today introduced the Cyber-shot HX50V
, a powerful new compact-form camera featuring 30x optical zoom coupled with a 20.4MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor. The device measures 4.4 inches wide, by 2.6 inches high, and 1.2 inches thick with a weight of 9.6 ounces, making it the smallest and lightest camera with 30x optical zoom capability, according to the company.
The new model offers enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to reduce camera shake and blur at all ranges. At full 30x zoom extension, the HX50V's stabilization is approximately twice as effective as the HX200V high-zoom model introduced in 2012, according to Sony.
The high-resolution 20.4-megapixel sensor in the new camera is paired with a powerful BIONZ processor, allowing the camera camera to produce high-resolution, high-quality images in all types of lighting conditions. Additionally, the unit features exceptionally high-speed AutoFocus that can lock onto subjects at full zoom approximately twice as fast compared to the similar Sony HX200V
Connectivity to the HX50V camera is by way of 802.11n Wi-Fi capabilities, utilizing Sony's PlayMemories iOS and Android application to wirelessly transfer photos and videos 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.
Other features of the camera include a dedicated exposure compensation dial with a P/A/S/M model dial for adjusting other manual shooting settings, a five-blade aperture, and a peripheral Multi Interface Shoe.
The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V is anticipated to retail for $450 and ship sometime in May.