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The Sony DSC-HX99 fits a 24-720mm zoom lens into a tiny body

By Marcus Wong - on 24 Oct 2018, 2:58pm

The Sony DSC-HX99 fits a 24-720mm zoom lens into a tiny body

Measuring just 58.1 x 102.0 x 35.5mm, Sony’s new DSC-HX99 is about as wide and long as today’s mobile phones, but offers something none of them do – a 24-720mm zoom lens with optical stabilization.  As you can see from this image below, that range allows you incredible reach, and it can be extended even further with Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, giving you the equivalent of a 1440mm lens in your pocket.

The same image at the 24mm, 720mm, and 1440mm focal lengths.

The camera uses an 18.2MP  1/ 2.3” BSI Exmor R CMOS paired with a Bionz X image processing system that allows it to capture 4K (3840x2160) video without pixel binning. The combination also allows the camera to do high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 frames per second for a total burst of about 155 frames with automatic exposure adjustment.

Of course, speed of capture is nothing if it’s not matched with quick and accurate autofocus, and so the camera uses Sony’s Fast Intelligent AF to predict the AF range and accelerate lens drive, allowing it to get focus with 0.09s response.  There’s also a Zoom Assist function which lets you temporarily zoom out to find your subject, then quickly zooms back in to your previous focal length to continue capture.          

Touch Pad AF lets you slide your finger to shift the focus point.

Lock-on AF captures and tracks moving subjects by adjusting the AF target frame to match subject size, improving the tracking performance. Eye AF has also been improved so it rapidly and accurately detects the eyes of your subject even in low light situations.

For added control, Touch Focus and Touch Shutter have been implemented in the DSC-HX99, so you can use the rear LCD to easily set your focus point. There’s also a control ring around the lens that you can assign custom functions to, much like with the RX100 series. Finally, there’s a retractable OLED Tru-Finder EVF with approximately 638,400 dots to give you real-time preview and shooting information.

The DSC-HX99 will be available locally from November 2018. Local pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but given that B&H is listing it at USD$448.00, you can expect it to be sold for about S$670.00 when it launches here.