Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Great remote app; excellent images
Sony makes some great cameras and the DSC-HX50V is yet another in the Cyber-shot range. Boasting a 30x zoom and the ability to capture images at 20.4 megapixels or full HD 1080p movies, it will fit the bill for casual and more experienced shooters. When you pick the DSC-HX50V it’s clear that Sony has put serious thought into the construction. It feels solid without being heavy at just a tick over 270g. Our only concern was the design of the pop-up flash. If the camera is dropped or bumped accidentally when the flash is extended we’re pretty sure it would be seriously damaged. Like most compact digital cameras, the DSC-HX50V uses an SD card for storing images. That makes it very easy to transfer photos to your Mac without needing to install extra software. However, we’d advise you to install the PlayMemories app. It lets you remotely control the camera and retrieve images directly to your iOS device. Image quality was very good. Colours and textures were captured faithfully for viewing on screen and when printed. The geotagging feature was accurate and got a fix from the satellites quickly. As well as the usual automatic shooting mode that most of us use, the DSC-HX50V has plenty of features for more experienced photographers with a wide gamut of manual adjustments. The 3in display on the back of the DSC-HX50V is only for viewing – it doesn’t have any touch capability. Although some might consider this a flaw, we find that we accidentally shoot a lot of pictures of the ground when we accidentally tap the screen on other cameras. Bottom line. Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is a well-made camera that will fulfill the needs of most travellers and casual photographers with great features for those considering an SLR but not sure if they need one.