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Sony DSC-HX60B, 20.4 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, 3" LCD (Black)

Sony DSC-HX60B, 20.4 MP Digital Camera with 30x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom, 3" LCD (Black)
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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
If you're considering spending the best part of 199 € on a compact camera, the Sony HX60 is here to make sure you're not missing out on features. Its 30x zoom and 20-megapixel sensor both match the current record for compact cameras. It records 1080p video at frame rates from 24 to 60fps for up to 30 minutes per clip. Wi-Fi with NFC is built in, and there's an alternative model – the HX60V – that also includes GPS, although this is a little tricky to find for sale.
The HX60 also has three more features that we rarely see on compact cameras. There's an accessory shoe that can accommodate a flashgun, microphone, electronic viewfinder, wireless flash trigger or video lamp. Around the front there's a proper rubber-textured handgrip. This may be tiny compared to any SLR grip but it's far easier to hold securely than almost any other compact camera we've used recently. Then there's the dedicated exposure compensation dial. We find this simple control hugely beneficial, particularly on a compact camera where it's tempting to leave all settings for the camera to decide automatically.
The HX60's other controls are well taken care of. There's a mode dial with priority and manual exposure, scene presets and panorama shooting. Pressing the Fn button reveals 12 customisable functions across the screen, which are navigated using the four-way pad on the back and adjusted using the rear wheel. In playback mode, the Fn button becomes a shortcut for sending photos to a smartphone or tablet. With dedicated buttons for drive mode, flash options and autofocus area, this is a camera for people who like to keep firmly in control.
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