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Sony HX50V review

Sony's top-end travel compact

Sony HX50 review

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The widest (24mm equivalent) end of the lens is great for sweeping vistas or when you need to squeeze lots into the frame.

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This was shot at the 720mm (equivalent) end of the lens and it's a detail from the building in the wideangle shot above.

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Colours are punchy and vibrant without being over the top.

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This was shot in manual mode with the exposure set to match the outside conditions, thus rendering the inside of the bus very dark. However, the tonal range looks decent.

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This image is a little soft, but it was captured at the longest end of the lens as the bus moved.

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There's no shortage of detail in this long-range shot.

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The light-coloured building has fooled the camera into slight underexposure here, but it's nothing to be ashamed of.

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Taken with the selective colour mode set to red to render all but the red objects monochrome.

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Nelson in Toy Camer mode.

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And again in Sepia mode at the longest point of the lens.

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The bus had moved a few meters further away from Nelson's column by the time we got this shot at the 24mm end of the lens, but it demonstrates the effectiveness of the 30x zoom very well.

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Another quick grab shot made possible by the snappy AF performance.

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The vignetting seen here comes courtesy of the Toy Camera filter mode.

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
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