Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX50V

Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX50V

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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. Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX50V


30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom

30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom

Get 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 stabilization

Optical 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.
Optical SteadyShot<sup>®</sup> image stabilization
20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor<sup>®</sup> R CMOS Image Sensor

20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor® R CMOS Image Sensor

This 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 1080/60p

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video. 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 HD 1080/60p
Full manual & dedicated EV control dial allow more creativity

Full manual & dedicated EV control dial allow more creativity

For 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 10fps

Capture 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.
Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and mic

Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and mic

The 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.

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Advanced Features
Picture Effects HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur Yes
Background Defocus Yes
Blink Detection 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)
Intelligent Auto Yes
Smile Shutter technology Yes
Superior Auto Yes
Sweep Panorama Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)
Tracking Focus Off / Auto
Camera Type High zoom
Convenience Features
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
Drive System
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 System
Exposure Compensation Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
ISO Auto/80/100/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400
*4 /12800
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
Focus Control
AF Illuminator Auto / Off
AF Modes Multi Point AF / Center Weighted AF / Spot AF / Flexible Spot AF / Manual / Face Tracking Focus
Imaging Sensor
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)
LCD Display
Brightness Control 5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)
Grid Display Yes
Histogram Yes (On/Off)
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)
Optical Zoom 30x
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)
Color Space RGB
Dual Record Yes
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
Weights and Measurements
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

What's in the Box

  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1
  • AC AdaptorAC-UB10
  • Micro USB cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Shoe Cap
  • Instruction Manual


CNET Editors' Rating
4 out of 5 stars.

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.

The overall rating is 8.1 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 9.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.