Sony HX50: new Cyber-shot is world’s smallest camera with 30x zoom

Sony HX50: new Cyber-shot is world's smallest camera with 30x zoom

Sony has unveiled the world’s smallest and lightest ever camera with 30x zoom, launching the Sony HX50.

Sony HX50: new Cyber-shot is world's smallest camera with 30x zoom

The new Sony Cyber-shot camera boasts an equivalent focal length of 24-720mm and offer image stabilisation that’s twice as effective as its predecessor, the Sony Cyber-shot HX200V, according to Sony.

Onboard the Sony HX50 is a 20.4-megapixel3 Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ processor, with high-speed autofocus that works at more than twice the speed of the Cyber-shot HX200V4, Sony says.

Among the camera’s other key features are a dedicated Exposure Compensation dial on the Sony Cyber-shot camera’s top plate and integrated Wi-Fi that allows photographers to share photos instantly or use their smartphone as a remote control for the camera.

A Multi Interface Shoe allows photographers to incorporate accessories such as an electronic viewfinder, flash or microphone for better video sound quality, and the camera boasts a Multi Terminal for using a remote controller.

Other features on the Sony HX50 include a Memory Recall mode, which allows photographers to store three favourite camera settings, a battery life of 400 images and a range of creative effects modes.

The Sony HX50 price tag will be £350, with a release date set for the first week of May 2013.

Official Sony HX50 Specs

Effective Pixels (approx.)
20.4 megapixels

Image Sensor
1/2.3 type (7.82mm) Exmor R CMOS sensor

Processor
BIONZ

Lens
Sony G, 24-720mm, f/3.5 (W) – 6.3 (T), 11 elements in 10 groups (including 5 aspheric elements)

Zoom
30x

ISO (still image)
Auto/80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/
4000*/5000*/6400*/8000*/10000*/12800*
* Achieved using “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology and overlay burst shooting.

Display
7.5cm (3.0type) (4:3) / 921,600 dots / Xtra Fine / TFT LCD

Wi-Fi
Yes

Battery
NP-BX1 and USB Charge/USB Power Supply

Battery Life / still image shooting (approx.)
400 images / 200 minutes

Approx. dimensions W x H x D
108.1mm x 63.6mm x 38.3mm

Weight (body only, excluding media and battery)
Approx. 272g (Battery and Memory Stick DUO are included) Approx. 246g (Body Only)

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