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.
This super-compact camera has a 30x zoom, Wi-Fi, and GPS
Good Gear Guide.au
2 May 2013
Summary: If you were looking for a travel-zoom camera in the past, we’d have gone straight to recommending a Panasonic. Sony’s new HX50V crams 20 megapixels -- too many, really -- on its tiny sensor, with a 30x zoom lens and all the trimmings you could want. It’s a great all-round camera, although it’s not made for dim or dark environments.
Pros: Compact design, Excellent GPS and Wi-Fi, Good video, photos in good lighting
Cons: Noisy shots in dim, dark lighting, Heavy noise reduction past ISO 400, No RAW photo mode
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.