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Sony DSCHX50 Compact Digital Camera - Black (20.4MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD

by Sony
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
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  • Zoom in on distant details with 30x optical zoom. 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor, G Lens, Optical SteadyShot, Wi-Fi and EV dial
  • 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 30x optical zoom G Lens by Sony
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 10.8 x 6.4 cm ; 245 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: DSCHX50B.CEH
  • ASIN: B00CH08M0G
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 April 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

Product Description

Get a closer look with a 30x optical zoom.

DSCHX50 Compact Digital Camera

At a glance
  • Travel light with this small camera with 30x optical zoom capability*
  • Capture the life in every shot with a 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and a powerful BIONZ processor
  • Shoot like the pros with manual and exposure control dials
  • Add a flash, viewfinder or mic to the Multi Interface Shoe
  • Get your best pictures online with built-in Wi-Fi
Look Further, See More

Good morning Vietnam, it’s your first day in the jewel of Southeast Asia, and it’s time to start snapping. Heading down the river you know you have to stay in the boat, but you’re eager to get a better view. The HX50 is the smallest camera with a 30x optical zoom capability*. How close can a 30x zoom take you? There’s only one way to find out.

What was that moving in the trees? Think fast before it’s too late. With high speed autofocus and built-in stabilisation from Optical SteadyShot you get a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a climbing tiger in a sharp, blur-free photo.

Capture light and detail with a 20.4MP sensor
Capture light and detail with a 20.4MP sensor
Add a microphone and other accessories to the Multi Interface Shoe
Add a microphone and other accessories to the Multi Interface Shoe

The smells hit you as you wander through the market early in the morning - fragrant spices, herbs and flowers mixed together. Nothing in the world smells like it. You can’t take it with you, but you can capture those fleeting sensations in a shot with detail, colour and beauty. A G Lens from Sony, 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ processor do justice to the scene.

When you first got out to Vietnam, you just wanted to take great pictures. Now you’re starting to fine-tune your shots with the manual control and exposure value dials on top of the HX50. And the Multi Interface Shoe has come in handy for adding a flash and microphone.

On the plane home you’re looking forward to telling everyone about everything you’ve seen. But why wait? You use built-in Wi-Fi to send a selection of your best shots to your smartphone, upload to Facebook and they’re already getting a lot of likes. The holiday is over now but at least the memories and pictures will be with you for the rest of your days.

Get a Closer View with 30x Optical Zoom

Zoom right in and capture every detail. The HX50 has 30x optical zoom capability and a G Lens from Sony and optical image stabilisation, so when you’re zooming in from an unstable platform (like a boat), even at 30x you get highly detailed, sharp, steady pictures.

Change exposure values with a dedicated dial
Change exposure values with a dedicated dial
Share your best photos with Wi-Fi
Share your best photos with Wi-Fi
Embrace Detail with a 20.4MP Sensor

Waited your whole life to see the sunrise in the East? Take a photo with the detail, colour and life that captures exactly how it felt. Zoom right in without sacrificing any of the detail with a 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ processor.

Go Pro with a Multi Interface Shoe

It might be pocket-sized, but the HX50 has professional performance and features. It has a Multi Interface Shoe that you can add a flash, electronic viewfinder or microphone too. And a new long-life battery will keep you flashing, recording and shooting all day long.

Shoot Fast and Share It All

When the moment comes fast, you won’t miss it. With high speed autofocus you get sharp, blur-free photos (and Full HD movies) every time. When you’re done, there’s no need to wait until you get back to your computer to send out your photos. As soon as you’ve hit the shutter, you can use built-in Wi-Fi to share your best shots with friends and family.

You’re in Charge with an Exposure Control Dial

Looking for a camera that puts you in control? There are manual control and exposure value dials on top where you can select aperture or shutter priority and change exposure values manually. Or for fast shots, you can let the camera choose the best settings.

* Information correct as of 24th April, 2013 and refers to commercially available products intended for consumer use.

Box Contains

Rechargeable battery
USB cable
Accessory shoe cap
AC adaptor
Instruction manual

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
166 of 177 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to Black? 23 Jun 2013
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Like many people,in recent times I've probably abandoned digital cameras in favour of grabbing my smart phone to capture special memories, all well and good, but often resulting in photos of variable quality and focus. This is the camera that has got me back in the habit of taking better photos; it's a little more than a point and click and has some very nice features. The camera is great for casual use and anyone who wants to work on their picture taking a little more will find plenty of features to keep them busy.

Out of the box set up is simple, to recharge you don't need to faff around with taking out batteries, a lead and charger just plugs straight into the body. My camera did not come with a memory card, it does take a range of formats of these( SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo0), to make the most of the ability to take full 1080p movies in AVCHD and MP4 formats.

The camera, in the main, is well built. It has a bit of a retro feel and, due to its impressive 30x zoom (24 - 720mm wide angle lens) is a little bigger than your average compact at H64.3 x W108.1 x D38.3mm. You get a good sized 3" screen to view your subject/s and scroll through the options, though disappointingly maybe, it's not touch screen and access is via a bewildering range of buttons and menus including a small wheel which does, I have to say, feel a little flimsy to the touch. Though, through extensive use of this camera I have got used to when to use the menu or "?" button I do still find myself having to refer to the incorporated camera guide for more advanced features. The guide is in A-Z form and is searchable and is really handy.

Talking of additional features one thing that surprised me about this camera was its failure to include GPS.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great outdoor Pics...But... 10 Mar 2014
I bought this Camera to take with me to Vegas as I wanted a compact camera that boasts High specs and is pocket-able. But, I came away from the trip wishing I bought the far more affordable (at time of purchase) Panasonic Lumix TZ40 which my girlfriend took and made me jealous with!

I have to say, I was very pleased with outdoor pictures in good lighting, They were crisp and fantastic! the zoom was also very good, amazing in fact with the stability control.

What let this camera down though was indoor shooting with low light. I am no amateur when it comes to Manual settings so I made all the correct changes to compensate for the low light, But to no avail. When on auto with the flash on, the pictures were still Poor.
These were indoor shots of dark casinos/restaurants with bright neon lights all around. Very upset with the indoor pictures.

Overall, I would highly recommended this little "beast" for outdoor use and well lit indoor use. Any dark indoor scenes, then you might struggle.
The camera felt nice to hold with the grip, and was heavy enough to feel robust, but not so much that your wrist cried after 2 minutes.

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great spec in a little camera 19 Jun 2013
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A quick summary first: I'm really impressed with this camera. It's compact, easy to use, and it has a lot of options that allow you much more control over your photography than lower-end digital cameras, but the auto mode is still excellent for those who don't want to do anything complicated. It produces clear, sharp images with good true-to-life colour, and the 30x optical zoom is seriously impressive.

Now for the details! At first glance the camera looks a little plasticky - you wouldn't necessarily think it had cost too much from its appearance - but it feels solid rather than flimsy. It's a good deal heavier and larger than my normal cheap point-and-click camera, but it's much lighter and more compact than most higher end cameras or SLRs so it makes a fantastic compromise if you're looking for something which has a high spec but which is also really portable.

As far as memory goes, you only get 48MB of internal memory (7 images at 20 megapixels) so you'll want to have external memory ready to use. You can use memory sticks (XC-HG Duo, PRO Duo mark 2, PROD-HG Duo or MicroM2) or cards (SD, SDHC, SDXC, or the micro versions of any of those). You need at least a class 4 memory card for this camera, and you may want to consider a class 10. With regards to memory size, if you're shooting at 20mp then 2GB will hold 295 images, or 8 minutes of film at the highest resolution. A 16GB card like this SanDisk Ultra 16GB SDHC UHS-I Class 10 Card - Frustration Free Packaging will hold 2360 images.

The battery life is decent (200 minutes of shooting still images, 90 minutes of continuous filming).
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bar a major flaw 29 Sep 2013
By Fandango TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Let's get the flaw over with as that is doubtless what drew your attention.

No viewfinder. This is the first camera I've had without a viewfinder and I assumed that Sony would not release one unless the screen was bright enough for daylight viewing. Wrong. If you have any bright light behind you then you just can't see a thing. And the screen is not tiltable so you can't manipulate it into shade.

So why did I keep it? Because I love the rest and most of my shots are of buildings and in cities. If your main use is for sunny beaches I strongly advise you to look elsewhere.

I originally wanted a bridge camera. But having read all the reviews I came to the conclusion that with those you get the inconvenience of a bulky camera without the quality of an SLR. And all the reviews had too many negatives for me. I'd call myself a keen amateur. I've had SLRs in the past, I take a lot of photos in the course of a year and care quite a lot about them. But while I was happy to muck about with aperture and priority settings when I had to, I'd rather point and shoot if the result will be good enough. With this camera it can do a better job with the automatic settings than I can manually.

This camera (and others similar of course) is very compact so you can slip it in a trouser pocket, which means you are much more likely to take it with you.
I was attracted by the 50x zooms you see being released now. But I am sceptical about how even with electronic damping you'll get good results at that level of zoom. Even at 30x you can visibly see the effect of hand shake as you focus and the camera does a great job of taking that out. I post process all my shots so I'd rather have a good shot and crop it than go the extra zoom. 30x is pretty impressive anyway in my book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent camera
Published 2 days ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent compact camera. Good zoom.
Published 5 days ago by keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Best compact digital camera
Excellent zoom for a compact digital camera
Vintage appearance
Very good quality pictures
Smart interior features
Leather Grip at side
Cheapest... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Winson
4.0 out of 5 stars so good. Still have not used all the features available ...
So far, so good. Still have not used all the features available but would be great to find some function that gets good results in dusk and darker settings. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Bonzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels Cheap but Great Specifications
First Impressions

Packaging seems secure but opens easily enough. My first impression of the camera can be summed up by the word "PLASTIC". Read more
Published 17 days ago by Brighton Breezy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic camera. arrived on time and a dream to
fantastic camera. arrived on time and a dream to use
Published 20 days ago by kmj
3.0 out of 5 stars Faulty after a year
Am I pleased with it? Well, sort of. Yes the pictures are better than my Panasonic TZ5 but it is fiddly to use when you want to go further than just point and shoot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. S. Johnson
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This is absolutely the best camera that I have ever owned and,believe me at 84 I've had a good few.From 35mm,110,126 to today's digital marvels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by david craddock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little camera
Really pleased with this sony camera which replaced an ageing Canon ixus. So far ive taken this all over the world and its rewarded me with some fabulous pictures . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Apollo13
5.0 out of 5 stars Super camera!!!
Great camera, super quality picture, easy to handle . Best camera I ewer had. Lots of options. Best value for money.
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