Why are we being denied 4K when a consumer compact already does it?

Sony have just revealed an update to last year’s best compact the HX5 – the HX9v (and put the same new tech inside a bridge camera, the HX100v, with a ridiculously long lens and some extra manual control including manual focus ring, horray).

The HX9v now does 1080/60p at 24Mbit and 42.9 Megapixel Sweep Panoramas, an awesome feature. I will be getting one, even though it is only a compact with a small sensor.

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HD Compacts Part 2 – Sony HX5 short mood-piece

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The HX5 is not the usual compact fair we’ve been used to up to now.

The HX5 is the first proper HD Compact. A compact camera which does full HD video.

Under the hood, we have the IMX050 Exmor R sensor. See our article on the technology here. Right now, back-side illumination isn’t the huge leap some expected, but this technology will come into it’s own as sensors get even more densely packed. There is talk of 22MP in a compact for 2011.

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HD Compacts Part 1 – Introducing the Sony HX5


Above: creamy bokeh on a compact in video mode!

Okay – some initial thoughts before the footage later this week. Compacts are crap right? Gimmicky consumer devices aimed at the mass market of non-photographers – and yet, compacts work on the same principals which make HDSLRs so successful. Cutting down on extraneous stuff, cutting down on size, bulk and complexity whilst delivering an image comparable to professional equipment.

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