Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-HX50V
20.4-megapixel digital camera with 30X optical zoom and Wi-Fi®
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Item #: 158DSCHX50
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $449.99
The Sony DSC-HX50V boasts an impressive 30X zoom and a compact body.
Big things sometimes come in small packages. Take the Sony DSC-HX50V, for instance. At first glance it's a mild-mannered little point-and-shoot camera. Now pick it up and try out the zoom function. Whoa, look at the extension on that Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar lens. With 30X magnification, the 'HX50V's range is impressive for such a compact body. And with Sony's Clear Image digital zoom, you can expand to 60X with minimal image degradation. Not what you expected when you first saw this camera, was it?
Any high-zoom camera needs powerful image stabilization to ensure your close-ups aren't blurry. Those subtle movements of your hand may not seem like much, but they can wreak havoc when you're zoomed in from long distances. Sony's optical SteadyShot stabilization employs a unique twist: it corrects for rotational movement of the camera. So your photos are more likely to be sharp and crisp, whether you're shooting wide-angle shots or long-range close-ups.
Don't let poor lighting get the best of you. The 'HX50V's fast lens and CMOS sensor excel at gathering plenty of light. So even as the shadows lengthen, you can still capture fine detail and color for great-looking photos. And when you're shooting in tricky high-contrast settings, use the exposure compensation dial. It's a great way to make fine adjustments manually without having to fool with your camera's menu settings. It's a nice touch that can help elevate your photography skills.
There's even more to explore with the DSC-HX50V's many features. On-board GPS tracks your location and tags photos, so you'll know where and when each shot was taken. Capture fast action sequences at the blazing speed of 10 frames per second at the camera's full resolution. Shoot HD video at the same time as you capture still shots. And a wide array of shooting options, digital filters, and editing options will help you craft photos you'll be proud to share with family and friends.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
The camera seems to be complete and competent for our purposes. We needed a point and shoot camera with a wide zoom and this unit provides this. Using the features is not an intuitive function. One must carefully review the instructions and practice. We like the resolution, the zoom, and the comfort of holding it. I'm not too sure about using the wifi function. From what I've read it is a mess.
Pros: It's reasonably priced with competent zoom and resolution. the Crutchfield rep was great in explaining the various cameras and was honest about what they do and don't do. Great job.
Cons: The camera does a ton of stuff, but it is not intuitive. I suspect we will set it on an automatic feature and forget the rest.
This is a product loaded with fluff, tries to do 100 things via loads of features, and accomplishes NONE of it well. As appears to be typical with Sony products anymore, they tend to be all fluff", but don't really deliver the goods. The camera itself appears to take decent pictures, to be fair. But, trying to understand what it is doing, and controlling it yourself, defies logic. As an example, one day, the camera, when in burst mode, took multiple images, which was expected. Upon playback of the image(s), I could see all of the burst images, and step thru them 1 by 1. All of a sudden, today, this feature has vanished, and all attempts to get back to that point has eluded me. 3 calls to Sony (lack of) technical support have failed to understand why or how this occurred. It remains unresolved. The Sony PlayMemories home software: This is a malware package that is best left untouched. It takes over your machine and creates an xxx.modd file for every existing picture/image on your computer. In my case, I had thousands of pre-existing images on my machine. Now I have those, and thousands of .modd files that this package requires for it to work. Needless to say, it was uninstalled faster than it was installed, and caused a half hour effort to clean up its pollution on my machine. A call to Sony's off-shore tech support roulette line confirmed this behavior to be "by design". This completely nullifies its usefulness. I would avoid this product at all costs.
Pros: Decent Pictures Crutchfield Support (excellent) Weight and Ergonomics are good Digital Zoom is, indeed, excellent Crutchfield is a great vendor. This following cons should in NO WAY be taken as a reflection of /on Crutchfield.
Cons: Many features not understandable or usable easily Miserable to non-existent, on-line-only documentation For a so-called point-and-shoot camera, woefully complicated and un-intuitive user interface. Yields clumsy usability and unfriendly usage Sorry I purchased this product --- no more Sony for me Camera software is bloat and malware --- install at your own risk WiFi connectivity buggy and useless. You WILL be using an interface cable despite WiFi being there I recommend avoiding this prod
Great point and shoot camera. Takes good pictures & the zoom is wonderful.
Pros: Zoom is great and the WIFI is handy.
Cons: Sometimes it seems to take a while to focus on a subject.
I really like this camera, I have always been a Canon person but lately I have been looking at the high end Sony's (just below DSLR) and they have made some compelling entries. A friend of mine has the RX-100 which is an amazing camera. Let me start out by saying, this one is not as good as the RX, but its also a lot less money and has some really great features. I originally wanted the HX30V which was a great camera with the features I wanted, it was discontinued and there was a gap in the line up. I almost bought a used HX30 due to wanting both Wifi and GPS. There was not many offerings with a large zoom that had both (and the zoom is amazing!) I know you can get a Wifi SD card, but the one on the Sony does more. You can connect it to your iphone and use the phone as a view finder and to take remote pictures, its a great feature.
The picture quality is good, the features are nice (although some are a bit confusing for less technical users), and the camera is light, small and feels good in the hand.
The bad, the censor is smaller for a camera in this price range but for the average user the quality of the picture is still really good. The battery needs to be charged inside the camera unless you buy an external charger which is a bit annoying. The flash is the pop up kind and you need to manually pop it if you want to use it, it will not activate on its own in Auto Mode.
Overall this is a great camera and it would get a 5 if it they tweaked a few things
Pros: Good picture quality Great features Light and small
Cons: Small sensor Pop up flash Battery charged internally.
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-720mm|
|Internal Memory||48 MB|
Memory Stick PRO Duo
|Effective Megapixel Count||20.4|
|Highest Resolution||5184 x 3888|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||9.6|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
3" LCD Screen: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V digital camera has a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The LCD brightness control can be set between 1 (dark) and 5 (bright). You can also change the display resolution from high to standard to save battery power.
Built-in Wi-Fi: Using the downloadable PlayMemories Mobile app, available for iOS and Android, you can instantly share your photos with your friends. You can upload pictures and videos shot on the camera to social media sites via your Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone or tablet. In addition, you can back up images to a network-connected PC, control the camera with your smartphone, and view your photos and videos on a compatible TV. The camera supports Wi-Fi standard IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.
GPS: The HX50V has a built-in GPS receiver, which receives location data from overhead global positioning satellites, and calculates your precise location. The location data can be recorded onto your photos and videos. Using the downloadable PlayMemories software, you can import photos and videos with embedded GPS data, and view them on a map showing the shooting location.
Recording Media: The camera is compatible with the following recording media: Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo (Mark 2 only for movie recording), Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards (Class 4 or faster). The camera also has an internal memory of approximately 48 MB.
Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG, while 3D still images are saved in MPO. Moving images can be recorded in AVCHD format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) with Dolby Digital 2ch audio or MPEG-4 with AAC stereo audio.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.3" color Exmor R CMOS image sensor with approximately 21.1-million total pixels and 20.4-million effective pixels.
30x Optical Zoom Lens: The camera is equipped with a bright Sony G-type 30x zoom lens. Focal lengths are as follows: Still Images: 24-720mm (4:3) and 26-780mm (16:9); 4:3 Movies: 32.5-975mm (SteadyShot Standard), 32.5-1320mm (SteadyShot Active; 16:9 Movies: 26.5-795mm (SteadyShot Standard), 26.5-1080mm (SteadyShot Active). The aperture range is F3.5-8.0 (W) and F6.3-8.0 (T).
Clear Image/Digital Zoom: In addition to the 30x optical zoom, you can reach higher zoom scales by engaging the Clear Image Zoom or the Digital Zoom, or both. The amount of zoom depends upon the image size as follows:
|Image Size||Optical Zoom||Clear Image Zoom||Maximum Zoom Scale|
Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode: Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode can provide blur-free movies, even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization. This makes it easier to obtain sharp movies, even when zooming in unsteady situations.
Still Image Sizes: When recording digital still images, the DSC-HX50V allows you to choose from the following image sizes and aspect ratios:
Note: 3D images can be taken in 4:3 20M (5184 x 3888) and 16:9 15M (5184 x 2920), and saved in MPO format. 3D images can only be viewed on 3D-capable HDTVs.
Sweep Panorama: You can record multiple images while moving the camera in an arc, either horizontally or vertically. You can choose the direction to pan the camera while taking the images. These images can be compiled into a single panoramic image, and played back on a 3D TV. The available image sizes include:
Recording Movies: Besides recording still images, you can also record movies in AVCHD or MPEG-4 formats. Available image sizes and movie quality include:
|Movie Format/Quality||Average Bit-rate||Image Size|
|AVC HD PS||28 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60p|
|AVC HD FX||24 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD FH||17 Mbps||1920 x 1080/60i|
|AVC HD HQ||9 Mbps||1440 x 1080/60i|
|MP4 12M||12 Mbps||1440 x 1080/30fps|
|MP4 6M||6 Mbps||1280 x 720/30fps|
|MP4 3M||3 Mbps||640 x 480/30fps|
Dual Recording: When recording a movie, you can also take a still image at the same time. When the movie recording is set to other than VGA 3M, the large images are 15M, while the small images are 3M. At VGA 3M, you can record a 11M Large image or a 2M Small image. Dual Recording is not available when recording 60p 28M (PS) movies.
Drive Modes: In addition to single frame shooting, the HX50V offers several types of drive modes:
Auto Focus Areas: You can select from the following auto focusing areas:
Tracking Focus: If you are trying to photograph a moving subject, you can use the tracking focus feature to keep the subject in focus as it moves around the frame. If Face Detection and tracking focus are used at the same time, the camera will track a selected face if it is registered with the camera.
AF Illuminator: The AF (auto focus) Illuminator briefly provides fill light to focus more easily on a subject in dark surroundings. You can set the AF Illuminator to Auto or Off.
Face Detection: Face Detection technology detects up to eight individual faces and controls flash, focus, exposure, and white balance to deliver accurate, natural skin tones with reduced red-eye. It can also give priority to children or adults. You can also select and register an individual's face to be given priority.
Smile Shutter Mode: The Smile Shutter technology automatically detects and captures a smiling face. Simply activate by pressing the Smile Shutter button and the camera will capture a smile the moment it happens. You can adjust the degree of Smile Detection Sensitivity as desired.
Scene Recognition: Scene Recognition mode automatically detects eight different types of scenes and selects the appropriate camera settings: Portrait, Infant, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Backlight Portrait, Backlight, Landscape, Spotlight, Low Light, and Macro. You can select from Auto or Advanced Scene Recognition modes.
Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial, you can select from the following shooting modes:
Exposure Compensation: Besides auto exposure, you can adjust the exposure from +2.0EV to -2.0EV in 1/3 stop increments, using the top-mounted dial.
Built-In Flash: The camera's built-in flash features a range of 0.82' to 18.37' with the zoom set to wide and 6.56' to 9.84' with the zoom set to telephoto. The flash settings include:
Red-eye Reduction: The flash pre-strobes before shooting to reduce the red-eye phenomenon. You can set to Auto (when Face Detection is activated), On, or Off.
Multi Interface Shoe: The camera also has a Multi Interface Shoe that can accommodate an external flash unit, such as the Sony HVL-F20M.
Metering Modes: You can select Spot, Center-weighted, or Multi-pattern Metering. Spot metering lets you adjust the exposure to the subject, even when the subject is a backlit or when there is strong contrast between the subject and the background. Center-weighted metering measures the center of the image and determines the exposure based on the brightness of the subject. When multi-pattern metering is used, the image is divided into multiple regions and metering is performed in each region. The camera judges the subject position and background brightness, and determines a well-balanced exposure.
White Balance: When the white balance is set to auto, the white balance is set automatically in response to the condition of the subject, and the overall color balance is adjusted. When shooting under special lighting conditions, you can select the settings manually. When using flash, you can select the flash white balance mode. The white balance can also be set to Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1 (white fluorescent), Fluorescent 2 (natural white fluorescent), Fluorescent 3 (day white), One Push (adjust white balance depending on the light source) One Push Set (memorizes the basic white color which will be used), White Balance Shift.
Histogram: A histogram is a graph showing the brightness of an image. The graph display indicates a bright image when skewed to the right side, and a dark image when skewed to the left side.
View Modes: The Sony DSC-HX50V's View Mode allows you to select your recorded images and movies by sorting them into different views: Date View, Folder View (Stills), Folder View (MP4), and AVCHD View. The internal memory only offers Folder View.
Index View: In addition to viewing images one-by-one in full screen, you can view multiple images at once in the index view mode. The index feature lets you to display a total of 16 (4 x 4) or 25 (5 x 5) images at once. You can also view images in the Calendar View which displays a thumbnail image on the shooting date.
Slide Show: The Slide Show function lets you play back images one after the other. You can select from the following slide show effects (Simple, Nostalgic, Stylish, or Active). The interval between the pictures can be adjusted, allowing you to choose 1, 3, 5, and 10 seconds. When repeat is selected, the images are replayed in a continuous loop.
DLNA: You can view a slide show of recorded still images on a TV that supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) renderer.
Playback Zoom: You can enlarge a recorded still image up to 4x the size of the original image. Once the image is zoomed, you can pan left to right and up or down through the image.
Rotating Images: Recorded images can be rotated 360-degrees in 90-degree increments on the camera's LCD screen.
Picture Effect: You can add effects to images to make them look like a watercolor or illustration. The original image as well as the retouched image can be saved.
Deleting/Protecting Images: You can delete a selected image, or you can delete all the unprotected images at once. In order to avoid accidentally deleting of an image, it can be protected.
Print Mark: You can place a print mark on still images recorded with this camera. This mark is convenient when you have images printed at a shop that conforms to the DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) standard.
Battery Information: The DSC-HX50V is powered by the supplied NP-BX1 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Using the supplied AC-UB10D AC adapter, the battery can be fully charged in the camera in approximately 230 minutes. Under normal operating conditions, the battery has the following capacity:
|Battery Life||Number of Images|
|Shooting Still Images||Approx. 200 min||Approx. 400 images|
|Typical Movie Shooting||Approx. 55 min||---|
|Continuous Movie Shooting||Approx. 90 min||---|
|Viewing Still Images||Approx. 320 min||Approx. 6400 images|
HDMI: The HX50V has a micro-HDMI (Type D) output on the bottom of the camera for connecting the camera to an HDTV. A micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required to make the connection. If you are connecting to a Sony Bravia TV with Bravia Sync, you can control the camera using the TV's remote control. A 3D-capable TV is required for viewing 3D Panorama Sweep images.
Multi/Micro USB : The camera features a micro USB jack for connecting the supplied USB cable to your computer for downloading your photos, or charging the battery in the camera. The interface is USB 2.0 High Speed compatible.
PlayMemories Home: The DSC-HX50V can be used with PlayMemories Home software, which needs to be installed on your computer. With the PlayMemories Home software you can:
Note: The "PlayMemories Home" software is downloadable from the Sony Imaging website (The URL is printed in the Instruction Manual). It is compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista (SP2), and Windows XP (SP3-except 64-bit versions) operating systems only. If you wish to play back images on a Mac, you can use applications that are pre-installed on your Mac.
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It's built in. [ JUNE Aug 18, 2014 ]
It does not have a seperate lens cap. When turned off the pieces close to protect the lense automatically. [ ROBERT Aug 16, 2014 ]
Built in. It opens when it is turned on and closes when it is turned of [ IRVING Aug 16, 2014 ]
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