Sony has just scaled back at it line-up of Cyber-shot for 2013, though there definitely was a hole still that had to be mended: update to the top-of-the-line compact HX30V magazoom.

In February, WX300 announced with the 20x lens and the stripped-down set of feature, seemed quite an improbable follow-up for usually excellent HX30V. Cyber-shot HX50V does look like some serious update though.

HX50V supports 20-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor illuminated at the backside and has a lens with 30x, f3.5-6.3, 24-720mm. It alone isn’t so impressive, but this points that the body around it measures (W x H x D)  4.4-in x 2.6-in x1.2-in and weighs about 9.6 ounces makes HX50 the lightest and smallest camera with 30x zoom.

The shooting modes appear to be about same as the assortment that you will find on any past models that are using the sensors Sony’s Exmor R, including the modes for the purpose of low-light photos, creative filters, HDR and total manual controls. Manual mode, however, is bound by the shutter-speed priority and aperture priority modes.

On top and next to mode dial, a latest dial for exposure compensation is there and also Multi Interface Shoe to attach accessories that are compatible including electronic viewfinder, microphone or flash. Also, there is a Multi Terminal port for USB which is compatible with remote control. Its camera comes with the WI-Fi feature built-in so that your tablet or smartphone could be used to control wireless the camera and transfer shots to mobile for sharing and viewing.

Camera has GPS built-in so that your photos could be geotagged too. Rather than a simple pop-up flash HX50V’s could be angled towards back so that it could be used like bounce flash. It seems as if the placement happens to be still where the camera is typically held though.

Camera uses small 1/2.3-inch-type sensor still, so many might not think it as some true compact for enthusiast. The lens is also very slow towards both ends. Also it does not capture just in raw, it is only JPEG. In addition to this, it stays confined to typical burst that is on Cyber-shots: in a second, 10 frames with focus along with exposure set in first shot. A long wait is likely while all the 20-megapixel frames get stored before one can again shoot.

Even then, it is undoubtedly not targeting the average snap-shooter. The full package looks same as a pretty travel zoom killer. Sony should also agree as it is asking $450 in exchange for it as it will come to the stores in the month of May.

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