Sony - Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 18.2-Megapixel Digital Camera

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Keep your phone on the side, and let this Sony Cyber-shot digital camera do the work. It enjoys a 18.2-megapixel sensor and an 30x zoom so that you can focus on the action and get highly detailed shots. Powerful flash modes and solid low-light performance means this Sony Cyber-shot digital camera gets the results you want.

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  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 18.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (837 out of 888)

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Features


18.2-megapixel Exmor R CMOS

Captures high-resolution images up to 4896 x 3672 pixels.

30x optical/60x digital zoom

Get super close and clear with the premium ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens from wide angle (24mm equivalent).

3" color Xtra Fine LCD multi-angle display

Easily frame for selfies or to shoot objects like pets at eye-level without having to get down on the ground.

Retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder

The electronic viewfinder faithfully displays what will appear in your recording, including the effects of your camera settings, so you can accurately monitor the results.

Movie Recording Mode

Capture 50Mbps Full HD (1920x1080) 60p high quality video with minimal compression noise even in scenes with a lot of movement.

BIONZ X image processor.

This brings out the full resolving power of professional lens to deliver high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and reduced grain for both stills and movie.

5-axis Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer

Advanced technology reduce blur caused by camera shake when shooting movies, allowing you to move along with the action, and get clear images of your subject in motion, even when zoomed in.

Full range of scene modes

Includes portrait, macro, landscape, night scene, advanced sports shooting, landscape, soft skin, fireworks, anti motion blur, beach.

Auto, custom and preset white balance controls

Help achieve natural tones under different lighting conditions.

Built-in pop-up flash

Enhances the angle of illumination for close flash photos without a lens shadow.

Downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps

Enjoy your camera in a new way by applying exciting artistic effects or retouching images with professional results, and then easily upload your photos to Facebook or Instagram.

Lock-On Auto Focus

Gives you the ability to select a focus point with subject recognition, then allows the camera to track and keep your subject in sharp focus even when in motion.

Multicard slot supports Secure Digital, Memory Stick Duo

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As Expected From Sony; Powerful Zoom

    Posted
    JTMMJM
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Backup to my a6000

    Posted
    mschumi
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    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

    An Excellent Value In A Compact Camera

    Posted
    BBob
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get More Than You Paid With This Sony

    Posted
    BBob
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good General Purpose Daylight Camera

    Posted
    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect starter camera for young YouTubers

    Posted
    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall solid camera

    Posted
    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

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