Sony HX50V preview: Just how small and lightweight can a 30x optical zoom camera be?


posted Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT


Apparently the pocketable Sony HX30V long-zoom digital camera and the DSLR-like Sony HX200V bridge camera have had a love child. The new Sony HX50V carries some excellent DNA from both "parents," packing a 30x optical zoom lens like the HX200V into a body that's almost as compact and lightweight as the HX30V. In fact, Sony calls the HX50V "the world's smallest and lightest 30x optical zoom camera," measuring about 4.3 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches and weighing approximately 9.6 ounces (with battery and Memory Stick Duo). And if the Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V's DNA carries over more than just specs and appearances from its predecessors -- we gave the HX30V and HX200V rave reviews -- then their offspring should prove to be an incredibly versatile, convenient and high-performing pocket camera geared for casual photographers and enthusiasts.

What's more, Sony claims the HX50V is twice as stable and fast-focusing as the HX200V. Enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization technology has been integrated into the camera to minimize shake and blur, which is especially critical at full zoom when the slightest camera movement can make a major impact. The camera's autofocus system, which includes Multi Point, Center Weighted, Spot, Flexible Spot and Face Tracking AF, was designed to lock onto subjects -- even at full zoom -- quickly and efficiently. The camera also allows for manual focusing, a nice touch for serious photographers who want as much control as possible.

Find out all the details about the camera in our Sony HX50V preview.