Sony announced the latest addition to its Cyber-shot line, the HX50V which is the world’s smallest and lightest 30x optical zoom digital camera. Measuring 108.1mm x 63.6mm x 38.3mm in size, the compact shooter managed to pack a Sony G 24-720mm 30x optical zoom lens. At 272g, the HX50V is really lightweight as a compact long zoom camera.
The 30x zoom Cyber-shot sports a 1/2.3 type 20.4 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensorand a BIONZ image processor to deliver high-resolution and high-quality photos. High-speed shooting is possible at up to 10fps. Complementing the long zoom range is Sony’s enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization that helps reduce camera shake and blur at all ranges, and the Active Mode can reduce shake and blur even if the camera is in motion. Sony said that the high-speed AutoFocus is able to lock onto subject at full zoom about twice as fast compared to the HX200V model, and the 5-blade aperture offers smooth background defocusing effect.
The super -zoom HX50V offers 80-12,800 ISO sensitivity, a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a P/A/S/M model dial. Videos are recorded in Full HD/60p resolution and HDMI output is provided. WiFi connectivity is included for wireless image transfer while GPS support allows users to tag images and videos with location data.
Creative picture effects such as Pop Color, Partial Color, Soft High-Key let you add creative touch to photos and movies. The TRILUMINOS Colour technology help deliver realistic colors on select BRAVIA HDTVs. You can also find a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching compatible accessories including an electronic viewfinder, flash, or microphone, and a Multi Terminal for using a compatible remote control.
Sony will release the HX50V in May for $499.99, and the company will also launch a GPS-less version HX50 in other countries.