Sony has introduced the Cyber-shot HX50 camera – a powerful new compact featuring an impressive 30x optical zoom range and advanced 20.4 MP "Exmor R" CMOS image sensor. Measuring approximately 4.4"x2.6"x1.2"1 in size and weighing in at approximately 9.6 oz. 2, it is the world's smallest and lightest camera with 30x optical zoom capability.
"Despite the emergence of smart phone cameras in today's market, the HX50V model gives photographers plenty of reason to invest in a dedicated pocket camera" said Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot digital camera business at Sony Electronics. "Its wide-ranging 30x optical zoom gives users more freedom to pick their shooting subject and position, and its extensive, advanced imaging capabilities give shooters the peace of mind that image quality will never be compromised - every scene will be given the color, detail and clarity that it deserves. This powerful combination of size and performance makes the HX50 an especially unique, versatile camera."
To complement the extensive zoom, the new Cyber-shot HX50V model offers enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to reduce camera shake and blur at all ranges. At full zoom extension (30x) the HX50V camera offers stabilization that is approximately twice as effective as the HX200V high-zoom model introduced last year.
The high-resolution 20.4 megapixel sensor in the new camera is paired with a powerful BIONZ processor, allowing the HX50V camera to produce high-resolution, high-quality images in all types of lighting conditions – from broad daylight to dimly lit interiors and everything in between. Additionally, the HX50V model features exceptionally high-speed AutoFocus that can lock onto subjects at full zoom approximately twice as fast compared to the HX200V model.
The new HX50V camera has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, utilizing Sony's PlayMemories Mobile application, available for both Android and iOS app platforms, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to a connected smartphone or tablet. The application also allows a connected device to be used as a handy wireless remote to control the camera – ideal for self-portraits and group shots where the photographer wants to be included.
For more advanced users who like to fine-tune the details of a shot, the HX50V camera has a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a P/A/S/M model dial for adjusting other manual shooting settings. It also features 5-blade aperture for smooth background defocusing effect and a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching compatible accessories including an electronic viewfinder, flash, or microphone. It also has a Multi Terminal for using a compatible remote control.
The camera also features a powerful X-type lithium ion battery that is smaller than any of its predecessor batteries (in Sony Cyber-shot HX series) yet delivers an impressive 400 photos from a single charge.