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SonyCyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera
 
4.5

(based on 63 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Zoom range/performance (51)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Good image quality (41)
  • Compact (36)
  • Image stabilization (33)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (20)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Poor in low light (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (46)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Family photos (32)
  • Wildlife (23)
  • Video (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42), 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

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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        • No

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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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        • No

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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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          • No

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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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          4.0

          Great product!

          By Novice photographer

          from Georgia

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

          Great zoom and features. Easy to use. Not the best in dim lighting.

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          5.0

          Great little camera

          By Reno Drew

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

          I bought this camera for my 70+ year old mother in law. She loves to travel, do long hikes but also loves photography. I wanted to get her something that was small but still had a fair amount of zoom. We just put this camera through it's paces on a trip to Patagonia. I was pretty amazed at some of the photos she got. While I was lugging around my SLR and heavy lenses, she got some shots that were pretty awesome. The camera does really well in daylight and took great zoom and macro photos. The only drawback is that it doesn't perform as well in low light as my sony RX100 or Fuji x20. For what it is, it's a great little camera.

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          5.0

          Ultimate Photo Experience

          By JL

          from Garden Grove, CA

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

          I love the fact that you can mount a flash in this compact, point-and-shoot, and reliable camera.

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          5.0

          Great Camera

          By Jim

          from Manns Harbor NC

          Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

          We purchased this camera on or way to Morocco and are thrilled with it. The 30x zoom worked great and the photo quality is good. The camera has a feature that stitches multiple shots together if you are shooting in a unstable situation that works great too. We used this feature while riding camels in the Sahara and several other times and the photos it produced were flawless. Would recommend this camera to everyone. B&H was great to deal with also. Their store in NYC is amazing and the staff was extremely knowledgable and helpfull. Great product, great store, great people. Who could ask for more!!!

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

          By rafal

          from nj

          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

          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:

            zoom

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            • No

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            5.0

            Small in size but BIG on performance!

            By Photo Hound

            from New Braunfels, TX

            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

            • Lag / Shutter Delay

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera:

            The zoom is extra-ordinary!!

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            • No

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