After reading the specs of this camera all I could think was “what else could they possibly add?” At a price that sits comfortably below the incredibly popular RX100 the new HX50V seems to be very capable on paper. The camera may not have the sensor of the RX100 but it does have GPS and Wi-Fi. It also doesn’t house the large f1.8 aperture of it’s bigger brother but it does have an extremely impressive 30x optical zoom. Trade offs like these may not even be a deal breaker for some but at the price of $449 it’s still a lot to ask for a point and shoot camera.
This new point and shoot from Sony appears to have it all, adding even a couple features that more expensive cameras don’t have like the Multi Interface Shoe. The show would allow use of Sony mics, flashes and other compatible accessories. Other main features include a 20.4MP 1/2.3″ Exmor R CMOS sensor that can capture full 1080p footage at 60fps or 10 still frames in a burst. As mentioned the camera packs a 30x optical zoom that Sony claims is twice as stable and fast when compared to their HX200V camera. For those who don’t speak optical zoom magnification the lens has a 35mm equivalent of 24-720mm with an five blade aperture of f3.5-6.3. In my opinion it’s quite the impressive feat since just a couple years ago these huge zooms were only found in bridge cameras.
The hot shoe, PASM modes and the exposure dial give you the idea that this is a serious point and shoot. Pro features along with the welcomed built in Wi-Fi and GPS make me wonder what else they could possibly through into this, my thought? Nothing. The future is exciting and this guy could be yours this May for $449.
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