The Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera from Sony is a compact camera with a 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS Sensor and a powerful 30x optical zoom lens. In combination with the BIONZ image processor, the 20.4MP CMOS sensor provides sharp imaging and fast autofocus speeds. The Sony G 30x optical zoom lens has a 35mm format focal length equivalency of 24-720mm which means its powerful zoom covers a full range of shooting situations from true wide angle to ultra-telephoto. In addition, the BIONZ image processor creates Clear Image Digital Zoom which allows you to double the optical zoom range for extreme close-ups and distant image capture.
The HX50V also supports Full HD 1080p video capture in the AVCHD format. This is high grade video resolution that allows smooth recording of moving subjects and, combined with the long zoom lens, is a potent movie maker in such a compact body. Smaller video resolutions are also provided in M4 format for easier playback on computers and portable devices. In both still and video modes, the HX50V provides optical image stabilization. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions when shooting photo and Active 3-way stabilization adds digital rolling control to counter clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to instantly transfer images from your camera to your computer, smartphone or tablet. With the free Sony PlayMemories App you can also use your smartphone as a remote control and viewer and directly send images to social media sites.
The high-performance capabilities of the HX50V include fast continuous shooting of up to 10 fps in full resolution, full manual exposure with P/A/S/M modes and a dedicated exposure compensation dial. The camera also features a multi-interface hot shoe for attaching accessories such as an external flash. microphone or electronic viewfinder. Of course, the HX50V is also very manageable as a point-and-shoot, with Intelligent Auto to make picture taking easy and other assistive modes such as Background Defocus, Face Detection and Scene Modes such as Gourmet, to automatically adjust the camera's settings for a particular kind of subject. A pop-up flash is built-in and several Picture Effects let you add creative touches to your images.
- 20.4MP Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
- The 20.4MP CMOS sensor offers high resolution, stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and reduced grain.
- BIONZ Image Processor
- In addition to its imaging capabilities, the HX50V, with the BIONZ image processor provides fast performance speeds, particularly when it comes to autofocus speeds at its long focal lengths.
- 30x Optical Zoom Plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom
- The 30x optical zoom provided by this Sony G lens, brings with it a 35mm focal range equivalency of 24-720mm which should cover all of your shooting situations from true wide-angle to ultra telephoto. Its minimum focus distance is 2.0" at the wide-angle end and its maximum aperture is f/3.5. In addition, it provides Clear Image Digital Zoom which doubles the zoom to 60x.
- Full HD 1080/60p Video Capture
- Record movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD format. 1080p at 60 fps can capture fast action with less distortion in playback. A dedicated video record button starts shooting immediately and with dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both photos and videos at the same time.
- Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
- The HX50V has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, utilizing Sony's PlayMemories Mobile App, available for both Android and iOS, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to a connected smartphone or tablet. The application also allows your device to be used as wireless remote to control the camera. In addition, the GPS function allows you to easily mark the location where your photos were taken.
- Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions.
- Active 3-Way Stabilization
- Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control (in addition to horizontal and vertical compensation) that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths.
- 10 fps Continuous Shooting
- Capture full 20.4MP resolution images at up to 10 fps, so you never miss an action shot or that perfect smile. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.
- Full Manual Control and Dedicated EV Control Dial
- For more exacting and creative control over your imaging you can use Program Auto, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority or Manual exposure modes. A dedicated exposure compensation dial is conveniently located to further enable exacting exposures.
- Multi-Interface Hot Shoe and Pop-Up Flash
- The HX50V provides a hot shoe mount for easily connecting a range of accessories from an external flash to an electronic viewfinder to a wireless microphone. The camera also features a convenient built-in pop-up flash with power to throw light on subjects as far as 26' at ISO 3200.
- Creative Picture Effects
- Creative Picture Effect settings make it easy to spice up photos, movies and panoramas instantly and automatically with a range of fun and creative effects including Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-Key and Watercolor.
- Intelligent Auto and Assistive Features
- The HX50V provides numerous features that make it easy to take good photos, including Intelligent Auto which makes all of the adjustments for you, allowing you to concentrate on composing and shooting. In addition, the camera offers Background Defocus, Superior Auto, Tracking Focus, Blink Detection, Face Detection, and Smile Shutter Technology.
- In-Camera Editing
- The following effects/edits can be applied in playback mode: Retouch, Trimming, Red Eye Correction, Unsharp Masking, Still image capture from Movie, Date view, Slideshow with Music, 3D Viewing Mode, BRAVIA Sync, Picture Effect (Watercolor, Illustration).
- Power Save Mode
- Power Save Mode with Standard, Max and Off settings allows you to minimize power usage for longer shooting sessions.