In case you are looking for a screwdriver to see what is inside, let me save you the work.
From a small island west of the Sahara I bid you a warm welcome to my global neighborhood. Relax, have a drink and let me tell you a bit about the Sony HX1.
A few of my blogs
Home Cinema 3D
cheap 3D in the living room
25 years imax@home
small files - good quality - no problems playing
video codecs and compressions
looks can be deceiving
Ultra Versatile Pocket Mega Zoom
Pocket Zoom Swiss Army Knife
capable hybrid super zoom
the blog what started all
Canon SX1 / SX10
a cheap waterproof pocket HD
waited too long ...
Samsung WB2000 / TL350
futuristic and sporty motorcycle / scooter hybrid -
30% more acceleration for 0 cent!
from the Gulf of Mexico to Europe
the BP Deepwater Horizon oil
Black Pest - Eurotrip
I can only speak for the SONY here so you compare with you favorite other choice.
and the ugly:
this is a work in progress, I will add new points as I discover them.
To sum it up simple, the Kodak Z980, Nikon P90, Olympus SP-590 and Pentax X70 are pretty much the same cameras, same sensor, same lens - yes, yes the Oly has 2x more, go figure. But these cameras are no competition. See below for a side by side review.
The SX1 is more like the PS3 all serious and more professional with the settings, operation and design, while the HX1 is more like the WII even if the specs and some quality is a bit lower sometimes, it is much more fun to play with - and that is not only my opinion.
Watch the clip and you get an idea what I mean.
Here is my blog about the Canon SX10. The only difference to the SX1 is the video mode, shooting speed the viewfinder and display. The later 2 I have covered in my SX10 blog to exhaustion and you will see why the viewfinder issue was the deal breaker for me. The video modes are compared here and I will go into further detail here about the 10 vs the 4 fps mode.
Alan Arthur Katz the white paper
A photo course for the beginner of the H series
Jerry Stevens: on Antiblur and Twilight
good comparison from different modes
collected from all over the net.
Stephen McDonald wrote:
One of the main attractions of the HX1 for me, is its ability to shoot good photos and videos in low light. The Canon SX1 does poorly with limited light and produces noisy videos indoors. I'm largely nocturnal in my habits or crepuscular at times (I'm on Raccoon Time) and this is essential to me.
From my own HX1 and SX1 photos and also thousands of those online, taken by other people, I regard the SX1 as just a bit sharper in its photos, but only when conditions and camera settings are ideal. I got more keeper shots from the HX1, as it is more responsive and predictable, when you make changes in its settings.
The control wheel of the SX1 is sluggish and often jumps two or three clicks, when it finally responds. Its lens is much slower than that of the HX1, so its autofocus doesn't work as well, especially at full zoom and in low light.
However, the image stabilizer of the SX1 is better and smoother. The small viewfinder of the HX1 is sharper and the SX1 VF is surprisingly limited in resolution, for a camera of this type. Since the HX1 is easier and more pleasant to use, has a better batting-average and also has the anti-blur and twilight composite-photo modes, I give the edge to it, in a photo comparison, over the SX1. This is despite the SX1 being able to occasionally produce a picture that is somewhat sharper and holds up better when examined at full-size.
T. L. Rutter writes:
used the DSLR for some shots, but switched to HX1 the rest of the time because of the zoom, video, and panos.
There were some shots that were next to impossible to step back to get the whole shot so I took them in pano mode and got the complete tree. I took other pano modes to show the "whole scene" to give others a true shot of what I was looking at rather than just regular pictures.
The IQ varied, but most turned out better than expected. Because I am able to zoom in 40x I didn't have to crop.
The video mode was out of this world, too. I took video of nature, some song birds, and deer. I'll be able to pull all of this together for a nice video I can play back on my HDTV.
I also went to a bbq place that had eye candy all over the place. Usually business owner's get weird if someone starts taking a picture of their decor but with the HX1 and twilight mode I was able to snap what I wanted with the owner standing nearby not knowing what I was doing. No flash and the pictures turned out really nice and was in focus and sharp.
I started out on the trip thinking the a300 would be my main camera but it turned out the opposite. If I were to go to the Grand Canyon, that may be a different story!
Informative Sony website
and here a snazzy HX1 promo
HX1 vs SX1 vs EOS 450D
HX1 vs SX1 vs TZ27
A Review index
Want to compare the SONY HX1 with the Kodak EasyShare Z980, Nikon Coolpix P90, Olympus SP-590 Ultra Zoom, or the Pentax X70?
Jeff Keller can help you with the others ...
About the main picture:
Nearly 4 years ago when my S2 was still new I found a nice image of the Canon with a converter and a nice big reflective lens. This was when I wondered how it would look what I was shooting was reflecting in the lens.
This time I let my model climb out through the lens, that captured her, back into reality.