SONY CYBER-SHOT DSC-HX90V
The smallest of the group measuring just 102.0 x 58.1 x 35.4 mm, the DSC-HX90V is certainly extremely portable. But you’ll never complain about a lack for features as Sony has somehow found a way to still pack in a 30x optical zoom lens, an electronic viewfinder, and a pop-up flash into the tiny body.
While it shares the same zoom range as the DSC-HX60V from last year, the camera actually gets a bit of a lens upgrade, as it sports Zeiss optics this time. The new Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 at the wide end and f/6.4 at the long end, and covers a 35mm equivalent range of 24-720mm.
The camera also gets Sony’s BIONZ X processor and a Back-Illuminated sensor that has slightly lowered resolution (18.2-megapixels as opposed to 20.4-megapixels) for a bigger pixel pitch. Together, these should lead to better performance at higher ISOs.
The pop-up viewfinder is very reminiscent to the one found on the higher-end RX100 IV, and we must say it’s probably the best we’ve seen on a compact camera so far. Like, the one on the RX100 IV, the OLED viewfinder sinks into the camera body and pops up at a flick of a switch. It’s clear and bright, and you get a live image review of your settings, making it extremely handy for judging exposure.
Also improved is the rear 3-inch TFT LCD on the camera. This now flips up a full 180 degrees so you can easily do selfies or take pictures with the camera at low angles. Of course, the camera sports Wi-Fi with NFC capabilities for easy picture sharing, and GPS geotagging capabilities that can be used with the Sony PlayMemories Home software on your computer to display a path and images of your journey on a trail map.
A switch by the side releases the EVF.