Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Review

Overall 43
Imaging 9
Features 39
Size 83
Price 1

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expands to 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 108 x 64 x 38 mm
  • Weight: 272 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Sony HX30V.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Summary

This review is devoted to Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V that Sony has first introduced to the public in Apr 24, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Sony released to replace their older product HX30V.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #82 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #669 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic (optional)
  • Continuous Shooting: 10.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Battery Life: 400 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Max Native Iso: 3200
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V has the following external dimensions 108 x 108 x 38 mm (42.52 x 25.2 x 14.96″) with the weight of 272 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 38mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V — 400 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V — 38 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V — 272 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Photo and Sensor Features

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V has the following ISO range 100 - 3200 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 12800.

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V features a 20.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

LCD and ViewFinder

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic (optional) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V are its 10.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V provides a shooting life of 400, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Superzoom category, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V offers the highest battery life that reaches 400 shots.

How Good is Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 57. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (108 x 64 x 38 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 68. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V can be called a 68 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (10.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)
  • Small battery life (400 shots)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 10. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (272 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 45. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V can be called a 45 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (3200)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Detailed Specs

General
Brand Sony
Model Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Announced Apr 24, 2013
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic (optional)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.6
Flash Modes Auto, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5184 x 2920
Max Native ISO 3,200
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 272 g
Physical Dimensions 108 x 64 x 38 mm
Battery Life 400 shots
Battery Type 400 shots
Battery Model NP-BX1
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1

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