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Sony DSC-HX50

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A multi award winning and fully featured 20.4 megapixel 30 times zoom factor camera
Compact 20.4MP 30x Yes Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixels Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Sony DSC-HX50 Review

With excellent reviews but mediocre features,
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732 Reviews + 5 Awards
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Not Currently for Sale
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Good Features
Overall Score
41
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 41?

It has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 98%, based on 732 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, superior product quality and good picture quality. However they also report unacceptable noise level.
This Sony digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
5184 x 3888 pixels image resolution
Quite high megapixel
Does not have a GPS (satellite)
Quite slow start-up time
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Excellent
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Mediocre
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Very Good
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Good

Sony DSC-HX50 Video Reviews


How Big is the Sony DSC-HX50?

The Sony DSC-HX50 is 108.1mm wide and 64.3mm tall. It is 38.3mm deep and weighs 245g.

Sony DSC-HX50 front dimensions

Sony DSC-HX50 size in context

Sony DSC-HX50 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Six Industry Awards

The editors of review websites Vido.com.ua, Insidegeeks.net and Ephotozine all recommend this digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Furthermore, this camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from website Gadgetspeak.com and the expert at website Reviewed.com gave it an "Editor's Choice" award and decided it was outstanding.

The author at one more expert review site decided that this digital camera was very good. This camera received a "5 Star" award from Fotomaniak.pl.

Expert Reviews Are Good

15 experts from sites including Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and Pocket Lint have rated this camera on average 84%. That puts this Sony camera in the top 18% of all the cameras.

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Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 85 out of 100. 250 reviewers (82% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Users Report That it is Fairly Priced

27 people mentioned in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX50 was good value for money.

Users Report Good Product Quality

32 customers said in their reviews that it was good quality.

  • However it doesn't shot raw and although it can achieve 10 frames per second in full quality there is a delay processing…
    Tony Lee (Amazon) - January 2016
  • This camera is very good it is got good build quality it's got good…
  • Pros Great picture quality Panoramic feature is useful…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013
  • Messed about at work making a video and the quality is fantastic Cant wait to take it out this weekend…
    J. Trim (Amazon) - September 2014
  • Top quality camera, zoom is amazing for such a small camera…
    Manc (Amazon) - March 2015
  • Zoom is exception and picture quality great - controls are easy to learn…
  • A good solid camera, packed with features, responsive enough, image quality better than the Cell Phone…
  • Amazing! The sharpness & quality of the images taken with this camera are impeccable…
    H.G (Amazon) - August 2015
  • Fabulous little camera surprisingly good quality images zoomed in…
  • This camera provides high quality digital images.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

65 owners who bought it reckoned that it was able to produce good images, five customers who bought it agreed that it was good in low light and three owners agreed that the product had a good picture resolution.

  • Its photos are adequate rather than spectacular…
  • Very impressed with the pictures taken which are sharp…
    LynnT (Amazon) - October 2013
  • Focuses very quickly and accurately and takes superb pictures without any effects from shaky hand, even on full telephoto…
  • This is better for those special photos and more detailed shots required…
  • Fun camera packed with features that enable a good end result of crisp sharp pictures, remember not to leave in your beach bag we did with the last one…
    Moonshine (Amazon) - September 2014
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • The camera does not have a view finder to take your photos, you have to rely on the screen on the back, which is fine, except when the sun shines and you cannot see the subject properly to take the photo and just have to guess that you have them in the picture…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The only thing where it faults is in low light.
  • Excellent low light no flash photography…

Customers Report Unacceptable Noise Level

Two customers thought the Sony DSC-HX50 was noisy.

  • Images are very noisy…
  • If you're going to take a lot of telephoto shots then switch to Superior auto as it has a neat trick, hold the shutter button down for a second or two and it will take a high speed burst of shots and merge them together to create a single shot which has less noise…

Customers Report it is Easy to Use

33 people who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to use, five owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold and three owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Technical Features

Eight people mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

  • Fun camera packed with features that enable a good end result of crisp sharp pictures, remember not to leave in your beach bag we did with the last one…
    Moonshine (Amazon) - September 2014
  • Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10…
    Lessa (Amazon) - October 2014
  • A good solid camera, packed with features, responsive enough, image quality better than the Cell Phone…
  • Great shots, fun features and high quality images…
  • The zoom is one of the best features…
  • The camera is great for casual use and anyone who wants to work on their picture taking a little more will find plenty of features to keep them busy…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • This is the camera that has got me back in the habit of taking better photos; it's a little more than a point and click and has some very nice features…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • Love the facilities that this small camera has…
    ANDREW M LAWS (Amazon) - September 2013

Sony Has Very Good Camera Reviews

Based on 29,814 owner and expert reviews (including 10,342 verified purchases), Sony has very good reviews for its digital cameras. Sony also has very good reviews specifically for its cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Users Report Good Lens Quality

44 people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good zoom, five owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good autofocus and two owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. two people concluded that this digital camera had a good lens.

  • Only if you really need its long zoom…
  • But, 2 small negatives- 1- takes a very long time to charge and the battery still runs out very quickly (carry an external chargers with you for sure!); 2- sometimes pretty difficult to zoom on something in the background, let's say a tree at the front, house at the back - camera automatically goes for the closer object- a bit of fiddling.
    Els (Amazon) - April 2016
  • Also the telephoto lens barrel is not sealed adequately…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • Usage The zoom is ridiculously good…
  • Inability to focus properly…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • They "failed to find a problem" despite me setting out the issue and including photographs demonstrating the failure to focus properly…
    Tiggers (Amazon) - October 2015
  • Still able to give me lots of options and a good zoom lens…
  • The pictures are amazing the zoom for a small camera is out of this world…
    J. Trim (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The auto focus is fast and accurate…
    Les (Amazon) - May 2016
  • Zoom is amazing for such a small camera…
    Manc (Amazon) - March 2015

Customers Report Nice Design

Nine owners who purchased it concluded that it was good looking and three customers who reviewed it considered that it was retro.

  • But, 2 small negatives- 1- takes a very long time to charge and the battery still runs out very quickly (carry an external chargers with you for sure!); 2- sometimes pretty difficult to zoom on something in the background, let's say a tree at the front, house at the back - camera automatically goes for the closer object- a bit of fiddling.
    Els (Amazon) - April 2016
  • Pleasing ergonomics Impressive feature set Fantastic design considering substantial focal range overall would be 7/10…
    Lessa (Amazon) - October 2014
  • Pretty good for the price…
  • Pretty good, especially at the price…
  • AMAZING CAMERA! If you want a portable camera with the capabilities of a big professional one then get this one! Love taking beautiful photographs on it…
  • It's a pretty good snap camera at wide angle…
  • They are pretty minor 1…
  • Overall its a pretty good camera…
  • Mighty! It has everything you need to capture anything from beautiful landscapes to stunning macro close ups…
  • It does need a few minor design adjustments…
    D (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013

Users Report Good Battery Life

Four customers who purchased this digital camera concluded that it had a good battery life.

Customers Report Good Video Capture

Six owners who reviewed this digital camera thought it was good for video recording.

Users Report a Good Flash

Three people wrote that the product had a good flash.

  • Who on earth put the POP UP flash on it! It was like going back in time! Why is it not already automatic flash? You have to remember to push the button to expose the flash every time that you need the flash on…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • Excellent low light no flash photography…
  • A bit heavy Has a flimsy flash shutter…
  • The flash is really awkward…
    D (Amazon.co.uk) - September 2013
  • For the other 99.9% of normal people on the planet it will do everything they want - and is small enough to take anywhere with a really good flash and excellent zoom…

Users Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six people said in their reviews that the Sony DSC-HX50 had a good screen and three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good viewfinder.

  • The lack of a viewfinder and need to rely on the screen image when taking photos…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • The camera does not have a view finder to take your photos, you have to rely on the screen on the back, which is fine, except when the sun shines…
    S. Hawley (Amazon) - September 2014
  • The existing screen is OK.
  • It also allows photos to be shown instantly on the device as soon as its taken making it a fantastic view finder…
  • Using your phone as a remote viewfinder is kind of cool - perfect for group shots…
    Rob (Amazon) - August 2014
  • You get a good sized 3" screen to view your subject/s…
    Angela (Amazon) - June 2013
  • The absence of a viewfinder has lost it a star, as the screen is impossible to see when you are looking towards the sun…
  • The only think that's a pain is seeing the display in bright light.
  • You can't see the display on average bright days, even when the display is set to maximum brightness…
    Hantshog (Amazon) - August 2013

Users Report it is Robust

11 owners who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was well made and two owners who bought it agreed that it was strong and durable.

Customers Report it is a Good Size

18 customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was compact, two owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape but however 10 customers mentioned that it was not a good size.. eight people who purchased it concluded that it was heavy and bulky and two owners wrote that it was not compact.

  • It seems to be really difficult to find a good compact camera with high pixel lens that has a traditional viewfinder…
    One Reader (Amazon) - August 2015
  • Compact camera with all the features…
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky and heavier than…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera takes great photos though it is more bulky and heavier than your average digital camera…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • The quality of pictures makes up for it being not as compact as other smaller digital cameras…
    SM (Amazon) - November 2015
  • Its an ideal size for taking out…
    Jaxlarkabout (Amazon) - November 2015
  • This camera (and others similar of course) is very compact so you can slip it in a trouser pocket, which means you are much more likely to take it with you…
    Fandango (Amazon) - September 2013
  • The chunky compact tended to over-expose indoors…
  • A bit heavy Has a flimsy flash shutter…
  • Compact ready to go cam with tons of functions!

Features

5184 X 3888 Pixels Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a 5184 x 3888 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than the 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution found on most digital cameras. Across all digital cameras the worst image resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels and the best is 7680 x 5120 pixels.

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Quite High Megapixel

The DSC-HX50 has a fairly high megapixel (20.4 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras. The lowest megapixel of cameras is 0.3MP, the highest is 80MP, and the average megapixel is 16MP.

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Average Weight

The Sony DSC-HX50 has a fairly typical weight (245 grams) compared to most of the other cameras.

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1" Image Sensor Size

This camera has a 1|1/2.3" image sensor size, which is typical of many cameras.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

At 30 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras. Cameras have optical zooms of between 0.34x and 83x, and the average optical zoom is 12x.

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Has a Built-In Flash

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The DSC-HX50 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras.

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Fairly Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonals of cameras range from 0.5" to 9". At 3 inches, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly large display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras.

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Supports Direct Printing

The DSC-HX50 supports direct printing, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Noise Reduction

The DSC-HX50 features noise reduction, as do most of the other cameras.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The DSC-HX50 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Face Detection

The DSC-HX50 features face detection, as do most of the other cameras.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony DSC-HX50 features saturation adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature saturation adjustment.

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Has a Wind Filter

The DSC-HX50 has a wind filter. Most of the other cameras also have a wind filter.

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Features Smile Detection

The Sony DSC-HX50 features smile detection. Most of the other cameras also feature smile detection.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The DSC-HX50 features contrast adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature contrast adjustment.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DSC-HX50 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other cameras.

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400 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Sony DSC-HX50 is a digital camera that takes 400 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other cameras take between 100 and 4,699 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The DSC-HX50 has a quite high display resolution (numeric) (921,600 pixels) compared to most of the other cameras. The display resolutions (numeric) of digital cameras range from 3 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the DSC-HX50 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other cameras. Across all the cameras the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 2.3mm to 75mm.

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11520 X 1080 Still Image Resolution

The DSC-HX50 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras. This camera has an 11520 x 1080 still image resolution(s), whereas most cameras have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 3648 x 2736, 7152 x 1080 and 2592 x 1944 and 1920 x 1080. Cameras still image resolution(s) range from S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664 (worst) to 6016 x 4000 (best).

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DSC-HX50 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Sony DSC-HX50 does not have a GPS (satellite). Most of the other cameras also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The DSC-HX50 features brightness adjustment. Most of the other cameras also feature brightness adjustment.

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Five Aspherical Lenses

The DSC-HX50 is a five aspherical lens digital camera. Most of the other cameras have between 1 and 14 aspherical lenses.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The DSC-HX50 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Sony digital camera also support a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. 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. The best video resolution of all cameras is 4096 x 2160 pixels and the worst is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on cameras.

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Quite Slow Start-Up Time

The start-up times of cameras range from 1ms to 2,000ms. With a start-up time of 1,900 millisecond, the DSC-HX50 has one of the slower start-up times amongst cameras of this age.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony DSC-HX50 supports Wi-Fi, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The DSC-HX50 has a shoe mounting point, as do most of the other cameras.

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Quite Low Playback Zoom (max)

The Sony DSC-HX50 has one of the lower playback zoom (max) (only 8 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age. The average playback zoom (max) of cameras is 10x, and the playback zoom (max) range from 1x to 30x.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DSC-HX50 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The DSC-HX50 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras.

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Not Waterproof

The Sony DSC-HX50 is not waterproof, unlike most of the other cameras which are waterproof.

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Has a Wrist Strap

The DSC-HX50 has a wrist strap. Most of the other cameras also have a wrist strap.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras is 300mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 720 millimeters, the DSC-HX50 has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Big Digital Zoom

Cameras have digital zooms of between 0.72x and 810x. With a digital zoom of 486 times zoom factor, the DSC-HX50's digital zoom is one of the biggest amongst digital cameras.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 3.5, the DSC-HX50 has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst cameras of this age. The minimum aperture numbers of cameras range from -2 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this camera was released.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony 20megapixel, sony dschx50vs, sony dschx50vb, sony hx50vb
Barcodes 00027242862227, 00027242862234, 00799456164601, 00799456164618, 00905524944556, 04905524943238, 04905524943245, 04905524943368, 04905524943399, 04905524944549, 04905524944556, 04905524944570, 04905524944587

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