There’s some fierce competition in the travel zoom arena at the moment, with the new Sony HX90V arriving to nip at the heels of the popular Panasonic TZ70.
Equipped with a seriously impressive optical zoom range of 24-270mm, the Sony HX90V also comes packing a tilting LCD screen, a pop-up electronic viewfinder and an 18.2-million-pixel, 1/2.3in, Exmor R back-illuminated sensor.
The pop-up viewfinder is an OLED model that may look familiar to anyone who has used the RX100 III. The Bionz X processor is a new addition over the previous model the HX60, and Sony says it has significantly improved in-camera noise-reduction.
One aspect of the HX90V that is worth noting is that it does not capture Raw files – JPEGs are all you get. This arguably gives its competitor the TZ70 a slight edge for enthusiast photographers, though Sony’s camera does offer GPS where the TZ70 does not. (Though if GPS doesn’t matter to you there’s also the HX90, a slightly cheaper model that does away with it and is in other respects identical).
Take a scroll through the pictures in our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V sample image gallery above and see what you think – remember to click to see them full-screen. When you’re doen head over to our full review to see what we made of the camera and what we reckon of its chances against its main competition.