Sony Cybershot DSC-HX1

PUBLISHED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 13 March, 2009, 12:00am

One of the cool tricks you can do with digital cameras is called panorama shooting, which links a series of photographs together into a single image. The problem is that all cameras today require you to take separate images and then link them together on your PC.

With Sony's new Cybershot DSC-HX1, you get the Sweep Panorama. Basically, you click the shutter and then sweep the camera either across or vertically, and the internal electronics captures the scene as a single image.

Up to 224 degrees horizontally and 154 degrees vertically can be captured. The maximum resolution of a panorama is 7,152 x 1,080 pixels, or the equivalent dimensions of more than three widescreen TVs put side by side.

The HX1 offers 9.1 Mega-pixel images and is capable of capturing full high-definition video (1,440 x 1,080 pixels) at 30 frames per second. It also comes with a massive 20x optical zoom lens that you can use while recording video, as well as a stereo microphone for more realistic sound.

Another neat trick of the HX1 is its anti-motion blur feature which, instead of longer exposures that result in blurring, takes six quick shots, before superimposing them into a single image. The camera tracks objects for the sharpest possible image.

You can also expect all the features you would find in a high-end digital camera, such as manual shooting options, pre-set scene selection, white balance and image stabilisation. The Cybershot DSC-HX1 will hit stores next month for around $4,000. Pros: sweeping panorama shooting for extra wide scenes, full HD recording, neat anti-blur Cons: it's not a Digital SLR