Sony Cyber-Shot HX50 Brief Review


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  • 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom
  • Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with 3-way active mode
  • 20.4MP images
  • High speed autofocus
  • Full HD 1080/60p with dual record
  • Full manual and dedicated EV control dial
  • Up to 10fps
  • Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and mic
  • Battery life of approx. 400 shots
  • 3.0" LCD (921k dots) with high resolution viewing
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode
  • Release Date: 2013-04-23
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Sony Cyber-Shot HX50
Sony ups the ante with their 2013 mid-range zoom.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 6/21/2014

Sony's mid-range zoom models have a history of receiving high review scores and we don't expect the newest Cyber-Shot HX50 to be any different. Sony has upped the ante on megapixels with 20.4 while continuing to impress with the light sensitivity in their CMOS sensors. This model features a 30x optical zoom, manual controls, full HD video and wi-fi. The HX50 also comes with optical image stabilization, a must for longer zooms. And with an autofocus speed of .1 second and 10 fps burst mode, speed should be a plus for the HX50 too.

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