Overall Rating:

3

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50


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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 – Our verdict

Designed as a travel camera, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 has one really standout feature – its 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens. Packing this 30x zoom lens into such a small compact is an impressive feat.

However, given that the HX50 has a 20.4-million-pixel sensor, we would have expected the camera to resolve slightly more detail than it does. There are also signs of luminance noise even at ISO 80, although it does not become an issue until ISO 800. Colour noise is very well controlled and is kept to an absolute minimum even at high sensitivities.

With most camera manufacturers producing models with similar features, Sony has some stiff competition. However, the large zoom lens should really help the HX50 stand out from the crowd. Combined with excellent image stabilisation, the lens is very versatile and capable of taking a huge range of images. For those who want a small travel compact camera for summer holidays the HX50 is tough to be beat, although it isn’t without its flaws.

See sample images taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50

  • 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)

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