Pros Image quality is sharp and crisp
Image stabilization seems to work great
Feels solid and the black metal body looks great
Flash pops up mechanically when you press the flash button
Cons LCD screen is almost useless in bright sunlight
Battery door is still flimsy and cheap
Summary First off, I am an amatuer photographer. I'm not ready to move up to a DSLR, and I don't do any post-processing other than cropping and red-eye removal. Sometimes I take photos that look like they could have been taken by a professional photographer. I am the 'photographer' of the family, and occasionally I am the photographer for events where we sell group photos. I am familiar with the effects that ISO, shutter speed, and aperture have on photos and I do know how to use them to get the results I want, but I am not a professional photographer.
I've had this camera for a little over a month now and have taken a little over 1000 photos with it so far. I am still learning how to use the camera, but have had amazing results with it so far even though most of the photos have only been taken in Superior Auto mode. My previous digital cameras were primarily Canons, and I wanted to stick with Canon because I'm already familiar with their menu layouts, various button placements, etc. My last 'good' camera was the Canon S5, and I almost never used it in Auto mode. The S5 was just too big and I began to find that I almost never wanted to carry it with me anymore so I needed a new camera.
I chose this camera because I am planning a trip to Costa Rica and wanted a camera with super zoom capabilities, but in a more compact size. I wanted a camera that I could carry with me everywhere. I needed something that would fit in my medium-sized purse. I wanted a camera that had good reviews, was released within the last year, and that was made by a company that I trusted. After hours of research, it seemed that the Sony HX50V was the best fit.
This camera does so many things! I love that I can control it with the PlayMemories app on my Samsung Note 2. I can be in the group photo and use the 2 or 10 second timer timer to take photos. I've taken landscape photos in the mountains that come out beautifully. I've gotten excellent results in handheld night shots that came out quite clear. I was able to take a handheld photo of the moon zoomed in to about 45x and the photo came out clear with great definition of the craters on the moon. The image stabilization seems to work great, because my hands really are just not that steady. I set this camera up on a tripod and used my smartphone as a remote to take photos of kids with Santa at a small event just a few days after receiving the camera. The photos were then printed out and sold to the parents and they were quite happy with them. I've played around with some of the other 'gimicky' tricks this camera will do too such as make a photo look like an illustration or watercolor painting. Those were actually fun.
I still have to learn how to use the manual modes on this camera before my big trip. My initial shots in manual have mostly been good, but I still need more practice before I am completely comfortable with the menus and the use of all the functions. I am working my way through the manual. The camera came with a small starter manual in the box (about 40 pages), and the complete 287 page manual is available in pdf form. I would highly recommend this camera for a beginner or amatuer photographer.
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Pros I have used only the intelligent auto mode so far, but it recognizes closeups, night scenes, portraits, and landscapes extremely well. The camera focuses much sharper and faster while using long telephoto zooms.
Cons It is too easy to inadvertently push the video button while holding the camera to take a picture.