Sony has just unveiled a compact camera that is jam-packed full of features, tightly fitted in its light and small body. The features include a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor and a whopping 30x optical zoom. The camera weighs 9.6-ounces, and measures 4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2-inches.
The HX50V with its old-school design is far from old with its rich list of tech. The HX50V has built-in Wi-Fi which when used through the Sony PlayMemories mobile app can work as a remote control and aid wireless transfer of images.
The camera does not forget its roots, still keeping the multi-interface shoe which allows you to add an external mic or flash to take your photography to the next level, but also includes an in-built flash. It keeps the multi-functional dial found on the more professional DSLR which just feels good and allows for connection of a remote shutter controller for those who do not want to use the available app to control it.
Along with all the hardware, Sony have ensured that the camera has the optical SteadyShot system which can only be a good thing when taking pictures on such a good camera. It also records Full High Definition video smoothly and has the normal image filters which we now find on most photographic devices. The unit has a decent maximum ISO sensitivity of 3200.
Altogether, this is a well-rounded camera and keeps Sony up there with the titans. It almost feels like it is a super camera disguised as an older Clark Kent to fool everyone.
It’s out in May this year, but Sony have not unveiled UK prices as yet. Our stateside cousins will be shelling out a cool $450.