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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.

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