Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V benefits from a radical design overhaul compared to its HX60V predecessor. Does this make it one of the best travel zooms ever? Callum McInerney-Riley finds out

Product Overview

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Sony Cyber-shot HX90V

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  • + Excellent, compact design
  • + Extensive zoom range makes it very versatile
  • + Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity


  • - No touchscreen on the LCD screen
  • - No exposure-compensation dial
  • - No raw recording


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Review


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Image Quality

Sony HX90V sample image 7
JPEG images are punchy and pleasing straight out of the camera

See more in our Sony HX90V sample image gallery

With its small sensor, we don’t expect the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V to achieve outstanding image quality. However, taking the 18.2-million-pixel, 1/2.3in Exmor R sensor into consideration, the image quality is rather good. The caveat is that JPEG-only shooting limits the images to the effectiveness of the BIONZ X processor. Up to ISO 800, the camera does a reasonable job of both detail and resolution, while past this the images become very mushy when viewed at pixel level.


JPEG images resolve 2600/lpph at the lowest sensitivity of ISO 80, which is what we expect to see from a small sensor such as this. The images for the resolution chart were shot at a 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm at f/4.5 aperture. At ISO 800 the camera scores a resolution of 2200l/ph and drops to around 1800/lpph at the maximum ISO of 3200.


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  1. 1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V Review – Features
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Dynamic Range
  6. 6. Noise
  7. 7. Verdict
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  • Zoltan Hercik

    It’d be great to see some HX90V sample images. I almost bought the camera when I’ve seen a few test images that show a lot of noise even at the lowest ISO settings. Any experience yet? What is your opinion about the image quality of the Sony HX90V? Thanks in advance, Zoltan