Sony Cybershot HX80 18MP 30x Zoom Camera SAVE £50 @ Argos, same price as HX60 - £199
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Sony Cybershot HX80 18MP 30x Zoom Camera SAVE £50 @ Argos, same price as HX60 - £199

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Found 15th Nov
Seems a good price for a nice compact camera, my better half doesn't like her bulky bridge camera, for holidays this appears ideal with a superzoom, cheapest on Amazon is £280, same price as the HX60.

Here's a world-leading compact camera that's ready and small enough to go as far as you can take it. The new HX80 featuring a 30x zoom lens. With spur-of-the-moment speed, wider-ranging precision and simple control. It puts more expansive, engaging operation completely at your command.

Capture clear image with ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 30x zoom lens.

High resolution even in low light consition with 18MP and Exmor R.

High contrast OLED "Tru-Finder" electric view finder.

Model number DSCHX80B. CEH.

Product specification:

  • 18 megapixels.
  • 30x optical zoom.
  • 3in LCD .
  • Continuous shooting up to 10 frames per second and up to 10 frames per second high speed burst.
  • Face detection up to 8 faces.
  • Image stabilisation.
  • Red eye reduction.
Features:

  • Wi-Fi.
  • 1080p high definition video capture and playback with sound.
  • Maximum ISO 3200.
  • Intelligent scene mode.
  • Self timer.
  • Built-in flash.
Memory card compatability:

SD, SDHC, SDXC, memory Stick Pro Duo, .

24 Comments

Bought this a couple of weeks ago at full price !!!

Original Poster

is it good, buying for wifes Christmas Present

That's why I bought it for my wife's xmas present , so not tried it out , but all reviews are good !!

I bought this in the summer for my NC500 roadtrip it has produced some outstanding memories

Can one of you tell me what this camera is like in lower light conditions please? I.e. in a room without the flash on.

Original Poster

Good housekeeping institute (don't judge me) ...GHI Expert VerdictThe powerful zoom and 18MP sensor combination make this tiny camera ideal for travelling. Video is limited to 1080p and it lacks the detail and stability of Sony's more expensive RX100 series, but the still shots in low light are impressive.

there are a few digital photographer forums saying lowlight was quite impressive...Very pleased that the low-light (clubs, poor street lighting) autofocus and image quality is improved in the HX80 compared to the HX90. It is now so close to that of the HX20 (at same settings) that it is difficult to tell a difference.


Hope that helps

Slow 3.5 lens with the usual 1/2.3 inch sensor.... i wouldn't expect it to be that good in low light.
As a travel compact it looks ok though and i definitely like the viewfinder..... but you do have to be realistic of what these type of cameras are capable of.

SpaceChip1 h, 21 m ago

Can one of you tell me what this camera is like in lower light conditions …Can one of you tell me what this camera is like in lower light conditions please? I.e. in a room without the flash on.


Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same size and the aperture starts at F3.5 at the wide end and I imagine quickly gets worse as you zoom, whereas a lot of smartphones are around the F2 area. I wouldn't buy this for low light flashless photography. It's likely to be a very good all rounder for other things though

Thanks all for your repiles

burf4 h, 10 m ago

Bought this a couple of weeks ago at full price !!!


Return it and buy again at the cheaper price

But won't they just refund price it is now ??

burf2 m ago

But won't they just refund price it is now ??

If you have your receipt then they will refund what you paid.

burf4 m ago

But won't they just refund price it is now ??


If you got it online they'll usually just refund the difference to save the hassle of you sending it back for a full refund and buying a new one at the new lower price.

Okay Thankyou I'll give it a go..

SaltyCDogg4 h, 32 m ago

Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same …Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same size and the aperture starts at F3.5 at the wide end and I imagine quickly gets worse as you zoom, whereas a lot of smartphones are around the F2 area. I wouldn't buy this for low light flashless photography. It's likely to be a very good all rounder for other things though



Agreed.

Low light performance is going to be disappointing

SaltyCDogg4 h, 38 m ago

Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same …Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same size and the aperture starts at F3.5 at the wide end and I imagine quickly gets worse as you zoom, whereas a lot of smartphones are around the F2 area. I wouldn't buy this for low light flashless photography. It's likely to be a very good all rounder for other things though


Sure but people buy this for the zoom so once you start using that the optical zoom of this will decimate the digital zoom of a phone.

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Original Poster

Gone in my local store, but still in Weymouth, Poole and Yeovil, bit too early for me to buy for Christmas, so will miss out, although people talk about the lowlight, reading up on pixel size and spacing etc, should be ok, but really this isn't an SLR or even a bridge camera, it is billed more as a travel camera.

Minstadave15 h, 26 m ago

Agreed. Low light performance is going to be disappointing


If you use manual more that's better for lowlight not using auto

Seanetta8 h, 44 m ago

If you use manual more that's better for lowlight not using auto


Manual won’t get you round the laws of physics, small sensor plus slow lens means unless you’re photographing something static using a tripod low light performance will be crud.

SaltyCDogg15th Nov

Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same …Worse than a flagship smartphone is my guess, since the sensor is the same size and the aperture starts at F3.5 at the wide end and I imagine quickly gets worse as you zoom, whereas a lot of smartphones are around the F2 area. I wouldn't buy this for low light flashless photography. It's likely to be a very good all rounder for other things though


Agreed. With maximum aperture of F3.5 you'll need flash inside (unless a very bright room), and flashes on compact cameras are never very effective.

These are great as a travel camera for taking sight-seeing shots. Not so good if you're looking for party snaps. If the latter is your need, unless you want to spend a lot of money to get a large aperture, stick with your smartphone.

Seanetta20 h, 43 m ago

If you use manual more that's better for lowlight not using auto


Possibly if you set high ISO and widest aperture. However, the likelihood of someone who is an apparent novice wanting to do this is pretty unlikely I'd have thought.

Back in stock at all stores near me (same price)

Original Poster

Back in stock in my local stores too, although my wife doesn't want me to spend this much seems like it is meant to be, does anyone know if argos have an extended returns policy for christmas?
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