Sony Electronics announced the new DSC-HX80, a new addition to their compact zoom camera lineup on Monday, 7th March, 2016.
Featuring 30x optical zoom, an 18-megapixel Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor with a Bionz X processor, the HX80 is capable of recording 1080p HD video. The camera’s 30x optical zoom lens covers a focal length equivalent of 24-720mm, with a maximum aperture of F3.5-F6.4 across its focal length range, and is equipped with Optical SteadyShot 5-axis image stabilisation to minimise effects of camera shake.
The camera also features a retractable OLED electronic viewfinder, and along with the DSC-HX90V model, is the only compact high-zoom camera to feature a retractable electronic viewfinder from Sony’s stable. The HX80 also has a 921k dot 3-inch LCD display that tilts 180 degrees for easier self-portraits. Wi-Fi and NFC allows you to sync the camera with iOS and Android devices via Sony’s PlayMemories app.
Those of you looking for a more professional setup might want to look up the Sony A6300 announced only last month, which adds 4K video, a new 24.2-megapixel sensor, and greater autofocus abilities than its predecessor, the A6000.
A claimed continuous shooting speed of 10fps, 30x zoom in a compact form factor that is a little smaller than Sony’s RX100 series cameras, and the built-in OLED viewfinder, are primarily what make the HX 80 sound like an appealing buy. The camera is expected to ship in April for USD 350 or approximately INR 23,500.