|Take hold of the textured grip and capture your next adventure with ultra-sharp precision. Not only does this compact, 20.4MP beauty deliver an impressive 30x optical zoom, actions shots appear clearer thanks to advanced 3-way image stabilization. You also get full manual control for more creative shots and 1080/60p movie recording for smoother footage. You can even map your memories with built-in GPS tagging and accessorize with a wide variety of available extras.|
30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital ZoomGet super close with 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.
Optical SteadyShot® image stabilizationOptical SteadyShot® image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions.³ Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image SensorThis camera features a 20.4 megapixel Exmor® R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain.
Full HD 1080/60pRecord crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD™ video.¹ This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
Full manual & dedicated EV control dial allow more creativityFor creative flexibility, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and direct access exposure control via dedicated dial.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fpsCapture full 20.4 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and micThe multi interface shoe allows easy connection with wide-ranging accessories expanding the range of photographic expression. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder etc.
|Picture Effects||HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration|
|Anti Motion Blur||Yes|
|Face Detection||8 faces|
|Image Stabilization||Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with 3-way Active mode|
|In-Camera Editing||Retouch / Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking/Still image capture from Movie / Date view / Slideshow with Music / 3D Viewing Mode / BRAVIA Sync / Picture Effect (Watercolor, Illustration)|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Yes|
|Sweep Panorama||Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)|
|Tracking Focus||Off / Auto|
|Camera Type||High zoom|
|Erase/Protect||Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD|
|Power Save Mode||Standard / Max / Off|
|Red-Eye Reduction||Auto / On / Off|
|Burst Mode||Approx 10 fps at 20.4MP (Maximum 10 shots)|
|Self-timer||Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2|
|Shutter Speeds||iAuto (4 - 1/1600) / Program Auto (1 - 1/1600) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/1600) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/1600) / Manual (30 - 1/1600)|
|Exposure Compensation||Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step|
|ISO||Auto/80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400 *4 /12800 *4|
|Metering Modes||Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot|
|Scene Mode(s)||High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode / Anti-motion blur / Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced Sports Shooting|
|White Balance Mode||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift|
|Flash Coverage||ISO Auto: Approx. 0.25m to 5.6m (0.82 ft. to 18.37 ft.) (W) / Approx. 2.0m to 3.0m (6.56 ft.. to 9.84 ft.) (T), ISO3200: up to Approx. 7.9m (25.91 ft.) (W) / Approx. 4.2m (13.78 ft.) (T)|
|Flash Modes||Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash|
|AF Illuminator||Auto / Off|
|AF Modes||Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Face Tracking Focus|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Effective Picture Resolution||20.4 MP|
|Imaging Sensor||1/2.3" Exmor R® CMOS sensor|
|Pixel Gross||21.1 MP|
|HD Output||Micro HDMI|
|Memory Card Slot||MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible|
|USB Port(s)||Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)|
|Brightness Control||5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)|
|LCD Type||3.0" Xtra Fine™ LCD (921K dots)|
|Focal Length (35mm equivalent)||Still 4:3: 24-720mm / Movie 4:3: 32.5-975mm (SteadyShot Standard) 32.5-1320 (SteadyShot Active) / Still 16:9: 26-780mm / Movie 16:9: 26.5-795mm (SteadyShot Standard) 26.5-1080mm (SteadyShot Active)|
|Lens Construction||11 elements in 10 groups (including 5 aspheric elements)|
|Lens Type||Sony G|
|Minimum Focus Distance||iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 200cm (6.56 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 200cm (6.56 ft.) to Infinity)|
|Steady Shot Mode:Active||Yes|
|Power Consumption (in Operation)||Approx. 1.2W|
|Battery Capacity||4.5Wh (1240mAh)|
|Battery Type||LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 3.6V|
|Power Requirements||AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA|
|Audio Format||AC3 (Stereo)|
|Media Type||Optional “Memory Stick Duo” (No movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO Duo” (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)|
|Microphone/Speaker||Stereo / mono|
|Panorama Still Image Size||Sweep Panorama: 360 (11,520 x 1,080) / HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080 / 4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080 / 3,424 x 1,920)|
|Still Image Max Effective Resolution||Approx. 20.4 Megapixels|
|Still Image Size 16:9||16:9 mode: 15M (5,184 x 2,920) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)|
|Still Image Size 4:3||4:3 mode: 20M (5,184 x 3,888) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA|
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver2.0 / MP4|
|Video Mode||AVCHD 60i/60p: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 9M HQ (1,440x1,080/60i), MP4: 12M (1,440x1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280x720/30fps) / 3M VGA (640x480/30fps)|
|Wind Noise Reduction||Off / On|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||W x H x D: 4 3/8'' x 2 5/8'' x 1 9/16'' (108.1 x 63.6 x 38.3mm)|
|Weight (Approx.)||9.6oz (272g) Battery and Memory Stick DUO are included|
|Weight(Approx) (Main unit only)||8.6oz (246g) Body Only|
The good 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.
The bad 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.
The bottom line 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.