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Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V 20.4MP Digital Camera
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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V 20.4MP Digital Camera

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30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 20.4MP images and high speed AF, Full HD 1080/60p, Full manual and dedicated EV control dial, Capture up to 10fps, Multi interface shoe, Incredible battery life

The compact Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V amazes users with its small size and incredible capabilities. The camera is excellent for travel because it's easy to transport, and it delivers amazing photos. Not only does it take full HD video with dual record, but it is Wi-fi enabled and easy to use. Plus, it comes with remarkable zoom, a CMOS sensor, a fast 10 fps, and a 3.0-inch LCD screen.

Capture High-Quality Photos With 20.4 MP
An amazing 20.4 MP allows you to capture high-quality photos with plenty of detail. With this many megapixels, you can later go back and crop your photos without losing any of the clarity and quality of the shot. Plus, you can create poster-size prints and still enjoy the shot's clarity. Do you want to get up close to far away objects? The amount of megapixels in this camera can help you capture more detailed photos from far away for better clarity.

Reduce Blur With SteadyShot Image Stabilization
You won't only discover clarity in the megapixels. With SteadyShot image stabilization technology, you can snap clear photos without any of the blur. The optical SteadyShot image stabilization feature works by countering camera motions horizontally and vertically. What's more, it uses active three-way stabilization to steady counterclockwise and clockwise motions, helping you snap clear shots every time. This technology ultimately delivers crisp photos and steadier video so that you can take quality shots even in unstable conditions, such as when walking.

Get Close With 30x Optical Zoom
With an amazing 30x optical zoom, a 24-720mm equivalent, you can get up close with your subject even when you're at a distance. The 30x optical zoom makes it simple to get close to wildlife or capture players on a field. Zoom into the landscape to photograph interesting features from a distance. When coupled with 20.4 MP and SteadyShot image stabilization, you can still capture clear photos from far away.

Zoom Even Farther With 60x Digital Zoom
Do you need to get closer than 30x optical zoom? You're in luck. The camera also features an astounding 60x digital zoom to get even closer to your subject. Again, you don't have to worry about blurry far away photos; a powerful processor reduces grain for crisp close-ups.

Easily Share With the Wi-Fi Enabled Camera
Sharing your photos on the DSC-HX50V is simple since it comes Wi-Fi enabled. With these capabilities, you don't have to plug anything in. It's all easy to use and right at your fingertips.

With all the remarkable features that the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V offers, you can expect high-quality photos each time you press the shutter button. From 60x digital zoom to SteadyShot technology, you have everything you need to document the world in high resolution.

Dimensions (Approx.): W x H x D: 4 3/8'' x 2 5/8'' x 1 9/16'' (108.1 x 63.6 x 38.3mm)

FEATURES

30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image Digital Zoom
Get super close with 30x optical zoom plus 60x Clear Image digital zoom. Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
Optical SteadyShot image stabilization reduces shake and blur by countering camera movements in both horizontal and vertical directions. Active 3-Way stabilization adds digital rolling control that counters clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation, resulting in more stable videos even at long focal lengths

20.4 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor
This camera features a 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera's Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain.

Full HD 1080/60p
Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080 AVCHD video. This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV. With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Full manual & dedicated EV control dial allow more creativity
For creative flexibility, users can enter Program Auto (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S) or Manual Exposure (M) mode for manual shooting and direct access exposure control via dedicated dial

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
Capture full 20.4 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Multi interface shoe attaches flash, light, and mic
The multi interface shoe allows easy connection with wide-ranging accessories expanding the range of photographic expression. Available accessories include a powerful external flash unit, electronic viewfinder etc.

Incredible battery life of approx. 400 shots
Take up to 400 photos per charge for high-volume photography on-the-go. Perfect partner for travel.

3.0" LCD (921K dots) with high resolution viewing
The 3.0-inch Xtra Fine LCD LCD has 921K dots for superb resolution.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode-up to 360 degrees
Intelligent Sweep Panorama mode takes our Sweep Panorama function to the next level with the addition of motion compensation. Even when subjects are moving in the foreground of your landscape, these cameras can detect faces and moving subjects, intelligently stitching different widths together to minimize distortion. Simply press the shutter button and sweep the camera in the desired direction and the camera continuously shoots at a high speed, then seamlessly stitches the images together with automatic position adjustment to create one stunning panoramic image. Available in wide and up to 360? full circle, the camera can take a variety of panoramic shots.

SPECIFICATIONS
 
Camera
- Camera Type: High zoom

Imaging Sensor
- Imaging Sensor: 1/2.3" Exmor R CMOS sensor
- Pixel Gross: 21.1 MP
- Effective Picture Resolution: 20.4 MP
- Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters

Recording
- Media Type: Optional "Memory Stick Duo" (No movie recording), optional "Memory Stick PRO Duo" (Mark 2 only for movie recording), optional "Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo", optional SD Memory Card (Class 4 or higher), optional SDHC Memory Card (Class 4 or higher)
- Color Space: RGB
- Still Image Max Effective Resolution: Approx. 20.4 Megapixels
- Still Image Size 16:9: 16:9 mode: 15M (5,184 x 2,920) / 2M (1,920 x 1,080)
- Still Image Size 4:3: 4:3 mode: 20M (5,184 x 3,888) / 10M (3,648 x 2,736) / 5M (2,592 x 1,944) / VGA
- Panorama Still Image Size: Sweep Panorama: 360 (11,520 x 1,080) / HR (10,480 x 4,096) / Wide (7,152 x 1,080/4,912 x 1,920) / Standard (4,912 x 1,080/3,424 x 1,920)
- Video Format: AVCHD Ver2.0/MP4
- Video Mode: AVCHD 60i/60p: 28M PS (1,920x1,080/60p) / 24M FX / 17M FH (1,920x1,080/60i) / 9M HQ (1,440x1,080/60i), MP4: 12M (1,440x1,080/30fps) / 6M (1,280x720/30fps) / 3M VGA (640x480/30fps)
- Dual Record: Yes
- Audio Format: AC3(Stereo)
- Microphone/Speaker: Stereo/mono
- Wind Noise Reduction: Off / On

Optics/Lens
- Lens Type: Sony G
- Optical Zoom: 30x
- Focal Length (35mm equivalent): Still 4:3: 24-720mm /Movie 4:3: 32.5-975mm(SteadyShot Standard) 32.5-1320(SteadyShot Active) / Still 16:9: 26-780mm / Movie 16:9: 26.5-795mm(SteadyShot Standard) 26.5-1080mm(SteadyShot Active)
- Lens Construction: 11 elements in 10 groups (including 5 aspheric elements)
- Minimum Focus Distance: iAuto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 200cm (6.56 ft.) to Infinity) / Program Auto: AF (W: Approx. 5cm (0.16 ft.) to Infinity, T: Approx. 200cm (6.56 ft.) to Infinity)
- Steady Shot Mode:Active: Yes

LCD Display
- LCD Type: 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD (921K dots)
- Brightness Control: 5(Bright) / 4 / 3 / 2 / 1(Dark)
- Histogram: Yes(On/Off)
- Grid Display: Yes

Focus Control
- AF Modes: Multi Point AF/Center Weighted AF/SpotAF/Flexible Spot AF/Manual/Face Tracking Focus
- AF Illuminator: Auto / Off

Exposure System
- Metering Modes: Multi Pattern / Center Weighted / Spot
- Exposure Compensation: Plus / Minus 2.0EV, 1 / 3EV step
- Scene Mode(s): High Sensitivity / Soft snap / Soft Skin / Landscape / Night Portrait / Night Scene / Handheld Twilight / Gourmet / Beach / Snow / Fireworks / Pet mode /Anti-motion blur/Backlight Correction HDR / Advanced Sports Shooting
- ISO: Auto / 80 / 100 / 125 / 160 / 200 / 250 / 320 / 400 / 500 / 640 / 800 / 1000 / 1250 / 1600 / 2000 / 2500 / 3200 / 4000*4 / 5000*4 / 6400*4 / 8000*4 / 10000*4 / 12800*4
- White Balance Mode: Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Fluorescent 1 (White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 2 (Natural White Fluorescent Lighting) / Fluorescent 3 (Day White Fluorescent Lighting) / Incandescent / Flash / One Push, One Push Set / White Balance Shift

Drive System
- Self-timer: Off / 10sec. / 2sec. / portrait1 / portrait2
- Shutter Speeds: iAuto (4 - 1/4000) / Program Auto (1 - 1/4000) / Aperture Priority (8 - 1/2000) / Shutter Priority (30 - 1/4000) / Manual (30 - 1/4000)
- Burst Mode: Approx 10 fps at 20.4MP (Maximum 10 shots)

Flash
- Flash Modes: Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Rear Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash
- Flash Coverage: ISO Auto: Approx. 0.25m to 5.6m (0.82 ft. to 18.37 ft.) (W) / Approx. 2.0m to 3.0m (6.56 ft.. to 9.84 ft.) (T), ISO3200: up to Approx. 7.9m (25.91 ft.) (W) / Approx. 4.2m (13.78 ft.) (T)

Convenience Features
- Red-Eye Reduction: Auto / On / Off
- Erase/Protect: Erase: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD Protect: Single / Select / Date / Folder / AVCHD
- Power Save Mode: Standard / Max / Off

Advanced Features
- Anti Motion Blur: Yes
- Sweep Panorama: Intelligent Sweep Panorama (360)
- Face Detection: 8 faces
- Smile Shutter technology: Yes
- Image Stabilization: Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization with 3-way Active mode
- In-Camera Editing: Retouch / Trimming / Red Eye Correction / Unsharp Masking/Still image capture from Movie / Date view / Slideshow with Music / 3D Viewing Mode / BRAVIA Sync / Picture Effect (Watercolor, Illustration)
- Intelligent Auto: Yes
- Background Defocus: Yes
- Superior Auto: Yes
- Tracking Focus: Off / Auto
- Blink Detection: Yes
- Picture Effects: HDR Painting / Richtone Monochrome / Miniature / Toy camera / Pop Color / Partial color / Soft High-key / Watercolor / Illustration

Interface
- Memory Card Slot: MS Duo and SD/SDHC compatible
- HD Output: Micro HDMI
- USB Port(s): Multi (AV/USB), Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)

Weights and Measurements
- Dimensions (Approx.): W x H x D: 4 3/8'' x 2 5/8'' x 1 9/16'' (108.1 x 63.6 x 38.3mm)
- Weight (Approx.): 9.6oz (272g)
- Weight(Approx) (Main unit only): 8.6oz (246g)

Power
- Battery Type: LITHIUM ION NP-BX1 3.6V
- Battery Capacity: 4.5Wh (1240mAh)
- Power Consumption (in Operation): Approx. 1.2W
- Power Requirements: AC 100V to 240V, 50/60 Hz, 70mA

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3 out of 5 stars   Excellent Quality, But Slow
By Sony Fan (Lynchburg, VA) March 09, 2015
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 16 GB and Battery Bundle (E2SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: The photo quality is among the best I've seen for this size of sensor, and the zoom range is incredibly high for this size of camera. It also seems to be a very well constructed, solid little camera.
Cons: But, it is s-l--o----w. It takes about 2 to 3 seconds between shots, even without the flash.
Other Comments: If photo quality, zoom range, excellent construction and small size are of greatest importance, this is the camera you should buy. Just be aware that you will not be taking multiple pictures if you happen to see Elvis again.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Awesome Camera
By Rita (Boca Raton, FL) February 18, 2015
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Pros: I have a Sony RX100 which recently was damaged so while getting it repaired, I needed a quick replacement. Was attracted to this camera because it had such an amazing zoom. Well, the zoom is amazing but so is the camera. Crisp, clear photos almost as good as my RX100 and quite honestly. both compete really well with much more expensive "professional" cameras.
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Other Comments: Incredible quality for the price!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent camera
By The Joker September 27, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V 20.4MP Digital Camera (SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Beautiful pictures and videos, no grain even at high ISO, excellent auto white balance, excellent zoom.
Cons: Slow processing writing to SD card.
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5 out of 5 stars   Great product Great service
September 14, 2014
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5 out of 5 stars   Lotta Camera in a Little Package
By Miguel de Ozarko (Springfield, Missouri) June 04, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Great long zoom and image stabilizer, though at maximum zoom, a tripod helps for crispness. I really bought the camera for its program or filter features -- especially Toy Camera (as I am a Holga fan); I love the Pop Color and also the Miniature, but found the Painting-Illustration images not as easy to control as just Photoshopping an image then using Artistic filters. But the camera is compact, solid and after two weeks, great fun.
Cons: Two big disappointments for me, though I was warned in reviews before purchase: 1) totally impossible to see the LCD display on a sunny day -- I may have to rig up some kind of shade. 2) Macro focusing is poor to non-existent, but probably a tradeoff for the long zoom. . . too bad, because those dazzling closeups of bees buzzing flowers will not work on this camera.
Other Comments: I have yet to try the movie functions. . . but look forward to that. My old Nikon coolpix lasted 5 years and became boring, but now I'm excited about photographing again.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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1 out of 5 stars   Excelent
By Iran (Jundiai, Brasil) May 18, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: The best compact Camera with larger zoom; high quality photos; easy to use; complete accessories kit
Cons: nothing
Other Comments: strongly recommended
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   For
By JB (southern CA) April 22, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V 20.4 MP 30x Optical Zoom WiFi Digital Camera - OPEN BOX (SNDSCHX50VBOB)
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Pros: Lightweight, compact but tons of features. I wanted to be able to override auto and set shutter and f stop. Wifi to upload, pop up flash. Great 1080 video with fantastic wind resistant mic. Beautiful, sharp pics. And the zoom is mind boggling...makes mountains 30 miles away look like they're in your back yard. This is the best little camera I've ever seen or used. Love it!! Also, the Buydig shopping experience was fantastic! I called with a question and got friendly, knowledgeable pro level help. Ended up placing order by phone. Buy this camera from Buydig!
Cons: Could not find one thing to complain about. Even "open box" item was packaged perfectly in original box. Don't forget to buy an SD card and extra battery. Buydig has best prices on those.
Other Comments: Made my first ever online purchase from Buydig 10 years ago. Talk to them by phone and get a real person who has real knowledge. Unbeatable prices, fast shipping, wow!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   This camera is excellent and has all the pro settings you could ever want!
By Rock Legends Photographers (Worldwide) February 20, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V 20.4 MP 30x Optical Zoom WiFi Digital Camera - OPEN BOX (SNDSCHX50VBOB)
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Pros: Fast focus, small, great battery life, superb video, big zoom, great video, easy 1 hand operation, lots of MP, lots of features and effects
Cons: The only 1 I can think of is that the LCD screen scratches very easily. Be sure to get a GLASS screen protector, the film ones come off very easily.
Other Comments: We are professional concert and wedding photographers. We have tried 3 other PnS cameras that were rated very well for low light and they all failed at high shutter speeds. Because they were lower MP the pictures were mostly grainy and unusable. This camera, (although not as good in low light) takes great pictures if you wait until the spotlight is on the artist! I keep this with me for closeups because with my favorite lens on my pro camera I need to be about 15' away to get a face and guitar.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   DEPENDABLE ON WHAT IS ADVERTISED IN A BUNDLE AND WHAT YOU GET WIH YOUR PURCHASE NOT LIKE OTHERS WHERE HALF IS MISSING FROM THE BUNDLE
(NEW YORK) February 19, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Cons: NONE
Other Comments: THRUSTWORTY
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5 out of 5 stars   Great customer service
By Mike (Apopka Fl) January 04, 2014
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Great Cam At A Great Pric
Cons: none
Other Comments: Great cam
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Compact versatile camera
By Retired (Klamath Falls, OR) November 23, 2013
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Other Comments: Because of its compact size, the camera is easy to take everywhere. It is so simple to use, everyone can take photos with it. Excellent quality photos with numerous download possibilities.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Pocket beast that takes crisp shots
By silkroute (south brunswick, NJ) October 25, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V 20.4 MP 30x Optical Zoom WiFi Digital Camera (EMSNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Near Pro Dslr Results
Cons: Nothing that I know of
Other Comments: 1. Takes great shots and has DSLR features. You can control the shutter and aperture. 2. Flash is awesome. You can manually control it 3. Great camera for Family and travelling. 5. Fits in pocket with DSLR results
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   I give this 5 stars
By Tan char (Wichita, KS) October 15, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 16 GB and Battery Bundle (E2SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Great Photos, Love the zoom, Easy use, Perfect size great pictu
Cons: none
Other Comments: I use the camera to take pictures of my grand baby. Taking rapid shots and video is easy and so clear. The little tri pod also makes it fun to get a shot with me in the picture. High quality and lots of fun!
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Sony Makes Excellent Cameras
By Artour (Manalapan, NJ) September 21, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V 20.4MP Digital Camera (SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: High pixel count, Large Lcd Viewer, Excellent Pictures, Large Telephoto, Feels good in my hands
Cons: High price, Had Toget Extremepro Card, Lag Time Little To Long
Other Comments: I take general family snaps and camera works fine for me. Camera has a good grip and starts up quickly.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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4 out of 5 stars   Wi-Fi camera!
By Scott (Bass Lake, PA) September 01, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Other Comments: Great features and performance on a point and shoot camera .
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great compact camera
By KC (Tennessee) August 26, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Other Comments: I am just learning to use it. It is very responsive to pictures made in low light which appear to be brightened to show all features. I can think of many uses for it after I learn all the features with skill.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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3 out of 5 stars   Lot below expectations
By Harry (Stockton ca) July 26, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 16 GB and Battery Bundle (E2SNDSCHX50VB)
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Cons: Need Separate Charger, Flash Filmsy, Flash Should Come Auto, Blur Focus In Low Light, Flash Should Be In Body
Other Comments: As back up camera.I use sony alpha65. I was expecting some thing better than this from sony.only thing i got is tele photo lens.they should have use bigger chip
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5 out of 5 stars   High MP, zoom and features
By Sunny Day (Shreveport, LA) July 17, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 16 GB and Battery Bundle (E2SNDSCHX50VB)
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Other Comments: Bought this camera to take on vacation to avoid lugging around traditional bulky camera and accessories. Very pleased with both still pictures and video/audio recording. Camera fits well in pocket or purse. The 30X optical zoom feature is fantastic, quick focus and clear shots even at max zoom. Did not notice any zoom noise on video clip playback. This is a point and shoot camera, no viewfinder, the camera comes with a inital screen brightness setting of medium. To see the screen in daylight conditions, the screen needs to be set to high brightness through the menu. Have to be careful not to inadvertenly press press any control buttons on right hand side of camera during use, but this is a trade off for any compact camera. All in all, a lot of power and features in a compact camera.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Good camera
By JetEagle (Wa state) July 13, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
Pros: It Has What I Want, In A Travel Camera
Cons: Payed For Faster Shiping, Than Was Sayed, A Day Or 2 Longer
Other Comments: I like it
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Great, all-purpose camera; Huge 30x zoom
By Dr Bob in the Bronx (Bronx, NY) July 13, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V 20.4MP Digital Camera (SNDSCHX50VB)
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Pros: Great Stabilization, Excellent video, Amazing Zoom, Pocket sized, Handy Viewfinder App
Cons: Screen In Bright Sunlight
Other Comments: I purchased the HX50V as well as the external ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone that mounts/connects via the flash shoe. (The HX50V also accepts the Sony RX1 OLED viewfinder which also mounts/connects via the flash shoe and which matches the price of the HX50V camera itself.) I also downloaded the iPhone PlayMemories Mobile app which connects to the camera via Wi-Fi. My first outing with the camera was at a parade where I was 15-20 feet back from the curb with the HX50V mounted on a carbon fiber monopod extended to about 30" and held aloft. Using the iPhone PlayMemories Mobile app as my viewfinder and controller, I could zoom to a point that appeared as if I were at the front of the crowd, zooming with the app's W-T zoom controller and taking a photo with the app's shutter button. The app places a reduced size image of each photo in your phone's photo album in addition to the image on the camera's SD card. My second outing with the camera was on Cape Cod where the seemingly endless 30x zoom brought distant buildings to full frame while at the wide angle setting the same buildings are hardly visible. And you can take such zoom shots hand held because of the camera's stabilization. But I recommend at least a monopod just in case. My third outing was at a folk festival at an indoor stage where I was seven rows back, though the HX50V's zoom put me in the front row. I used the external ECM-XYST1M stereo mic with stereo mics spread to the maximum 120° and a monopod for support. The resulting AVCHD (.MTS) files played back nicely via the VLC app and looked and sounded excellent. My fourth outing was at the folk festival at an outdoor tented stage where I knew the performer and I was in the front row. I mounted the HX50V on a monopod and used the built-in camera mic for sound. The stage speakers were to my left and right. The picture results under the white tent were were not as vibrant as from the lit indoor stage, but certainly very acceptable. Likewise the sound was a bit more diffuse with some extraneous noises during quiet passages, but still quite nice. I feel that Sony has a winner with the HX50V. One pocketable camera that replaces a bag full of lenses. My Sony NEX 5N has a much bigger APS-C chip, with lower noise and greater possibilities, but the NEX 18-200mm zoom lens (27-300mm equivalent) is heavy and no match for the HX50V with 24-720mm equivalent. The viewing screen on the HX50V is the weak point in that it is nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight. Under bright conditions the choice is to use the iPhone PlayMemories Mobile app as the viewfinder or to purchase the accessory RX1 OLED viewfinder which matches (doubles) the cost of the HX50V. The purchase of the viewfinder may pale in comparison with the cost of the RX1, but its cost is hard to ignore here.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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5 out of 5 stars   Excellent full featured travel camera
By Topsight (Mount Laurel, NJ) June 12, 2013
Review submitted for Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V WiFi Digital Camera 32 GB and Battery Bundle (E3SNDSCHX50VB)
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Other Comments: Superior point and shoot for travel with great features, 1080 video and 30X zoom lens. Quality images allow 13 x 19 printing with no problems.
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