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Sony Cyber-shot HX60V - An advanced travel compact with 30x zoom

By Hafeez Sim - 29 Dec 2014
Launch SRP: S$569

User Interface, Camera Performance and Conclusion

User Interface and Image Quality

Sony has made a crucial addition to the HX60V’s usability, and that’s the Function button, which the HX50V lacked. With the Function button, you can access commonly-used settings, depending on the mode used to shoot. This definitely helps to speed things along, instead of having to access the menu system whenever you want to change a setting. It’s also good that you can change the autofocus point, as well as change the size of the autofocus point.

The new Function button makes it much more convenient to change settings.

The Cyber-shot HX60V’s Wi-Fi implementation is still pretty rudimentary; besides sending images to your smartphone, you can also use your smartphone as a remote viewfinder. But there’s no option to set the aperture or shutter speed, and you only get to control the exposure compensation, the zoom and the shutter release.

The HX60V's Wi-Fi implementation is rather basic.

Predictably, the HX60V gets the same imaging resolution score as its predecessor, with 2000 LPH (vertical and horizontal). This is because most of the aspects including the lens system and CMOS sensor are identical to the HX50V; the big change is in the imaging processor that's powering the new camera. Noise is well-controlled, though things get blur once you hit ISO400. However things go downhill fast once you hit ISO800. Images are a little soft out of the camera, so you might need to sharpen things up a bit during post-processing.

A 100% crop reveals you would do best shooting below ISO400 if you are going to view images at larger resolutions.

Below are more sample photographs shot with the Sony Cyber-Shot HX60V. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the full-resolution images.

f/5.6 at 39mm, 1/50 sec, ISO80

f/6.3 at 198mm, 1/200 sec, ISO200

f/6.3 at 24mm, 1/320 sec, ISO80

f/3.5 at 29mm, 1/10 sec, ISO1600

 

Conclusion

The Cyber-shot HX60V is a good option to consider if you’re looking for a travel camera with a high degree of zoom and good image stabilization at the far end, while still being able to fit it in a jacket pocket or small bag. Performance wise, it's decent and noise levels are low until you hit ISO400. Also with aperture and shutter priority shooting modes as well as a separate exposure compensation dial, you can get more creative with your shots.

A year ago, the Sony Cyber-shot HX50V was one of the top superzoom compacts when you needed a compact camera with a good amount of zoom. This year, the competition too have caught up and offer 30x optical zoom at a slightly lighter and smaller profile than Sony. The Sony HX60V still performs reasonably well thanks to its slightly better imaging resolution capability than the competition, but when compared to its predecessor, the HX50V, there's hardly much improved. We definitely appreciate the new function button to quickly access key settings, but we haven't noticed any other improvements with the newer imaging processor found on the HX60V.

Despite the lackluster newcomer to replace the HX50V, the HX60V still brings forth a few strong points from its predecessor that make it unique against the competition. It is one of the few in its class to feature a hot shot to accept external accessories, has a dedicated exposure compensation dial and it has the highest rated battery life to shoot up to 380 images or 190 minutes of video recording. No wonder Sony has a slightly chunkier profile.

All things considered, if you foresee the need to take a high stamina pocket-able camera for your break overseas with the above mentioned strong suits, the Sony HX60V is a good option. If you don't see yourself needing these aspects, Canon's PowerShot SX700 HS offers better detail retention and Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TZ60 offers better shooting controls and offers an EVF while maintaining better portability. Ultimately, you need to understand what's your preferences and choose a camera that best nails most of your needs.

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7.5
  • Performance 8
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Value 7.5
The Good
Good image stabilization
Long range
Dedicated exposure compensation dial
Hot shoe for mounting accessories
Rated battery life
The Bad
Not much different from HX50V
Thumb rest inadequate
A bit on the chunky side
Rear display is not touch sensitive
Image quality not as good as some competitors
Can't shoot in RAW
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