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Sony HX99 & HX95 Squeeze 30x Zoom and 4K Video into Tiny Body

Sony calls the models ‘the world’s smallest travel high zoom cameras’...

Sony has pulled the covers off not one, but two awesome new compact travel cameras, the HX99 and HX95.

Both models are packed with epic features, including 4K video and Sony’s powerful Bionz X processor engine which compliments the 18-megapixel 1/2.3 Exmor CMOS sensor found in both cameras.

Check out this video shot with the Sony HX99…

The Sony HX99 and HX95 share many of the same features, but there are couple of key differences so let’s start with what they have in common. Most importantly, both cameras feature that insane 30x optical zoom that delivers a 35mm equivalent focal range of 24-720mm with premium ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T glass. This versatile range that will cover everything from vast landscape scenes to close-up travel imagery.

The flip-up LCD will be a hit with Vloggers.

Keeping shots or footage steady at such long focal lengths can be a challenge, so both the HX99 and HX95 feature image stabilisation technology. Both cameras also boast a lightning fast 10 frames per second burst rate and feature a massive buffer that allows sequential shooting for up to 155 photos at a time.

The cameras can be used with Sony’s VCT-SGR1 shooting grip.

Equally impressive is the fact that both of these cameras gain the ability to shoot RAW imagery – a first in this range of Sony travel zooms. Along with travel photographers searching for a compact powerhouse, both models are likely to be hits with Vloggers, thanks to the LCD that has a 180-degree (selfie-friendly) tilting feature, but also thanks to the impressive movie specifications.

Both cameras can shoot 4K video footage with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. The HX99 and HX95 can also record Full HD footage at 100 frames per second, which can be used to capture slow motion sequences and both can be used with Sony’s VCT-SGR1 shooting grip, too.

Only the HX99 has touch-screen functions.

There are a couple of slight differences between the two models. The HX99 is around £20 more expensive, but for that slightly higher investment, you get a touch-sensitive screen, which can be used to select a focus point within the frame. On the HX99, the control wheel can also be customised to speed up operation.

On both cameras, Sony say focus can be achieved in just 0.09 seconds and there’s also Eye AF mode too – perfect when shooting portraits, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC. The HX99 will be priced at around £450/€520 while the slightly more affordable HX95 will have a price-tag of around £430/€500 with both models shipping in October.