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Sony DSC-HX50 Digital Camera

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20.4MP 30x CMOS Sep 2013
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Five Industry Awards

This compact camera was given a "Recommended" award by Ephotozine, Vido.com.ua and Insidegeeks.net all of whom wrote that this camera was good.

Gadgetspeak.com decided that this Sony camera was very good and gave it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The reviewer at one other expert review site decided that this compact camera was good. This Sony camera received a "5 Star" award from Fotomaniak.pl.

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Good Expert Reviews

This Sony digital camera has an average expert rating of 84% based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint.

Good User Reviews

The average user rating of this camera is 85 out of 100 based on 543 user reviews.

Easy to Use

A few Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who purchased the product agreed that it was easy to use. A to Z scored this digital camera 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Is searchable and is really handy”. A to Z also wrote “This is a handy alternative to the self timer”. Bruce Lawrence said on Amazon “Impressed with its ease of use” in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50.

Eight customers who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Countrygirl said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 on Amazon “It's good points (yes there were some) were its ease of handling, all the controls are well placed and menus are easy to navigate”. Three years ago R. Palmer gave it a very good review score and said in their Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “Though it has good auto settings, as you'd expect from a camera of this type, you can change plenty of things, like the ISO”. Robin Paulus said “Also misses some useful automatic settings I've seen on cameras of other brands (fireworks, for example) - their effects can be achived by manual control, though” in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50.

A few people who reviewed it agreed that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Andrew Curtis said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The camera felt nice to hold with the grip” although he only rated the product 60 out of 100. Apollo13 wrote on Amazon “You need to hold the camera steady to prevent camera shake” in their review. Mike I gave the Sony DSC-HX50 a score of 4 stars and he said on Amazon “With the intermediate size comes a fairly stable platform to hold and take pictures with, far better than any phone/tablet/phablet”.

A few Sony DSC-HX50 owners who bought the Sony DSC-HX50 concluded that it was easy to handle. Christopher Smith mentioned on Amazon “I normally leave it in intelligent auto and it handles 99% of situations very well indeed”. Jonathan said in his review “The colours appear to be true and crisp and it handles low-light situations well”.

One Sony DSC-HX50 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to setup. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “I wanted something a little faster to set up” .

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Reasonably Priced

A number of Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good value for money. Andrew Curtis wrote “But, I came away from the trip wishing I bought the far more affordable (at time of purchase) Panasonic Lumix TZ40 which my girlfriend took”. Christopher Smith mentioned on Amazon “Got a good price from PC World, Have had this little beauty for about 6 months now, have taken a good range of shots from indoors with”. Countrygirl said “Amazon offered the best price, considerably cheaper than my high street store” in their review.

Nine people who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 reckoned that it was a bargain for the price. Brighton Breezy mentioned on Amazon “Feels Cheap” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars. Two years ago Lessa said “Could say much better than cheap camera” and scored it 4 stars. Mike I he mentioned “The crammed Iphones it feels somehow cheap and throw away”.

One Sony DSC-HX50 owner who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 concluded that it was cheap. Fandango mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “* Decent battery life - I bought a spare which was not expensive” and gave the Sony DSC-HX50 a score of 4 stars.

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Robust

Several Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 considered that it was well made. A to Z mentioned in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “The camera, in the main, is well built”. Adam D Hopkinson he mentioned “This camera is very good it is got good build quality it's got good” in his review. Klondike Pete mentioned “A truly beautifully engineered Camera with amazing feaures” in their review of this digital camera.

A number of Sony DSC-HX50 owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was strong and durable. Andrew Curtis said in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “Was heavy enough to feel robust.”. Last year Emily1202 gave it an excellent rating and said in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “Feels sturdy, doesn't look cheap”. Richard Paradine gave the product an excellent rating and he wrote in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon in the same month “Feels robust and easy to hold”.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Recklessspirit said three years ago “I am just still debating as pretty upset that mine has broken; it has been well used” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review however they rated it 60 out of 100.

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Nice Design

Eighteen Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX50 was good looking. B. M said in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “Picture quality is pretty good”. Dr. David A. Gilbert mentioned “Pretty good, especially at the price”. Fandango said on Amazon “30x is pretty impressive anyway in my book!I've put 500+ shots through this camera now” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100.

Several Sony DSC-HX50 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was retro. Hantshog mentioned on Amazon “Case looks great and gives camera a retro look despite being ultra modern” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review. Mike I he mentioned “The chubby rotary knobs are nicely weighty in a retro way and very usable when wearing gloves etc” in his Sony DSC-HX50 review. Obriens2uk mentioned in their Sony DSC-HX50 review two years ago “It has a real retro feel about and it looks pretty solid”.

One Sony DSC-HX50 reviewer who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was ergonomic. Lessa said on Amazon “Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review.

One Sony DSC-HX50 owner concluded that this digital camera was neat.

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Good Connectivity

Ten customers agreed that the Sony DSC-HX50 was wifi compatible. A to Z rated it 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “You can get round this in a way as the camera has wifi and so you can actually upload pictures to a smartphone on the go”. Alan Powell mentioned in his review in November last year “Great Camera - Wifi could be better” and scored this digital camera 4 stars. Alan Powell also mentioned “There is no doubt that they could have made the wifi more intuitive and easier to use - its fiddly”.

Some Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had gps. Browny137 gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Brilliant Camera - No GPS tagging”. Christopher Smith mentioned in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “Shutter lag is very small.I don't mind the lack of GPS at all, as it quickly drains the battery” and rated the product 5 stars. Mike I wrote in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “Epic 30x zoom, very versatile, no GPS”.

One Sony DSC-HX50 owner said that the Sony DSC-HX50 was good in terms of USB connections. R. Palmer said on Amazon “Probably better sticking to the USB” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Battery Life

A number of Sony DSC-HX50 owners who bought this digital camera reckoned that it had a good battery life. A to Z wrote on Amazon “Out of the box set up is simple, to recharge you don't need to faff around with taking out batteries”. Christopher Smith wrote in his review “Battery life is very good” and rated this digital camera 5 stars. Christopher Smith also wrote “I don't mind the lack of GPS at all, as it quickly drains the battery and manufacturers have realised that most people turn GPS”.

Good Product Quality

Fourty-three Sony DSC-HX50 owners who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 mentioned that it was good quality. Alan Powell wrote in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “Zoom is exception and picture quality great - controls are easy to learn”. Brighton Breezy wrote on Amazon two years ago “The video quality is similarly excellent both in terms of sharpness” in their review and scored the Sony DSC-HX50 80 out of 100. Last year Countrygirl mentioned on Amazon “Surely for every photographer) is picture quality and clarity”.

Good Support

A few Sony DSC-HX50 owners who reviewed the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “So i like the manual controls.”. Brighton Breezy rated it 4 stars and mentioned “The manual says the full charge takes 230 minutes, so will have to wait a while to test it” in their review of this digital camera. Countrygirl said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “I eventually managed to get two better photos on the manual setting”.

Good Size

Some Sony DSC-HX50 owners who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 agreed that it was compact. A to Z wrote on Amazon “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” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50. Amazon Customer scored it very highly and mentioned on Amazon “Had two previous Sony compact cameras loved them”. Andre Baya mentioned “I love taking photos of birds so the 30x zoom is a huge advantage in such a compact camera” in his review of this digital camera.

Several Sony DSC-HX50 owners agreed that it was heavy and bulky. David Craddock rated it as very good and he mentioned “Never a large DSLR, too heavy, fiddly, changing lenses”. Gelli-Girl mentioned in their review two years ago “Fantastic zoom; easy to use / follow the instructions; could be really sophisticated if I wanted it to be; feels secure in your hands; good viewing interface; not heavy” . Mike I mentioned “It doesn't feel as heavy as its size”.

A few people thought this digital camera was a good body shape. Peter the Elder scored the Sony DSC-HX50 very highly and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera “My first Cybershot had a metal body and even had an optical viewfinder; very useful outdoors in strong light”. Picto69 said on Amazon “Cheap feel body and shutter button” in their review of this digital camera although they only gave it a rating of 3 stars. T. Butler wrote on Amazon “Single metal body frame not plastic anymore, better quality case, nice tactile control knobs) + slightly larger than previous model” but in spite of that they scored it 3 stars.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good physically. Three years ago Gavin mentioned “The physical size, large zoom & extensive features drew me towards the HX50” in his Sony DSC-HX50 review and scored it very highly.

One Sony DSC-HX50 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was a good size. Jaxlarkabout gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 on Amazon in November last year “Its an ideal size for taking out”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people reckoned that this digital camera was able to produce good images. A to Z mentioned in their Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “This is the camera that has got me back in the habit of taking better photos; it's a little more than a point”. Two years ago Abc.alan said in their review of this digital camera “The zoom is realy realy good very good photos so wont swop thanks”. Adele wrote on Amazon “Fab camera, takes a really good photo!”.

Ten Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Continuous shooting mode” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review. Fandango said on Amazon “Have not had to change in a day's shooting.* Good thumb grip” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Mika she said two years ago “A good camera with a awesome 30x zoom lens.+ Image quality (including video)+ Good manual shooting options+ Good battery life- A bit big” in her review of the Sony DSC-HX50.

Some people considered that it was good in low light. Jasbo scored the product very highly and wrote “Lowlight very good too!” in their review of this digital camera. Julesowls said on Amazon “Excellent low light no flash photography”. Julesowls also wrote “I have found it to be an excellent low light camera as I take a lot of concert photos without flash”.

Four Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers mentioned that it had a good ISO range. Three years ago Justgems mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 on Amazon “Still had an amazing ISO setting”. Mr. G. Bonus mentioned in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “Image quality, I think it is fine with good light and low ISO, forget noise reduction”. R. Palmer wrote “At lower ISO, seems good” in their review and scored it 5 stars.

Some Sony DSC-HX50 owners thought this digital camera was shaky. Richard Paradine said on Amazon “Takes superb pictures without any effects from shaky hand, even on full telephoto”.

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Good Quality Lens

Seventy-four Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it had a good zoom. Apollo13 said in their review two years ago “The 30 x zoom is very useful” and gave it a very good review. Brighton Breezy mentioned “While shopping around I was unable to find another compact camera with this zoom capability in the HX50's price range”. Brighton Breezy also mentioned “It is remarkable how good shots taken at full zoom can be”.

A few Sony DSC-HX50 owners who purchased the product agreed that it had a good autofocus. Brighton Breezy said in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “The autofocus is intelligent” . Dr. David A. Gilbert mentioned last year “* Focus following feature works well” and scored it 4 stars. Entsoft said in their review “Touch screen, which is nice for changing focus in video mode” .

Six customers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good lens. Three years ago Jasbo rated the Sony DSC-HX50 as very good and wrote on Amazon “Under normal circumstances this camera performs brilliantly, pictures are great from that 20 megapixel sensor and 1080p videos are stunning! The 30x zoom lens is sharp” in their review. Klondike Pete scored the product very highly and mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “An incredible optical 30x lens and 20mp image quality”. Mr. G. Bonus wrote two years ago “Adequate lens, once practiced, this is nice” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review.

A number of customers who bought the Sony DSC-HX50 agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Three years ago Impulse Buyer wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “The video is slightly better due to improved stabilization”. Phillip and Sue mentioned in his review “Zoom and optical image stabilisation is fantastic” .

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Good Video Capture

Twenty-two Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it was good for video recording. A to Z gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo0), to make the most of the ability to take full 1080p movies in AVCHD” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50. Browny137 gave the product a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their review “The massive 30x was fantastic for both HD video and the photos”. Impulse Buyer mentioned on Amazon three years ago “At the time I bought it (two years ago) it was probably the best compact zoom you could buy, with amazing video quality” in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers agreed that the product had a good screen. A to Z rated this digital camera 4 stars and said “You get a good sized 3" screen to view your subject/s”. Three years ago Andrew M Laws said on Amazon “The only down side I have found so far is seeing the screen on a bright sunny day.” in his Sony DSC-HX50 review and rated the Sony DSC-HX50 4 stars. Two years ago Christopher Smith said “Only downside is the screen - as other reviewers have noted it can be hard to see anything in bright light, jut put it in wide angle” in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50.

A few people who reviewed it reckoned that it had a good viewfinder. One Reader said in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder”. Two years ago Rob he mentioned “Using your phone as a remote viewfinder is kind of cool - perfect for group shots”.

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Good Technical Features

Several Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who reviewed it mentioned that it had good features. A to Z wrote in their Sony DSC-HX50 review “Has some very nice features” . A to Z also wrote “Anyone who wants to work on their picture taking a little more will find plenty of features to keep them busy”. A to Z also mentioned “I find that although there are more features than I, personally, could ever use I can”.

Good Flash

Some Sony DSC-HX50 owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good flash. Two years ago Christopher Smith said in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “Is small enough to take anywhere with a really good flash and excellent zoom”. Patrick Ovenden said in his review of this digital camera in November last year “There is a built-in flash” . S. Hawley mentioned in their Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “For a quick instance flash photo you will probally miss that perfect picture by the time you say” yet they gave the product a rating of 40 out of 100.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

On average Sony compact cameras have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all digital cameras produced by Sony.

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Good Exposure Control

One customer reckoned that the Sony DSC-HX50 had good exposure controls.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camera is Full HD, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a GPS, unlike most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX50 which do not have a GPS.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a GPS currently available including the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price] which has better reviews.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DSC-HX50 that we have assessed, the DSC-HX50's digital zoom of 324 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The digital zooms of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 2x to 330x.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The DSC-HX50 supports WiFi connectivity. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX50 do not support WiFi connectivity.

Other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price], or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony DSC-HX50 supports Full HD video. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The DSC-HX50 has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

There are a number of alternative cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price], or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX50, the DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price], or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Megapixel Count

With a megapixel count of 20.4 megapixels, the DSC-HX50 has a quite high megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The megapixel counts of digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50 range from 10MP to 29MP.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-HX50. Across all the compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX50 the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 11x.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a digital camera with a better memory card type then you might also want to consider the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated), or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price] (CF|SD|SDHC and higher rated).

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Two Memory Slots

The DSC-HX50 has more memory slots than most of the digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. Most of the comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago only have one memory slot, however this digital camera has two memory slots.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the DSC-HX50 is more than most compact cameras that were released more than two years ago. This Sony camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most commonly found HDMI connector found on compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

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Has Six White Balance Modes

The DSC-HX50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent" and "Incandescent" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

The DSC-HX50 has a quite long maximum focal length (720 millimeters) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DSC-HX50. Across all the compact cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum focal lengths range from 28mm to 1,300mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

Across all the cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX50 the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 33MP. The Sony DSC-HX50 has a quite many total megapixel count (21.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX50.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the DSC-HX50 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Big Extra / Smart Zoom

The extra / smart zooms of cameras that were launched around the same time as the DSC-HX50 range from 7.2x to 60x. The extra / smart zoom of the DSC-HX50 of 60 times zoom factor is one of the biggest amongst compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The DSC-HX50 is a five aspheric element digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX50 have between one and eight aspheric elements.

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DSC-HX50 is more than most compact cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF and DPOF are also supported by this Sony camera.

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400 Shots Per Battery Charge

Most cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-HX50 take between 150 and 949 shots per battery charge, including the DSC-HX50 which takes 400 shots per battery charge.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The DSC-HX50 has a greater number of image editing modes than most cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Rotating and Trimming are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution found on most cameras of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this digital camera have still image resolutions of 5184 x 3888 and 2592 x 1944 and 1920 x 1080. The worst still image resolution of all cameras that came out more than two years ago is 640 x 360 and the best is 4000 x 3000.

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Has Two Light Exposure Modes

The DSC-HX50 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most compact cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Sony camera has a Manual light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The light exposure mode "Aperture priority AE" is also found on this camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Battery Life

The maximum battery lives of compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX50 range from 1.8h to 520h, and the average maximum battery life is 77h. The DSC-HX50 has a quite long maximum battery life (3.33 hours) compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most frequently found focus on digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed (only 80) compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years. The smallest minimum ISO speed of cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX50 is 80 and the biggest is 160.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

A few Sony DSC-HX50 reviewers who bought it thought it was not noisy. Impulse Buyer said on Amazon “Image quality is clearly superior to the HX9 (the only real flaw with that camera was the noisy photos at high ISO” however despite that they scored it 5 stars. In November Les gave the product a rating of 2 stars and he said on Amazon “As soon as you zoom in a little all quality gone and very grainy And tones of noise” in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50. Miss D. Menzies wrote last year “Images are very noisy”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

Most cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX50 do not support video recording. The DSC-HX50 is no exception to this as it too does not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording which you might also want to consider including the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price], or the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX50, the DSC-HX50 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the DSC-HX50 is not 3D compatible.

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Only Features Four Flash Modes

The DSC-HX50 has a greater number of flash modes than most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on cameras that have been around for more than two years. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Only Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the DSC-HX50 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most commonly featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Sony camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

The JPEG frame rates of comparable spec cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 24fps to 60fps. With a JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Sony DSC-HX50 has a quite low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Only Has Six Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the DSC-HX50 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. This Sony camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most commonly found shooting mode found on comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this camera.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

The average maximum playback zoom of compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX50 is 10x, and the maximum playback zooms range from 8x to 16x. With a maximum playback zoom of only 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50 has one of the lower maximum playback zooms amongst cameras of this age.

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

When compared to other digital cameras of this spec and age that we have checked the maximum camera shutter speed of, the DSC-HX50's maximum camera shutter speed of only 4 seconds is one of the shortest. The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-HX50 is 41s, and the maximum camera shutter speeds range from 4s to 250s.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

At 3.5, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly large minimum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type. The average minimum aperture of compact cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX50 is 3.2.

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Very Long Start-Up Time

At 1,900 millisecond, the DSC-HX50 has a very long start-up time compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the DSC-HX50. Across all the cameras that were released more than two years ago the start-up times range from 2ms to 1,900ms, and the average start-up time is 730ms.

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Pricey

We checked 29 digital cameras of this age and type and they range in price from £301 to £2,199. We think that this camera looks expensive compared to other digital cameras of this age and type.

4 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-HX50

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-HX50 over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DSC-HX50.

Alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available that you might also want to look at include the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Weight

The DSC-HX50 has a relatively standard weight (245 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a similar age to it.

Alternative digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Nikon D300s[plb_994_price], or the Canon PowerShot G7[plb_2475998_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Smile Detection
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
External Flash Connector
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Shoe Mounting Point
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Audio System
Noise Reduction
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
USB Connector Type
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Histogram
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Playback Mode
Saturation Adjustment
Contrast Adjustment
Direct Printing
Brightness Adjustment
Start-Up Time
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Included Wrist Strap
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Other Features
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Face Detection
Focal Length
Panorama Mode
Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder
Trimming
Electrical Viewfinder
Cool Shot Function
Conversion Function
Technical Details
Image Processor
Optical Sensor Size

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Expert Reviews

(28)
15 January 2014

Gadgetspeak.com

It?s been a while since I have had an opportunity to look at one of the excellent Cyber Shot range; in fact from memory the last Sony offering I told you about was the NEX6L almost a year ago.... Read more…

22 December 2013

But regular cameras are now catching up in the convenience stakes. Some have WiFi built in so you can send images to social networking sites, while compact system cameras offer the high-quality... Read more…

8 December 2013

Sony 's long-lensed HX50 calls Fuji's stylish X20 a fop. Fight!The X20 is wonderfully retro in both look and feel. The optical viewfinder is synced to the 4x zoom and helpfully displays shooting... Read more…

13 September 2013

There's no denying how impressive the combination of a large 30x zoom and compact body is, but its photos are adequate rather than spectacular. It's a decent camera, but only if you really need...

22 July 2013

Some record-breaking specs, but the net result isn't so remarkable...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 23 June 2013 by A to Z

Like many people,in recent times I've probably abandoned digital cameras in favour of grabbing my smart phone to capture special memories, all well and good, but often resulting in photos of... Read more…

Reviewed 6 January 2015 by Tony B

Firstly, having read a lot of reviews there is quite a lot of confusion on what this camera can and can't do. I'm an experienced amateur photographer who has owned an awful lot of cameras, from... Read more…

Reviewed 26 June 2014 by David craddock

This is absolutely the best camera that I have ever owned and,believe me at 84 I've had a good few.From 35mm,110,126 to today's digital marvels. Never a large DSLR,too heavy,fiddly,changing lenses... Read more…

Reviewed 2 June 2013 by Jonathan
(Verified Purchase)

Couldn't wait to get my hands on this camera and so far it has not disappointed. Previously I owned the DSC HX9V which I didn't think could be surpassed but I wanted this for the enhanced optical... Read more…

Reviewed 29 September 2013 by Fandango
(Verified Purchase)

Let's get the flaw over with as that is doubtless what drew your attention. No viewfinder. This is the first camera I've had without a viewfinder and I assumed that Sony would not release one... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 20, sony 20m, sony hx50, sony 20me, sony 20meg, sony hx50v, sony 20mega, sony hx50vb, sony dschx50, sony 20megap, sony 20megapi, sony dschx50v, sony dschx50vs, sony dschx50vb, sony 20megapix, sony 20megapixe, sony 20megapixel
Barcodes 00027242862227, 00027242862234, 00799456164601, 00799456164618, 00905524944556, 04905524943238, 04905524943245, 04905524943368, 04905524943399, 04905524944549, 04905524944556, 04905524944570, 04905524944587

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