Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V has an unmatched zoom range for its size: 24-720mm. To save you the trouble of doing the math, that's a 30x optical zoom in a body that can fit in your jacket pocket without looking like you're smuggling a small woodland creature. Along with that, it's the only camera in its category with a hot shoe on top that can be used for adding a flash, an external mic, or even an electronic viewfinder. But this exclusivity definitely comes at a high price.
- Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $302.99
The good: Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is the smallest, lightest camera with a 30x zoom. It has a large assortment of shooting options, direct control over exposure compensation, and excellent photo and video quality for its class. A Multi Interface Shoe lets you attach a flash, mic, or electronic viewfinder.
The bad: Despite the additional manual controls and Multi Interface Shoe, the HX50 lacks a couple of things enthusiasts value: a large sensor and raw capture. The flash, mic, and viewfinder accessories are expensive. A slow lens limits its usefulness indoors.
The bottom line: Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is an excellent compact megazoom suitable for snapshooters and enthusiasts, though the latter might be turned off by some aspects of the camera.
October 31, 2013 2:45 PM PDT
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