Excerpt: Following the tradition of this category’s winner from the 2012-2013 EISA awards, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20, the HX50 is the world’s smallest compact camera with a 30x zoom lens - stretching the limits of the compact zoom segment even more. Equipped with a Sony G-class lens, the DSC-HX50 offers a great balance of worry-free point-and-shoot photography and high-level manual control and customisation.
Summary: The Sony HX50V is a premium point and shoot camera that takes a different approach than most. Rather than singling out image quality as the primary concern this camera is focused on taking clear photographs at extreme distances and letting you share those images through built in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Pros: A powerful 30x optical zoom lens makes for clear shots of distant subjects.
Cons: This camera has a relatively small sensor and slow lens, making it less adept in low-light situations.
Excerpt: I’ve had lots of experience with these mega zoom cameras: some enjoyable, some not so much. If you’re new to the field, approach them with caution: the zoom range is appealing, impressive and somewhat frustrating. For one, you simply cannot use them handheld at the full tele end: at best, use a tripod; at worst, lean them on something substantial, like a fence or a wall. If you’re crazy enough to want to shoot video with the zoom working mid shot … practice, practice.
Summary: The Sony HX50V is the worlds smallest, lightest camera with a 30x optical zoom. It packs a lens with a 35mm equivalent range of 24 - 720mm into a compact camera that is just about pocketable. The main attraction of a compact super-zoom is it's zoom range and the HX50V gives you more
than any other camera without compromising on compactness and portability.
Pros: Huge 30x 24-720mm equivalent zoom range., Excellent image stabilisation., Hot shoe with accessory port for EVF., Excellent 400 shot battery life., Full PASM modes and Exposure compensation dial., Built-in wifi and GPS (GPS on HX50V only).
Cons: Wifi difficult to setup and limited in use., Screen hard to see in bright conditions., Limited customisation options., Miniature effect not available for movies.
Summary: Designed as a travel camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 has one really standout feature - its 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. Packing this 30x zoom lens into such a small compact is an impressive feat.
However, given that the HX50 has a 20.4-million-pixel sensor, we would have expected the camera to resolve slightly more detail than it does. There are also signs of luminance noise even at ISO 80, although it does not become an issue until ISO 800.
Excerpt: The Sony Cyber-Shot HX50's 30x zoom is the biggest ever to grace a compact-shaped camera. The 24-720mm (equivalent) focal length range means it can tackle wide-angle vistas, wildlife photography and anything in between. Meanwhile, the 20-megapixel sensor is the highest ever resolution for a pocket ultra-zoom camera.