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Sony Cyber-shot HX99 High Zoom Camera

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About the Sony Cyber-shot HX99 High Zoom Camera

18 Megapixels
28x Optical Zoom
4K UHDTV (2160) Video
Manual Controls
3" LCD
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The world’s smallest with 24-720mm Zeiss lens.


World's smallest1 camera with 24-720mm2 zoom lens

Covering the range from wide-angle 24mm1 to telephoto 720mm2 (30x), the HX99 is the perfect camera for everything from memorable travel photos to everyday snapshots. The ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens delivers superb image quality all across the zoom range, and the Clear Image Zoom feature allows further magnification of the subject up to 1440mm2 (60x) while preserving high resolution.

Exmor R™ and BIONZ X™ deliver superb image quality

An 18.2 megapixel (effective) back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor — works with the advanced BIONZ X image-processing system to deliver superb image quality, even for fine textures and details. With a range of ISO80-6400 (expanded), even dimly lit scenes can be beautifully shot, while color-reproduction improvements produce natural-looking skin tones.

Stunning 4K3 video

Capture stunning 4K3 video (QFHD, 3840 x 2160 pixels) with full sensor pixel readout and no pixel binning - collecting approximately 1.6x as much information as is required. This oversampling effect results in images of outstanding resolution with reduced moiré and jaggies. The HX99 is also capable of shooting high-frame rate HD video at up to 120 fps to produce impressive slow-motion sequences during editing.

Eye-AF for perfect portraits

The sophisticated Eye AF feature can be activated to automatically detect and focus on the eyes of the main subjects in your shots. It rapidly and accurately detects eyes even under difficult conditions, such as when the subject is looking downward or when faces are backlit or dimly lit.

Fast Intelligent AF to capture decisive moments

The HX99 adopts Fast Intelligent AF using high-speed, highly accurate contrast-detection autofocus. It achieves focus by minimizing wasted lens motion, predicting AF range and accelerating the lens drive, improving response so you can capture even more fleeting moments.

Control ring for advanced photography

The convenient lens-mounted control ring allows you to operate pro-style manual controls such as manual focus, step zooming or selecting shutter speed, aperture, and more for added creative control — so there’s no need to compromise your vision because of the camera’s compact size. The HX99 also features a customizable ‘My Menu’ option for instant recall of up to 30 different settings.

10 fps4 with fast AF and AE

During still photography, the HX99 can acquire focus in as little as 0.09 seconds, and can shoot continuously at up to 10 fps4 for up to 155 shots5. Even when image brightness changes during continuous shooting, the HX99 automatically adjusts to provide optimal exposure. Continuous-shot images can also be displayed, deleted and protected in groups.

Clear, easy-to-operate OLED Tru-Finder™

The high-contrast OLED Tru-Finder is far brighter than conventional electronic viewfinders. It displays real-time preview and shooting information, so what you see on-screen is exactly what you get in your shot. The pop-up viewfinder is easily retractable, for portability, safety, and convenience.

Selfie-ready 180° Tiltable 3" LCD

The high-resolution 3.0-inch type screen with tilt capability is perfect for taking selfies and framing low-angle shots. You can use it in various shooting positions for greater flexibility in capturing creative compositions.

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization

Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, effectively minimizes blurry images caused by camera shake that often occurs during handheld and telephoto shooting.

Touch Focus and Shutter

With Touch Focus you can simply touch the LCD at the point of the image you want to focus on, for both still and video capture, so you can intuitively focus on subjects even at the edge of the frame without reframing. The shutter can also be operated by touching the LCD screen. When using the electronic viewfinder, the LCD can be used as a Touch Pad AF to shift focus smoothly and easily, simply by sliding your finger across the LCD screen.

Zoom Assist

If you lose track of a moving subject while framing with zoom, the Zoom Assist function makes it easy to find it again. Program it to the C (custom) button, then simply push and hold it to automatically zoom out, find and frame your subject again, then release the button. The camera quickly zooms back to the original focal length, so you can resume shooting the subject.

RAW format recording and P/A/S/M modes

Get far greater control over the final appearance of your photos by shooting in the RAW-format. With this format all the data from the sensor is preserved, so exposure, brightness, white balance and other aspects of the image can be easily adjusted using image-editing software. In addition, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter Priority and Manual shooting modes (P/A/S/M) are available on the mode dial.

Wi-Fi®, NFC and QR code

With one-touch remote, a smartphone or tablet functions as a monitor/remote control. One-touch sharing transfers photos/videos to the device. Just install a PlayMemories Mobile™ app via Wi-Fi® to an NFC-enabled Android™ device, then touch the device to the camera to connect them. QR code compatibility allows connection with non-NFC smartphones.

Imaging Edge software suite from Sony

The Imaging Edge software suite can maximize image quality, improve production efficiency, and help you finely adjust RAW-based images. Use its “Remote” to remotely control shooting while monitoring scenes via live-view PC screen; "Edit" to develop RAW data into high-quality photos; and "Viewer" to view, rate, and select photos from a list of shots.


1 Among fixed lens digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and telephoto end 700mm or above (angle of view, 35mm format equivalent) lens. As of August 2018, based on Sony research

2 Angle of view (35mm format equivalent)

3 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) Continuous recording time is approx. 5 minutes, and may vary with recording environment. Class 10 or higher micro SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S™ format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps

4 With "Continuous shooting mode: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting" and "Image quality: Fine”

5 CIPA standard, internal measurement.

In The Box

  • Sony HX99
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC Adapter
  • Micro USB cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • Instruction Manual

Additional Information

Manufacturer Sony
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Megapixels 18
Best Available Video Mode 4K UHDTV (2160)
Zoom 28x
Memory Card Type Memory Stick Duo
Weather-sealed None
California Residents: WARNING: Cancer and reproductive harm - See www.P65Warnings.ca.gov for more information.

SENSOR TYPE 1/2.3 inch (7.82 mm) Exmor R® CMOS sensor
NUMBER OF PIXELS (EFFECTIVE) Approx. 18.2 Megapixels
LENS TYPE ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 11 elements in 10 groups (5 aspheric elements)
FOCAL LENGTH (F=) f=4.25-118 mm
ANGLE OF VIEW (35MM FORMAT EQUIVALENT) (STILL IMAGE) 84 deg.-3 deg. 30 min.(24–720 mm2)3
FOCUS RANGE (FROM THE FRONT OF THE LENS) Auto: AF (W: Approx. 0.16 ft. (5 cm) to Infinity, T: Approx. 8.20 ft. (250 cm) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 0.16 ft. (5 cm) to Infinity, T: Approx. 8.20 ft. (250 cm) to Infinity, T:
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (STILL IMAGE) 18M Approx. 60x / 10M Approx. 80x / 5.0M Approx. 113x / VGA Approx. 459x / 13M(16:9) Approx. 60x / 2.1M(16:9) Approx. 153x4
CLEAR IMAGE ZOOM (MOVIE) 4K: Approx. 45x, HD: Approx. 60x4
DIGITAL ZOOM (STILL IMAGE) 18M Approx. 120x / 10M Approx. 161x / 5.0M Approx. 226x / VGA Approx. 459x / 13M(16:9) Approx. 120x / 2.1M(16:9) Approx. 306x4
DIGITAL ZOOM (MOVIE) Approx. 120x40
SCREEN TYPE 2.95 in (3.0type) (4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD
ADJUSTABLE ANGLE Up by approx. 180 degrees
SCREEN TYPE/NUMBER OF DOTS 0.2-type electronic viewfinder(OLED), 638,400 dots
FIELD COVERAGE 100%, 4K Movie: Approx. 97%
MAGNIFICATION Approx. 0.5x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1(diopter) (35 mm equiv.)
EYE POINT Approx. 20 mm from the eyepiece, 19.2 mm from the eyepiece frame at -1m-1(diopter) (CIPA standard)
DIOPTER ADJUSTMENT -4.0 to +3.0 m-1
BRIGHTNESS CONTROL Auto, Manual (5 steps)
STEADYSHOT (FOR MOVIE) Yes (Intelligent Active Mode, Optical type with electronic compensation, Anti Rolling type)
FOCUS TYPE Contrast detection AF
FOCUS MODE Single-shot AF, Continuous AF(Movie Only), DMF, Manual Focus
FOCUS AREA Wide, Center, Flexible Spot (S/M/L), Expanded Flexible Spot
LIGHT METERING MODE Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot, Entire Screen Avg, Highlight
ISO SENSITIVITY (STILL IMAGE)(RECOMMENDED EXPOSURE INDEX) Auto (ISO80-3200, selectable with upper / lower limit), 80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (Extendable to ISO6400), Multi-Frame NR: Auto (ISO80-3200 same as selected range in Auto), 100/200/400/800/1600/3200/64005/12800 5 6
ISO SENSITIVITY (MOVIE) Auto (ISO80-3200, selectable with upper/lower limit),80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200 (Extendable to ISO6400)
MINIMUM ILLUMINATION (MOVIE) Auto: 9lux (Shutter Speed 1/30)
WHITE BALANCE MODES Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluor.: Warm White, Fluor.: Cool White, Fluor.: Day White, Fluor.: Daylight, Flash, C.Temp./Filter, Custom1, Custom2, Custom3, Custom Setup
WB MICRO ADJUSTMENT G7-M7 (57 steps) , A7-B7 (29 steps)
SHUTTER SPEED iAuto (4" - 1/2000) / Program Auto (1" - 1/2000) / Aperture Priority (8" - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30" - 1/2000) / Manual (30" - 1/2000) 7
APERTURE iAuto(F3.5-F6.3(W)) / Program Auto(F3.5-F6.3(W) ) / Manual(F3.5-F8.0(W)) / Aperture Priority(F3.5-F8.0(W)) / Shutter Priority(F3.5-F6.3(W))
IMAGE CONTROL Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Creative Style, Color Space, Quality (RAW / RAW&JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard) / JPEG (Extra fine, Fine, Standard)
NOISE REDUCTION high ISO NR:Normal/Low, Multi Frame NR:Auto, ISO100-12800
DYNAMIC RANGE FUNCTIONS Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level 1-5), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference level (1.0–6.0 EV, 1.0 EV step)
SHOOTING MODE Auto (Intelligent Auto/Superior Auto), Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure, MR(Memory Recall) 1, 2, Movie Mode (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority, Manual Exposure), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
SCENE SELECTION Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Handheld Twilight, Night Portrait, Anti Motion Blur, Pet, Gourmet, Fireworks, High Sensitivity
CONTINUOUS SHOOTING SPEED (MAXIMUM) (WITH MAX. RECORDING PIXELS) Spd Priority Cont. Approx. 10 fps, Cont. Shooting Approx. 3 fps 8 9 10
SELF-TIMER Off / 10sec. / 5sec. / 2sec. / 3 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec. / 5 consecutive shots with 10sec. 5sec. or 2sec.
DRIVE MODES Single, Continuous shooting, Spd Priority Cont, Self-timer, Self-timer(cont.), Cont.-bracketing, Single-bracketing, White balance bracketing, DRO bracketing
PICTURE EFFECT [Still Image]:Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono., Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Richtone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolor, Illustration; [Movie]:Toy camera, Pop Color, Posterization, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Color, High Contrast Mono.
CREATIVE STYLE Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Black & White, Sepia
NUMBER OF RECOGNIZED SCENES [Still Image]:Superior Auto: 44 / iAuto: 33; [Movie]:44
FLASH MODE Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill Flash / Slow Sync. / Rear Sync.
FLASH TYPE Built-in, manual pop-up
FLASH RANGE ISO Auto: Approx. 11-13/16" to 17 feet 8-19/32" (0.3 m to 5.4 m)(W) / Approx. 8 feet 2-27/64" to 9 feet 10-7/64" (2.5 m to 3.0 m)(T)
COMPATIBLE RECORDING MEDIA Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro (Mark2), microSD Memory Card, microSDHC Memory Card, microSDXC Memory Card11
RECORDING FORMAT [Still Image]:JPEG (DCF Ver.2.0,Exif Ver.2.31,MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format), [Movie]:XAVC S, AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compatible
RECORDING FORMAT (MOVIE AUDIO) XAVC S:LPCM 2ch, AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3) 2ch (Dolby Digital Stereo Creator)
STILL IMAGE NUMBER OF RECORDED PIXELS (IMAGE SIZE) 3:2 Mode: 16M (4,896×3,264)/8.9M (3,648×2,432)/4.5M (2,592×1,728),4:3 mode: 18M (4,896×3,672)/10M (3,648×2,736)/5M (2,592×1,944)/VGA (640×480),16:9 mode: 13M (4,896×2,752)/7.5M (3,648×2,056)/2.1M (1,920×1,080), 1:1 mode: 13M (3,664×3,664)/7.5M (2,736×2,736)/3.7M (1,920×1,920), Sweep Panorama: Wide (12,416×1,856/5,536×2,160), Standard (8,192×1,856/3,872×2,160)
MOVIE RECORDING MODE (NTSC) PAL/NTSC Selector: [NTSC] AVCHD: 24M FX (1,920x1,080/60i)/ 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i), XAVC S 4K: 30p 100M (3,840x2,160/30p)/ 30p 60M (3,840x2,160/30p)/ 24p 100M (3,840x2,160/24p)/ 24p 60M (3,840x2,160/24p), XAVC S HD: 60p 50M (1,920x1,080/60p)/ 60p 25M (1,920x1,080/60p)/ 30p 50M (1,920x1,080/30p)/ 30p 16M (1,920x1,080/30p)/ 24p 50M (1,920x1,080/24p)/ 120p 100M (1,920x1,080/120p)/120p 60M (1,920x1,080/120p)
MOVIE RECORDING MODE (PAL) PAL/NTSC Selector:[PAL] AVCHD: 24M FX(1,920x1,080/50i)/ 17M FH(1,920x1,080/50i), XAVC S 4K: 25p 100M (3,840x2,160/25p)/ 25p 60M (3,840x2,160/25p)/ XAVC S HD: 50p 50M(1,920x1,080/50p)/ 50p 25M(1,920x1,080/50p)/ 25p 50M(1,920x1,080/25p)/ 25p 16M(1,920x1,080/25p)/ 100p 100M(1,920x1,080/100p)/ 100p 60M(1,920x1,080/100p)
INPUT AND OUTPUT TERMINALS Multi/Micro USB Terminal12, High-Speed USB (USB2.0), Micro HDMI
NFC NFC forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing
WI-FI Yes(IEEE802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)
BLUETOOTH Yes (Ver.4.1)
POWER SOURCE DC3.6V (supplied battery)/ DC5.0V(supplied AC adapter)
POWER CONSUMPTION (CAMERA MODE) Approx. 1.5 W with LCD monitor and approx. 1.8 W with viewfinder (CIPA standard)
USB CHARGE/USB POWER SUPPLY Yes (with supplied AC adapter and battery)
BATTERY LIFE(STILL IMAGES)(CIPA) Monitor:Approx. 370 / Approx. 185 min., Monitor (When Auto Monitor off is set to 2 sec):Approx. 460 / Approx. 230 min., ViewFinder:Approx. 300 / Approx. 150 min.13
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES ACTUAL SHOOTING)(CIPA) Monitor:Approx. 55 min., ViewFinder:Approx. 55 min
BATTERY LIFE(MOVIES CONTINUOUS SHOOTING)(CIPA) Monitor:Approx. 95 min., ViewFinder:Approx. 100 min
SHOOTING FUNCTIONS Eye AF, Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Grid Line, Step Zoom/Quick Zoom, Digital Level Gauge, WB Bracketing, DRO Bracketing, MF Assist, Peaking, Zebra, Marker Display, Micref Level, Zoom Assist, My Menu Setting, Self-portrait timer
PLAYBACK FUNCTIONS BRAVIA Sync(Control for HDMI), 9/25-frame index view, Auto Orientation, Slide Show, Forward/Rewind (Movie), Delete, Protect, Motion Shot Video, Automatic Image Rotation, Cont. Shoot Grouping
OPERATING TEMPERATURE 0 degrees C. - +40 degrees C. / 32 degrees F. - 104 degrees F
Print Exif Print, PRINT Image Matching (PIM3)
Size & Weight
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) (APPROX.) 102.0 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.5 mm (4 1/8" x 2 3/8" x 1 7/16")
WEIGHT (CIPA COMPLIANT) Approx. 8.6 oz (242 g) (Battery and Memory Card are included)/Approx. 7.7 oz (216 g) (Body Only)

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