A couple of Sony fixed-lens cameras, called HX80 and HX350, are rumored to become available this March, while the former’s specs have just been leaked on the web.
During the recent announcement of the A6300, Sony was supposed to unveil two more cameras, a compact and a bridge model, alongside the mirrorless shooter. However, neither showed up and their launch date remained unknown.
In the wake of the latest rumors, one can say that the company wanted to focus on the E-mount, while leaving the rest for a later date. New leaks are suggesting that the Sony HX80 is real and coming soon, while there are reasons to believe that this camera will be joined by the HX350.
Sony HX80 release date set for March 2016
A photo of a promotional material for the Sony HX80 has been leaked online. The promo appears to come from a Germany-based store and it says that the compact camera will be released in March 2016.
The listing includes some specifications of the device. As a result, we can say that the DSC-HX80 will come packed with an 18.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor, Bionz X processor, and 5-axis image stabilization technology.
The lens will be a Zeiss unit and will offer 30x optical zoom. The display on the back will be tiltable, allowing users to flip it up by 180 degrees in order to frame their selfies properly. Additionally, photo and video composition will be supported via a built-in OLED electronic viewfinder.
Users will not be able to shoot 4K videos, but they will record full HD movies with XAVC-S codec support. In continuous shooting mode, the camera will deliver up to 10fps. The other mentioned specs are the integrated flash unit, NFC, and WiFi.
As stated above, the Sony HX80 release date is scheduled for March 2016. Its price is said to be €419.
HX350 to join the HX80 in the coming weeks
According to a trusted source, the HX80 will be accompanied by the Sony HX350 bridge camera. The naming scheme may be a bit confusing, as the HX400 has been launched in February 2014, so it seems like the manufacturer is going backwards.
The same thing can be said about the HX80. It is well known that the HX90 has replaced the HX60 back in April 2015, therefore some consumers might be taken aback by Sony’s camera naming strategy.
Either way, both shooters will make an official appearance in the coming weeks and they might even show up at CP+ 2016 this February.