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Sony DSC-HX50

reviewed.com Editor's Choice gadgetspeak.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Recommended fotomaniak.pl 5 Star
A multi award winning compact camera with good features
Compact 20.4MP 30x Yes Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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Sony DSC-HX50 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Sony DSC-HX50 number 490 across all digital cameras.
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735 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Good Features
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3 Years Old
Overall Score
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Average

Why Has it Scored 53?

It has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received six awards including a "Recommended" award from Vido.com.ua plus two other sites and a "Highly Recommended" from Gadgetspeak.com. Canon 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 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, excellent product quality and good picture quality. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
The DSC-HX50 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Fairly high megapixels sensor
5184 x 3888 pixels image resolution
Does not have a GPS (satellite)
Quite slow start-up time
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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

Six Industry Awards

This Sony camera received a "Recommended" award from review sites Vido.com.ua, Insidegeeks.net and Ephotozine all of whom decided that this camera was very good.

Two other expert review sites thought that this Sony digital camera was very good. This camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from review site Gadgetspeak.com and website Reviewed.com concluded that it was brilliant and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

One more expert review site concluded that this Sony digital camera was very good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from Fotomaniak.pl.

Good Expert Reviews

This Sony camera has an average expert rating of 84 out of 100 based on 15 expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Ephotozine, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint. Experts think this camera is one of the better cameras.

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Owner Reviews Are Good

Owners have rated this camera on average 86 out of 100. Over 82% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Customers Report That it is Reasonably Priced

27 owners who reviewed the Sony DSC-HX50 considered that it was good value for money.

Customers Report Good Product Quality

32 customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded 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
  • 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
  • This camera provides high quality digital images.
  • Really a superb camera This fulfill my expectation Picture quality is fantastic even in low light…
  • Great shots, fun features and high quality images…

Users Report Good Picture Quality

65 customers who bought the product reckoned that it was able to produce good images, five owners who bought it reckoned that it was good in low light and three owners thought the Sony DSC-HX50 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
  • Excellent low light no flash photography…
  • 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
  • The only thing where it faults is in low light.
  • Pros Great picture quality Panoramic feature is useful…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013
  • The pictures are amazing the zoom for a small camera is out of this world…
    J. Trim (Amazon) - September 2014
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015

Users Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two people said in their reviews that it 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 it is Easy to Use

33 people who purchased this digital camera agreed that it was easy to use, five owners mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold and three customers said in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus.

Customers Report Excellent Technical Features

Eight people said 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 Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 32,324 expert and user reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases), Sony has very good ratings for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good ratings specifically within its digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

44 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom, five owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good autofocus and three customers said in their reviews that it had a good lens. two owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser.

Users Report Excellent Design

11 owners said in their reviews that this digital camera was good looking and three customers who reviewed it reckoned 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, 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…
  • Pretty good for the price…
  • It's a pretty good snap camera at wide angle…
  • They are pretty minor 1…
  • Overall its a pretty good camera…
  • This lens is pretty cool…
    Yamil (Bestbuy.com) - November 2014
  • Other than that it's pretty cool…
    Yamil (Bestbuy.com) - November 2014

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Four owners who bought the product concluded that it had a good battery life.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Six customers who purchased the Sony DSC-HX50 concluded that it was good for video recording.

Customers Report a Good Flash

Three customers thought the product had a good flash.

  • Excellent low light no flash photography…
  • 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
  • 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…

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six owners who bought it agreed that it had a good screen and three people who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good viewfinder.

  • 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 lack of a viewfinder and need to rely on the screen image when taking photos…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • 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.
  • Not easy to see the screen in bright sunlight…
    Tony Wood (Amazon) - February 2015

Customers Report it is Robust

11 people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was well made and two customers who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

18 owners who reviewed it thought it was compact and two people said that it was a good body shape.

  • 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…
  • 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 your average digital camera…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky and heavier than…
    SM (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…
  • Its an ideal size for taking out…
    Jaxlarkabout (Amazon) - November 2015
  • A bit heavy Has a flimsy flash shutter…
  • Compact ready to go cam with tons of functions!

Features

Fairly High Megapixels Sensor

The megapixels of the DSC-HX50 of 20.4MP is in the highest 10% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature. The megapixels of digital cameras range from 0.3MP to 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the DSC-HX50 is 5184 x 3888 pixels. That's 27% higher resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. The resolution of all cameras ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Sony DSC-HX50's optical zoom of 30x is in the biggest 24% of all digital cameras when sorted 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 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The average ISO sensitivity (max) of all digital cameras is 14,000, with the lowest being 200 and the highest being 820,000. The DSC-HX50's ISO sensitivity (max) of 12,800 is quite high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 22% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX50 has an image stabilizer, as do 77% of cameras.

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Average Minimum Aperture Number

The DSC-HX50's minimum aperture number of 3.5 is pretty standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Average Weight

The weight of the DSC-HX50 of 245g is pretty typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Built-In Flash

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The Sony DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of cameras.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

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

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony DSC-HX50 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that 90% of digital cameras also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Very Big Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras the digital zooms range from 0.72x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 11x. The digital zoom of the DSC-HX50 of 486x is in the biggest 1% 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 75% of digital cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Quite High Display Resolution

The average display resolution of all cameras is 590,000 pixels, with the lowest being 3 pixels and the highest being 16,000,000 pixels. The Sony DSC-HX50's display resolution of 922,000 pixels is fairly high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 19% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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11520 X 1080 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 supports a maximum still image resolution of 11520 x 1080 pixels. That's 22% lower still image resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. In addition, this Sony camera supports still image resolutions of 3648 x 2736 pixels, 7152 x 1080 pixels, 2592 x 1944 pixels plus 2 more values. The resolution of all cameras ranges from 384 x 480 pixels (worst) to 6016 x 4016 pixels (best).

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the DSC-HX50 of 720mm is fairly long compared to most other cameras. It is in the longest 10% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Has a Wind Filter

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

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Has an External Flash Connector

The DSC-HX50 has an external flash connector. 87% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Average Image Sensor Size

The Sony DSC-HX50's image sensor size of 0.435" is relatively average compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Has a Wrist Strap

The DSC-HX50 has a wrist strap. 93% of digital cameras do not have a wrist strap.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras. 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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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Sony DSC-HX50 features multi burst mode. 87% of digital cameras do not feature multi burst mode.

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Quite Slow Start-Up Time

The start-up time of the Sony DSC-HX50 of 1,900ms is fairly slow compared to most other cameras. It is in the slowest 10% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The average start-up time of all cameras is 740ms, with the fastest being 1ms and the slowest being 2,000ms.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The playback zoom (max) of the DSC-HX50 of only 8x is quite low compared to most other cameras. It is in the lowest 22% of all cameras when sorted by this feature. Across all the cameras the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 30x, and the average playback zoom (max) is 10x.

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400 Battery Life

The DSC-HX50 is a camera that takes 400 shots battery life. Most of the other digital cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The DSC-HX50 features brightness adjustment, which is unusual. 79% of cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the DSC-HX50 of 3" is pretty standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the smallest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony DSC-HX50 supports Wi-Fi, which is unusual. 72% of digital cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The DSC-HX50 features saturation adjustment. 88% of digital cameras do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Noise Reduction

The DSC-HX50 features noise reduction, unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Supports Direct Printing

The DSC-HX50 supports direct printing, which is unusual. 89% of digital cameras do not support direct printing.

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Not Waterproof

Like most other digital cameras, the DSC-HX50 is not waterproof. 92% of digital cameras are not waterproof.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-HX50 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 71% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a shoe mounting point, which is unusual. 90% of digital cameras do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Features Smile Detection

The DSC-HX50 features smile detection. 89% of digital cameras do not feature smile detection.

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-HX50 features face detection, which is unusual. 89% of digital cameras do not feature face detection.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

Sony released the DSC-HX50 in October 2013.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 20megapixel, sony dschx50vs, sony dschx50vb, sony hx50vb
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