The New, Diminutive Sony Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera


Sony has announced a new long zoom, high-performance point-and-shoot camera: the Cyber-shot HX50V Digital Camera. With a 20.4MP BSI Exmor R CMOS sensor and the BIONZ Image Processor, sharp imagery, low-light sensitivity, quick performance, and fast autofocus speeds are part and parcel. Its Sony G 30x optical zoom lens offers the 35mm equivalent focal length of a 24-720mm lens, which is an impressively broad range that incorporates true wide-angle to super-telephoto lengths. Most notably, the Cyber-shot HX50V is currently the smallest 30x zoom camera available.

The camera supports Full HD video capture at 1080/60p and also features smaller video file sizes in both the AVCHD and MP4 formats. A dedicated video-record button starts shooting video immediately, and with dual-record capability, you can shoot photos and videos simultaneously. Stereo audio is provided via the built-in microphone, and a wind-cut option is available, too. A 3.0” LCD monitor with 921k-dot resolution allows for clear image composition and playback.

Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity enables instant transfer of images from your camera to your computer, smartphone, or tablet and, with the free Sony PlayMemories App, you can send images directly to your favorite social media sites and use your smartphone as a remote control or viewfinder for your camera. A GPS function is also provided to mark the geographic location of each of your images.

The HX50V offers numerous high-performance features, including Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, which reduces the appearance of camera shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions when shooting photos. 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. Other professional-level features include full manual exposure control with P/A/S/M modes, an EV compensation dial, 10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution, and a multi-interface hot-shoe mount for connecting an electronic viewfinder or external flash unit.

Automatic and assistive features are also provided, as this is a camera designed for photographers of all levels. With Intelligent Auto mode, the camera is a classic point-and-shoot, making adjustments automatically based on the scene it recognizes. Intelligent Auto incorporates all of the camera’s automatic settings to provide great shots, even in difficult lighting conditions. Tracking Focus keeps the focus locked on a moving subject, and Background Defocus, Blink Detection, Face Detection, and Smile Shutter Technology will provide the optimal exposure, balance, and timing to get the portrait or group shot you want—on the first take.  A built-in pop-up flash is also incorporated. In addition, Picture Effects and In-camera Editing allow you to add creative touches to your stills and videos. Power Save Mode adjusts the settings to provide the longest-lasting charge duration for the camera’s rechargeable NP-BX1 lithium-ion battery pack.  

For more information on this camera, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

Image Sensor 1/2.3" Exmor R BSI CMOS
Actual Pixels 21.1MP
Effective Pixels 20.4MP
Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
Aspect Ratios 4:3, 16:9
Still Image Resolution 4:3
20M: 5184 x 3888
10M: 3648 x 2736
5M: 2592 x 1944
VGA: 640 x 480
15M: 5184 x 2920
2M: 1920 x 1080
360: 11520 x 1080
HR: 10480 x 4096
Wide: 7152 x 1080
Wide: 4912 x 1920
Standard: 4912 x 1080
Standard: 3424 x 1920
Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Lens Type Sony G
Optical Zoom 30x
Digital Zoom 2x
Focal Range 4.3-129mm
35mm Equiv. Focal Length Range 24-720mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-6.3
Lens Construction 11 elements in 10 groups with 5 aspherical elements
Focus Range W: 2” / 5 cm to infinity; T: 6.6’ / 2 m to infinity
Autofocus Modes Multi Point, Center Weighted, Spot, Flexible Spot, Manual,
Face Tracking Focus
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80-3200 (expandable to 12800)
Shutter Speed 30-1/4000 sec.
Exposure Metering Center Weighted, Multi Pattern, Spot
Exposure Modes Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual
Exposure Compensation +/-2 EV in 1/3 steps
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Incandescent
Burst Rate Up to 10 fps at 20.4MP for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 10 sec., 2 sec.
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Modes Auto, Advanced Flash, Flash On, Flash Off, Rear Curtain/Slow Synchro, Slow Synchro
Flash Coverage (ISO Auto) W: 0.8-18.4' / 0.25-5.6 m; T: 6.6-9.8' / 2-3 m
External Flash Connection Yes; hot shoe
Video File Format AVCHD Ver2.0/MP4
Audio File Format AC3 (Stereo)
Video File Size/Frame Rates AVCHD
28M PS: 1920 x 1080p at 60 fps
24M FX: 1920 x 1080p at 60 fps
17M FH: 1920 x 1080i at 60 fps
9M HQ: 1440 x 1080i at 60 fps
12M: 1440 x 1080p at 30 fps
6M: 1280 x 720p at 30 fps
3M VGA: 640 x 480p at 30 fps
Microphone/Speaker Stereo/Mono
LCD Monitor 3.0" 921k-dot Xtra Fine LCD
Interface Micro HDMI; USB 2.0; AV
Wi-Fi Yes, Built-in
Battery NP-BX1 rechargeable lithium-ion pack (3.6 VDC, 1240mAh)
Dimensions 4.25 x 2.5 x 1.5" / 108.1 x 63.6 x 38.3mm
Weight 9.6 oz / 272 g (with battery and memory card)


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