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SonyCyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera
 
4.6

(based on 69 reviews)

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    (45)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (56)
  • Easy to use (51)
  • Good image quality (46)
  • Compact (40)
  • Image stabilization (38)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (21)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (51)
  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Family photos (34)
  • Wildlife (27)
  • Video (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (23), Semi-pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The best travel cam?

I cannot understand why there have been so few reviews of this camera on the big review sites. Perhaps it's because of the new management structure at Sony but finally they have started listening...Read complete review

I cannot understand why there have been so few reviews of this camera on the big review sites. Perhaps it's because of the new management structure at Sony but finally they have started listening to what the customer wants. This camera harks back to the good old days when a Sony produced good, clear, sharp, usable photos. Sure, if you pixel-peek at full size you will see distortions and so on but why do you need to? I suspect the people who print photos bigger than A4 are very few and far between and the number who have screens which will show any distortions at normal screen sizes are almost zero. Of course, this camera does not equal the RX100's quality ( I have one) but it wins hands down on versatility. In reasonable light, even the long end of the zoom is good and the macro is stunning, especially as you can zoom in to 5x (equivalent of portrait on a DSLR) and still focus down to about 2cm/1in. Turn the noise reduction down and any 'watercolouring' at normal settings is minimal - a huge improvement over the HX9, for example. Colour is exceptionally good.
I have been a long-term Sony user but rather reluctantly so over the last few years until the RX100 came along. My Alpha and all the lenses are now all lying unused in drawer - why lug that lot when I can get very close to the same results with two little 'toy' cameras? Given the obvious restrictions of a small-sensor camera, it is hard to think of anything negative about this little gem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Sealed against dust

This is a very versatile piece of equipment, used on hikes for telephoto, macro, landscapes even low light by the fireside. as well as shooting broadcast video when a large camera would have...Read complete review

This is a very versatile piece of equipment, used on hikes for telephoto, macro, landscapes even low light by the fireside. as well as shooting broadcast video when a large camera would have been too obtrusive.

Major issues I have had are that it now has dust on the sensor after only a few uses, making it too unreliable for any professional use.
Also auto focus will not work in lowlight ... manual focus is not an option on video setting.

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5.0

Sweet

By linesandstripes

from Seattle WA

Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

This is a sweet little camera that I take when I don't want to lug my d800 around. For the price you can't beat the quality. And I don't worry about breaking it.

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4.0

great travel camera

By rsphoto

from utica, MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

    Bought a Sony NEX7 two years ago and really enjoy the camera and quality of Sony. Needed a pocketable travel camera and chose the HX50V, results are what I expected with a Sony product. The 30x zoom is fantastic and images are excellent. As is the problem with this class of camera, low light without a flash is disappointing, but take it outside and it becomes the perfect travel camera.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent camera

    By jaboedo

    from San Diego, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

      -This camera had become my default camera. I carry it in my pocket at all times to capture those unexpected moments. -The super zoom is really great, goes from fairly wide angle, ~24m, m to near 700mm+ (35 mm equivalent)-Of course it has optical IS and also multiple exposure to reduce blurr and noise and low light exposures. Both work really well.-The great, ~20 MP sensor comes handy to create detailed photos and also if cropping is needed.-I find that low light exposures tend to be a bit noisy, but there is no escape to that.-My main gripe with these cameras is the lack of a viewfinder as the LCD is unreadable in many situations due to outdoors light. But this is nto any different thatn similar cameras.-The grip feels good, the basic controls accessible and the screen is very informative and has verious modes.-It can accommodate external flash (it has a multi purpose shoe) and has a pop up one.-It is great for wildlife photography due to the large zoom. I have taken it hiking and camping, as it is so compact, yet powerful.

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      5.0

      great travel and around-town camera

      By Lisa

      from New York, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

        No regrets about this purchase. Durable build (I dropped it once, from hip level onto concrete, and it still worked....not that I want to do that again). Sharp pictures and really good video in a wide range of conditions, including low light. Excellent image stabilization. Long lasting battery, which was a great boon as I was travelling in areas where I couldn't charge the camera for days on end. The amazing zoom has proven more useful than I thought it could be, as well as the panorama function (which the Canon cameras I had been considering lacked). I though about getting a DSLR, but I'm glad I got this instead: even a small DSLR would have been too much to haul around.

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        5.0

        WITH FILTER ADAPTER TAKES IR AT 850nm

        By Don

        from Tampa Florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Sensitive To 850 Nm Ir
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Needs Protective Lens Cap
        • Only Con Needs A 58mm

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

        I have had the HX-50 for 3 weeks. Fits in my belt pack just fine... with me 24/7. New suprises all the time WIFI, remote shutter timer, or remote radio shutter control. Clear at full zoom. Using an adapter for 37mm filters, the IR filters down to 850 nm works well, 950 nm in bright sun. Love the 30X zoom for birds. USB will accept triggers. HDMI output handy for table top macro.Only con... needs a 58mm push on protective cap. I have one from a lense or binocular, not sure.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Powerfull pocket camera

        By CoNE

        from Buenos Aires, Argentina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder
        • Poor Flash

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

        Great zoom
        Great "G" lens
        Manual control
        Semi pocket size
        No raw capture

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        • No

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        5.0

        A powerful travel camera!

        By ding7up

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

            1. Small size.
            2. 30 x lances plus anti hand-viberation (double strength as HX20v)help you catch up the image in time.
            3. Fast action of push button compare to the previews model.

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            • No

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            5.0

            WOW!

            By Froggie

            from Melbourne, FL

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              We had the HX9V but it got wet and we had to replace it. If we had known how good this was we would have bought it sooner. Takes fantastic pictures and is extremely easy to use. I use my DSLR (Sony DLT-65) and my wife uses this. Her pictures are just as good if not better than mine. I'm jealous.

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              • No

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              5.0

              great camera

              By Joe

              from Phoenix, AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Flash Does Not Pop Up In
              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Support

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              takes great pictures for such a small unit. plenty of features.only one thing i don't like is flash does not pop up automatically. Other than that, it fun and easy
              the worst thing I can say about this camera is it is made by Sony, cause sony support is the worst.

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              5.0

              Love the zoom

              By bobstone

              from Rock Hill, SC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              I bought the camera two months ago in anticiaption of a trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. It exceeded my expectations. With the 30x zoom I was able to get great "close up" photos of wildlife and scenery even without a tripod. the camera was small enough to keep in my pocket, focused quickly and handled multiple types of lighting with ease.

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              4.0

              Video Recording (YT)

              By yamariell

              from Puerto Rico

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              Have been with this camera for over 3 months now. Bought it for video purposes. It works excellent for what I bought it for. When recording it focuses pretty nice! When doing macro on recording mode it's a little bit slow but that's not a problem for me. The quality of the voice on videos is excellent also. Pictures quality are excellent & the fact that it has a 30x zoom it's amazing!! Definitely recommend this versatile camera. It's handy & has all you are looking for!!

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              2.0

              Not Sealed against dust

              By Jay

              from South Africa

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Manual Focus On Video
              • Not Well Sealed Sensor

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              This is a very versatile piece of equipment, used on hikes for telephoto, macro, landscapes even low light by the fireside. as well as shooting broadcast video when a large camera would have been too obtrusive.

              Major issues I have had are that it now has dust on the sensor after only a few uses, making it too unreliable for any professional use.
              Also auto focus will not work in lowlight ... manual focus is not an option on video setting.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great image quality and zoom

              By Fred

              from NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Gps
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Short Lag Time

              Cons

              • Battery compartment cover
              • Display Visibility
              • Memory Card Errors
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              I use this camera while hiking and walking to take pictures of nature and keep a GPS record of location. The image quality, zoom, and image stabilization are excellent. Even at 60X zoom, the image shows little camera movement. Exposure and GPS are accurate. Cons are the display which is diffiult to see in sunlight even at its brightest setting. A viewfinder would be nice, but the price of the accessory viewfinder is exhorbitant. Another con is the cover to the battery compartment - it is awkward to close and sometimes pops open unexpectedly. Another con is the occasional error message, "Reinsert memory card", when the memory card is firmly inserted. This requires you to open the compartment, pull out and reinsert the card, resulting in missed shots. All in all, the positives outweigh the negatives.

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              5.0

              Excellent camera,zoom, mediocre manual

              By Jboedo

              from San Diego, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              Great:
              -The 30X zoom is excellent with sharp optics, little distortion.
              -The 20 Mpixel chip become really handy to keep high resolution and matches the optics well.
              -Relatively easy to use at basic levels (more later)
              -A bit heavy, but feels solid, good grip.
              -Most controls nicely accessible
              -Nice display, good resolution, sharp, plenty of info to make decissions on shot, like histogram, etc.
              -Excellent battery life
              -Image stabilization works great, took handheld photos at 750 mm (30x) and came out really sharp

              Not so Great:
              -Manual is bad, little info on how to set basic things suh as picture resolution. Had to go online to Sony.
              -Changing setings at a deeper level can be a challenge (to find how) except shooting mode and exposure (nice thumbwheel for that)
              -Under low light conditions,soem pictures can be grainy (more than expected) still working on determining what/where/when.
              -Autofocus a bit laggy...nothing too extreme

              General Comment:
              -Wish manufacturers of these superzoom, almost pro cameras, realized that the LCD screen is crippling in almost any daylight situation. Some sort of viewfinder is needed

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              2.0

              Very Poor Video

              By Electric

              from Bellingham, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Photos

              Cons

              • Video

              Best Uses

              • none

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              I'm disgusted with this camera. Photos are OK for a point and shoot camera. However, I bought it to have all in one photo / video. I liked the idea of having a telephoto zoom for video. The problem with the camera is primarily the video quality. It takes up to five seconds to focus every time you move the view, the audio clips (distorts) very easily, and the video is noisy. The video lacks life and color, even at highest quality settings. I'm also disgusted with the limited options for both photo and video, even in the advanced mode there isn't much to adjust.

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              3.0

              Overall good but with 2 serious flaws

              By mickguz

              from Woodland Hills, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • High Noise At High Iso
              • Lcd Unusable In Sunlight
              • No Viewfinder
              • Poor low light quality

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

              The image quality in bright light (low ISO) is very good. The clarity of the lens is good throughout the range of the zoom. Distortion and other artifacts seem well controlled for this type, size and price of lens. Above ISO 400 the noise is high and the detail decreases rapidly. I guess I shouldn't expect much more from a 1/3.2 sensor with a lens aperture of f6.3 (at the long end). The LCD screen has good resolution and color but is almost unusable in bright sunlight. Overall, not a bad little camera for the size and price, with a strong zoom lens. However, its low light performance and the fact that the LCD is not useable in bright sunlight (and no viewfinder) seriously limits the usefulness of this camera. Video quality is not bad for this type of camera.

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              5.0

              Easy and takes GREAT Pictures

              By Musician

              from NYC, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

                The zoom optics are terrific. No disappointments here!

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                Nice

                By Leproso

                from Rosario argentina

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

                Great camera!

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                4.0

                Always be with you

                By Stanislav_FX

                from Kazakhstan, Balkhash

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

                Great notebook for the photographer and traveler! the GPS will again find a place to create one picture. Video mode - excellent quality. Lacks the LOCK button to lock the exposure in video mode.

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                5.0

                Great camera

                By John

                from Glendale, AZ

                Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

                This camera is easy to use, takes incredible pictures and videos. The Wi-Fi is the best part.....easily downloads to your phone, pad, computer.

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