Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Digital Camera Review$449.99
The HX100V's video mode is one of the camera's strongest selling points, specifically, its ability to capture Full HD video at 60 frames per second in progressive scan. This option is essentially future-proofing, since few TVs or video editing programs can handle this type of data. For now, the best benefit is silky-smooth motion in high definition recordings, as evidenced by the test below.
To support this technology, the video mode feature set is also pretty beefy. Optical zoom is available while recording, although it has been slowed to reduce electronic motor noise. Exposure compensation may also be adjusted on the fly, and autofocus is always active too.
Color accuracy takes a huge dive in video mode. And while this is quite common, the effect is especially severe for the HX100V. The entire spectrum is far off, with almost every color darker than it should be. In this low-scoring test, Sony's is one of the lowest scores of all. More on how we test video color.
Sharpness is an entirely different story however. With the ability to resolve a whopping 700 lw/ph, this camera offers the best video sharpness of our comparison group, while the second-place FZ150 trails behind with 600 lw/ph. More on how we test video sharpness.