Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50
Price as Reviewed:£320.00
With its 20.4-million-pixel sensor coupled with a stabilised 30x optical zoom lens, we find out whether the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 makes the perfect compact travel camera. Read the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review...
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 review – Autofocus
One of the HX50’s most important features is its focusing speed. Sony says high-speed AF is capable of focusing at 0.1secs, and when using the vast zoom lens at it widest focal lengths the lens does indeed snap quickly into focus.
However, as the lens zooms, the focusing speed decreases, and at the maximum 30x zoom length the system can take around a second to focus, particularly in dim light. In very low light the AF assist beam does a good job of helping to find focus.
Overall, the AF speed is about what you would expect from a travel zoom camera with such a huge zoom lens.
Images: The Sony HX50’s 30x optical zoom is extremely impressive for a camera of its size
- Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- White Balance: Auto, daylight, cloudy, fluorescent1, fluorescent2, fluorescent3, incandescent, flash, one push, one push set, white balance shift
- Output Size: 5184 x 3888 pixels
- Power: Rechargeable Lithium N NP-BX1 (400 shots)
- Weight: 245g (without battery and card)
- Exposure Modes: Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, memory recall, iSweep, movie mode, scene selection, intelligent auto, superior auto
- LCD: 3in, 921,600-dot TFT Xtra Fine Trublack
- Sensor: 20.4-million-pixel, 1/2.3in (6.16 x 4.62mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor
- File Format: JPEG
- Lens: Sony G 30x zoom (24-720mm 35mm equivalent) f/3.5-6.3
- Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, manual
- Shutter Speeds: 1-1/1600sec (4-1/1600sec iAuto)
- Dimensions: 108.1 x 64.3 x 38.3mm
- RRP: £350
- Metering System: Multi-pattern, centreweighted, spot
- ISO: ISO 80-3200 (iAuto), ISO 80-12,800 (Superior Auto), ISO 80-1600 (Program Auto)