Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Digital Camera, 20.4 MP, 30x Optical Zoom, Full HD 1080/60p with Dual Record, WiFi, Black

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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.

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.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes Sony's Sweep Panorama function to the next level with the addition of motion compensation. Even when subjects are moving in the foreground of your landscape, these cameras can detect faces and moving subjects, intelligently stitching different widths together to minimize distortion. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and up to 360° full circle, the camera can take a variety of panoramic shots.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. 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.

The Sony DSC-HX50V is commonly used for Family photos, Low light, Travel, Video and more.The Sony DSC-HX50V is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Sony DSC-HX50V is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony DSC-HX50V: Compact, Easy to use, Good in low light, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Compact (6),Large clear LCD (6),Zoom range/performance (6),Easy to use (5),Good in low light (4),Fast shutter speed (3),Good image quality (3),Image stabilization (3)
Cons:
No viewfinder (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (6),Low light (5),Video (5),Family photos (4),Wildlife (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Sony DSC-HX50V Features

  • 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.
  • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. 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 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 quality and 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. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Incredible battery life of approx. 400 shots: Take up to 400 photos per charge for high-volume photography on-the-go. Perfect partner for travel.
  • 3.0" LCD (921K dots) with high resolution viewing: The 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD has 921K dots for superb resolution.
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360°: Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes Sony's Sweep Panorama function to the next level with the addition of motion compensation.

Sony DSC-HX50V Specifications

Camera Type
High zoom point and shoot
Imaging Sensor
1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor
Pixel
Pixel Gross: 21.1 MP
Effective Picture Resolution: 20.4 MP
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
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)
Color Space
RGB
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
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)
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)
Dual Record
Yes
Audio Format
AC3 (Stereo)
Microphone/Speaker
Stereo/mono
Wind Noise Reduction
Off / On
Lens Type
Sony G
Optical Zoom
30x
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)
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
LCD Display
LCD Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K dots)
Brightness Control: 5 (Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1 (Dark)
Histogram: Yes(On/Off)
Grid Display: Yes
Focus AF Modes
Multi Point AF/Center Weighted AF/SpotAF/Flexible Spot AF/Manual/Face Tracking Focus
AF Illuminator
Auto / Off
Exposure System
Metering Modes: Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
Exposure Compensation: Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
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
ISO
Auto / 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000*4 / 5000*4 / 6400*4 / 8000*4 / 10000*4 / 12800*4
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
Self-timer
Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
Shutter Speeds
iAuto (4 - 1/4000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/4000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/4000) / Manual (30 - 1/4000)
Burst Mode
Approx 10 fps at 20.4MP (Maximum 10 shots)
Flash Modes
Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
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)
Red-Eye Reduction
Auto / On / Off
Erase/Protect
Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
Power Save Mode
Standard / Max / Off
Advanced Features
Anti Motion Blur
Sweep Panorama (Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 360)
Face Detection (8 faces)
Smile Shutter technology
Image Stabilization ( Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-way Active mode)
Intelligent Auto
Background Defocus
Superior Auto
Tracking Focus (on/off)
Blink Detection
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)
Memory Card Slot
MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible
HD Output
Micro HDMI
USB Port
Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)
Battery
Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 3.6V
Battery Capacity: 4.5Wh (1240mAh)
Power Consumption (in Operation)
Approx. 1.2W
Power Requirements
AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.4 x 2.6 x 1.6" (108.1 x 63.6 x 38.3mm)
Weight
9.6 oz (272g)
Mfr #
DSC-HX50V/B
SKU
ISODSCHX50B

Sony DSC-HX50V Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 15 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Upgrade!

This is great upgrade from DSC-HX30 I had .I was little afraid of the 30x zoom picture quality but I must say it is perfect! I'm very happy with this camera. More happy than I was with RX100! Sure it does not have RAW and 1" sensor but it has the features I like more . If you like to take beautiful pictures and videos that aren't always right front of you and share them instantly with friends and family this camera is definitely for you!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Change not always better

I recently upgraded from the HX20, which is certainly a great camera, to the HX50. The plus to the HX50 is certainly the Hot Shoe and why I changed. While both cameras take excellent photos, both cameras also have no viewfinder and in bright light it is impossible to see what you are shooting on the display, you are guessing. While quite expensive (its about the same price as the camera), you can get a digital viewfinder that attaches to the HX50 with the Hot Shoe. To me, the big downside is

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I recently upgraded from the HX20, which is certainly a great camera, to the HX50. The plus to the HX50 is certainly the Hot Shoe and why I changed. While both cameras take excellent photos, both cameras also have no viewfinder and in bright light it is impossible to see what you are shooting on the display, you are guessing. While quite expensive (its about the same price as the camera), you can get a digital viewfinder that attaches to the HX50 with the Hot Shoe. To me, the big downside is the flash & the WiFi. If you set the camera to either of the auto modes, the flash is not automatic as it is on the HX20. It is only automatic if you manually pop up the flash. To me this is not automatic. As for the WiFi, I cannot say that it is the quickest thing to use. Make a WiFi that is easy to connect in any WiFi area and that you can upload directly to Facebook or other social media sites and then you will have a decent WiFi. As it stands not, it is easier to just either connect the camera with a cable or insert the media card directly into your computer to upload pictures or take a picture with your phone. If you are not or cannot go the price of the digital viewfinder and have a previous version of the camera, I would not recommend changing. If this is your first camera in this series, although it is not inexpensive, you might not be bothered by the lack of automatic flash and the lack of a viewfinder would be the same no matter what brand you purchase. As stated previously, this camera, like its predecessors takes excellent photos.

Reviewed by 15 customers

 
4.0

Great zoom for a compact camera

By

from Vancouver, BC  -  Casual Photographer

I really appreciate the 30x optical zoom in such a small form factor. Usage is for family photos and recording kids performances. I like the additional manual controls. Only dislike is having to engage the flash, but that's a minor thing.

 
5.0

I love this product

By

from Arlington Hts. IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Easy to use ! So many options !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Needs a bigger aperture

By

from Saskatoon, SK

A really great camera, with all the features you could ever want except one very important spec. With an aperture of 3.5-6.3 it's almost impossible to get crisp images except in the brightest conditions. Low light situations and moving subjects are impossible. I'm forced to use noise reduction which creates an over-processed appearance. I had a HX9V before this and got clearer images with it. I am a big fan of Sony products, but this is one spec that will need to improve before I could buy a Sony camera again.

 
5.0

best compact camera

By

from Toronto ON

owned Hx9v before I replaced with Hx50v, solely because of the 30x optical/60x , I bring it everywhere I go, best travel camera on the market - panorama, super zoom, night/low light shooting and video recording is simple and amazingly good.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but need some improvement

By

from NY

First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good but not perfect

By

from Irvine, CA

Good but not perfect Date:August 23, 2013 I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about. - LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#. - Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it. - Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#. - JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#. - Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble� effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video. - Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50. - A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes. - Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries. - LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Packs a punch...

By

from Encinitas, CA

The good is the incredibly small pocket size camera with an excellent super zoom and good image stablization. Photo quality is good and on par with the other point and shots (I've had them all, but really like the size of this one!) Has nice array of artistic features. The lens and zoom are exellent throughout, and the Sony technology of the close up zoom over the optical is spectacular. The not so good is the aperture is not fast enough, no RAW, no touch screen. More in-camera editing options would be nice. The one thing I really didn't like about the camera is that in bright sunshine, it is virtually impossible to see the LCD screen. Camera funtions superbly in sunshine and struggles in shadows and dark areas. Really a daylight camera. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. a very noble attempt. it's as good as the Canon and Fuji point and shoots but stands out for its small size and packs a good photo punch.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding point and shoot

By

from La Porte, Texas

This camera will rival most dslr cameras with its picture quality. The wi-fi feature works great and downloads are easy to complete wirelessly. The 30x zoom is smooth and responsive. I really like the ability to take pictures in low light without a flash. A viewfinder would be nice but it is the same price as the camera, not cost effective at this time. A great camera overall.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good travel size

By

from Jacksonville, Fl

I really like this size camera to tuck in a belt pouch and head to the forest, sports event or concert. The zoom lens gives you options from macro closeups to long sports shots. My current similar older Sony walk around camera does fine in Auto but has limited settings for A , S and M modes. I would like to see Sony put an APS-C sensor in this camera without a drastic increase in size, and give me more usable options for aperture and shutter speed. Also add an EVF. I would love an NEX6 with this type of lens.for an "always with me" camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Excellent camera but HX20/30 was better

By

from Miami  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great, with optional (expensive) EVF. Great PASM control. Unfortunately all reviews point to the older HX20/30 Sony compacts as better ISO performers. Those go up to X20 only, this 50 goes to X30. If you need the x20 to x30 and if you are gonna shoot in good light, its OK.

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Debbie B  Does this offer RAW format?
Brian C  No, it does not shoot RAW, but the JPEG quality is very good. I leave my a77 at home for vacations now.
Debbie B  Thank you thats good to know.
Roger V  Does the camera have a view fnder other than the 3 inch one on the back?
FORREST C  No, only the LCD on the back
Shopper  REMOTE SHUTTER CONNECTION ?
LANDON S  No, but it does have several shutter trigger options like timed 2 and 10 second delay, one or two person face detection triggering and 10 second delayed burst or bracket shooting options.
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