Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Detailed Review

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In additional Cyber-shot HX50 (V) was introduced by Sony in April 2013. It belongs to the Superzooms category.

Sony is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Sony.

Brand Sony
Category Superzoom
Date 04/2013
Sensor Properties

Also Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24″ x 0.18″).

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The Sony does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format Compact
Sensor area 6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24″ x 0.18″)
Resolution (physical) 21.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.40 megapixel
Pixel size 1.87 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 10 frames/second
Focal length (min) 24mm
Focal length (max) 720mm
Aperture (max) 3.5
Aperture (min) 6.3
Viewfinder Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) does not come with a built-in viewfinder. The camera’s display is used to compose the photo. That can be cumbersome in broad daylight.


The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 3200 ISO.

Also, Sony’s sensitivity can be boosted to 12800. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 3200 ISO
Boost 12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) supports all general exposure modes.

The Sony allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s auto focus processor uses 1 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

Manual focus is also possible with the Sony, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 1
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (19 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

Range 5.60m
(19 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) features a monitor with a diagonal of 75.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.92 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 75.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.92 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Cyber-shot HX50 (V) video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
50 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Sony to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Sony supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards. Sony MemorySticks can be used, too.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick Micro

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V) has a NP-BX1 LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 400 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s battery battery parameters:

Type NP-BX1 LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 400 photos

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 (V)’s dimensions are 108.1 x 64 x 38mm³. (4.3″ x 2.5″ x 1.5″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 272 grams (8.8 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Cyber-shot HX50 (V):

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Cyber-shot HX50 (V) is not much bigger:

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