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Sony DSC-HX50
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Sony DSC-HX50 Digital Camera

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20.4MP 30x CMOS Sep 2013
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
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31 Reasons For

Five Industry Awards

The reviewers at Ephotozine, Vido.com.ua and Insidegeeks.net all wrote that concluded that they would recommend this camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The expert at Gadgetspeak.com strongly endorse this digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

Fotomaniak.pl gave this Sony camera a "5 Star" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint this camera has an overall expert rating of 84 out of 100. The expert review sites think this Sony camera is one of the better cameras of this age and spec.

User Reviews Are Good

Users have rated this compact camera on average 85%.

Sony Has Good Camera Reviews

On average Sony compact cameras have good reviews as do all cameras built by Sony.

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The DSC-HX50 has a GPS, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not have a GPS.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX50 that we have checked, the DSC-HX50's digital zoom of 486 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest digital zoom of similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DSC-HX50 is 2x, the biggest is 490x, and the average digital zoom is 31x.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

Unlike most of the other cameras that are a similar age to the DSC-HX50 which do not support WiFi connectivity, the DSC-HX50 supports WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X100T which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Sony DSC-HX50 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50 also have an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the DSC-HX50, the DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

Like most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age, the Sony DSC-HX50 supports Full HD video.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X100T is also worth considering.

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Quite High Megapixel Count

Across all the digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX50 the megapixel counts range from 10MP to 29MP, and the average megapixel count is 16MP. With a megapixel count of 20.4 megapixels, the Sony DSC-HX50 has a quite high megapixel count compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DSC-HX50.

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Very Big Optical Zoom

The Sony DSC-HX50 has one of the bigger optical zooms (30 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. Similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago have optical zooms of between 1x and 50x.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of this type and age.

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Two Memory Slots

Most of the other compact cameras that have been around for more than two years only have one memory slot, however the DSC-HX50 has two memory slots.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length

Digital cameras of this type and age have maximum focal lengths of between 28mm and 1,300mm, and the average maximum focal length is 230mm. With a maximum focal length of 720 millimeters, the DSC-HX50 has a very long maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

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Fairly Many Total Megapixel Count

The DSC-HX50 has a quite many total megapixel count (21.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-HX50. The average total megapixel count of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-HX50 is 18MP.

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Very Big Extra / Smart Zoom

Digital cameras of this spec and age have extra / smart zooms of between 7.2x and 60x, and the average extra / smart zoom is 23x. When compared to other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX50 that we have checked, the extra / smart zoom of the Sony DSC-HX50 of 60 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Has Two Photo Effects

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that came out around the same time as it. This digital camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The photo effect "Art" is also found on this camera.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The Sony DSC-HX50 has more aspheric elements than most of the similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DSC-HX50. Most of the cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX50 only have between one and four aspheric elements, however this Sony camera has five aspheric elements.

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5184 X 3888 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 5184 x 3888 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras that have been available for more than two years.

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400 Shots Per Battery Charge

The DSC-HX50 is a camera that takes 400 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DSC-HX50 take between 150 and 514 shots per battery charge.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

At 1,240 milliampere * hour, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DSC-HX50. The average battery capacity of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1,100mAh.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The number of image editing modes found on the DSC-HX50 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most commonly found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes Rotating and Trimming are also found on this Sony camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1280 x 720|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolution on compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

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3648 X 2736 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a higher still image resolution than most compact cameras that came out more than two years ago. This Sony camera has a 3648 x 2736 still image resolution, whereas most compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This Sony digital camera also have still image resolutions of 11520 x 1080, 10480 x 4096, 7152 x 1080, 4912 x 1920, 4912 x 1080, 3424 x 1920, 5184 x 3888 and 2592 x 1944 and 1920 x 1080. Across all digital cameras that have been around for more than two years the still image resolution ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DSC-HX50 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. The most frequently supported camera file system is Exif 2.3, but this camera file system is not supported by this camera. The camera file systems DCF and DPOF are also supported by this Sony camera.

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Features Four Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Sony DSC-HX50 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Flexible Spot Auto Focus, Multi Point Auto Focus and Spot Auto Focus are also featured on this Sony camera.

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TFT Display

The DSC-HX50 has a better display than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most digital cameras of this spec and age have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight.

This digital camera's display (TFT) is actually the best display across all digital cameras of this spec and age.

The worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera is LCD.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

The DSC-HX50 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The minimum focal lengths of cameras of a similar age and spec to the DSC-HX50 range from 18mm to 35mm, and the average minimum focal length is 27mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many compact cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The DSC-HX50 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed (only 80) amongst comparable spec cameras of this age. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DSC-HX50 have minimum ISO speed of between 80 and 160.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The DSC-HX50 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support video recording.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other compact cameras that have been available for more than two years, the DSC-HX50 is not waterproof.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago, the Sony DSC-HX50 is not 3D compatible.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Sony DSC-HX50 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Sony digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Has One Light Exposure Mode

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a greater number of light exposure modes than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Manual, but this light exposure mode is not found on this camera. The light exposure modes Auto are also found on this Sony digital camera.

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Very Low Maximum Playback Zoom

The average maximum playback zoom of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DSC-HX50 is 10x. At only 8 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly low maximum playback zoom compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

At only 4 seconds, the DSC-HX50 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age. The average maximum camera shutter speed of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50 is 46s.

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Very Long Start-Up Time

The average start-up time of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX50 is 730ms. With a start-up time of 1,900 millisecond, the Sony DSC-HX50 has a very long start-up time compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DSC-HX50.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture

The average minimum aperture of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DSC-HX50 is 2.6. With a minimum aperture of 3.5, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly large minimum aperture compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the DSC-HX50.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Sony DSC-HX50

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Sony digital camera was released over three years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the DSC-HX50 has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DSC-HX50.

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SD Memory Card

SD memory card

This digital camera supports an MS Duo|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this Sony digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Fujifilm X100T (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 245 grams, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DSC-HX50.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Extra / Smart Zoom
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Touch Sensitive Screen
Display Resolution
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Maximum Playback Zoom
Image Adjustment Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Start-Up Time
Built-In Processor
Scene Mode
Display Language
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Networking
Other Features
Focal Length
Optical Viewfinder
Electrical Viewfinder
Conversion Function
Technical Details
Image Processor
Optical Sensor Size

5 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(28)
15 January 2014

Gadgetspeak.com

It?s been a while since I have had an opportunity to look at one of the excellent Cyber Shot range; in fact from memory the last Sony offering I told you about was the NEX6L almost a year ago.... Read more…

22 December 2013

But regular cameras are now catching up in the convenience stakes. Some have WiFi built in so you can send images to social networking sites, while compact system cameras offer the high-quality... Read more…

8 December 2013

Sony 's long-lensed HX50 calls Fuji's stylish X20 a fop. Fight!The X20 is wonderfully retro in both look and feel. The optical viewfinder is synced to the 4x zoom and helpfully displays shooting... Read more…

13 September 2013

There's no denying how impressive the combination of a large 30x zoom and compact body is, but its photos are adequate rather than spectacular. It's a decent camera, but only if you really need...

22 July 2013

Some record-breaking specs, but the net result isn't so remarkable...

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User Reviews

(391)
Reviewed 23 June 2013 by A to Z

Like many people,in recent times I've probably abandoned digital cameras in favour of grabbing my smart phone to capture special memories, all well and good, but often resulting in photos of... Read more…

Reviewed 6 January 2015 by Tony B

Firstly, having read a lot of reviews there is quite a lot of confusion on what this camera can and can't do. I'm an experienced amateur photographer who has owned an awful lot of cameras, from... Read more…

Reviewed 26 June 2014 by David craddock

This is absolutely the best camera that I have ever owned and,believe me at 84 I've had a good few.From 35mm,110,126 to today's digital marvels. Never a large DSLR,too heavy,fiddly,changing lenses... Read more…

Reviewed 2 June 2013 by Jonathan
(Verified Purchase)

Couldn't wait to get my hands on this camera and so far it has not disappointed. Previously I owned the DSC HX9V which I didn't think could be surpassed but I wanted this for the enhanced optical... Read more…

Reviewed 29 September 2013 by Fandango
(Verified Purchase)

Let's get the flaw over with as that is doubtless what drew your attention. No viewfinder. This is the first camera I've had without a viewfinder and I assumed that Sony would not release one... Read more…

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Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dschx50, sony 20, dschx50b, sony 20m, dschx50v, sony hx50, dschx50vb, sony 20me, sony 20meg, sony hx50v, sony 20mega, dschx50silv, dschx50bceh, sony hx50vb, dschx50bce3, dschx50bru3, dschx50vbce3, sony dschx50, sony 20megap, 4905524944556, sony 20megapi, sony dschx50v, sony dschx50vs, sony dschx50vb, sony 20megapix, sony 20megapixe, sony 20megapixel
Barcodes 00027242862227, 00027242862234, 00799456164601, 00799456164618, 00905524944556, 04905524943238, 04905524943245, 04905524943368, 04905524943399, 04905524944549, 04905524944556, 04905524944570, 04905524944587

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