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Sony HX50V review

Sony's top-end travel compact

Our Verdict

For

  • Superb zoom range
  • Manual control over exposure
  • Pocketable size

Against

  • No raw file capture
  • Images poor at 100%
  • Poor low light AF performance

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony HX50, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 80 the Sony HX50 is capable of resolving up to around 14 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

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Full ISO 80 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

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ISO 80, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 100, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 14 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 12 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 10 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 12800, score: n/a (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.4 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product FamilyCyber-shot H
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom30x
Digital Zoom486x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode, External Flash Shoe
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)245 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5184 x 3888
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeExmor R CMOS
Total Camera Resolution21.1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-BX1
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), microSDHC Card, microSD Card
Height64.3 mm
Width108.1 mm
Depth38.3 mm
Product SeriesH
Focal Length4.30 mm to 129 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Fix, Rear Curtain Sync, Advanced Flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelDSC-HX50
Product NameHX50 Digital Compact Camera
Product LineCyber-shot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDSCHX50B.CEH
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Big things come in small packages

For round-the-world expeditions to a round-the-forest Sunday stroll, give every scene the detail it deserves, with the smallest digital camera with a 30x zoom. With a 20.4MP sensor and built-in stabilisation you'll get vibrant photos from a camera that's truly pocket-sized.

Battery Life400 Shot/3.33 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • HX50 Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Cdaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Accessory Shoe Cap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Software Media
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker