I have owned this camera for almost a month. I wanted to pull out of a review as long as possible, but at the same time do not wait until it was completely out of date iom. the sequel, HX200 has been released. I will now share with you my impressions, and a video (may update with photos to come)
I stood long in the fork between whether I should buy a DSLR or this type of camera. The choices were many: Nikon D5100, Canon 550/600D, Nikon D3100, Sony A55/A35/A33, Panasonic GH2, Sony HX100V. And apparently it fell at last on the latter, the cheapest. The decisive blow came when Webhallen put it down to 3000.
Before that I had set myself to buy a A55/A35, but prices soared due. Sony's supply problems, and they felt no longer an option.
My main reason for buying this camera, however, was not to take photos, but rather the film. I wanted good quality video in relation to price, good functionality, manual focus (focus ring) and some other stuff, all of that offers this.
It lacks manual settings in video'm not going to put as something negative, it has manual focus and it's better than the corresponding cameras can offer, I did not even know about this at time, which thus means that I have purchased products based on what it is , not what it looks like.
Should also be said that the manual focus is as good as useless and EVFen on camera is impossible to find focus with. The sensor is far too small to get to that shallower depth of field, and the viewfinder is horrible, hence it is extremely difficult to find focus. The only way you can create really shallow depth of field around ex. a portrait of, is to zoom in at around 20-30x and then shake the camera, as well as zoom in and out, until it in autofocus find focus around your item. Another way is if you are extremely close to your subject and shooting in macro mode, if the automatic focus, however, fails at this point, so you can resort to the manual focus ring, in macro mode, so it is actually gold.
A bit more critical of the focus ring is that it is far too "exact", you can spin it out indefinitely without focus change. Instead, it is based on how hard / fast you spin the ring, which is not that good if you want to change my focus in video recording.
The video quality is beyond expectations, and you can certainly produce a really nice picture which is clearly on the SLR-level in daylight. Will you into a little darker environments will also show some noise, even if it is not actually blowing up Ison at the ceiling. On the other hand, they're not colored noise, but only noise, so it works out quite clearly if one is not too serious with their video creation, but is one that then you have probably bought the wrong camera. Another thing is that to say that the depth is not the best, so you should make short films of "the worse kind", then you should think about it. Personally film I basically just dance video and where will it good enough nicely.
It takes good photos, even in dark conditions. There is almost no noise at high ISO modes. However, this is the noise reduction method doubtful. It does this by "smearing" the image, thus it looks a bit like a watercolor painting when you zoom. However, you should only see the images on television, computer, ipad or whatever - without the need for cropping images, so it is a great choice.
The camera itself is fun to use, I think. There are a lot of features and it is advanced far beyond expectations. In the photo you can control and set over the most part, and although I originally bought the camera to film so I can not help but admit that this camera has opened up interest even to photograph, I see it a bit as a way to learn me settings for that in the future I buy a more advanced camera, and thus have with me a lot until then.
Here is a video I made with this camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1MGAtQSn84
Decide for yourself what you think about the quality there, but personally I think the camera is somewhat undermined generally seen when, for obvious soul, produced many amateur-made videos with it. This is different from HD-SLRs that attracts a very different audience.
Some pluses and minuses:
Focus ring is
Cruel native guide
Good photos, albeit produced in questionable ways.
Gold for filmmaker with swivel-screen.
Good quality film photography.
Amazing glass in relation to price.
Full manual in the photo.
Heavy, with real good grip - feels good in the hand.
The placement of buttons feels generally good.
Zoom lever on the trigger feels great.
Very images / video on a single charge.
The battery delivers what it promises.
"Focus" and "Custom" buttons sitting on a little suspicious places, you easily forget that they exist.
Focus ring loses its purpose in the video when you get to spin out into eternity, and thus destroys the video overall, if one film.
Questionable noise reduction system.
Sony could bid on a larger sensor (no direct negative though).
It was a rather long review, which hopefully covers most. Please check out the video and if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me via PM! :)