbuy.com wrote “No built-in GPS or Wi-Fi” in their review of this digital camera. The Tech Builder wrote on Bhphotovideo.com in April last year “Good low light (but a little noisy without flash), Great day pics, GPS stamping, good fit” in their review of this digital camera. Mcskelley wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V “Atrocious GPS function” .


Battery

390 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera take between 200 and 469 battery life (CIPA standard), including the DSC-HX90V which takes 390 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-HX90V has a built-in microphone. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Quiet

Four people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was noisy. Artsguy mentioned “If your listening please come out with a firmware update addressing the noise issues with this camera”. Artsguy also wrote “The big negative, is the photo noise issues” in their review. Kinki2 said on Bestbuy.com “So I hope can improve wind noise reduction function, as it was not perfect enough” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who bought the Sony DSC-HX90V thought it was quiet. Bestbuy.com wrote “Silent shutter” in their review of this digital camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Sony DSC-HX90V has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras that were released more than a year ago also have an HDMI.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-HX90V has an AC adapter included. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera also have an AC adapter included.

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Has a Wrist Strap Included

The DSC-HX90V has a wrist strap included. Most of the other compact cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also have a wrist strap included.

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Has a Carrying Case

The DSC-HX90V has a carrying case, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-HX90V has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-HX90V supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X30 ($498.99) is also worth considering.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS ($329.95) is also worth considering.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony DSC-HX90V supports Near Field Communication (NFC). Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX90V has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with an image stabilizer and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X30 ($498.99) is also worth considering.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also have an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Canon PowerShot SX700 HS ($329.95) is also worth considering.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Nineteen owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX90V had good features. Craig wrote in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Has most of the bells and whistles one could want”. Spikey mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “It has a lot of great features!” and scored this digital camera 7 stars. Tcarizona wrote on Bestbuy.com “This camera has so many features” in their review of this digital camera.


Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-HX90V has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other compact cameras that were released more than a year ago do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Power

Good Battery Life

Seven owners who purchased it said that it had a good battery life. Bestbuy.com said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V “Battery Life” however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Small Powerful Battery” in their review. Two years ago First-Time Sony User mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V on Bhphotovideo.com “The life of the lithium ion NP-BX1 battery is pretty generous”.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The DSC-HX90V supports video recording, as do most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Design

Good Looking

Eight customers said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX90V was good looking. Bestbuy.com said two years ago “Photos Look Pretty Good” . Tdellav wrote “It takes great pictures and has a pretty decent telephoto lens” and gave it a rating of 7 stars. Rog wrote “The pix are beautiful” .

Two people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was well designed. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote “The model borrows a host of its features and design from the more advanced RX100 Mark III” and rated it 78.813663279796 out of 100. Blsdp rated it 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com two years ago “The Viewfinder option and hinged screen design are both nice additions”.

One owner who bought it wrote that it was neat. Rog scored the product 7 stars and mentioned “The EVF on this Sony is the ticket and the lens ring is a neat idea I'm just learning to use”. One customer wrote that it was ergonomic. Steve G said “The image quality is great and the ergonomics are solid” .

One owner considered that it was ugly. Nuni wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “Liberty Bell, Philadelphia); view finder difficult to use Ugly”.

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Good Product Quality

Twenty-four owners who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX90V considered that it was good quality. Two years ago Cameralabs.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Along with claiming superior quality”. Srtemp mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Easy camera to use with great picture quality” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 6 stars. Tcarizona wrote two years ago “I am very pleased with picture quality” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V.

Easy to Use

Twenty-six people concluded that the product was easy to use. Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Multi-use Control Ring” . Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Remote Wi-fi Control” in their review. Carol mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “Great photos in a small camera that is easy to use” in his Sony DSC-HX90V review.

Five customers who purchased it thought it was easy to use the menus. Bestbuy.com mentioned two years ago “Adj Settings Via Lens” in their review of this digital camera. Peter mentioned on Amazon “The auto settings are so good the manual settings really aren't needed”. Peter Greenvalley wrote on Amazon “The Perfect compact camera ! - You choose more automatic settings or manual - just perfect” in his Sony DSC-HX90V review.

Five customers who reviewed it concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. First-Time Sony User said two years ago “It has both a swivel screen and a viewfinder! I ordered it from B&H and it was in my hands on June 25”. Sonybuyer wrote “This camera is easy to hold if you know where, light”. Traveler123 said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Didn't get 5 stars because it is hard to hold the camera steady at extreme zoom” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person said in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Charles P. rated it 6 stars and he said on Amazon “The camera handles nicely thanks to a protruding grip on the right side which allows you to hold it securely with one hand”.

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Robust

Eight customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Two years ago Craig gave it a score of 6 stars and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “The construction seems solid”. In the same month Tcarizona said on Bestbuy.com “On top of that the camera is solidly built and in a very small form factor (it fits in my pocket” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V. Speedy wrote on Bhphotovideo.com “Instead of a solid rubber grip, or even a rubber covered grip, Sony has simply used a hollow plastic shell as a grip” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people concluded that it was strong and durable. First-Time Sony User said “It comes with a shoulder strap that can be removed and it has a sturdy belt loop that snaps closed”. Jessie said in his review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “It is small enough to fit in your front pocket easily and is rugged”.

One customer said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Nuni wrote two years ago “Pop up flash; flimsy neck; almost broke it as it got caught in the strap”.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Twelve people who reviewed it considered that it had good technical guidance. Bestbuy.com wrote in their Sony DSC-HX90V review “Manual Focus” but despite that they only gave the product a score of 1 stars. Bestbuy.com also said “Built-in Help” in their review. Expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “It has proper manual controls and an EVF – two popular boxes ticked for” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twenty-five owners who reviewed it thought it was compact. Photographyblog.com gave it a score of 7 stars and wrote on expert website PhotographyBlog.com two years ago “The Cyber-shot HX90V replaces last year's HX60V as Sony's high-end travelzoom compact camera” in their Sony DSC-HX90V review. Ephotozine.com wrote in their Sony DSC-HX90V review on Ephotozine in the same month “The Sony Cyber-shot HX90V is one of the most compact 30x optical zoom lens cameras available”. Ephotozine.com also wrote “The compact camera features a 30x optical zoom lens, 18 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF, full-HD video recording” in their review.

Seven people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was heavy and bulky. Two years ago First-Time Sony User mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Now I find the FZ200 to be too bulky and heavy” and gave it a score of 6 stars. Traveler mentioned in their review of this digital camera “However there are many times where it is too big and heavy”. Two years ago Charles P. mentioned in his review of the Sony DSC-HX90V on Amazon “It feels heavy for its size at 245g, indicating just how much gadgetry is packed into it”.

Three owners who reviewed the product said that it was lightweight. Geobonsai mentioned “Wanted a light-weight, pocket-size camera primarily for travelling (architecture)”. Geoffrey John Stewart mentioned “It's a very lightweight and fits perfectly into a pocket” in his review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 8 stars. Ray2956 said “Quick focusing, lightweight, long zoom camera” in their Sony DSC-HX90V review.

Two people who purchased it wrote that it was easy to carry around. Gwenll wrote on Bestbuy.com “It is certainly pocketable and easy to carry along with you for ready shooting” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V. One customer who purchased it reckoned that it was good structurally.

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Very Light

The DSC-HX90V is one of the lighter digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera (only 218 grams) amongst compact cameras of this age. The weights of digital cameras that were released one year ago range from 180g to 1.1kg, and the average weight is 420g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Fujifilm X30 ($498.99) (383g and higher rated).

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Good Zoom

Sixty-two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Bestbuy.com said “Versatile Zoom Lens” in their review of this digital camera although they gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V on expert review site PC Mag “The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V has an incredible zoom range and an excellent EVF.”. Expert review site Techradar.com said “On paper this looks like a great travel zoom camera and it feels very nice in the hand” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 6 stars.

Ten people concluded that the product had a good lens. Traveler wrote “The image quality combined with a great lens is just what I needed” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Steve D said on Amazon “The quality of the Zeiss lens is superb (I still think the Zeiss lens on my old Nokia N95 was/is awesome” in his review of this digital camera. A. J. Morison said on Amazon “Excellent lens”.

Six owners thought this digital camera had a good autofocus. Th wrote “It has a number of improvements that impress me like the super-fast focusing and auto WB shift”. Charles P. said two years ago “The autofocus is excellent” in his Sony DSC-HX90V review. Praveen said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V on Bestbuy.com “Unfortunately, for one of its biggest selling points -- continuous autofocus performance -- stumbles somewhat when it comes to capturing fast action”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. Mungo said on Bhphotovideo.com “The stabilization is excellent” and scored the product 8 stars.

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Good for Video Recording

Seven owners who purchased the product concluded that it was good for video recording. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Great Pictures Videos” but in spite of that they gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Happyhx90vowner mentioned “The video recording aspect looks great” in their review of this digital camera. Julie L said in her review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “I liked the dedicated movie button”.

Able to Produce Good Images

Seventy-three owners wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Bestbuy.com wrote “300 Images Per Charge”. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Sharp images” in their review. Two years ago expert website Techradar.com said “Smartphones are getting so capable at taking pictures that you need a good reason to take an actual camera with you when you travel these days –”.

Five owners who reviewed it thought it had a good image sensor. Rjv in Chicago said “The new HX90V has a larger sensor” . Steve D wrote on Amazon “Despite its smaller sensor can easily produce A1 or even A0 prints not to mention they look great on my 37" Full HD TV too” in his review of this digital camera. Steve D also said “The lens and sensor are so good I didn't miss the odd time that I used to attach it” in his review.

Five customers who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Bestbuy.com said “Good in Low Light”. Ambyorix mentioned on Bestbuy.com “This will take excellent pics in bright light and has good features for useful low light images as well” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Bestbuy.com said in their Sony DSC-HX90V review two years ago “Great Resolution” .

Three customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was able to produce clear pictures. Arniew1 mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com in April last year “The pictures that I have taken are almost professional in clarity”. Kdt5 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “The shutter is wonderfully fast and the clarity in the shot is almost comparable to my Nikon” and scored it 8 stars. Two years ago Jessie gave it a rating of 7 stars and he wrote on Bestbuy.com “It has great clarity and has selections that can be quickly changed from single to burst shooting”.

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Good Viewfinder

Twenty-eight people agreed that it had a good viewfinder. Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V “Digital Viewfinder”. Expert website Techradar.com mentioned two years ago “The viewfinder is a real bonus when shooting in bright light” in their review of this digital camera. Bob said “I wanted the new improvements & the electronic viewfinder which is great in the sun” in his review of this digital camera.

Twelve people who reviewed it wrote that it had a good screen. Bestbuy.com wrote two years ago “Flip up screen”. First-Time Sony User wrote also two years ago “The Nikon S9900 has a great articulating screen” in their review of this digital camera. First-Time Sony User also wrote “It was difficult to see the screen outdoors in bright sun” in their review.

Seven owners said in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Speedy said on Bhphotovideo.com “2nd - The EVF is very good” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX90V. Two years ago Ambyorix said “This is a phenomenal camera in an unbelievably small form factor! Loads of manual control, Zeis lens, 30x optical zoom, very useful EVF, etc, etc”. Earlyadapter gave it a rating of 6 stars and wrote “A proximity sensor for switching from the LCD to EVF would be helpful” in their review of this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Flash

Nine people concluded that the Sony DSC-HX90V did not have a good flash. Bestbuy.com wrote “Flash Can Not Be Bounced” in their review of this digital camera. Bestbuy.com also wrote “High Shutter Needs Flash” in their review. Also two years ago Tdellav mentioned on Bestbuy.com “My only complaint is that the flash isn't auto”.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony DSC-HX90V has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X30 ($498.99) is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00845251097825, 00845251097832, 00845251097849, 04548736014367

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