Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Detailed Review

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V)

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In additional Cyber-shot HX50 (V) was introduced by Sony in April 2013. It belongs to the Superzooms category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Sony.

BrandSony
CategorySuperzoom
Date04/2013
Sensor Properties

Also Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

FormatCompact
Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)20.40 megapixel
Pixel size1.87 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Lens
Interchangeable
Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)720mm
Aperture (max)3.5
Aperture (min)6.3
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera's display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.

Shutter

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 3200 ISO.

Also, Sony's sensitivity can be boosted to 12800. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity3200 ISO
Boost12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypeContrast Detection
AF points1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (19 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Built-in
Range5.60m
(19 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Cyber-shot HX50 (V) display

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That's about average.

Unfortunately, the Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

TypeLCD
Size75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.92 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot HX50 (V) video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
Memory

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro
Battery

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 400 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s battery battery parameters:

TypeNP-BX1 LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life400 photos
Size

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V)'s dimensions are 108.1 x 64 x 38mm³. (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 272 grams (8.8 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot HX50 (V):

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Dimensions (Width / Height)
Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) is not much bigger:

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) size comparison

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