As more and more people prefer using their smartphones instead of a compact digicam, camera manufacturers are forced to make their compact cameras even better. The innovations continue, as Sony managed to pack an impressive 30x zoom starting from a 24mm equivalent focal length along with Wifi, GPS and manual control, in a body that will easily fit into a coat pocket. Introducing the Sony Cybershot HX50V compact camera:
The lens, while not terribly bright is still a fair f/3.5 at the wide angle and f/6.3 at the tele and considering the crazy focal length range and small size is an engineering achievement. No wonder 5 of its 11 lens elements are some of the considerably more expensive aspherical type. The lens includes also optical stabilization that will help you keep your zoomed images sharp, eliminating hand shake induced blur.
This camera, marketed as a worthy holiday companion is also capable to track your journey using the inbuilt GPS. The new HX50V also has built-in Wi-Fi capabilities utilizing Sony’s PlayMemories™ Mobile application, available for both Android and iOS app platforms, to transfer photos and videos through wireless to a connected smartphone or tablet. The application also allows a connected device to be used as a handy wireless remote to control the camera – ideal for self-portraits and group shots where the photographer wants to be included.
For more advanced users, the HX50V camera has a dedicated exposure compensation dial and a P/A/S/M model dial for adjusting other manual shooting settings. In addition, it features a 5-blade aperture for smooth background out of focus effect and a Multi Interface Shoe for attaching compatible accessories including an electronic viewfinder, flash or microphone.
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