Sony’s Cyber-shot HX50 is a compact camera featuring a 30x optical zoom range and 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Measuring approximately 4.4×2.6×1.2 inches and weighing in at approximately 9.6 oz, Sony says it is the world’s smallest and lightest camera with 30x optical zoom capability.
Along with that zoom comes Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to reduce camera shake and blur. In fact, says the company, at full zoom the HX50V camera offers stabilization that is approximately twice as effective as the HX200V high-zoom model introduced last year.
The high-resolution sensor is paired with a BIONZ processor, allowing the HX50V camera to produce high-resolution, high-quality images in all types of lighting conditions, says Sony.
The camera also features high-speed autofocus that can lock onto subjects at full zoom approximately twice as fast compared to the HX200V model.
The HX50V has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, utilizing Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app, available for both Android and iOS app platforms, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to a connected smartphone or tablet. The application also allows a connected device to be used as a handy wireless remote to control the camera – ideal for self-portraits and group shots where the photographer wants to be included.
For more advanced users, the HX50V has a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a P/A/S/M mode dial for adjusting other manual shooting settings.
The camera also offers a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching compatible accessories including an electronic viewfinder, flash, or microphone. It also has a Multi Terminal for using a compatible remote control.
The camera uses an X-type lithium ion battery that is smaller than any of its predecessor batteries in the HX series, yet delivers 400 photos from a single charge.
The HX50V delivers full HD (60p) movies that benefit from Optical SteadyShot Active mode for reduced shake and image blur if the camera is in motion.
The HX50V is also compatible with Triluminous Colour technology, an expanded range of vivid, ultra-realistic colours available on select Sony Bravia TVs. Content shot with the HX50V camera can be enjoyed in these vibrant colours when connected to compatible televisions.
Additionally, the HX50V offers a variety of different creative picture effect settings that make it easy to spice up photos, movies and panoramas with a range of fun, impressive artistic treatments including Pop Colour, Partial Colour, Soft High-Key and more.
The Cyber-shot HX50V will be available in May for about $500.