If you want to see a 120x zoom from the Sony HX200v have a look here.
Here is an interesting video from the Sony HX30V: A seagull in flight with 20x optical plus 4x digital = 80x zoom in motion.
digitalcamerainfo.com has a Sony HX10v review. (HX10v = Sony HX9v lens and HX20v sensor)
digitalversus.com published a Face-Off: Sony HX20V vs Sony HX9V, Panasonic TZ30, Canon SX230 etc.
It is as I predicted a few weeks ago, the image quality from the 18MP Sony HX20v and the 15MP Panasonic SZ20 is quite bad while the 12MP Canon SX260 and the 13MP Panasonic SZ15 is quite acceptable, but judge for yourself.
The images below are from chip.de
|Sony HX20v original here and more horror here|
Sony´s slogan make.believe was never more true
|Canon SX220 original here|
you can get it now for half the price of a Sony HX20v
|Canon SX260 original here|
|Panasonic ZS15 original here|
|Panasonic ZS20 original here|
Just for fun an ISO 800 from the Sony HX20v and the half price Canon SX220
|Canon SX220 ISO 800|
|Sony HX20v ISO 800|
The Sony DSC-HX20V / HX30V has the new 18MP CMOS sensor, most of the features what the HX9V had plus a improved dual shot with 13MP pictures during video shooting. The 1080p60 and GPS are there as will be the 3D "goodies". Some more in camera post processing options will grace the new model.
The zoom is now 20 x (25 to 500 mm).
It looks like the price will be even higher than with the HX9V around 400 Euro/$, but then you will have the total useless ISO 12800 mode and 18MP written on the camera case to impress your friends...
The HX30V what has an additional WIFI function and cost 20 bucks more, That is 420 Euro what is $565 American - tax included and of the lower spec HX model the HX10V what will recycle the HX9V 16x lens.
The HX100V will be replaced with with the HX200V with the same retarded 18MP sensor and all the other HX20V goodies.
"Sony's big Wi-Fi camera play is both half-hearted and half-baked"
here is some more on the WIFI operation.
This is a way it should work: You set up a connection once what will be remembered and on a push of the (custom) button all the images you snap will be send. In playback mode on a push of the (custom) button one short press sends the image on screen or one long press and all the images will be send.
Panasonic joins the 20x club with the ZS20 (different names apply for different countries but NOT on Marklar)
and if you check the second review from digital camera info and compare the ISO 200 shots with the Sony HX9V you will see that the HX9V resolves the fine print better and brings out more details in the figures face.
Canon joins the 20x club with the SX240 / SX260
|Fujifilm F770EXR ISO 400 more full size originals here|
Samsung joins the 20x club with the 21x WB850F
Nikon keeps the 18x from last year with the S9300
Olympus keeps their horrible 24x lens and 16MP sensor (see my SZ-30MR review) with the SZ-31MR
If you think the the zoom and MP wars is the wrong direction, here might be an interesting alternative:
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS (IXUS 510 HS)