Sony has unveiled the Cyber-shot HX50V, which is a compact 20.4MP camera that features a 30x optical zoom (24-720mm equivalent). The camera also captures 1080/60p HD video and features a standard ISO hot shoe for attaching an EVF, microphone, external flashes or remote flash triggers.
The HX50V can capture full resolution images at up to 10 frames per second. It offers a standard mode dial with quick access to P/A/S/M modes. A second dial on top of the camera provides fast access to exposure compensation up to +/-2EV.
The Cyber-shot HX50V retails for $450 and should be available in May. Check availability at B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.
These little cameras are great, I’ve used them in the past, only problem,
I wish I they could shoot RAW ?
If this new model can, I would use it as a walk around to my Dslr.
Cristian Ioan says
yes, it is very pocketable.
no, it does NOT shoot RAW!
But for me this is not the primary concern, I am more worried about crowding 20 M pixeles on a very small sensor! The WiFi and GPS features may be useful, but they drain the battery. Or, the main benefit of such a small hyperzoom is precisley its portability – I want to carry it in my shirt pocket and be able to take pictures all day. Even if I’m in the middle of the city, nor=t out in the wilderness, there are no chargers in the streets
I have the HX30V model. It’s very pocketable for travelling about but the WiFi has never worked. The software is rubbish and there is no manual, even on disc. Just some instructions in-camera.
I’ve previously owned an HX9 and currently own an HX 20 and have found them to be the perfect travel companions. They produce crisp photos, with excellent colors, focus instantly, and produce amazing video. I’ll definitely be buying the HX50 as soon as it is available. My only hope is that Sony has improved the write speeds in this model… recovery from a 10 frame burst is painful with my HX 20, even using a Class 10 card at 90 mbs.