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Sony DSC-HX50

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A multi award winning and top of the range compact camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
Compact 20.4MP 30x Yes Sep 2013
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Sony DSC-HX50 Review

With excellent reviews and features, we have ranked the Sony DSC-HX50 number 105 in best selling cameras and number 297 across all digital cameras.
92
Reviews
732 Reviews + 5 Awards
58
Value for Money
Average
90
Features
Fully-Featured
62
Age
4 Years Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 77?

It has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%, based on 732 reviews. This digital camera has received five awards including a "Recommended" award from Vido.com.ua plus one other site and a "Highly Recommended" from Gadgetspeak.com. Praktica cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Sony digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2018.
Customers report it is fairly priced, good product quality and picture quality. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
The DSC-HX50 has some great features:
5184 x 3888 pixels image resolution
\\Change your exposure: with an EV dial capability you can change exposure values manually
\\Recognise each face: the camera automatically adjusts focus, exposure and white balance for clearer portraits
\\Grab stills from video playback: press the shutter button and capture high resolution still photos during video recording
\\Boost your flash photography: advanced flash brightens up dim scenes, lighting up subjects who are further away from the camera
\\Be in the shot: when the camera is held at arm\'s length, the camera frames and takes pictures automatically for great self portraits
\\Create wide panoramic pictures: intelligent sweep panorama automatically combines a burst of images to create panoramic pictures
\\Artistic effects: create \'in camera\' effects, including toy camera, partial colour, pop colour, HDR painting, illustration and watercolour
\\See colours deeper and brighter: with triluminos colour technology every shade and hue becomes brighter and deeper when viewed on a BRAVIA TV with triluminos display
\\Lock on fast even at zoom: frame your subject quickly with fast autofocus which brings everything sharply into focus even at a distance
\\Movies without the shakes: even when you re walking or zooming optical steadyshot active mode keeps everything stable
\\Shoot for longer: A long-life battery lets you shoot from dusk until dawn
\\Fine tune every shot: you can select between shutter or aperture priority, or pre-set your own shooting modes
\\Shoot full HD movies: film smooth, steady 50p video clips in full HD
Higher than average megapixels
\\Double the distance: double the 30x optical zoom range to an effective 60x with clear image zoom, filling the frame with distant subjects while maintaining image quality
\\Add all the extras: use the multi interface shoe to add a flash, electronic viewfinder or microphone
\\See clearly even at high zoom: A G lens from sony is crafted to capture light and detail, even when zoomed right in
\\Easy sharing with wi-fi: send photos and videos straight to a smartphone or tablet, back-up shots wirelessly to your PC, or see them on your TV
\\Shoot high quality pictures quickly: A BIONZ processor delivers high-speed continuous shooting at 10 frames per second and finely detailed image quality
\\Don't worry about unsteady hands: take crisp, blur-free still photos with optical steadyshot that cuts handheld wobbles when you re zoomed in or don't have a tripod
\\Capture 20.4 megapixel detail: shoot detail-packed stills and movies with a 20.4 megapixel exmor R CMOS sensor
\ get 30x closer: with the smallest digital camera that has 30x optical zoom capability*
The smallest camera with 30x optical zoom capability*
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Bigger than average optical zoom
\\Shutter in your pocket: use your phone as a handy remote to control the camera via wi-fi; it\'s great when you don't want to be left out of the scene

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is very good for everyday photography, ranking number 346 in everyday photography cameras. It is also very good for landscape photography, ranking number 366 in landscape photography cameras as well being very good for wildlife photography, ranking number 362 in wildlife photography cameras.
75
Portrait Photography
Very Good
78
Landscape Photography
Very Good
78
Everyday Photography
Very Good
75
Sports Photography
Very Good
76
Wildlife Photography
Very Good

Sony DSC-HX50 Video Reviews

How Big is the Sony DSC-HX50?

The Sony DSC-HX50 is 108.1mm wide and 64.3mm tall. It is 38.3mm deep and weighs 245g.

Sony DSC-HX50 front dimensions
Sony DSC-HX50 size in context

Sony DSC-HX50 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews Summary

Five Industry Awards

Review websites Vido.com.ua and Ephotozine both concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Furthermore, this camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site Gadgetspeak.com, confirming their endorsement and it received a Reviewed.com "Editor's Choice" award.

The writer at one other expert review site concluded that this Sony camera was very good. This was from Fotomaniak.pl who gave it an "5 Star".

Good Expert Reviews

This camera has an average expert rating of 84 out of 100 based on 14 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint. The expert review sites think this Sony camera is one of the better cameras.

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Good Owner Reviews

People who bought this camera rated this camera 85 out of 100 on average. Over 82% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

27 customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good value for money.

Users Report Excellent Product Quality

32 people who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was good quality.

  • However it doesn't shot raw and although it can achieve 10 frames per second in full quality there is a delay processing…
    Tony Lee (Amazon) - January 2016
  • This camera is very good it is got good build quality it's got good…
  • Pros Great picture quality Panoramic feature is useful…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013
  • Messed about at work making a video and the quality is fantastic Cant wait to take it out this weekend…
    J. Trim (Amazon) - September 2014
  • Top quality camera, zoom is amazing for such a small camera…
    Manc (Amazon) - March 2015
  • Zoom is exception and picture quality great - controls are easy to learn…
  • A good solid camera, packed with features, responsive enough, image quality better than the Cell Phone…
  • Amazing! The sharpness & quality of the images taken with this camera are impeccable…
    H.G (Amazon) - August 2015
  • Fabulous little camera surprisingly good quality images zoomed in…
  • This camera provides high quality digital images.

Customers Report Good Picture Quality

65 people who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 concluded that it was able to produce good images, five owners concluded that it was good in low light and three customers who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good picture resolution.

  • Its photos are adequate rather than spectacular…
  • Very impressed with the pictures taken which are sharp…
    LynnT (Amazon) - October 2013
  • This is better for those special photos and more detailed shots required…
  • Focuses very quickly and accurately and takes superb pictures without any effects from shaky hand, even on full telephoto…
  • The camera does not have a view finder to take your photos, you have to rely on the screen on the back, which is fine, except when the sun shines and you cannot see the subject properly to take the photo and just have to guess that you have them in the picture…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • The only thing where it faults is in low light.
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • Excellent low light no flash photography…
  • Pros Great picture quality Panoramic feature is useful…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two people agreed that the product was noisy.

  • Images are very noisy…
  • If you're going to take a lot of telephoto shots then switch to Superior auto as it has a neat trick, hold the shutter button down for a second or two and it will take a high speed burst of shots and merge them together to create a single shot which has less noise…

Customers Report That it is Easy to Use

33 owners said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX50 was easy to use, five owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold and three owners who reviewed it wrote that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Eight customers who reviewed it agreed that it had good features.

  • Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10…
    Lessa (Amazon) - October 2014
  • Fun camera packed with features that enable a good end result of crisp sharp pictures, remember not to leave in your beach bag we did with the last one…
    Moonshine (Amazon) - September 2014
  • A good solid camera, packed with features, responsive enough, image quality better than the Cell Phone…
  • Great shots, fun features and high quality images…
  • The zoom is one of the best features…
  • The camera is great for casual use and anyone who wants to work on their picture taking a little more will find plenty of features to keep them busy…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • This is the camera that has got me back in the habit of taking better photos; it's a little more than a point and click and has some very nice features…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • Love the facilities that this small camera has…
    ANDREW M LAWS (Amazon) - September 2013

Sony Has Very Good Camera Reviews

Based on 22,092 owner and expert reviews (including 7,416 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

44 people who purchased it agreed that it had a good zoom, five customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good autofocus and two customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. two people mentioned that this digital camera had a good lens.

  • Only if you really need its long zoom…
  • But, 2 small negatives- 1- takes a very long time to charge and the battery still runs out very quickly (carry an external chargers with you for sure!); 2- sometimes pretty difficult to zoom on something in the background, let's say a tree at the front, house at the back - camera automatically goes for the closer object- a bit of fiddling.
    Els (Amazon) - April 2016
  • They "failed to find a problem" despite me setting out the issue and including photographs demonstrating the failure to focus properly…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • Usage The zoom is ridiculously good…
  • Also the telephoto lens barrel is not sealed adequately…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • Inability to focus properly…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • Still able to give me lots of options and a good zoom lens…
  • The pictures are amazing the zoom for a small camera is out of this world…
    J. Trim (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The auto focus is fast and accurate…
    Les (Amazon) - May 2016
  • Zoom is amazing for such a small camera…
    Manc (Amazon) - March 2015

Users Report Excellent Design

Nine owners who reviewed it considered that it was good looking and three owners wrote that it was retro.

  • But, 2 small negatives- 1- takes a very long time to charge and the battery still runs out very quickly (carry an external chargers with you for sure!); 2- sometimes pretty difficult to zoom on something in the background, let's say a tree at the front, house at the back - camera automatically goes for the closer object- a bit of fiddling.
    Els (Amazon) - April 2016
  • Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10…
    Lessa (Amazon) - October 2014
  • Pretty good for the price…
  • Pretty good, especially at the price…
  • AMAZING CAMERA! If you want a portable camera with the capabilities of a big professional one then get this one! Love taking beautiful photographs on it…
  • It's a pretty good snap camera at wide angle…
  • They are pretty minor 1…
  • Overall its a pretty good camera…
  • Mighty! It has everything you need to capture anything from beautiful landscapes to stunning macro close ups…
  • It does need a few minor design adjustments…
    D (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Four customers considered that the product had a good battery life.

Users Report Good Video Capture

Six people who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording.

Users Report a Good Flash

Three people who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 considered that it had a good flash.

  • Who on earth put the POP UP flash on it! It was like going back in time! Why is it not already automatic flash? You have to remember to push the button to expose the flash every time that you need the flash on…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • Excellent low light no flash photography…
  • A bit heavy Has a flimsy flash shutter…
  • The flash is really awkward…
    D (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013
  • For the other 99.9% of normal people on the planet it will do everything they want - and is small enough to take anywhere with a really good flash and excellent zoom…

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had a good screen and three owners who purchased it concluded that it had a good viewfinder.

  • The lack of a viewfinder and need to rely on the screen image when taking photos…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • The camera does not have a view finder to take your photos, you have to rely on the screen on the back, which is fine, except when the sun shines…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The existing screen is OK.
  • It also allows photos to be shown instantly on the device as soon as its taken making it a fantastic view finder…
  • Using your phone as a remote viewfinder is kind of cool - perfect for group shots…
    Rob (Amazon) - August 2014
  • You get a good sized 3" screen to view your subject/s…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • The absence of a viewfinder has lost it a star, as the screen is impossible to see when you are looking towards the sun…
  • The only think that's a pain is seeing the display in bright light.
  • You can't see the display on average bright days, even when the display is set to maximum brightness…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013

Users Report That it is Robust

11 owners who purchased it agreed that it was well made and two owners concluded that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report That it is a Good Size

18 customers reckoned that the product was compact, two owners who bought it considered that it was a good body shape but however 10 owners said that it was not a good size.. eight owners who bought the product said that it was heavy and bulky and two owners who bought the product thought it was not compact.

  • It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • Compact camera with all the features…
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky and heavier than your average digital camera…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • The quality of pictures makes up for it being not as compact as other smaller digital cameras…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky and heavier than…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • Its an ideal size for taking out…
    Jaxlarkabout (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera (and others similar of course) is very compact so you can slip it in a trouser pocket, which means you are much more likely to take it with you…
    Fandango (Amazon) - September 2013
  • The chunky compact tended to over-expose indoors…
  • A bit heavy Has a flimsy flash shutter…
  • Compact ready to go cam with tons of functions!

Value For Money

Disappointing Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews and features, but is over 6 months old, and at £790.45 it is in the most expensive 29% of cameras.

Age

Released Over Four Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-HX50 in September 2013.

Features

5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a maximum image resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels. That's 27% higher resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels digital camera, which is the most common resolution. Across all cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Higher Than Average Megapixels

The DSC-HX50's sensor megapixels of 20.4MP is in the highest 12% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Bigger Than Average Optical Zoom

The DSC-HX50's optical zoom of 30x is in the biggest 25% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many cameras.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The maximum ISO sensitivity of the DSC-HX50 of 12,800 is in the highest 35% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Across all the cameras the ISO sensitivities (max) range from 200 to 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Sony DSC-HX50 has an image stabilizer. 78% of cameras also have an image stabilizer.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The minimum aperture number of the DSC-HX50 of 3.5 is relatively standard compared to most other cameras. It is larger than 8% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Sony DSC-HX50 of 245g is fairly average compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 58% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash. 68% of cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The DSC-HX50 does not have a GPS (satellite), although this is within the context that 89% of cameras also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Lower Than Average Maximum Playback Zoom

The maximum playback zoom of the DSC-HX50 of only 8x is lower than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 15% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the cameras the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 39x, and the average maximum playback zoom is 10x.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The image sensor size of the DSC-HX50 of 0.435" is relatively average compared to most other cameras. It is bigger than 13% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The DSC-HX50 supports Full HD video, unlike 76% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Very Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The DSC-HX50's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 720mm is very long compared to most other cameras. It is in the longest 3% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Not Waterproof

The DSC-HX50 is not waterproof. 92% of cameras are also not waterproof.

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400 Battery Life

The DSC-HX50 is a camera that takes 400 shots battery life. Most of the other cameras take between 4 and 4,699 battery life.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

The digital zoom of the Sony DSC-HX50 of 486x is in the biggest 1% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Cameras have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x.

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Features Smile Detection

The DSC-HX50 features smile detection, unlike 88% of cameras which do not feature smile detection.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX50 features brightness adjustment, which is unusual. 78% of cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The DSC-HX50 supports Wi-Fi, unlike 69% of digital cameras which do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Wrist Strap

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a wrist strap. 91% of digital cameras do not have a wrist strap.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Average Display Diagonal

The DSC-HX50's display diagonal of 3" is relatively typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is larger than 33% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The DSC-HX50 has an external flash connector, unlike 86% of cameras which do not have an external flash connector.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-HX50 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 72% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Slower Than Average Start-Up Time

The start-up time of the DSC-HX50 of 1,900ms is slower than 91% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Cameras have start-up times of between 0.1ms and 2,000ms, and the average start-up time is 590ms.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-HX50 features multi burst mode, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Supports Direct Printing

The Sony DSC-HX50 supports direct printing, which is unusual. 88% of cameras do not support direct printing.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX50 features saturation adjustment. 87% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Wind Filter

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a wind filter. 96% of cameras do not have a wind filter.

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Features Noise Reduction

The DSC-HX50 features noise reduction, unlike 91% of cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Higher Than Average Display Resolution

The Sony DSC-HX50's display resolution of 922,000 pixels is in the highest 21% of all cameras when ranked by this feature. Across all the cameras the display resolutions range from 23,000 pixels to 6,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 620,000 pixels.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The DSC-HX50 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 89% of cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX50 features contrast adjustment, unlike 83% of cameras which do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Face Detection

The Sony DSC-HX50 features face detection. 88% of digital cameras do not feature face detection.

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Larger Than Average Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture number of the DSC-HX50 of 6.3 is larger than 79% of all cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

sony 20megapixel, sony dschx50vs, sony dschx50vb, 4905524944556, dschx50sce3, sony hx50vb, dschx50silv

Barcodes:

00027242862227, 00799456164601, 00799456164618, 00905524944556, 04905524943245, 04905524943368, 04905524943399, 04905524944549, 04905524944556, 04905524944570, 04905524944587

Frequently Asked Questions About the Sony DSC-HX50

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