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Sony DSC-HX50 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 20.4MP 30x CMOS Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Sensor Type Release Date
Four industry awards
Good size
Good product quality
426 Reviews + 4 Awards
vido.com.ua Recommended gadgetspeak.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Recommended fotomaniak.pl 5 Star

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Recommended" award by both websites Ephotozine and Vido.com.ua, both of which said that this Sony camera was good.

Review websites Gadgetspeak.com strongly endorse this Sony camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

This Sony digital camera received a "5 Star" award from Fotomaniak.pl.

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Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 84% based on twelve expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint. Digital camera experts think this digital camera is one of the better comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, DSC-HX50 owners rated this digital camera 86%. Over 82% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Sony Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

We checked 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 1,068 verified purchases) for Sony digital cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Easy to Use

Sixty-five people who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 concluded that it was easy to use. Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sony has opted to use the same Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3in sensor in the HX50 as in other cameras in the HX series”. Stephen J. Oneil said on Amazon “Unless the conditions demand, I am happy to use the standard colour settings” in his review of this digital camera. Trnz scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “This camera perfectly bridges between important/practical functions of those fancy cameras” in their review of this digital camera.

Fourteen owners wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Su rated this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and she said four years ago “The "mode" dial has 10 settings”. Willyflogit mentioned “Great that you can use p settings ideal for spot metering etc”. Willyflogit also mentioned “Great 700+zoom fast zoom most auto settings are good” in their review.

Six people considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Scosh said on Amazon two years ago “Smart looking and comfortable to hold”. Three years ago Andrew Curtis mentioned “The camera felt nice to hold with the grip” in his review of this digital camera. Apollo13 said “You need to hold the camera steady to prevent camera shake” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people said that the product was easy to setup. Ellabreeze wrote four years ago “It is simple to set up and use without having to read long instructions”. Three years ago Amazon Customer mentioned “I wanted something a little faster to set up”.

Two people who reviewed the product thought it was easy to handle. Christopher Smith mentioned “I normally leave it in intelligent auto and it handles 99% of situations very well indeed”. Jonathan said “The colours appear to be true and crisp and it handles low-light situations well” in his review of this digital camera.

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Good Product Quality

Fifty-seven owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality. Three years ago T. Butler wrote “Better quality case/frame, don't mind the slight increase+ superb image quality in both photos” in their review of this digital camera and rated the Sony DSC-HX50 a maximum of 5 stars. In the same month Stephen J. Oneil said on Amazon “For a mid range compact the quality of telephoto shots on a bright day are very good” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Two years ago Trnz wrote “So far, very happy with the quality of photos I can now take using this camera”.

Nice Design

Twenty-one owners who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 considered that it was good looking. Expert website Stuffmideast.com mentioned “Sony 's long-lensed HX50 calls Fuji's stylish X20 a fop”. Stuff.tv/my/ said four years ago “The HX50 will fill your life with beautiful pictures and video” in their review of this digital camera. Tony B gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he said on Amazon “The dynamic range is generally pretty good on this camera, better than most others of it's type I would say” in his review of this digital camera.

Four people mentioned that the product was retro. Expert review site Stuffmideast.com mentioned “Fight!The X20 is wonderfully retro in both look” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago Hantshog mentioned “Case looks great and gives camera a retro look despite being ultra modern” in their review of this digital camera. Obriens2uk rated it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “It has a real retro feel about and it looks pretty solid”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was neat.

One person who bought it considered that it was well designed. Lessa mentioned “Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10” and gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Robust

Seventeen owners who reviewed it said that it was well made. Telegraph.co.uk said “Some have WiFi built in so you can send images to social networking sites, while compact system cameras offer the high-quality image capabilities of DSLRs” in their review of this digital camera. R. Palmer said “It's well made and feels reassuringly solid in your hands” in their review of this digital camera and rated the Sony DSC-HX50 the highest possible rating of 5 stars. R. Palmer also said “The build quality is nice” in their review.

Two owners who bought this digital camera wrote that it was strong and durable. Richard Paradine wrote on Amazon “Feels robust and easy to hold” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Two years ago Emily1202 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Feels sturdy, doesn't look cheap” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars.

One customer who purchased this digital camera wrote that it was sealed. R J England mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “The body on the HX50 seems to be much better sealed against splashes, condensation etc” in their review of this digital camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixty-seven customers agreed that it was compact. Expert website T3.com wrote “The zoom capabilities are certainly impressive for a compact - we tried it out on the view from the top of the Gherkin in London”. Expert website Stuff.tv wrote four years ago “The best all-round compact camera money can buy, superb in any situation” . Stuff.tv also mentioned “01AM Sony's DSC-HX50 is the camera we're currently recommending to anyone that asks us which compact camera they should buy” in their review.

Twenty-two owners reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Four years ago expert review site Ephotozine.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 “Despite being pocketable it is a little on the bulky side and fairly heavy”. Tony B said in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “The chunky grip is another”. Recklessspirit wrote four years ago “The chunky compact tended to over-expose indoors” but in spite of that they scored it 3 stars out of 5.

Three people agreed that this digital camera was a good body shape. T. Butler wrote “Single metal body frame not plastic anymore, better quality case, nice tactile control knobs) + slightly larger than previous model” in their review of this digital camera. Picto69 said on Amazon “Cheap feel body and shutter button”. Peter the Elder he mentioned “My first Cybershot had a metal body and even had an optical viewfinder; very useful outdoors in strong light” in his review of this digital camera.

One person mentioned that this digital camera was lightweight. Chadwick Hall said on Amazon.co.uk “It is lightweight, portable and good for taking views of cityscapes” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5. One person who bought the product thought it was easy to carry around. Three years ago Auldreekie mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “This compact Sony camera is easy to carry and use”.

One person considered that it was a good size. Jaxlarkabout mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Its an ideal size for taking out” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Very Light

The DSC-HX50 is quite light (only 245 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Across all the compact cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the weights range from 180g to 740g.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the Pentax K-5 (£776.00) (740g) which is also cheaper.

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Features

Good Features

Twenty-two owners who bought this digital camera wrote that it had good features. Three years ago Newegg.com mentioned “This camera has a lot of features”. Expert website Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “There are other features that make it ideal as a travel camera - built-in Wi-Fi” . Tg rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “I can't fault any of the features I have used” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review.


Good Exposure Control

One person wrote in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX50 had good exposure controls.

Good Quality Lens

One hundred people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com said “Only if you really need its long zoom”. Trustedreviews.com also wrote “The superzoom compact – or travel zoom camera – is an area that sees continued growth” in their review. Trustedreviews.com also mentioned “There's no denying how impressive the combination of a large 30x zoom and compact body is.” in their review.

Eleven owners who reviewed it thought it had a good autofocus. Tiggers mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “They "failed to find a problem" despite me setting out the issue and including photographs demonstrating the failure to focus properly” but even so they gave the product a rating of 20 out of 100. Tiggers also said “It regularly fails to focus properly on the intended subject despite the focussing "square" in the viewfinder showing green” in their review. Tiggers also wrote “Inability to focus properly” in their review.

Five owners reckoned that the product had a good lens. Rob he mentioned “The Sony G lens is sharp all across the frame”. Three years ago Nigel mentioned “I bought one of these because I was quite excited by the prospect of having a powerful telephoto lens on such a small”. Nigel also mentioned “The telephoto lens is indeed impressive” in his review.

Three customers who purchased it agreed that it had a good image stabiliser. Impulse Buyer mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The video is slightly better due to improved stabilization” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Phillip and Sue mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Zoom and optical image stabilisation is fantastic”.

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Good Video Capture

Twenty-nine people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. Tg said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon last year “Nice photos, good video plenty of options”. Rob wrote three years ago “What more could you ask for? The video mode is also incredible, blew me away the first time I saw it”. Rowan Price rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The video quality is better than expected”.

Good Flash

Six customers who bought this digital camera thought it had a good flash. Tiger gave the product a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said “The pop-up flash is very powerful for a little camera”. S. Hawley wrote three years ago “For a quick instance flash photo you will probally miss that perfect picture by the time you say”. Patrick Ovenden mentioned two years ago “There is a built-in flash” in his review of this digital camera.

Good Quality Pictures

One hundred and thirty-three people reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Expert website T3.com mentioned “Both audiences will benefit from the versatility of the huge optically image stabilised 30x z”. Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Its photos are adequate rather than spectacular” . T. Butler mentioned on Amazon “Great pictures and superb HD video” in their review of this digital camera.

Thirteen owners said that it was good in low light. Stephen J. Oneil wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “However, there is a big let down in my view and that is low light photography”. Tony B said on Amazon “I also recommend Superior auto for low light” in his Sony DSC-HX50 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Four years ago Stevekir rated this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Sharp, well balanced, really excellent low-light performance and lots of settings”.

Twelve people who purchased this digital camera said that it had a good picture resolution. Four years ago expert website Stuffmideast.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The optical viewfinder is synced to the 4x zoom and helpfully displays shooting data.”. Theramblingfatman wrote on Amazon “The individual rbg pixels were clear and well defined” in their review of this digital camera. O. Harper rated it a maximum of 5 stars and said on Amazon.co.uk “Also an up grade from the 6.3 mega pixels of the Fuji”.

Four customers who purchased this digital camera agreed that it had a good ISO range. Stephen J. Oneil gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “Noise levels are high above ISO 800, sharpness is lost”. Four years ago R. Palmer mentioned on Amazon “At lower ISO, seems good”. Mr. G. Bonus wrote “Image quality, I think it is fine with good light and low ISO, forget noise reduction” however they only rated it 60 out of 100.

Two owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good image sensor. Ephotozine.com mentioned four years ago “It has a 20 megapixel sensor” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. In the same month expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk wrote “The new model has a 20.4-million-pixel sensor compared to 18.2 million pixels in the HX30”.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eighteen owners mentioned that it had a good screen. Tony Wood wrote on Amazon two years ago “Not easy to see the screen in bright sunlight” in his review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Stephen J. Oneil rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and he said on Amazon “The opportunity to buy the Sony presented itself and I took it, realising that it didn't have the useful touch screen of the Panasonic, nor the efficient” in his review of the Sony DSC-HX50. Fandango wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “This is the first camera I've had without a viewfinder and I assumed that Sony would not release one unless the screen was bright enough for daylight viewing” .

Four people considered that the product had a good viewfinder. Rob said on Amazon three years ago “Using your phone as a remote viewfinder is kind of cool - perfect for group shots”. Jamason mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “It also allows photos to be shown instantly on the device as soon as its taken making it a fantastic view finder” yet they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. One Reader wrote in their review of this digital camera “It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder”.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Four owners thought the product was noisy. Impulse Buyer mentioned on Amazon “Image quality is clearly superior to the HX9 (the only real flaw with that camera was the noisy photos at high ISO” in their Sony DSC-HX50 review and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Les said on Amazon “As soon as you zoom in a little all quality gone and very grainy And tones of noise”. Miss D. Menzies wrote two years ago “Images are very noisy” nonetheless she gave this digital camera a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Two people who reviewed the product said that it was quiet. Tony B rated it 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I recommend turning the shutter noise off ( I have it permanently switched off anyway, making the camera shutter almost silent”. Mike I said on Amazon “Its quiet boxy(deck and a half of playing cards” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The DSC-HX50 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Sony DSC-HX50 supports video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also support video recording.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DSC-HX50 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X100T (£759.00).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to 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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Price

Good Value for Money

Thirty-seven owners who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 thought it was good value for money. Newegg.com said “Nice Screen, Touch Is Handy, Good Price” but in spite of that they only gave the product a rating of 2 stars out of 5. Vincr said “Great camera for a low price! Ideal if you want to take pictures without having to think too much”. Vicent Ibañez wrote on Amazon “Cheap for a reason” in their review of this digital camera.

Six owners who reviewed it wrote that it was expensive. Traco wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Don't expect it to last more than 2 years, as other people have said the auto focus stops working and Sony want a fortune to repair it” however they only gave the product a score of 1 stars out of 5. Four years ago R. Palmer said on Amazon “It's maybe a bit slower to focus than better, more expensive lenses, sure.”. Ken Smith mentioned on Amazon.co.uk in the same month “Sony must be treating the experts nicely cos this expensive camera is rubbish” in his review of this digital camera.

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Support

Good Support

Twenty owners said that the product had good technical guidance. Tiger wrote four years ago “There are manual controls for people that are adventurous or just use auto, then point” . Rob gave the product a rating of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned in his Sony DSC-HX50 review on Amazon “If you fancy more control, there are full manual modes as well - something for everybody”. Robin Paulus mentioned “Quite a few options for those who want a more precise manual control.I don't personally have a problem with the placement of the flash.”.


Lens System

Very Big Digital Zoom

Across all the compact cameras that have been available for a similar time to this digital camera the digital zooms range from 2x to 330x, and the average digital zoom is 31x. When compared to other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed, the DSC-HX50's digital zoom of 324 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of cameras of this type and age range from 1x to 50x. When compared to other digital cameras of this age and type that we have assessed, the DSC-HX50's optical zoom of 30 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At 720 millimeters, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this digital camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 28mm to 1,300mm.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera. Across all the cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 18mm to 35mm.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

The biggest maximum aperture number of cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera is 1.8, the smallest is 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 9.7. The Sony DSC-HX50 has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 3.5) compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony DSC-HX50 has one of the largest minimum aperture numbers (3.5) amongst compact cameras of this age. The minimum aperture numbers of digital cameras of this age and spec range from 1.7 to 4.5.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-HX50 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera also support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Leica D-Lux (£799.00), and the Fujifilm X100T (£759.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Pentax K-5 (£776.00) which is cheaper; or the Nikon Coolpix A (£577.97) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-HX50 features face detection, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Focusing

Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-HX50 features smile detection. Most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to this camera also feature smile detection.

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Camera

Features Contrast Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX50 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-HX50 features multi burst mode. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Histogram

The DSC-HX50 features histogram, as do most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The DSC-HX50 features saturation adjustment, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera, the Sony DSC-HX50 does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Very Low Playback Zoom (max)

At only 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly low playback zoom (max) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this camera. Across all the cameras of this type and age the playback zoom (max) range from 8x to 16x.

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Flash

Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The DSC-HX50 has a shoe mounting point. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to this digital camera also have a shoe mounting point.

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Packaging Content

Has an AC Adapter Included

The Sony DSC-HX50 has an AC adapter included, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Has a Batteries Included

The DSC-HX50 has a batteries included, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera.

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Has a Battery Charger Included

The DSC-HX50 has a battery charger included, as do most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Sony DSC-HX50 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Battery

400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The DSC-HX50 is a digital camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec take between 200 and 979 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a higher image resolution than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 3264 x 2448 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras that have been around for more than two years ranges from 640 x 480 pixels to 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most cameras that have been available for more than two years. Most digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Sony digital camera have still image resolution(s) of 5184 x 3888 and 3648 x 2736 and 2592 x 1944.

This digital camera's still image resolution (640 x 480) is actually the worst still image resolution across all cameras of this age and spec.

Across similar types of digital camera the best still image resolution is 4608 x 3456.

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Light Exposure

Supports Four ISO Sensitivities

The DSC-HX50 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivities 80, 1600, 3200 and 12800 are also supported by this camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Ten customers who reviewed it thought it had a good battery life. Tg said on Amazon “What is really confusing me is the battery life seems to be HUGE” in their review of this digital camera and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Mika said on Amazon.co.uk three years ago “+ Image quality (including video) + Good manual shooting options + Good battery life - A bit big” in her review of this digital camera. Fandango rated it 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of the Sony DSC-HX50 on Amazon “* Decent battery life - I bought a spare which was not expensive”.

One person who bought it reckoned that it was quick to charge. Chadwick Hall rated the product 80 out of 100 and he said on Amazon.co.uk “I would also prefer to be able to charge the battery outside the camera.” in his review of this digital camera.

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Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Six owners concluded that the Sony DSC-HX50 had gps. Three years ago Christopher Smith mentioned “Focuses very quickly in most situations and shutter lag is very small.I don't mind the lack of GPS at all, as it quickly drains the battery” and gave it a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Browny137 said “Brilliant Camera - No GPS tagging” . Mike I he mentioned four years ago “Epic 30x zoom, very versatile, no GPS” in his review of this digital camera.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Sony released the DSC-HX50.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 3" screen cameras currently available including a cheaper digital camera such as the Pentax K-5 (£776.00) or you might consider a higher scoring digital camera such as the Nikon Coolpix A (£577.97).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony dschx50vs
Barcodes 00027242862227, 00799456164601, 00799456164618, 00905524944556, 04905524943245, 04905524943368, 04905524943399, 04905524944549, 04905524944556, 04905524944570, 04905524944587

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