The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is the successor to Sony's DSC-HX9V, which was one of the most popular ultra-zoom cameras of 2011. For the most part, reviewers say the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is easy to recommend. It features an 18.2-megapixel sensor, 16x zoom and built-in GPS for geotagging photos. The camera is very easy to use, which makes it a good choice for beginners, and reviewers say the numerous auto modes do an excellent job of adapting to various lighting conditions. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V does include some manual controls for those who prefer to exert more influence over the final result.
However, a critic at DigitalCameraInfo.com says image quality is a step below that of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V. This expert says the camera's colors are off, and the in-camera noise reduction can be too strong, which leads to a loss of fine detail. It also has a longer 20x zoom lens.
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is a good choice for novice photographers as it offers a full selection of auto modes. However, more experienced shooters may be disappointed with its photo quality; the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (*Est. $230) may be a better fit for them.
DigitalCameraInfo.com gives the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V an overall score of 7.9 out of 10. Although he enjoys shooting with the camera, Christopher Snow says image quality is a step below that of its predecessor, the DSC-HX9V.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V, Christopher Snow, March 12, 2012
"Sony continues to crank out nice compact cameras with long zoom lenses, and the Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V is no exception," says Joshua Goldman at CNET. Image and video quality are very good for a camera in this class, although the camera bogs down in burst mode.
Review: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V, Joshua Goldman, April 5, 2012