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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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|Display Size||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||3 inches||2.7 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||20.4 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.4||144||12.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Has Image Stabilization||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||3.83 x 10.81 x 6.43 cm||9.6 x 2.57 x 5.49 cm||3.83 x 10.81 x 6.36 cm||10 x 10 x 1 cm||—||2.23 x 5.23 x 9.31 cm|
|Item Weight||245 grams||137 grams||246 grams||246 grams||210 grams||122 grams|
|Max Focal Length||720 mm||500 mm||750 mm||720 mm||500 mm||36 mm|
|Min Focal Length||24 mm||25 mm||25 mm||24 mm||25 mm||4.5 mm|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||24.1 megapixels||18.2 megapixels||20.4||21.1 megapixels||12.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels|
|Removable Memory||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Memory Stick; Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||Secure Digital card; Secure Digital card||—|
|Special Feature||GPS||NFC||Serial Shot Mode; Shutter Priority; Aperture Priority||GPS||GPS||—|
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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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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. If you're going to take a lot of telephoto shots then switch to Superior auto as it has a neat trick, hold the shutter button down for a second or two and it will take a high speed burst of shots and merge them together to create a single shot which has less noise, it's very effective 99% of the time. I recommend turning the shutter noise off ( I have it permanently switched off anyway, making the camera shutter almost silent ). I also recommend Superior auto for low light, it does the same thing and gets much better results.
In a nutshell, as I said, Superior auto is very good at getting it right most of the time, if it doesn't then you'll need to learn some basic photography skills to improve on it and tweak the settings on the camera, I'd recommend that to anyone anyway.
So what do I love about this camera apart from the awesome zoom? well the exposure compensation dial for a start, that is a brilliant feature for protecting the highlights or shadows quickly, shooting in aperture priority mode. It's one of the reasons I prefer this camera over the Panasonic TZ's, a big reason in fact. The chunky grip is another, it makes the camera much nicer to hold if you don't have dainty hands. The LCD is excellent, I just shield it in bright light if I have too, no biggie for me. The build quality is also very decent, it feels well built overall. Battery life is excellent and you can charge it from a USB power pack, another big one if you're hiking or camping. Charge time is also pretty quick. The image stabilisation is also very effective, impressively so, which means you can get better image quality if you know what you're doing (and sometimes if you don't). Video is very good, I don't take much but it's more than capable of excellent high quality clips. All in all, for what it is, it's hard to fault this camera at it's price point now. But there are few things I need to point out.
If you want a camera for low light shooting this is not it's forte, it can do it but over ISO 800 it falls apart. You're ok for shooting things that don't move, such a nightscapes etc, you can use the image stabilisation to reduce the shutter speed and get better quality. For moving subjects it's not going to be great if you want to print or display large sizes, that's just the limitation of it's slow lens and small sensor. That being said it will beat many phone cameras so it might good enough for some.
It doesn't have flash compensation so you can't manually adjust the flash output directly, not a biggie but a little annoying for me. You can use different flash settings but its not as flexible. The good news is that you can mount an additional flash if you want to, a nice bonus feature that most cameras of this type don't have.
So in summary, an excellent little camera with a superb zoom range and lots of bells and whistles on it. It's strength is it's zoom range and the ability to nail shots using Superior Auto. In experienced hands it's capable of quite a bit more, but don't let that put you off if you're a novice, if you're happy with an Iphone or similar you'll love this camera. It's not for night-owls unless you're using flash for social shots, in which case it'll do the job. It's not for pixel peepers or monitor lickers, there are other cameras for that, but for general shooting it's a very versatile and capable little beastie - or a pocket rocket as I like to call it.
In addition, the video quality is also very good (again in well lit situations)
For a light compact camera the quality is very good and I now carry this around with me most of the time as you barely notice that you have it with you
* Excellent zoom
* Automatic mode does the right thing in almost every case
* Bright, clear pictures
* Charges and downloads using a standard USB lead.
* Focus following feature works well.
* Quite noisy when doing a digital zoom on it's 20M pixels - the high pixel number probably isn't gaining that much
* Can't find anything to tweak compression levels etc
* It has a remote control app from a phone but it's pretty minimal
2 small negatives-
1- takes a very long time to charge and the battery still runs out very quickly (carry an external chargers with you for sure!);
2- sometimes pretty difficult to zoom on something in the background, let's say a tree at the front, house at the back - camera automatically goes for the closer object- a bit of fiddling, but you'll get there eventually.
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