Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Last Updated (29 June’13):
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is a 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with a 30x Optical Zoom Lens that equivalent to 24-720mm. It uses a BIONZ Image Processor and features 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD with 921k-dot resolution, Full HD 1080/60p AVCHD Video recording, 10 fps Shooting at Full Resolution, and an Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization. It also offer built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, Full Manual & Dedicated EV Control Dial, and has Multi-Interface Shoe and Pop-Up Flash. The camera measure (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.5″ / 10.8 x 6.3 x 3.8 cm and weight 8.68 oz / 246 g body only, without battery and memory card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Reviews

Imaging-resource reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and writes;
“Full 1080p HD video capabilities are becoming pretty much standard on compact cameras these days — except for the most basic models — but the HX50V surprises by allowing for fast-and-smooth 60p recording at 1920×1080. Filming gets the benefit of Sony’s Optical SteadyShot Active mode, which reduces camera shake and blur during panning or other camera movements.”
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CNET reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and writes;
“Sony delivers good, but not class-winning image quality with the HX50V. Colour rendition is mostly accurate when using default settings, while the lens is reasonably sharp and captures a good amount of detail, particularly at its sharpest point in the centre of the frame.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and writes;
“The addition of wi-fi connectivity along with GPS tracking (although not in the UK), full PASM manual shooting modes, plus the new multi-interface shoe and EV dial, make this the best-specified Sony travel-zoom yet, “
Rating: ★★★★½

PCWorld reviews the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V and writes;
“The HX50 is, as super-zoom cameras go, pretty good. It’s got heaps of features built-in, has the ability to take external accessories through its hot-shoe, and the lens itself is great.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V User Reviews

Gets even better!
“Image quality is still sharp and crisp. IQ has improved from last years model (HX20/30V). When I compared both the HX50V and HX20V images, the HX50V had more detail and less noise. I also compared the images to the Panasonic ZS30 and the HX50V images look WAY MORE sharper. You can also see more image details in the HX50V. Outdoor images look sharp and colorful (I would describe it as life like and not overly saturated).” – By anonymous
Rating: ★★★★★

GREAT Camera
“This camera is great. I can not describe all of the features, but for this price you do not have to go any further. I had one problem with the speed between taking pictures if the camera was on auto mode. This mode fixes any errors, blurs, etc and it gives you a clean sharp great image.” – By Lon Townsend
Rating: ★★★★★

HX50V is a winner
“My conclusion is that there is no visible noise up to ISO 400 and surprisingly little above it. The zoom is great and you can see tremendous detail at 30x. There doesn’t appear to be much barrel or pincushion distortion although no doubt if you shoot targets in a lab, you’ll find some. In practice, despite the long zoom, distortion isn’t an issue.” – By Eager Beaver
Rating: ★★★★☆

Best pocket camera I have purchased, but could be better
“The image stabilization works really well and is a must for a handheld camera with a large telephoto zoom lens. The stabilization works well in low light too. Love the flexibility the large zoom ratio affords. Max optical zoom, handheld and no blur. Best stabilization I have seen in a small camera.” – By Robin Hood Forest of Dean
Rating: ★★★★☆

Really nice!!
“This camera is fabulous. I love the 30:1 zoom. I bought it for NBA games because they won’t let me bring in my NEX-5N (it has an interchangable lens). The DSC-HX50 has many of the same features but it has added GPS and WI-FI. It seem reliable and feels great. I love that I can download Sony’s Playmemories software (stupid name) and use my smart phone or iPad as a remote for the DSC-HX50.” – By Robert F. Reardon
Rating: ★★★★★

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Features

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V combines the 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor and the BIONZ image processor to provide sharp imaging and fast autofocus speeds. While the powerful 30x optical zoom lens which offers 4.3-129 mm of focal length that equivalent to 24-720mm in 35 format and covers a full range of shooting situations from true wide angle to ultra-telephoto. The lens also features 60x Clear Image digital zoom technology to bring you near enough to capture the most distant details.


This camera allows you to record Full HD 1080p video in the AVCHD format. Smaller video resolutions are also provided in M4 format for easier playback on computers and portable devices. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V also equipped with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that available in both still and video modes, its reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions when shooting photo and Active 3-way stabilization adds digital rolling control to counter clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.


Moreover, the camera also has high-performance capabilities include fast continuous shooting of up to 10 fps in full resolution ensures you never miss the moment, full manual exposure with P/A/S/M modes that lets you control the camera in the palm of your hand, and a dedicated exposure compensation dial. Not only does it, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V also comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to instantly transfer images from your camera to your computer, smartphone or tablet.


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Features:

+ Full Manual Control and Dedicated EV Control Dial

+ Multi-Interface Hot Shoe and Pop-Up Flash

+ Creative Picture Effects

+ Intelligent Auto and Assistive Features

+ In-Camera Editing

+ Power Save Mode


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