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Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50

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A not-exactly pocketable point-and-shoot with a huge zoom.

1 November 2013
  • Conclusion: Now that smartphones are starting to pull the rug out from under the low end of the point-and-shoot market, camera companies have to make a strong argument for spending hundreds of dollars more on their point and shoot cameras. To that end, Sony has debuted some interesting consumer options this year, and the HX50V belongs in that impressive lineup—it's a good camera. For all the camera's faults, it's almost unheard-of to find such a monster zoom on such a tiny camera.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

16 September 2013
  • Summary: There's Wi-Fi (so you can instantly send your photos or use your smartphone as a remote control), GPS tracking, 3D and 360 panorama, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Hand-Held Twilight, Anti-motion Blur and Backlight Correction HDR. Special effects like Miniature and Watercolor are present and accounted for, too.
  • Pros: 30x zoom -- biggest of any camera this size, Very good photos and video, Full manual controls and a hot shoe, Loaded with features, Solid, upscale build quality
  • Cons: Grainy image noise at high ISOs
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20 August 2013
  • 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.
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Expert Review

12 August 2013
  • Conclusion: With an equivalent focal length range of 24-480mm (20x), the Panasonic TZ40 can't match the Sony HX50V for zoom range, but its image quality is superior.
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Overall 6

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V Review

Digital Photography School
26 July 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Sony shoots for enthusiasts with HX50V travel zoom

6 July 2013
  • Summary: Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters and enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.
  • Cons: Despite the additional manual controls and Multi Interface Shoe, the HX50 lacks a couple of things enthusiasts value: a large sensor and raw capture. The flash, mic, and viewfinder accessories are expensive. A slow lens limits its usefulness indoors.
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-shot HX50V

Camera Labs
1 June 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review

Amateur Photographer
2 weeks ago
  • 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.
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Overall 8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

16 January 2014
Overall 7

Sony Cyber-shot HX50

Trusted Reviews
13 September 2013
  • Conclusion: There’s no denying how impressive the combination of a large 30x zoom and compact body is, but its photos are adequate rather than spectacular. It’s a decent camera, but only if you really need its long zoom.
  • Pros: Pleasing ergonomics, Impressive feature set, Fantastic design considering substantial focal range
  • Cons: High ISO performance, LCD screen could be better, AF performance in low light
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