Summary: I needed a secondary camera that was smaller than my Sony A77, had a hot shoe, and a good wide and zoom lens. I didnt need a 30x zoom probably just a 20x or so, and was fast. I thought the HX50v was the solution, however poor image quality and extremely slow focusing really made me go from excited to disappointed. More over the screw mount was positioned so you can not have it mounted and use the HDMI port or access the memory / batteries.
Summary: and then the shutter got stuck halfway open. Got a series of pictures with a black traingle at the bottom before I noticed. When I tried to move it to open, it got stuck that way and wouldn't close when I powered it off. Really, really dissapointed in this camera. It takes great pictures but should last longer than 2 months. I have had similar problems with older Sony cameras and really thought they had fixed it, but no. I will not buy a Sony again.
Summary: This is a product loaded with fluff, tries to do 100 things via loads of features, and accomplishes NONE of it well. As appears to be typical with Sony products anymore, they tend to be all fluff", but don't really deliver the goods. The camera itself appears to take decent pictures, to be fair. But, trying to understand what it is doing, and controlling it yourself, defies logic.
Pros: Decent Pictures Crutchfield Support (excellent) Weight and Ergonomics are good Digital Zoom is, indeed, excellent Crutchfield is a great vendor. This following cons should in NO WAY be taken as a reflection of /on Crutchfield.
Cons: Many features not understandable or usable easily Miserable to non-existent, on-line-only documentation For a so-called point-and-shoot camera, woefully complicated and un-intuitive user interface. Yields clumsy usability and unfriendly usage Sorry I purchased this product --- no more Sony for me Camera software is bloat and malware --- install at your own risk WiFi connectivity buggy and useless. You WILL be using an interface cable despite WiFi being there I recomme...
Summary: Had this for a few weeks. This is my 4th SONY Cybershot HX line of cameras; Menus and options work better than the previous models but the pictures quality is the worst!!! close range is bad and on the tele end is just horrible. I've sent mine back (Amazon was fast to respond and provided excellent service) and the replacement unit was just as bad. Highly disappointed with the HX50. I will keep my old HX9V for now since its still has the best IQ to date.
Summary: Camera took wonderful pictures. But the "forever" PROCESSING. .. screen after the shots made the camera almost worthless. Even 100x zoom is worthless if a photographer misses 100 shots waiting for the camera to cycle. SONY knows better than placing this camera on the market!!! EXCELLENT service from the amazon seller. Fully understood my problem and refunded my purchase.
Summary: I bought this camera prior to going on holiday so I didn't need to trudge around with my DSLR. My plan failed as trying to frame or even view the screen was virtually impossible as it was unviewable in any sort of daylight. Why oh why don't manufacturers supply viewfinders as part of the camera. I had to dig out my W170 with viewfinder included. On the upside the macro is good.
Summary: I bought this camera as an upgrade to a Panasonic Lumix TZ30 also bought from JL. First impressions were good when the camera was used in bright conditions. However the application was for a family holiday to Euro Disney where the camera was often used indoors and for the video application and this is where the problems start. In video mode the camera is unable to focus in low light rendering it useless, the Lumix TZ30 although over 2 years old was brilliant.