In addition to the HX200V and several T- and W-series models, Sony unveils four new H-series high zoom point-and-shoots for 2012. At the high end, these compact ultrazooms boast WiFi capability and up to a 20x optical zoom range.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V, HX20V and HX10V
Both the HX30 and HX20 offer an impressive 20x zoom lens, but only the HX30 will offer WiFi connectivity. This iteration of Sony WiFi enabled cameras will allow users to push files to a tablet, smartphone or other connected device for easy sharing to Facebook, YouTube and other applications. The HX30, HX20 and HX10 are equipped with GPS tracking capability, and a new logging function will make it possible to re-create a shooter’s route once the images are exported from the camera.
The Cyber-Shot HX10V doesn’t offer the WiFi capabilities of its siblings, but it does have a 16x optical zoom lens and full 1080 HD video. All three models will feature a 3.0-inch 921k-dot LCD and an 18.2 megapixel EXMOR R CMOS sensor. A new dual-record mode will capture 13 megapixel stills as video clips are captured, and an updated AF system offers focus speeds up to 0.10 seconds in good lighting conditions, Sony reps claim.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
Bringing in the entry-level rear is the H90, with a modest 16x optical zoom lens, 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor, 3.0-inch 460k-dot display and 720p HD video. It’s not part of the elite EXMOR class, but it does retain Optical SteadyShot and Sony’s popular Sweep Panorama mode.
Pricing and availability
The tricked-out, WiFi capable Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V will ship in May for an estimated $419.99. Also available in May, the HX20V will be offered at $399.99. The Cyber-shot HX10V and H90 will ship in March for $329.99 and $249.99, respectively.