Summary: Belonging to the category of compact, the Sony DSC-HX50 differs from other models for simple design, for manual controls, optical zoom, the lens focal width and the ability to install additional accessories through the slide. Among the outstanding specific sensor resolution, the quality of the display, Wi-Fi, high ISO, the optical stabilizer and the HDMI interface. Too bad for the lack of support for the RAW format.
Sony shoots for enthusiasts with HX50V travel zoom
7 June 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.
Pros: Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is the smallest, lightest camera with a 30x zoom. It has a large assortment of shooting options, direct control over exposure compensation, and excellent photo and video quality for its class. A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach a flash, mic, or electronic viewfinder.
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.
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.
Conclusion: The HX50 has a packed-out specification will undoubtedly attract plenty of potential purchasers. But does it deliver in every department? Not quite. For all its strengths - and there are plenty to name - the HX50 feels a little on the fence, sandwiched between the high-end and the not so much.
Pros: Massive zoom in relatively small body, decent optical image stabilisation, hotshoe means accessories can be added, Wi-Fi implementation fairly faff-free, great battery life
Cons: Image quality is trying to do too much - even low ISO shots suffer from excessive processing artefacts, no raw capture, a little chunky, no touchscreen, where's NFC?
Excerpt: The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50 is a new travel zoom camera, it is the World's first pocket zoom with 30x optical zoom lens, and it has a 20 megapixel sensor. It also offers a flash hot-shoe (Ni) accessory port, manual controls and exposure compensation dial. You can buy the HX50 for around £350.00.
Pros: 30x optical zoom in a pocketable body, Good image quality, Flash hot-shoe accessory port, 10 fps continuous shooting, Full manual controls, Built-in Wi-Fi, Good battery life
Cons: No RAW shooting, Images have significant noise from ISO 3200 upwards, A little on the expensive side
Excerpt: Som sædvanlig har Sonys ingeniører gjort et prisværdigt arbejde med at pakke meget ind, uden at kameraet buler ud og bliver for stort til en lomme. Ingen andre kameraer på markedet er så små og har samme zoom. Det nærmeste, man kommer, er 20x zoom. Her er der 30x optisk zoom! Det rækker til landskabsbilleder på 24 mm vidvinkel, portrætter på 100 mm tele eller til at fotografere dyr, som er langt væk, med opsigtsvækkende 720 mm!