Sony DSCHX50 Compact Digital Camera - Black (20.4MP, 30x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD
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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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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.
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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Firstly, this camera is what it is, a point and shoot type with a phenomenally long zoom for it's size. This means there will be compromises on certain things. The first thing to understand is that it is pointless to view shots from a camera like this at 100% magnification on a computer, the shots will just look horrible. Even shots from many DSLR's don't look great doing this. As a guide, I find that shooting general scenes at close distances then you could probably print up to A3 size from this camera, at full zoom, depending on the light (more is better obviously) then A4 is probably about right. Yes you will lose some image quality at full zoom, but this will happen with any camera with a zoom of this range. That being said, for the right subject it can still be excellent, just remember, the more light the better.
Now, how to get the best results from it? Well I can say that Superior auto is excellent 95% of the time, almost foolproof, which is good news for people who aren't experienced. It will produce bright and contrasty photos, which most people love. If you want a bit more dynamic range ( the range between black shadows and blown out highlights ) then switch to aperture priority and "realistic" picture mode, it definitely unblocks the shadows and protects the highlights a bit more. The dynamic range is generally pretty good on this camera, better than most others of it's type I would say.Read more ›
The absence of a viewfinder has lost it a star, as the screen is impossible to see when you are looking towards the sun. Come the middle of summer I may have to use the Fuji instead. Having said that, a few shots taken 'blind' into the light have come out just as well as the ones where I could actually see the screen.
The 30x zoom is really useable, thanks to the camera’s stabilising capabilities. Cormorants nesting on a rock that could not be identified as cormorants with the naked eye have been the successful subject of maximum zoom "close-ups".
In low light outdoors, the camera adjusts well; harbour scenes taken before dawn in the winter came out a little lighter than reality but full of colour and fairly clear. Inside shots are quite reasonable, but moving subjects (like children) are still a challenge. There is a fairly lengthy processing time when you use the intelligent auto setting.
20 mega-pixel resolution is great for prints but if it’s too much (say, for Ebay), it’s very easy to adjust the setting to 5 mega-pixels instead.
Build quality is good, and handling is satisfying, except that it’s a bit too easy to press the video record button by accident. The other lapse in design is that the memory card slot is inside the battery compartment and there’s no spring-back closing mechanism on the door; it has to be finger-nailed open and carefully finger-nailed closed again.
There is a built-in flash, and an automatic macro lens that always seems to know when you need it. The dial for changing aperture, etc.Read more ›
Never a large DSLR,too heavy,fiddly,changing lenses and the problem of keeping the screen clean put me off
They say always carry a camera that ain't easy with this lot and hardly unobtrusive.
I only needed a camera small enough to carry in a jacket pocket,a smaller Sony WX60 slips into my shirt pocket that's a little cracker too,
The 50v is the complete answer,superb quick response and enough clever and well thought out features to meet any challenge.
OK some times it's quicker than you but,in time,you'll get used to it.
I can not believe the critic's comments,suggest they take time to read the instructions.I bought the printed version from "Old Timer Cameras" do so and really see what this camera provides.
At the price and specification there is nothing to touch it..
Hope this helps.David.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well I ordered this last year for me and my girlfriend and the shots looked good but as soon as you zoom in a little all quality gone and very grainy And tones of noise. Read morePublished 2 months ago by les
I have been using this camera for some time and get excellent results. I have found it to be an excellent low light camera as I take a lot of concert photos without flash and this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by julesowls
super happy with the quality of the pics, and super good quality of pictures even of objects reeeeeally far away! Very happy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Els
Probably only used half it's capability but haven't been let down yet.
Nice photos, good video plenty of options. I can't fault any of the features I have used. Read more