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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As Expected From Sony; Powerful Zoom

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    JTMMJM
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    This is my third Sony Cyber-shot in the last 7 years. I loved the last one, but I got something on the sensor and decided to upgrade instead of cleaning the old one. This camera has excellent zoom for a point and shoot. A good zoom is part of the reason I picked this one. The photo quality is very good, although it's definitely worth taking the time to read through the owner's manual and become familiar with the various modes and settings. I was initially so upset with the low-light, indoor shots (with flash) that I considered returning the camera. Some setting adjustments took care of most of that. Of course, a small pop-up flash can only go so far. Par for the course with point and shoots in general. Still, I find myself having to really adjust settings/flash to get good indoor shots in lower lighting. That's about the only reason that I rated the camera 4 instead of a 5. I also initially thought that having to manually pop up the flash would drive me nuts. Now, after a couple weeks of owning it, it's just habit to pop it up as soon as I turn the camera on. I've been impressed with the various night-time modes. Good results with those. The pool picture I added here was taken on sunset mode. I like the flip screen. It's helpful for selfies, especially if you're cramming several people into the shot. The macro photos I've gotten out of this camera are fabulous. Good focusing ability from the camera. Basically, so far so good. There are a few user things that aren't especially intuitive, but since I'm already accustomed to Sonys, it works for me. If you're after a point and shoot with awesome zoom and the ability to manually adjust settings, this is a pretty great option. It obviously doesn't have the bigger sensor that you'd get on a DSLR, but for what it is, it's great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great compact camera can replace an SLR

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    AndyC
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    I bought this camera to replace my 7 year old Sony Digital camera. It still worked after many campouts, hiking, kyacking, and sightseeing trips, and riding in my briefcase. I bought it because I wanted to upgrade my pocket sized camera capabilities. for 379.00 this is not a cheap camera so I had pretty high expectations. It will not replace my Canon D60 completely but I was surprised at how good the pictures are and how clear and capable the 30x optical zoom lens is. I find that the pop up view finder is indispensible for use in bright sunlight, that is one of the reasons I picked this camera. I do wish the flash was on the front of the camera instead of a pop up. I have had great experiences with my old Sony compact digital camera so another Sony was my first choice. The viewfinder even focus adjusts to your eyes, important if you wear glasses or want to use the camera without your glasses. The camera takes bright clear pictures and focuses quickly in different lighting situations. The automatic modes and semi auto modes give you great flexibility in setting the camera. Of course the physical lens size also limits the f-stop range of the camera which can be a problem in low light photography. That is an issue with any compact digital camera. The WIFI feature of the camera is nice and if you have an Android or an Apple phone it will connect seamlessly. Play memories does not work very well on any of my windows 10 computers and I cannot connect directly via bluetooth or WIFI because there is no play memories mobile for Windows 10 machines. Dear Sony please fix this issue. Play memories does work OK if you plug the camera in via USB but at that point its easier to use the camera as a USB drive without Play Memories software. All in all I would highly recommend this camera for a beginer or for a dedicated SLR fan who wants a compact pocket alternative without giving up too much in capability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An Excellent Value In A Compact Camera

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    BBob
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    I bought this HX80 about a month ago at Best Buy. This is my 3rd Sony compact camera over the last 15 years, but my first new one in 10 years. The last one was a DSC-W100 and it worked really well until I sold it on eBay about 2 years ago. I never upgraded it because I started using my older film SLRs again and I bought a couple of DSLRs from Nikon. Plus a number of smartphones with good cameras. Right now the cameras I regularly use are 1. iPhone 7 plus, Nikon D5500, a couple of Olympus SLR film cameras, a couple of Minolta SLR film cameras, and a very excellent 1953 Voightlander Prominent. I added the DSC-HX80 as a pocket camera bridge between the iPhone and my bigger cameras. So far this Sony does exactly what I hoped it would do. It takes pictures that are a little bit better quality than the iPhone 7 plus and not quite as good as the Nikon. I am surprised at how good the color rendition is of the photos. It is comparable to either the Apple or the Nikon, which means very very good. The details are a bit better than the Apple. Some of this is because the picture files are over 50% larger than the Apple. The lens on this camera is very good for the price. The details a quite sharp and at least as good as the iPhone. The key though is that this camera can optically zoom to a 700mm lens equivalent. The iPhone does quite well but only up to it's 56mm second lens. This camera is very good at capturing photos of animals at the zoo where I volunteer. It reaches a long way with very good results. But this Sony is not as good as my Nikon D5500 or my film SLRs as far as image quality. This is not a replacement for a higher end larger camera. But it is an excellent pocket camera. This does have a small electronic viewfinder. It is VERY small and hard to see through. Plus you have to put your face in exactly the right place to get it to go on. That said it is possible to preview the picture you are going to get with the EVF. The flip up back screen is quite useful, but impossible to see in bright sunlight. This camera is small. I like it. Anyone who has had a DSC series Sony over the years will find the menu system familiar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Backup to my a6000

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    mschumi
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    I primarily use the Sony a6000 with vintage pentax kmount prime manual lenses. While this setup is great for landscape and portrait photos, it is not so good for variable distance photography nor is it well suited for action shots. I was looking for ZEISS Vario-Sonnar lenses to put on my a6000, but they are very expensive and hit only about 50% of the photos I like to take while out for the day. I decided to I wanted two cameras, to have on demand access to the type of lenses I would use for the day; enter the DSC-HX80. The HX80 had the optics I was looking for, the size I was looking for, the right cost point and close to the aperture range and max shutter speed I was looking for. It is nice that the buttons, menus and software for the HX80 are just like the a6000 so I didn't have to learn a bunch of new stuff and when switching between the two won't have to adjust my thinking. Heck, in full manual mode (ISO, Shutter, Aperture) are all individually manually configurable and aperture stops are range bound by the zoom level (24mm- 720mm) - this is a nice feature. I used the HX80 for the last few days and it is really simple to use, even on full manual. It is great outdoors! Indoors, the low light is so-so. In low light it has a nice "automatic" feature where it takes several pictures at once and overlays them to eliminate has much "shake" as possible with the slower shutter speed. Outdoors it is a star and the max shutter of 1/2000 is sufficient. The 30x digital zoom is really nice for such a small camera and helps cover the 24mm on the small side and the 720mm on the big end. Only thing - the HX80 only takes photos in jpeg format so there is limited post production opportunities (just adds a little more pressure to take the picture right the first time). Overall this is a great camera, with many advanced features, well worth the buy - just pay attention to indoor low light (but all cameras struggle with this unless you are using a $1.5k lense).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get More Than You Paid With This Sony

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    BBob
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    I have been buying Sony compact digital cameras since about 1999. I have had a Sony Mavica and two Sony compacts before this one. In addition to this Sony I also have a Nikon D5500 (also bought at best buy) and an iPhone 7 plus. This Sony is not an expensive compact but puts out quality images well above what I expected. This includes close ups, people, distance shots, and so on. The only thing I have had some issue with is a 3.5-6.4 lens means low light shots might be a problem unless you use the built in flash. The built in viewfinder is small and takes a while to get used to. But now that I have it works fine. You NEED a viewfinder to shoot in full sunlight. If you don't have one you are just guessing on your shots. The images size of this viewfinder is small, but it is a small camera, which is one of it's best features. Sony also puts an auto shutoff and turn on into the viewfinder which is handy. The color rendition of this camera is excellent. Plus you can adjust the color to how you want it. I have found that the automatic functions work really really well. The camera's computer seems able to know a close up from and landscape and people and so on. The Zeiss lens is very good. I take lots of close ups. Used right this lens is very sharp. Plus it has amazing and I mean amazing ability to zoom. And the camera is stabilized! That means you can take birds in flight with high zoom and they turn out well. Amazing for this size and cost camera. I caught a hawk in flight a couple of weeks ago and the results were very good. The downsides are not great low light ability. My iPhone 7+ works better in low light. Sorta cheep feeling case and body compared to my last Sony compact (A DSC - W100). The thing is this camera is SMALL and packs a lot of capability into your pocket. I carry this in one pocket and my iPhone 7+ in my other pocket and have a really great duo. This camera is far better for long zoom. iPhone better in low light.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect starter camera for young YouTubers

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    Michelle
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    Our daughter is 9 years old and has had a YouTube page for a little over a year now. She’s starting to get quite the following, and naturally wanted to upgrade her recording device. She was using her iPad, and occasionally her 19 year old sisters very expensive DSLR camera which has excellent quality, but she can only use it with supervision and that’s not always possible. She asked for a Vlogging camera for Christmas, and after some research we realized how expensive these particular type of cameras run. We talked to the store associates at Best Buy, and did some online research before settling on this camera for her. It’s a good starter camera because it has every component she needs to make better quality videos, and the price is resonable. We just couldn’t see spending $1000 on a camera for a 9 year old who may not even stick with this current hobby of hers. The sound quality is great, picture quality is excellent, and the zoom if I remember correctly was actually better than the more expensive cameras. It’s also super easy to use, and the flip screen makes recording by herself much easier. All in all it’s a great little camera at a fantastic price point. Depending on who it’s for and what it’s being used for I would highly recommend it. If she sticks with YouTube and continues to grow her base we’ll eventually upgrade her to one that’s a little more advanced as far as Megapixels and sound quality. For now this is the perfect camera for someone young, just starting out on YouTube making videos and Vlogging. Even if it’s just going to be used to make lasting family memories at home or on vacation I’d still say it’s a great buy and so lightweight as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not good for my needs

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    mikemild13
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    For the intended purpose, this camera does not meet my needs. I do a lot of home inspections and take hundreds of pictures during each inspection. Right off the bat I found the lighting in the pictures to be extremely difficult to set where I needed. Using the auto function was useless as every picture was too dark and using the flash created so many shadows that the pictures could not be used to show the necessary detail. I have had to take all pictures in Program mode especially when taking pictures of a room in a house from multiple angles. Many pictures turn out blurry so I have to be overly careful not to have any movement whatsoever while taking the picture. Not so with my last point and shoot, which was a Canon. The flash pop up switch is hard to use due to it's location and size. It takes a concentrated effort to manipulate, which I need to do regularly. Of course, the pop up viewfinder is extremely easy to use as I've accidentally popped up the view finder many times but this is a feature I will never use, at least not on purpose. The flash mechanism itself seems fragile and I'm guessing I'll break that soon. Using the camera one-handed (right handed) has become very frustrating because I keep moving the control wheel. I believe there's a way to turn off the control wheel so I'll try that. It is nice to have the ability to put a date and time stamp on the picture, especially if I have to go to court. Unfortunately, there is no option to include the time on the stamp, only the date. The lack of a time stamp seems to becoming more common so it may be a petty gripe on my part. The wrap on the factory batteries tend to come loose. When the wrap is loose, the wrap prevents the battery from being fully inserted. Took me a little while to figure out why the battery would not fit but a dent in the wrap finally clued me in. Now I make surer to squeeze the wrap in place before inserting the battery. I purchased 3 spare batteries, all original Sony, and they all have the same issue. I read a lot of reviews and watched videos for this camera and many seem to love it. Unfortunately, it's not for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good General Purpose Daylight Camera

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    CasualClick
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    While the HX-80 looks like the higher end RX-100 series cameras, it's not in the same league. The sensor size is really the limiting point - there's only so much you can do to pull in light and get it down on a tiny piece of silicon compared to it's 1" siblings. Nonetheless, as a General Purpose, Decent Light camera, it does the job just fine. The big selling points are the Zoom Lens range (24-720mm) and the Electronic Viewfinder. As an enthusiast photographer, the wide end of that zoom sets this camera apart. Most peers can only zoom out to about 28mm, which is fairly pedestrian as wide-angle focal lengths go. 24mm while it doesn't sound like much of a difference from 28, really gets you some dramatic foreground-background compositions. The long end of the zoom is less impressive; since it's at a light-choking f6.3 aperture - which signals you should use this only in good daylight. As much as you can boost the ISO to 3200, you'll really start to see image quality impacts at ISO 800 and higher. That's not to say the higher ISOs are unusable - on the contrary - you'll find them to be pleasantly grainy, but suitable mostly for web publication and e-mail rather than actual printing. And then there's the EVF. The pull-out EVF is sharp, but I have to take points off for the ergonomics/engineering. If you're an eyeglass wearer, the high eyepoint of the EVF will require you to get in close and press your eyeglasses up to the Viewfinder. The design where you press a lever on the side - the EVF pops up - and then you must pull the EVF from the pop-up and telescope it out - is awkward. Also not well designed is the diopter - it's a tiny lever on the top of the telescoping part that can be easily dislodged from it's current setting,. The EVF can look blurry for those two reasons above - a) you didn't pull the VF out enough from the pop-up section, or b) the diopter got moved. Building upon that, if you are really an EVF user, you will want to change the setting where if the EVF is already up, and you push it down, the camera powers OFF. Change that so the camera stays ON. Also, there is an automatic sensor that can tell if your eye is near the EVF and moves the active display to the pop-up. If you move away, it switches the Live View back to the rear LCD. That sensor is a bit hit-or-miss, so if you don't mind looking at everything through the EVF, just turn off the proximity sensor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good Camera for 2018

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    Benf
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    I wanted a new camera that would allow me to upload and email my pictures while I was on a trip to Europe. So, I eliminated all the cameras that did not have wifi or bluetooth or nfc to my phone. It also had to be small enough to fit in my pocket. Some of the reviews for this camera complained that it was too fragile. I did not find that to be the case. It went all over Europe in my pocket and came out without a scratch. In case it was true, though, I did by the service plan as insurance against breakage. It was about 10% of the cost of the camera, but it does provide peace of mind. I took about 700 pictures on the trip, had to charge the battery once in addition to the initial full charge. Filled up one 64gb memory card and part of a second. I did have a couple issues though. First, the buttons and dials on the right side of the camera can inadvertently be pressed when taking pictures. You just have to be careful and not press the buttons. Had a little trouble with panoramic pictures, the camera kept telling me to keep it level and would abort the picture. I think it's an acquired skill. It also took a while to get taking videos, but by the end of the trip I was able to take videos. The thing I liked best about the camera was it was small, fit in my pocket, took pictures and I was able to easily transfer them to my phone and send them home. For about $300 I feel like I got my money's worth.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

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    darine9
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    I do free lance social media services and have to take photos of products usually still life, or portraits. I was using my phone and my client complained about the quality so I decided to get serious and buy a camera. At first ( as many people think) I thought I needed a DSLR but then after reading and watching many vlogger reviews realized there was a lot I could do with a digital camera and something compact and discreet was what I wanted. I also blog about events so having something small that fits in my purse or clutch is nice. I don't feel so flashy and in everyone's face with a big camera. I'm a beginner so I'm still learning all the tricks, but it's easy to play around with especially with the "picture tips" in the camera settings menu. This camera takes great photos and the wifi upload is very handy. I also bought this camera for a trip to the Philippines this month and I am very excited to try it out. I plan to blow up the photos I take there for statement pieces for my parents living room. Many reviews and vlogs raved about the Sony rx100, but that was not in my budget... so this has proven to be a great step up for a beginner for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall solid camera

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    Lintlicker24
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    For a point and shoot the video/picture quality surprised me, seeing as I haven't owned a standalone camera since I got the iPhone 4 back in 2012. I really enjoy the zoom on this camera able to capture the craters on the moon given the right setting pending on lighting conditions. I like the menu system its almost like a mini computer, lots to explore even a button for help on how to get a good shot. Its easy to transmit the photos taken from the camera over wifi with the app, videos on the other side are not as easy unless you have them set to record in any of the mp4 video capture settings. The highest encoding setting for video capture "XVAC S HD" requires an SDXC Class10 or UHS-I memory card, which is fine I personally bought whatever was recommended and its not compatible with this setting but the fancy Sony SD card my brother got me for my birthday does work in this format. Personally I don't really notice too much of a difference in quality between this setting and the "AVCHD" encoding setting. Maybe it does something different if you are trying to edit video. I just downloaded Avid's Media Composer so i'm going to be playing around more with those settings. Long story short for the price the camera is pretty solid for a point and shoot (main features I like about it are the articulating screen and the 24mm-720mm zoom range). The auto focus is solid and the camera can even achieve the depth of field effect given the right conditions. If it breaks I probably wouldn't buy it again but that's because I would use the broken camera as an excuse to upgrade. Still probably going to check out sony though when it comes to that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect camera for family trips & friendly outings

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    ViewsFromTheOtherside
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    This cybershot by Sony was quite impressive, form the moment I opened it. Full disclosure, I also own the Sony mirrorless Alpha a6000, which is a beast! Much of the functionality with the Sony Alpha can be found built within the CyberShot. The settings are user to navigate through, with a circular component at the top to switch between such settings. The camera photo quality is rather good compared to other point and shoot cameras. Another major plus, is the size and weight. Very minimal room is occupied in our little carry-on bag or backpacks with bringing this little camera along for trips. As well, the camera's video record function deliver exceptionally great quality. So this may also be something worth getting for one interested in starting up a Vlog, or youtube channel. Only drawback, which is also found with the Sony Alpha series, is the audio recording quality. In Sony's defense, this is intended as a photo camera with the option to record videos, as it's not a camcorder. However, I would expect a bit more improvements with capturing noises for videos. The audio playback when previewing on a computer/tv/etc.. is not bad, by does lack slightly with delivering superior quality. If you're planning to make short videos, recording in environments that aren't loud, or have multiple sources of noise, you should be perfectly fine. The camera kind of picks up everything - either a good thing or bad thing depending on how you take it. But overall, a solid camera, and certainly worth the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good little camera

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    Ruthlessche
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    I researched a few different P&S cameras because I wanted one that had great quality but wasn't too expensive. I already have a Sony a6000 but wanted something smaller and compact to carry around. I stumbled across this one and I really liked it because of the 180° screen. The only downside which is also a complaint by other customers is that it doesn't perform really well in low light. I bought it primarily to follow my toddler son around and capture silly moments on the fly. It does the job, even in the low light. But my Samsung S9+ is wonderful in low light, so I'd expect more from a camera, nonetheless a Sony. But other than that, I love it!!! And so does everyone else! I also love that it is compatible with PlayMemories Mobile app so I can transfer pics and vids (in mp4) to my phone within seconds. And can also use my phone as a remote so that I can take pics by using the PM app. Would definitely recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for travel and everyday use

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    Hollywood
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    If you want to be able to take great photos and shoot quality videos at any time or any place, this camera might be for you. It is small and compact, super easy to use, but it is fast and powerful enough to cover most shooting situations. The 30x optical zoom is killer! I began using point and shoot cameras in conjunction with my "big guns" on professional shoots like weddings, sporting events and horse shows years ago. I can pull out my Sony HX80 and get quick candid money shots before I even unpack my gear! Often times now I will leave my Pro gear in the car when dust, dirt or a little rain might be an issue and I just shoot with my HX80. Who wants to always travel with a "big ole" camera bag when you can put the HX80 in your carry-on bag, purse or laptop bag? I have been a photographer my entire life and this little camera is more than enough for me to take on my vacations! Hey, it's less than $400 and that is value. Make sure to get 2/3 years of accident coverage, an extra battery and Lowepro - Tahoe camera case and 64G memory card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera being better than expected

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    Chad
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    Purchased this camera to use at times when carrying my Nikon D5500 was just not going to be practical. While this camera is certainly not a replacement for a DSLR, it has surprised me at the quality of photos it will take even in lower light conditions. It is certainly worth carrying with you rather than relying solely on a cell phone. Focus is fast in most lighting conditions, it can take up to 10 frames per second (3 faster than the Nikon), and it has a flip up viewfinder which is good for selfies or taking pictures at a low angle. It has 5 axis image stabilization and a pop-up viewfinder which really set this camera a part from others in this price range. Color quality of the photos has been very good with the majority of photos I have taken being vibrant and sharp (all have been indoors so far). The menu settings are easy to use and you can quickly set it up for different lighting conditions and environments. The manual modes are also an added bonus for a pocketable camera. Overall this camera exceeded my expectations, and i would recommend this to someone who wants sharp and vibrant pictures without having to lug a DSLR around all the time. Just keep in mind this is not a DSLR replacement, and it does have limitations due to it's small sensor size, and limited f-stop range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great size, great zoom, great photos!

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    Songsmith
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    Nice little camera! It has a fantastic zoom for it's size. It is well constructed, and the pop-up eyepiece veiwfinder works very well. The flip-over screen is a useful touch. Great for selfies. Autofocus is quick and intuitive. Battery life is surprisingly long. I'd say 9 out of 10 photos will turn out great, as long as light is sufficient. It pretty much blows away most phone cameras. The reason why I rated it 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is a little lackluster in low light. It will take a picture, but it is noticeably noisy and less sharp. The cameras with larger sensors will easily outdo it. Also, it is sorely lacking manual controls, including manual focus. Lastly, it only outputs photos in jpeg format. It would be nice to have a RAW or TIFF option. Video is only 1080, but that is to be expected at this price point, I suppose. Despite these shortcomings, this is a very solid pocket-size point and shoot camera. It's zoom will put any smartphone to shame.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    COOL BUT

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    kevgalls
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    I love the features on the Sony point and shoot camera I have been using Sony Point and Shoot cameras for just over 10 years now and know a lot about Sony cameras now I like how it can zoom 30x my last Sony camera only did 20x and it has 18 pixels for clear photos and I love the 4K features on the camera since I have a Sony 4K tv the bad things about the camera is I wish I didn't have to flip up the flash to take a photo in dark areas luckily the camera reminds me to flip the flash and another thing that sucks about the camera is most of the time I have a hard time setting the zoom to the right zoom distance because its so touch sensitive. One thing to remember if you got a Sony point and shoot camera in the past 5 years and then just recently get a new Sony point and shoot your battery memory card and camera charger should work for your new camera since there all Sony products I now have two batteries and two camera chargers for one camera I did how ever get a new Memory card a 4K one since my new camera shoots and plays videos in 4K with a 4k memory card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Point and Shoot Camera

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    Platypus
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    This is the third Sony point and shoot camera of this type that I have owned and it is by far the best (I lost the other two!). What makes this camera better than the prior two cameras is the 30x optical zoom lens and the pop up optical viewfinder. When taking photos outdoors, the LCD display, as on most cameras, is close to useless. The optical viewfinder is perfect for those outside shots. You actually know what is going to be photographed. My other camera is a high level Nikon DSLR. Although the photographs taken with this Sony camera are not as high a quality as can be achieved with the DSLR, they are entirely acceptable for most uses, especially when they will not be enlarged above an 8 by 10 size. It's a great camera when you don't want to or cannot lug around a heavy DSLR and a camera bag full of lenses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Sony DSC-HX80 camera is extraordinary

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    Craig
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    The Sony DSC-HX80 camera is extraordinary. In one-month’s time I taken over 600 memorable pictures and a dozen videos. I’ve played around with all of its modes: iA, IS, P,A,S,M, SCN, Movie. Intelligent Auto is where I spend most of my time, but having all of the other options is great. Single frame and continuous shooting is a nice option. The pop-up viewfinder is sweet as well as the pop-up flash, and swing monitor. The battery charge in this camera was a big surprise to me, it has never dropped more than 15% after a good day’s use. Overall I am extremely pleased with this camera! The HX80 is a replacement for another brand camera I used, which gave me years of good pictures but died of old age. Being on an extended two-month vacation I needed something to use fairly quick. At Best Buy I looked at several possibilities. Couldn’t decide which was best so I went home and spent the weekend reviewing them on the Internet. They were all rated very similar but the Sony HX80 always seemed to come out on top so that is what I purchased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sony point and shhot

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    Blackhorselady
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    I did a lot of research before buying a camera and I really don’t have a use for a camera since I have a cell phone however I was told that this was much much better than my cell phone camera. I went to Costa Rica and wanted to take exquisite picture and white cell phone took much better pictures than the camera did. I don’t want to totally blame it on the camera but then a dis I did a lot of research before buying a camera and I really don’t have a use for a camera since I have a cell phone however I was told that this was much much better than my cell phone camera. I went to Costa Rica and wanted to take exquisite picture and white cell phone took much better pictures than the camera did. I don’t want to totally blame it on the camera but then it is a point Nd shoot!!! I had known this I never would’ve bought it. Now I feel like I need to take classes to find out if it’s me or the camera. Probably me! But now I won’t use it and just threw away $500!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend