As technology increases, ultrazoom cameras keep getting smaller while still packing in more and more features. The newest addition to the Sony Cyber-shot line is no exception. Arriving on the scene as the world’s smallest and lightest 30x zoom, the HX50V offers users a whopping 20.4-megapixels housed in an Exmor R CMOS sensor. The camera weighs a mere 9.6 oz. including the battery and Memory Sick Duo. It measures only 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches.
The HX50V has a 1/2.3″ Exmore R CMOS sensor that powered by the Bionz image processor. This combination is expected to yield high quality images even in low lighting. The HX50V also features fast autofocus that can lock focus at full zoom twice as fast as the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V.
The HX50V features a 30x Sony G zoom lens with the equivalent focal length of 24-720mm. The lens has 11 elements in 10 groups. The lens features a 5-blade aperture for a good bokeh effect. Steady Shot Mode, an optical image stabilization system, is available with this camera making it easier to photograph at the long telephoto end of the focal length. In fact, the stabilization is about twice as effective as the stabilization in the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V.
The HX50V has a plethora of physical buttons and features which makes this photographer very happy. Not only does the camera have a mode dial for easy access to the manual shooting functions, but it also has a dedicated exposure compensation dial on the top of the camera. A hotshoe is located at the top of the camera for adding a viewfinder, flash, or microphone. A toggle switch on the top of the camera allows users to zoom from wide angle to telephoto. The back of the camera offers a dedicated movie button, playback button and custom button. Also located on the back is a four way dial, menu button and delete button. The camera gives users a vast number of editing features and effects pallet including panorama photos, color pops and black and whites.
Video quality from the HX50V promises to be crisp and impressive. The camera features full HD 1080 60p video. Connected to the Bravia TVs, the video is compatible with Triluminous Color Technology for a high quality output.
The HX50V has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities that allow users to transfer photos and videos wirelessly to smartphones and tablets through the PlayMemories app. You can also use this app as a wireless remote to control the camera via a smartphone or tablet.
The camera has a X-type lithium ion battery that is smaller yet gives users about 400 images before having to recharge the battery.
The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V will be available in May for about $450. If the camera lives up to the hype, this is a great deal for a camera with a 20.4 megapixel senor and a 30x zoom lens.