Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) Detailed Review

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V)

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In additional Cyber-shot HX90 (V) was introduced by Sony in April 2015. It belongs to the Superzooms category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Sensor Properties

Also Cyber-shot HX90 (V) has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 18 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)18.20 megapixel
Pixel size1.87 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)720mm
Aperture (max)3.5
Aperture (min)6.4
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 0.40 megapixel, close to the practical minimum for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution0.40 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 30s.

The highest shutter speed of the Sony is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity80 ISO
Max. sensitivity12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 5m (18 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(18 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Cyber-shot HX90 (V) display

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot HX90 (V) video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera. With NFC, camera and smartphone can be paired without the need for passwords.

Typical for Sony, the camera supports device specific apps that can enhance the functionality of the camera and that can be downloaded from the internet..

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) has a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 390 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s battery battery parameters:

TypeNP-BX1 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life390 photos

The Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V)'s dimensions are 102 x 58.1 x 35.5mm³. (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 246 grams (7.9 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot HX90 (V):

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot HX90 (V) is not much bigger:

Sony Cyber-shot HX90 (V) size comparison

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