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Introducing the World’s Smallest and Lightest Superzoom from Sony

Introducing the World's Smallest and Lightest Superzoom from Sony

Just a short time ago, Sony unveiled the latest in its Cyber-shot line-up: the Sony Cyber-shot HX50V. This new camera comes with an impressive 30x optical zoom and an advanced 20.4 MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor. Weighing in at a tick over 9 ounces, this camera is the smallest and lightest superzoom on the market. Any novice who’s considering getting serious about photography should carry this camera in their pocket instead of relying on their smartphone camera.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V is lightweight and slim, making it easy to carry anywhere, anytime. It also has enhanced Optical Steadyshot to help stabilize images, reducing camera shake and blur at all ranges. When fully zoomed out, this camera has stabilization that is twice as effective as the earlier HX200V model. The HX50V also comes with a powerful BIONZ processor that processes information to allow for great images no matter the lighting. Whether it’s a brightly lit summer day or a dimly lit interior, the HX50V can create great images that any photographer will be proud of. This camera can also shoot high-quality (60p) video and, making use of the stabilization, will let the photographer from novice to pro capture the action they wish without the blur or shake.

This new Cyber-shot also comes with on-board Wi-Fi, letting you share your images and videos effortlessly or stream them to your smartphone or tablet or to allow you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control, letting you make yourself part of the photo you want to take. For advanced users who which to fine-tune their shots, the HX50V has an exposure compensation dial and a P/A/S/M model dial for manually adjusting the shooting settings. It also has a 5-blade aperture that allows for smooth background defocusing as well as a Multi-Interface Shoe to attach compatible accessories such as an electronic viewfinder, flash, or microphone.

Costing only $450, the Sony Cyber-shot HX50V is a great way to begin making progress in your photography career.

Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another Friday brings us another wrap-up to a bustling week in the world of photography. Now that the weather is warm and the days are longer and sunnier, plenty of photographers are out and about getting shots of the changing world as flowers bloom, trees regain their verdant foliage, and animals awaken from their wintry slowdown. On top of that, camera manufacturers are ramping up production on their latest models and getting ready to announce even more improvements in their line-ups. Photographers and photojournalists have provided coverage of the major events of the week as well as offering advice to help photography enthusiasts improve in their craft.

All of these stories and more were covered in our Twitter feed this week. However, if you aren’t following us on Twitter then we’ll recap the highlights from this week for you below!

That’s all for this week, folks. Have a great weekend and see you again on Monday!

— da Bird

Mother’s Day Is Coming

Mother's Day Is Coming

Today is the first of May which means that the flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, the sun is shining and Mother’s Day is coming.

And with that statement, the rush of panic begins for many people. Mothers can be notoriously difficult to shop for. Even though they’d love anything from their children or their husbands, finding the thing they really want can be enough to drive anyone to distraction. However, around here, we’re all about being helpful. To make it easier for you to get the perfect gift for your mom for Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a shopping guide that will help you decide what to get and let you stay within your budget. On top of that, we’ll ship it to pretty much any place you want — provided it’s on Earth.

If you’re still left uncertain what to get for Mother’s Day, think about your mom and what she likes to do. If she’s a photographer who has all kinds of cameras and lenses, then perhaps she’d appreciate a camera case to help her carry things around. If she’s a traveler, then perhaps some new luggage. If she’s a computer geek, then a comfortable carrying case that she could put her laptop, tablet computer, and other items in when she’s on the go would be great. We carry a wide variety of things from sewing machines for moms who like to do handicrafts to vacuums and air purifiers for moms who just want the house to be Mother-Level Clean for once. Though, if you do get a vacuum for her, make sure she’s not the one using it on Mother’s Day.

If you’re still stumped for ideas, post a little bit about your mother in the comments below and we’ll try to help you figure out what would be best to get for her for Mother’s Day!

— da Bird