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Sony DSCHX90V-B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 29, 2015

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Sony DSCHX90V/B Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Black)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 84 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Lens5.0   exceptional
Photo5.0   above average
Image4.9   above average
Compact4.7   average
Zoom4.6   above average
Quality4.4   above average
Video4.3   average
Range3.7   below average
Screen3.7   average
Size3.7   below average
Viewfinder3.7   average
Focus3.0   average


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Compact

Compact:
"I like the Sony HX Series and I had them long time ago, but after buying the flimsy plastic hx90v, not just the plastic but it not functioning well, I have to look for other compact zoom camera."
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"For a small 1 2.3 sensor in a long zoom compact this is about a good as it gets."
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"I carry a dSLR with a big heavy lens for wildlife and birds, and a compact camera that will take decent landscape shots is a must for me."
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"A pretty good travel camera because of its compact size."
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"This light compact camera suits my needs for a camera that is easy to bring along and take nice photos."
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"PROS:-Compact, high-quality frame-Super-versatile lensCONS:-Limited dynamic range at higher ISO-No RAW support-Noisy, low-detail images at higher ISOIf flexibility across light conditions is of more importance then you'd be better considering this one: http: amzn."
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Display

Display:
"Once deployed, the viewfinder eliminates any problem with a washed out LCD display in bright outdoor lighting, a drawback that has always bothered me with my smartphone camera."
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"Considering most people use the display more often, this is whats called a design compromise, and IMO, a very smart one."
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"I would have preferred to have had the rear display be able to tilt up or down rather than just flip up."
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"The popup EVF was clearer than I expected from such a small display but totally adequate for shooting in bright sunlight where the main display is totally washed out by the sun."
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"The display and viewfinder do have an unbelievable amount of information available."
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"The flip-up 3 display is simlarly robust, with nice metal housing that only exposes part of the ribbon cable."
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Focus

Focus:
"I can live with pushing the release to pop it up but having to pull out the focus eyepiece is a ridiculous complication."
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"Now with the HX90v, if the camera can't autofocus, I can easily manually focus."
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"The WX-350 would often not be able to lock focus in low light or low contrast situations."
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"* Excellent focusing ability and accuracy (still a problem on all RX100 models)."
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"We start out life with a 40 diopter range of focus in our eyes (from 8 to infinity), but this slowly degrades to about 2 diopters by age 60, its a gradual and somewhat linear decline."
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"Focus is bang-on and the quality, outstanding."
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"It is fast, focuses well, and takes great photos."
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"Focus is faster, the screen in easier to see, a viewfinder for bright sunny days and most important for me are the ability to easily manually override the camera settings."
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"But you also get great depth of focus with a small sensor."
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"* Excellent focusing ability and accuracy (still a problem on all RX100 models)."
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Image

Image:
"The image is just too hard to hold steady."
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"Wonderful pics using either of the Auto modes...and lots of control over how the image is processed when you need it."
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"In good lighting, I have no complaints regarding the image quality of the HX90v."
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"A long planned trip in 2006 reignited the photo bug in me and I bought a nice Fujifilm S9000 digital."
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"I read about it..researched about it...and finally got it...a great day...I do own a Canon 60d and use to the size but noticed that I tend not to take it to my trips...it is heavy and a i have a bad back...nothing I can do about it...So I do have my Samsung s5 that gets great day light pics but I said wait...maybe a pro high end point and shoot camera will get me better results?"
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"Note in the flag pic the wind is blowing pretty good."
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Lens

Lens:
"The zoom lens is simply amazing."
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"In this role, it does quite well due to battery commonality and the long zoom lens being able to reach where the RX100 lens can't quite make it."
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"The camera feels good..zoom quality is amazing...great lens and so many features I was actually amazed."
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"The 30X lens is outstanding."
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Light

Light:
"Knowing the limitations of small imaging sensors and relatively slow lens apertures, I wasn't surprised to find out that pictures are rather grainy and otherwise disappointing in low light conditions especially at high ISO values."
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"The WX-350 would often not be able to lock focus in low light or low contrast situations."
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"If you're considering purchasing it, please be aware of the limitations inherent to small sensor narrow aperture cameras and don't be surprised if pictures taken in low light don't come out particularly well."
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"I read about it..researched about it...and finally got it...a great day...I do own a Canon 60d and use to the size but noticed that I tend not to take it to my trips...it is heavy and a i have a bad back...nothing I can do about it...So I do have my Samsung s5 that gets great day light pics but I said wait...maybe a pro high end point and shoot camera will get me better results?"
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"Still, it takes fairly decent photos in low light as long as you hold the camera still."
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"Whether in daylight or low light, we're super pleased! "
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"It works excellent in great lighting, struggles a bit in low light."
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Photo

Photo:
"Great photos at a fair price! "
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"I have not had anything printed yet, but when I look at my downloaded photos on the computer monitor they look as good as those from the Fujifilm."
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"It is fast, focuses well, and takes great photos."
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"Still, it takes fairly decent photos in low light as long as you hold the camera still."
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"The Sony photos on my computer where clear, colorful and focused!"
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Quality

Quality:
"Another small complaint I have is with the quality of the USB port cover."
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"Complaints about build quality, plasticky feel and flimsiness, in my experience, do not proceed."
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", and the quality of the product is terrible and the way they finished the plastic is so flimsy."
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"In good lighting, I have no complaints regarding the image quality of the HX90v."
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"Focus is bang-on and the quality, outstanding."
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"Another upcoming holiday planned for fall of 2015 spurred me to search for a nice quality, small, point and shoot with a VIEWFINDER."
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"The picture quality is amazing."
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"The camera feels good..zoom quality is amazing...great lens and so many features I was actually amazed."
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Range

Range:
"The flash is cute as a button, pops up easily and works well within its limited range but the whole arrangement seems quite flimsy."
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"Like I mentioned before, the small sensor still has problems with noise at higher ISO ranges above 800."
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"So you won't be able to go over a full aperture range, however you get plenty of wiggle room to achieve the usual fall-off background bokeh (some) and blurred water of a river."
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"We start out life with a 40 diopter range of focus in our eyes (from 8 to infinity), but this slowly degrades to about 2 diopters by age 60, its a gradual and somewhat linear decline."
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"If using flash and the subject is in range, the HX90v does perform adequately."
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"The flash is cute as a button, pops up easily and works well within its limited range but the whole arrangement seems quite flimsy."
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"The pictures and video clips are beautiful and the zoom range is perfect for the casual vacation photographer."
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"PROS:-Compact, high-quality frame-Super-versatile lensCONS:-Limited dynamic range at higher ISO-No RAW support-Noisy, low-detail images at higher ISOIf flexibility across light conditions is of more importance then you'd be better considering this one: http: amzn."
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"I love the RX100 but zoom range is limited."
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Screen

Screen:
"The viewfinder is a most welcome addition, since in bright sunlight the screen can hardly be seen for the glare (a common problem with all cameras with no viewfinders)."
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"This updated version is smaller -- which is not necessarily a good thing -- but it adds a flip-up LCD screen and an optical viewfinder, which, for old geezers like me, are huge benefits."
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"My only 2 complaints so far is that I wish it had a touch screen and more parts were metal."
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"Being a new camera on the market, screen protectors are hard to find."
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"The flip view screen is great and the ability to take panorama shots is fantastic."
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"Regarding accessories, I bought the Sony screen protector PCKLM15 and found it easy to install."
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"Focus is faster, the screen in easier to see, a viewfinder for bright sunny days and most important for me are the ability to easily manually override the camera settings."
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"The tilting screen is nice to have on such a small camera."
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"Some of the best features so far: an excellent zoom (30x optical), 3 LCD screen that rotates (great for taking pictures high or low and excellent for selfies too), 10fps (one time burst) that's a blast (not sure that I need it but I loved trying it) plus GPS and wi-fi capability."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"Like I mentioned before, the small sensor still has problems with noise at higher ISO ranges above 800."
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"While all of them had their strong points and weak points, the HX90v has improved its strong points even further, while some of the weak points still plague the small sensor."
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"For a small 1 2.3 sensor in a long zoom compact this is about a good as it gets."
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"If you're considering purchasing it, please be aware of the limitations inherent to small sensor narrow aperture cameras and don't be surprised if pictures taken in low light don't come out particularly well."
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"Smaller image sensor is not a big problem to me."
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"But you also get great depth of focus with a small sensor."
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"1 in sensor was great and in low light this camera was excellent."
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Size

Size:
"The electronic viewfinder is more than adequate albeit small with hard to read info inside."
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"Another small complaint I have is with the quality of the USB port cover."
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"There is nothing wrong with my other HX models but the 30x optical zoom on this camera in a small body was just too much to pass on."
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"Like I mentioned before, the small sensor still has problems with noise at higher ISO ranges above 800."
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"While all of them had their strong points and weak points, the HX90v has improved its strong points even further, while some of the weak points still plague the small sensor."
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"Given the technical compromises for such a small body and retail value, I issue this a 5-star review."
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"For a small 1 2.3 sensor in a long zoom compact this is about a good as it gets."
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"The electronic viewfinder is more than adequate albeit small with hard to read info inside."
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"If you're considering purchasing it, please be aware of the limitations inherent to small sensor narrow aperture cameras and don't be surprised if pictures taken in low light don't come out particularly well."
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"Another upcoming holiday planned for fall of 2015 spurred me to search for a nice quality, small, point and shoot with a VIEWFINDER."
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"I really like this camera for its small size and ease of use."
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Video

Video:
"Either the video is awesome and the pictures stink or the pictures are great and the video is horrible."
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"Never had any issues with any of them, other then the quicktime video is mediocre."
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"It does work quite well as my hands have tremors and I'm usually disappointed with handheld videos from my smartphone and previous cameras."
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"The HX90V makes great video, a resource I only use occasionally."
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"Excellent pix and movies."
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"Stills and short video clips can be more spontaneous and much easier to take on a vacation."
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"The pictures and video clips are beautiful and the zoom range is perfect for the casual vacation photographer."
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"Either the video is awesome and the pictures stink or the pictures are great and the video is horrible."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"The electronic viewfinder is more than adequate albeit small with hard to read info inside."
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"I read a lot of complaints about the finnicky push button --> pull out viewfinder mechanism, but I've had no issues with it whatsoever (granted, I use this camera mostly to take landscape shots, but I think almost everyone knows this is not the adequate machine to photograph birds in flight, lions charging, pianos falling from buildings, etc.)."
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"The viewfinder is a most welcome addition, since in bright sunlight the screen can hardly be seen for the glare (a common problem with all cameras with no viewfinders)."
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"Some reviewers have criticized the popup viewfinder as not being clear ."
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"But size matters even though looking through the viewfinder it's hard to get your nose out of the way."
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"The viewfinder can be kind of a hassle to pop up and then pull out because if you forget to pull it out you will get a big blur."
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"The electronic viewfinder is more than adequate albeit small with hard to read info inside."
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"Another upcoming holiday planned for fall of 2015 spurred me to search for a nice quality, small, point and shoot with a VIEWFINDER."
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"I next tried a little Olympus point and shoot which did quite nicely but IT HAS NO VIEWFINDER."
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"It has a viewfinder and the zoom works nicely."
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"This is a nice camera, but....The pop up viewfinder leaves a lot to be desired."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Like myself, those thinking the new 30x zoom would make a huge difference over the 20x zoom models, youll be extremely disappointed."
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"There is nothing wrong with my other HX models but the 30x optical zoom on this camera in a small body was just too much to pass on."
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"I like the Sony HX Series and I had them long time ago, but after buying the flimsy plastic hx90v, not just the plastic but it not functioning well, I have to look for other compact zoom camera."
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"Following are the areas this camera falls short based on side-by-side comparison with my old DSC-HX20V: Auto-focus is not effective on many objects, especially in extended zoom range and low-light conditions."
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"The zoom lens is simply amazing."
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"For a small 1 2.3 sensor in a long zoom compact this is about a good as it gets."
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"In this role, it does quite well due to battery commonality and the long zoom lens being able to reach where the RX100 lens can't quite make it."
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"It has a viewfinder and the zoom works nicely."
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"I took a few shots just to test the zoom and was very pleased with the Optical Zoom and pleasantly surprised with the Digital Zoom."
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