While this beast is technically still a point-and-shoot and not a DSLR, you have to admit that the features are really quite astounding. The Sony HX1 is an absolute monster and it’ll do a lot more than your budget P&S.
For starters, that large barrel lens is capable of providing 20x optical zoom, making it perfect for visits to the zoo or other cases where you can’t get all that close to your subject. You can preview it all on the 3-inch tilting LCD, shooting stills with the 9.1 megapixel 1/2.4-inch Exmore CMOS sensor. It’ll also do continuous burst shots at 10fps.
Still pictures not enough to satiate your needs? How about clicking on over to the 1080p video recording feature, letting you capture full HD video from the handheld camera. That’s a quantum leap above the regular VGA videos that most point-and-shoot cameras can do.
Other noted features include the Sweep Panorama Mode for 224-degree horizontal and 154-degree vertical shots, a BIONZ imaging processor for image stitching, Intelligent Scene Recognition, face detection, reduced red-eye, and iSCN Advance.
Look for the Sony HX1 to retail for about $500 when it ships next month.