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Sony has today announced the new “H-series” of Cyber-shot compact cameras, all of which carry major zoom lenses and optical image stabilization at varying price points. First out the gate is the high-end DSC-HX200V, pictured above. It has a whopping 30x (27-810mm) zoom, and is expected in March for approximately $480. It, along with the HX30V, HX20V and HX10V all have a new 18.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. Sony claims the new sensor allows faster AF speeds, 1920×1080, and the ability to record 13-megapixel stills while shooting video.
The HX10V, HX20V and HX30V (left to right above, and yes, the HX20V and HX30V are near-identical) are more pocket, and pocketbook, friendly than the HX200V. The HC10V has a 16x (24-384mm) zoom lens, and the HX20V and HX30V both have 20x (25-500mm) versions. The only thing differentiating the HX30V from the HX20V is the inclusion of WiFi, and a $420 rather than $400 asking price, and both will land in May. The HX10V is expected to go for $330 in March.
Finally, the DSC-H90 will cost a comparatively low $250, and it has a 16.1-megapixel sensor, and 16x 24-384mm zoom lens. Expect to see it on shelves in March.