Cyber-shot Digital Camera HX50V
I was hoping that when I purchased a $400 dollar camera that it would completely function when I received it. That was not the case so having to figure out how I return a new camera.
To me this does not speak well about the manufacture and their quality control.
October 4, 2013
Good but need some improvement
First at all, I like this camera a lot, it have a lot of feature which are great for travel. but as a travel zoom camera, it lack the important flip screen which allow user to take self portrait. during travel, a lot of people will take self portrait with the landscape/building or nice scene. A 180 flip screen help a lot. Sony, hope you hear this and for next travel zoom that include flip screen, I will buy.
September 20, 2013
Good but not perfect
Good but not perfect
Date:August 23, 2013
I was looking for reasonably small camera with large (over 18x) zoom and this camera seems to be the best compromise. Overall, I'm happy with it, but here is what I'm not happy about.
- LCD screen zoom: the main purpose of the LCD is to see if the picture you took is good enough (e.g., if it is sharp#. Since LCD is small, you can't figure that out without zooming into the image. The max zoom that HX50V has is not enough: it is several times lower than needed for pixel-by-pixel magnification. Somehow older models #HX20V?# had higher max zoom #8x vs. 4x in HX50V#.
- Useless 3D mode. It works very slightly #the difference between L and R eye pictures# and only for a certain compositions. When it works, the difference between eyes is very very small, thus having very slight 3D effect. On most of the pictures there is no difference, so 3D simply doesn’t work at all. What is interesting is that in previous models Sony had 3D panorama mode, and people were saying that this mode really worked well #since in panorama mode there are multiple shots from different angles, so it should be possible to generate proper 3D image from them#. Don’t know why Sony killed it.
- Panorama modes: all modes with 1080 vertical resolution produce pretty bad quality picture #it is not sharp to be viewed full screen on PC#. Vertical panorama modes #especially HD mode# are pretty good #they generate image with height higher than 1080 lines#.
- JPEG compression artifacts: visible #under magnification# even when there is enough light for the sensor not to be too noisy. No settings to adjust compression amount or shoot in RAW. All JPEG files have the same size for the given resolution, regardless of picture quality #amount of details in it#.
- Video modes: not that great at all. First, somehow video is much less sharp than stills scaled to the same resolution even under perfect light #and I doubt that this is due to not high enough recording bitrate#. Second, image stabilization is not adjusted to shooting video #it results in sudden jumps in video#, and there is no way to disable it. Also, it seems that camera uses rolling shutter, so if your camera is shaky #which is pretty much always unless you use a tripod or not using zoom at all# you’ll get “wobble” effect that cannot be fixed later by video stabilization processing of the recorded video.
- Minimum time between shots: the RX100 camera feels much faster than HX50. Don’t know why Sony couldn’t take faster electronics and better user interface and case from RX100 and use it with smaller sensor and larger zoom as in HX50.
- A very useful thing #that is not advertised enough in my opinion): GPS tracking. The camera has a mode where it would record GPS position every 15 seconds even when the camera is off (but has a battery in it#. Very useful to document your route when you are on a trip. You can even review later what speed you were travelling at and how many times you broke the speed limit. Bad thing: there is no way to get to know your current elevation from camera’s GPS without a PC, which is important for hiking or when travelling at high altitudes.
- Battery life: could easily use up a battery during one day. Ended up having to get 3 batteries.
- LCD screen under a sun: it is really a problem even after increasing the brightness #camera could also had a sensor to increase the brightness automatically like in cell phones).
August 23, 2013
Packs a punch...
The good is the incredibly small pocket size camera with an excellent super zoom and good image stablization. Photo quality is good and on par with the other point and shots (I've had them all, but really like the size of this one!) Has nice array of artistic features. The lens and zoom are exellent throughout, and the Sony technology of the close up zoom over the optical is spectacular.
The not so good is the aperture is not fast enough, no RAW, no touch screen. More in-camera editing options would be nice. The one thing I really didn't like about the camera is that in bright sunshine, it is virtually impossible to see the LCD screen. Camera funtions superbly in sunshine and struggles in shadows and dark areas. Really a daylight camera.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars. a very noble attempt. it's as good as the Canon and Fuji point and shoots but stands out for its small size and packs a good photo punch.
August 20, 2013