Sony HX80 Review

cameras have come a long way and have evolved a lot. The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX80 Point & Shoot Camera has a CMOS Sensor sensor. As far as the ISO levels are concerned, this camera supports Auto, 80-12800 ISO. Movies can be recorded at a resolution of 1920×1080 Pixels (1080p HD),1280×720 Pixels (720p HD). It supports memory card types of Memory Stick Duo, Memory space Stay Micro M2, Storage Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, SD. Overall, this digital camera weighs and has a 3 Inch display to click, and preview images.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX80 looks very similar to the HX90V, which itself shares a similar style with the premium RX100-series, so many photographers should be pleased and familiar with the HX80’s appearance. The only notable difference in the camera body between the HX80 and HX90V, as mentioned earlier, is that the former does not have a control ring around the lens.

Sony HX80 (Specs)

  • 18MP – 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS Sensor
  • ISO 80 – 3200( expands to 12800)
  • 24-720 mm F3.5-6.4 Zoom Lens
  • 5-axis Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3″ Tilting Screen
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 10.0 fps continuous shooting

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Sony HX80: Price

Sony HX80: Performance

Inside the camera is a BIONZ X image processor that drives both still and video capture. The HX80’s native ISO range is 80-3200 and is expandable to 6400 and 12,800 for stills. Like the HX90V, the Sony HX80 cannot capture RAW images. Images can be captured at up to 10 frames per second (fps) for 10 frames. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video could be recorded at around 60fps including in XAVC S format at 50 Mbps.

Along with the HX90V, Sony states that the HX80 is the only high-zoom compact camera with a retractable electronic viewfinder. Just like the HX90V, the Sony HX80’s built-in EVF utilizes a 0.2″ 638,400-dot OLED display. The EVF provides 100% frame coverage, 0.5x magnification (35mm eq.), and offers adjustable brightness control. If you would prefer to use the monitor, the HX80 has a 3″ 921,600-dot TFT LCD that tilts up to 180 degrees.

In addition to the built-in EVF, there is also a retractable built-in flash. The flash is able to sync with the camera’s shutter speed throughout its full 30s to 1/2000s range and has a maximum range of 0.3 to 5.4 meters (W) and 2.5 to 3.0 meters (T) at ISO Auto.

Sony HX80: Functions and Modes

Autofocus is provided via contrast-detection but unfortunately the Sony HX80 does not provide users the option to manually focus like the HX90V does. Autofocus sensitivity is rated from 2 EV to 16 EV at an ISO 100 equivalent. The Cyber-shot HX80 also has face recognition and an auto macro focusing mode. Focus area options include wide, center, flexible spot (small, medium, or large), and expanded flexible spot.

Exposure metering modes include multi-pattern, centre-weighted, and spot and there is up to 3 EV of exposure compensation available. The Sony HX80 offers customers a wide array of exposure settings: Intelligent Auto, Superior Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Concern, Manual, three Memory Recall exposure modes, and Movie Mode (which itself offers Program Car, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Concern, and Manual settings). In addition to these exposure modes, there are also creative modes including panorama and scene selection shooting settings. There are also creative Picture Effects available for both stills and movies.

Sony HX80: Specifications

Body typeUltracompact
Max resolution4896 x 3672
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ISOAuto, 80-3200, expands to 12800 in Multi-Frame NR mode
Focal length (equiv.)24–720 mm
Max apertureF3.5–6.4
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots921,600
Max shutter speed1/2000 sec
Storage typesMemory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries)245 g (0.54 lb / 8.64 oz)
Dimensions102 x 58 x 36 mm (4.02 x 2.28 x 1.42″)

Sony HX80: Conclusion

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 gets you super-close to faraway action, and captures sharp, accurate images, too. The camera’s built-in Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar® T lens offers a stunning 30X optical zoom – very impressive range for a camera that can fit in your pocket. An improved autofocus algorithm brings your subject into immediate, razor-sharp focus. We’re also impressed with the image quality the ‘HX80 offers, thanks to its high-performance Exmor R® picture sensor and a powerful Bionz X processor.

Image Quality
ISO Performance
Video mode
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