Sony has really leaned into the camera market in recent years with some very interesting offerings. They're obviously more than willing to use their research and development depth, manufacturing networks and expertise, a healthy dose of innovative thinking, and have a willingness to put new ideas into the marketplace. The Alpha range is the benchmark for mirrorless cameras. Their RX0 and RX1 cameras are quite unique and unlike anything else on the market. Their RX100 series packs an amazing amount of high-end features into a high-end compact camera. And Sony's sensors turn up in some of the best cameras produced by other brands. All in all, it's put Sony amongst the most exciting of the camera brands right now.examples of the HX99's zoom range separately, so you can see how those numbers translate visually.
Even aside from the impressive zoom, the HX99 is a very capable point and shoot compact, especially at a very reasonable price point (at a much higher price point, Sony has the even better RX100 line). It has a 18.2MP sensor, wireless connectivity, and the usual in-camera photo enhancing tricks you'd expect. It also has a few higher-end features that you don't come across on most run-of-the-mill compact point and shoots, especially one priced so reasonably. Like being able to shoot RAW, a popup electronic viewfinder, and high-bitrate 4K video recording. All together, the result is a camera that generally exceeds what I'd expect for a camera in this class and price point. Without resorting to fancy bells and whistles--except with the zoom--it performs at least as well or better than I'd expect in most practical respects.
I've posted a detailed hands-on review of the Sony HX99 separately as well as a selection focusing specifically on the HX99's high-ISO performance, but here's a selection of photos I've shot with the camera to go alongside the review. I thought it worth posting them to give some practical examples of how the camera performs in real-world everyday shooting.
Sony HX99 High-Resolution Sample Images
These were shot in a mixture of RAW and JPGs and minimally (for the most part) processed in Lightroom. The aspect ratio of the HX99's sensor is 4:3, and the shots here are a mix of 4:3 and 3:2.
You can click on each image to open a full-resolution version if you'd like a closer look.
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