Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V/B Black Digital Camera

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Your new favorite travel companion. Take hold of the textured grip and capture your next adventure with ultra-sharp precision. Not only does this compact, 20.4MP beauty deliver an impressive 30x optical zoom, actions shots appear clearer thanks to advanced 3-way image stabilization. You also get full manual control for more creative shots and 1080/60p movie recording for smoother footage. You can even map your memories with built-in GPS tagging and accessorize with a wide variety of available extras.
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Product Title Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V/B Black Digital Camera
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Power Score 4.3 | 26 Reviews
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Jun 5, 2013

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is a new pocket camera with a massive 30x zoom lens. The HX50V also features built-in wi-fi and GPS tracking, full 1080p high-definition video with stereo sound, a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, ISO range of 100-12800 and fast auto-focusing. Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V review to find out if it's the best travel-zoom camera...

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Sony Cyber-shot HX50V (Black)
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 7, 2013

THE GOOD: <b>Sonys Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V</b> is the smallest, lightest camera with a 30x zoom. It has a large assortment of shooting options, direct control over exposure compensation, and excellent photo and video quality for its class. A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach a flash, mic, or electronic viewfinder. THE BAD: Despite the additional manual controls and Multi Interface Shoe, the HX50 lacks a couple things enthusiasts value: a large sensor and raw capture. The flash, mic, and viewfinder accessories are expensive. Slow lens limits its usefulness indoors. THE BOTTOM LINE: Sonys Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters to enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.

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5 Star Review   By RockLegendsPhotoraphers on Sony - Official Store - Feb 4, 2014   

We are [professional concert photographers (Sony should sponsor us) and 17 of our 40 photographers shoot with the Sony A77. I usually shoot on the stage or in the photographers pit and my lens of choice is my Minolta 80-200 2.8. The problem with it is when the artist walks right up to me and makes faces or goes into a solo they fall within my minimal focus distance and I can't get the shot. The solution was to get a good low light performing point and shoot that is easy to shoot with to capture those closeups when I can't carry a second body with a wide angle lens. After trying several of the highest rated low light cameras we ended up back with Sony for another great camera. The camera provides easy access to all the pro settings and gives us almost identical quality to our A77 images! You can see some of our fantastic Sony shots at www.rocklegendsphotos.com

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Needs a bigger aperture
2 Star Review   By Pilgrim on Sony - Official Store - Jan 16, 2014   

A really great camera, with all the features you could ever want except one very important spec. With an aperture of 3.5-6.3 it's almost impossible to get crisp images except in the brightest conditions. Low light situations and moving subjects are impossible. I'm forced to use noise reduction which creates an over-processed appearance. I had a HX9V before this and got clearer images with it. I am a big fan of Sony products, but this is one spec that will need to improve before I could buy a Sony camera again.

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BEST CAMERA VALUE AND PERFORMANCE
5 Star Review   By FOUNTAINMAN on Sony - Official Store - Jan 14, 2014   

HAVE USED IT FOR TWO MONTH.PRESETS ONLY UP TO NOW GOOD PICTURE AND VIDEO QUALITY.LOVE THE BUILT IN GRIP,I DO NOT HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT DROPING IT.SUGEST THE DATA PLUG IS MOVED NEXT TO CHARGE PLUG TO PERMIT TO LEAVE CAMERA ON TRIPOD WHEN USING TV..CHANGE ALL BUTTONS TO BR.COLOUR FOR BETTER SIGHT UNDER DARK COND'S INCREASE HIGHT FOR BIG FINGERS.LCD HAS PLENTY BRIGHTNES.EVEN IN SNOW AND SUN.ZOOM IS GREAT.

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Awesome camera
5 Star Review   By BobHarris06 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 10, 2013   

Very impressed by this camera. Picture quality is great even in low light, even in full zoom they are good. The HD video is amazing, as good as a dedicated hand held video camera. Battery life is very good as well. Big zoom with awesome picture quality and great battery life. GPS and Wi-Fi are the icing on the cake.

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best compact camera
5 Star Review   By kingmo on Sony - Official Store - Nov 17, 2013   

owned Hx9v before I replaced with Hx50v, solely because of the 30x optical/60x , I bring it everywhere I go, best travel camera on the market - panorama, super zoom, night/low light shooting and video recording is simple and amazingly good.

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Not Impressed
2 Star Review   By skz5 on Sony - Official Store - Oct 4, 2013   

I was hoping that when I purchased a $400 dollar camera that it would completely function when I received it. That was not the case so having to figure out how I return a new camera. To me this does not speak well about the manufacture and their quality control.

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Good but need some improvement
3 Star Review   By peterpan99 on Sony - Official Store - Sep 20, 2013   

First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.

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Good but need some improvement
3 Star Review   By peterpan99 on Adorama - Sep 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.

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Good but not perfect
4 Star Review   By Ilya on Sony - Official Store - Aug 23, 2013   

Good but not perfect Date:August 23, 2013 I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about. - LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#. - Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it. - Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#. - JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#. - Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble” effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video. - Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50. - A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes. - Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries. - LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).

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Good but not perfect
4 Star Review   By Ilya on Adorama - Aug 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Good but not perfect Date:August 23, 2013 I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about. - LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#. - Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it. - Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#. - JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#. - Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble� effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video. - Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50. - A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes. - Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries. - LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).

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Your new favorite travel companion. Take hold of the textured grip and capture your next adventure with ultra-sharp precision. Not only does this compact, 20.4MP beauty deliver an impressive 30x optical zoom, actions shots appear clearer thanks to advanced 3-way image stabilization. You also get full manual control for more creative shots and 1080/60p movie recording for smoother footage. You can even map your memories with built-in GPS tagging and accessorize with a wide variety of available extras.
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Product Title Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V/B Black Digital Camera
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Power Score 4.3 | 26 Reviews
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Review
4.5 Star Review  photographyblog.com - Jun 5, 2013

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is a new pocket camera with a massive 30x zoom lens. The HX50V also features built-in wi-fi and GPS tracking, full 1080p high-definition video with stereo sound, a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, ISO range of 100-12800 and fast auto-focusing. Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V review to find out if it's the best travel-zoom camera...

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Sony Cyber-shot HX50V (Black)
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Jun 7, 2013

THE GOOD: <b>Sonys Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V</b> is the smallest, lightest camera with a 30x zoom. It has a large assortment of shooting options, direct control over exposure compensation, and excellent photo and video quality for its class. A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach a flash, mic, or electronic viewfinder. THE BAD: Despite the additional manual controls and Multi Interface Shoe, the HX50 lacks a couple things enthusiasts value: a large sensor and raw capture. The flash, mic, and viewfinder accessories are expensive. Slow lens limits its usefulness indoors. THE BOTTOM LINE: Sonys Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters to enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.

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The HX50 is Perfect for professionals as a quick p
5 Star Review   By RockLegendsPhotoraphers on Sony - Official Store - Feb 4, 2014   

We are [professional concert photographers (Sony should sponsor us) and 17 of our 40 photographers shoot with the Sony A77. I usually shoot on the stage or in the photographers pit and my lens of choice is my Minolta 80-200 2.8. The problem with it is when the artist walks right up to me and makes faces or goes into a solo they fall within my minimal focus distance and I can't get the shot. The solution was to get a good low light performing point and shoot that is easy to shoot with to capture those closeups when I can't carry a second body with a wide angle lens. After trying several of the highest rated low light cameras we ended up back with Sony for another great camera. The camera provides easy access to all the pro settings and gives us almost identical quality to our A77 images! You can see some of our fantastic Sony shots at www.rocklegendsphotos.com

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Needs a bigger aperture
2 Star Review   By Pilgrim on Sony - Official Store - Jan 16, 2014   

A really great camera, with all the features you could ever want except one very important spec. With an aperture of 3.5-6.3 it's almost impossible to get crisp images except in the brightest conditions. Low light situations and moving subjects are impossible. I'm forced to use noise reduction which creates an over-processed appearance. I had a HX9V before this and got clearer images with it. I am a big fan of Sony products, but this is one spec that will need to improve before I could buy a Sony camera again.

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BEST CAMERA VALUE AND PERFORMANCE
5 Star Review   By FOUNTAINMAN on Sony - Official Store - Jan 14, 2014   

HAVE USED IT FOR TWO MONTH.PRESETS ONLY UP TO NOW GOOD PICTURE AND VIDEO QUALITY.LOVE THE BUILT IN GRIP,I DO NOT HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT DROPING IT.SUGEST THE DATA PLUG IS MOVED NEXT TO CHARGE PLUG TO PERMIT TO LEAVE CAMERA ON TRIPOD WHEN USING TV..CHANGE ALL BUTTONS TO BR.COLOUR FOR BETTER SIGHT UNDER DARK COND'S INCREASE HIGHT FOR BIG FINGERS.LCD HAS PLENTY BRIGHTNES.EVEN IN SNOW AND SUN.ZOOM IS GREAT.

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Awesome camera
5 Star Review   By BobHarris06 on Sony - Official Store - Dec 10, 2013   

Very impressed by this camera. Picture quality is great even in low light, even in full zoom they are good. The HD video is amazing, as good as a dedicated hand held video camera. Battery life is very good as well. Big zoom with awesome picture quality and great battery life. GPS and Wi-Fi are the icing on the cake.

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best compact camera
5 Star Review   By kingmo on Sony - Official Store - Nov 17, 2013   

owned Hx9v before I replaced with Hx50v, solely because of the 30x optical/60x , I bring it everywhere I go, best travel camera on the market - panorama, super zoom, night/low light shooting and video recording is simple and amazingly good.

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Not Impressed
2 Star Review   By skz5 on Sony - Official Store - Oct 4, 2013   

I was hoping that when I purchased a $400 dollar camera that it would completely function when I received it. That was not the case so having to figure out how I return a new camera. To me this does not speak well about the manufacture and their quality control.

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Good but need some improvement
3 Star Review   By peterpan99 on Sony - Official Store - Sep 20, 2013   

First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.

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Good but need some improvement
3 Star Review   By peterpan99 on Adorama - Sep 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.

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Good but not perfect
4 Star Review   By Ilya on Sony - Official Store - Aug 23, 2013   

Good but not perfect Date:August 23, 2013 I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about. - LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#. - Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it. - Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#. - JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#. - Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble” effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video. - Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50. - A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes. - Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries. - LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).

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Good but not perfect
4 Star Review   By Ilya on Adorama - Aug 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Good but not perfect Date:August 23, 2013 I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about. - LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#. - Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it. - Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#. - JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#. - Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble� effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video. - Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50. - A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes. - Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries. - LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).

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Packs a punch...
4 Star Review   By SonyKid on Sony - Official Store - Aug 20, 2013   

The good is the incredibly small pocket size camera with an excellent super zoom and good image stablization. Photo quality is good and on par with the other point and shots (I've had them all, but really like the size of this one!) Has nice array of artistic features. The lens and zoom are exellent throughout, and the Sony technology of the close up zoom over the optical is spectacular. The not so good is the aperture is not fast enough, no RAW, no touch screen. More in-camera editing options would be nice. The one thing I really didn't like about the camera is that in bright sunshine, it is virtually impossible to see the LCD screen. Camera funtions superbly in sunshine and struggles in shadows and dark areas. Really a daylight camera. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. a very noble attempt. it's as good as the Canon and Fuji point and shoots but stands out for its small size and packs a good photo punch.

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Packs a punch...
4 Star Review   By SonyKid on Adorama - Aug 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The good is the incredibly small pocket size camera with an excellent super zoom and good image stablization. Photo quality is good and on par with the other point and shots (I've had them all, but really like the size of this one!) Has nice array of artistic features. The lens and zoom are exellent throughout, and the Sony technology of the close up zoom over the optical is spectacular. The not so good is the aperture is not fast enough, no RAW, no touch screen. More in-camera editing options would be nice. The one thing I really didn't like about the camera is that in bright sunshine, it is virtually impossible to see the LCD screen. Camera funtions superbly in sunshine and struggles in shadows and dark areas. Really a daylight camera. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. a very noble attempt. it's as good as the Canon and Fuji point and shoots but stands out for its small size and packs a good photo punch.

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Outstanding point and shoot
5 Star Review   By coinman on Sony - Official Store - Aug 6, 2013   

This camera will rival most dslr cameras with its picture quality. The wi-fi feature works great and downloads are easy to complete wirelessly. The 30x zoom is smooth and responsive. I really like the ability to take pictures in low light without a flash. A viewfinder would be nice but it is the same price as the camera, not cost effective at this time. A great camera overall.

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Outstanding point and shoot
5 Star Review   By coinman on Adorama - Aug 6, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This camera will rival most dslr cameras with its picture quality. The wi-fi feature works great and downloads are easy to complete wirelessly. The 30x zoom is smooth and responsive. I really like the ability to take pictures in low light without a flash. A viewfinder would be nice but it is the same price as the camera, not cost effective at this time. A great camera overall.

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good travel size
4 Star Review   By ponder on Sony - Official Store - Aug 3, 2013   

I really like this size camera to tuck in a belt pouch and head to the forest, sports event or concert. The zoom lens gives you options from macro closeups to long sports shots. My current similar older Sony walk around camera does fine in Auto but has limited settings for A , S and M modes. I would like to see Sony put an APS-C sensor in this camera without a drastic increase in size, and give me more usable options for aperture and shutter speed. Also add an EVF. I would love an NEX6 with this type of lens.for an "always with me" camera.

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good travel size
4 Star Review   By ponder on Adorama - Aug 3, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I really like this size camera to tuck in a belt pouch and head to the forest, sports event or concert. The zoom lens gives you options from macro closeups to long sports shots. My current similar older Sony walk around camera does fine in Auto but has limited settings for A , S and M modes. I would like to see Sony put an APS-C sensor in this camera without a drastic increase in size, and give me more usable options for aperture and shutter speed. Also add an EVF. I would love an NEX6 with this type of lens.for an "always with me" camera.

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Excellent camera but HX20/30 was better
3 Star Review   By mgauss on Adorama - Jul 2, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great, with optional (expensive) EVF. Great PASM control. Unfortunately all reviews point to the older HX20/30 Sony compacts as better ISO performers. Those go up to X20 only, this 50 goes to X30. If you need the x20 to x30 and if you are gonna shoot in g

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Change not always better
3 Star Review   By Traveln2C on Sony - Official Store - Jun 24, 2013   

I recently upgraded from the HX20, which is certainly a great camera, to the HX50. The plus to the HX50 is certainly the Hot Shoe and why I changed. While both cameras take excellent photos, both cameras also have no viewfinder and in bright light it is impossible to see what you are shooting on the display, you are guessing. While quite expensive (its about the same price as the camera), you can get a digital viewfinder that attaches to the HX50 with the Hot Shoe. To me, the big downside is the flash & the WiFi. If you set the camera to either of the auto modes, the flash is not automatic as it is on the HX20. It is only automatic if you manually pop up the flash. To me this is not automatic. As for the WiFi, I cannot say that it is the quickest thing to use. Make a WiFi that is easy to connect in any WiFi area and that you can upload directly to Facebook or other social media sites and then you will have a decent WiFi. As it stands not, it is easier to just either connect the camera with a cable or insert the media card directly into your computer to upload pictures or take a picture with your phone. If you are not or cannot go the price of the digital viewfinder and have a previous version of the camera, I would not recommend changing. If this is your first camera in this series, although it is not inexpensive, you might not be bothered by the lack of automatic flash and the lack of a viewfinder would be the same no matter what brand you purchase. As stated previously, this camera, like its predecessors takes excellent photos.

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Change not always better
3 Star Review   By Traveln2C on Adorama - Jun 24, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I recently upgraded from the HX20, which is certainly a great camera, to the HX50. The plus to the HX50 is certainly the Hot Shoe and why I changed. While both cameras take excellent photos, both cameras also have no viewfinder and in bright light it is impossible to see what you are shooting on the display, you are guessing. While quite expensive (its about the same price as the camera), you can get a digital viewfinder that attaches to the HX50 with the Hot Shoe. To me, the big downside is the flash & the WiFi. If you set the camera to either of the auto modes, the flash is not automatic as it is on the HX20. It is only automatic if you manually pop up the flash. To me this is not automatic. As for the WiFi, I cannot say that it is the quickest thing to use. Make a WiFi that is easy to connect in any WiFi area and that you can upload directly to Facebook or other social media sites and then you will have a decent WiFi. As it stands not, it is easier to just either connect the camera with a cable or insert the media card directly into your computer to upload pictures or take a picture with your phone. If you are not or cannot go the price of the digital viewfinder and have a previous version of the camera, I would not recommend changing. If this is your first camera in this series, although it is not inexpensive, you might not be bothered by the lack of automatic flash and the lack of a viewfinder would be the same no matter what brand you purchase. As stated previously, this camera, like its predecessors takes excellent photos.

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I love my camera
5 Star Review   By sdong06 on Adorama - Jun 12, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

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A Super Zoom that gets it right!
5 Star Review   By iFilmThat on Adorama - Jun 11, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

If you're looking for a super zoom that takes amazing 20mp images and crisp AVCHD video with killer stabilization, than look no further than the Sony Cybershot HX50V! Sony's Exmor R CMOS sensor shoots amazingly well in low light and has built-in noise co

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Digital Camera
4 Star Review   By ORION THE WARRIOR on Adorama - Jun 4, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

IT IS LACKING THE 'NOISE REDUCTION'(PHOTOS ARE GRAINY) GREAT VIDEO GREAT SIZE FOR 'GRAB AND GO', OR CARRY ONE OF THE BEST 'VIBRATION REDUCTIONS' PLUS 'HUGE' TELEPHOTO IN SMALLER SIZE HAVEN'T USED LONG ENOUGH FOR BATTERY LIFE HAVEN'T USED AT LOW LIGHT OR N

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Great Upgrade!
5 Star Review   By Kapiko on Sony - Official Store - May 25, 2013   

This is great upgrade from DSC-HX30 I had .I was little afraid of the 30x zoom picture quality but I must say it is perfect! I'm very happy with this camera. More happy than I was with RX100! Sure it does not have RAW and 1" sensor but it has the features I like more . If you like to take beautiful pictures and videos that aren't always right front of you and share them instantly with friends and family this camera is definitely for you!!!

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Great Upgrade!
5 Star Review   By Kapiko on Adorama - May 25, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is great upgrade from DSC-HX30 I had .I was little afraid of the 30x zoom picture quality but I must say it is perfect! I'm very happy with this camera. More happy than I was with RX100! Sure it does not have RAW and 1" sensor but it has the features I like more . If you like to take beautiful pictures and videos that aren't always right front of you and share them instantly with friends and family this camera is definitely for you!!!

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