Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 Photos

April 24, 2013 | Mark Goldstein | 20 Comments | |
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 Photos Image

We had the oppotunity to try out the new Sony HX50 camera on the 38th floor of the iconic Gherkin building in central London. The HX50 is billed as "the world's smallest compact camera with a 30x optical zoom lens".

Here are 42 sample JPEG photos taken with a pre-production version of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 compact camera, including the full ISO range from 80-12,800.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 is a premium compact camera with a 20.4 megapixel Exmor R sensor, 30x zoom lens (24-720mm), multi-interface accessory hotshoe, manual exposure modes, built-in wi-fi and Full 50p HD movie recording.

A gallery of 42 JPEG photos taken with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 compact camera.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50 JPEG Images

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#1 Rin

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4:54 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#2 Mark Goldstein

All fixed now :)

7:00 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#3 Dimos

Are these guys from sony kidding us? the pixel density is too much for this king of exmor r processor. Well enough of this, I’m going on the dslr from now on, nikon is good for me I think.

7:38 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#4 Jonathan

at 100% they look horrid, no detail at all, pure mush, very disappointing…

10:18 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#5 Jim

I agree with Dimos about pixel density. At full size, everything is soft.  This is just too small a sensor to be trying to achieve this much.  The EXIF claims JPEG compression 6 (whatever that is - I cannot find out other than it seems to be the standard for in-camera compression), and the sky in the first scene shows clear stripes spreading from the centre. Presumably these were all taken though glass that must be quite thick at that height, so does this give a “true and fair reflection” of the image capability?  Probably, as the leaning guy’s hair is wonderfully soft too.
I downloaded a few of the images, and they range is size from 5.0GB to 7.4GB which does mean a lot of compression from an original size of 5184 x 3888 Pixels (20.16 MPixels) (4:3).
Is it the pixel density, or the compression? How much does the thick glass impact?
Looking forward to more pictures, but so far those are disappointing. Shame, as before seeing these, I was already planning my sale of my current camera, a Canon SX260HS due to these very issues.

10:30 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#6 Jim

Interesting to compare to the Panasonic Lumix G6 pictures, which are much more detailed. The G6 also uses JPEG compression 6, but its EXIF shows CompressedBitsPerPixel of 2, compared to the HX50 of 3. Probably accounts in part, plus much better lens and bigger sensor of course.
Pity we don’t get pictures from the same places for true comparison, but how could you get the light the same, and will the manufacturers let loose their cameras. Ah well…

10:38 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#7 Rin

Very disappointing.

1:22 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#8 Karl

30x Zoom for the worst image quality of a new compact camera in the year 2013? sony? hello…whats wrong with you? You don’t produce cameras for your marketing departement. You build cameras for customers! I bought a Sony NEX-5R ten days ago. The picture quality is fantastic (Operation not really). I have a 3x zoom, ten times less than this camera. But my pictures still look 30x better enlarged.

3:45 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#9 Fabio

      I don’t understand why people are comparing these images with a Nikon DSLR, Panasonic G6 or a Sony NEX.  The location was of course awfull , shooting through windows that are not clean, using mostly high ISO in a small sensor camera that is pre production and was never used by the photographer.
    The only conclusion for me is that the lens show no CA in the high contrast images and the jpegs artifacts that were common in the previous modes are not there.
    Sony has amazing HDR and multi stacking modes that deal very well with low light situations that demand high ISOs.
    This camera can take an EVF, flash, microphone and remote control, exclusive exposure dial, fits in a pocket and reachs 720 mm and price is about the same ! What an achievement.
      I always carry with me at least 2 cameras, one is a compact, I had the HX9 and now I have the HX30, but I also had recently the Canon SX260 , Panasonic TZ30 and the Panasonic LX7 , what I really like about the Sony is the paint HDR, movies , very fast focus and the fantastic macro, the Hx30 can zoom in up to 3,6x (about 90 mm equivalent ) and focus 2 inches from the subject, that’s something I would like to know if remains the same in this new model.
    Interesting that photographyblog showed at the same time the Sony HX50 and the Panasonic G6, since I have the G3 and the HX30 that means I need to start saving money…

6:22 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#10 Choakinek

20 Mpx with max. 1 Mpx - 2 Mpx ;-).

8:51 pm - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#11 Pete

Dear testers,

do you realy think it is good idea to take the very first test pics of a new cam through a dirty window?

Great database to get a first impression!
Sony will love you for this. ;)


8:12 am - Thursday, April 25, 2013

#12 cynic

@jim Are you a shill? Why on earth would you compare a 1/2.3” compact with a Micro 4/3 camera?
Just because you pixel peep doesn’t mean everyone does. I am suggesting some people who buy this camera will see the zoom range and that will appeal to them.If all they are doing is posting on Facebook then this camera has all the quality they need.

7:26 am - Friday, April 26, 2013

#13 John Dunbar

What is wrong with you guys who write these comments, this company is the only one to publish shots from the launch of the HX50, the images have been compressed from 57 meg to 4 meg (they are not going to be great!)

I am a professional photographer and based on what I have seen and the tech spec I am going to get one. I will never use it on a pro shoots…. that’s what my pro kit is for. I will be using it for my happy snaps. A few days ago I went out for the day with my family, I wanted a camera that I could take some nice shots without taking all my kit, I wanted a camera that I could use and slip in my pocket, this has everything and more. Thanks for publishing the photographs, much appreciated.

10:39 am - Friday, April 26, 2013

#14 Jim

Thanks for your comments. I am merely an interested amateur photographer with a Canon 400D and a Canon ixus 260. I’ve had all sorts starting with a brownie 127, .including point and shoot, superzoom, Bridge and SLR.
Cynic - you certainly are.
John Dunbar - 57 meg originals from a 20 meg sensor? The Sony pics are so far as I can tell full size. The G6 pics are reduced to 4 meg but still far better.
I think it important to say from time to time that superzoom 20 megapixels is VERY different to bridge or to micro 4/3 or to SLR or to full frame SLR. My post was to contrast the differing results from two sets of photos taken on newly released cameras that gave distinctively different results even allowing for the better camera having its file size artificially restricted. To me this set of photos shows me that the lens / sensor combination of the superzoom is just not up tothe job of taking photos to show at full resolution. If what I want is to post on Facebook or to display on my 17 inch laptop screen, they are great. So why do I need 20 megapixels?
I wonder about the jpeg compression of 6 which seems to be borderline “good” but is used by camera manufacturers. Photo editing software instructions suggest saving at better than that. What also fascinated me was the differing compressed bits per pixel and whether that had any effect.

2:46 pm - Sunday, April 28, 2013

#15 Pat Griffin

Upgraded from Sony DSC 350 to HX10V 18.2 MP last year and image quality was lower….9.6 compared to 9.7 in the old camera. Bought a Sony RX100 last Xmas and while you get true res of over 20 MP, I haven’t been that impressed. I probably didn’t get a chance to really test the camera as I was too busy. I hope they get it right with the HX50. I have found that it is very hard to combine hi-res and hi-zoom in a compact camera.

5:55 pm - Thursday, May 2, 2013


Disregard those images taken behind building windows. It proves nothing.

1:29 pm - Friday, May 3, 2013

#18 utomo

Where is low light sample photos ?

1:08 pm - Thursday, September 12, 2013

#19 dany

my casio h50 zoom x24 is not bad

5:13 pm - Thursday, April 10, 2014

#20 Bob

Preparing for table top shoot with 24"x24” flashes bouncing off white ceiling I bought another camera, small with hot shoe for lights.

Just a couple of drawbacks for me:
Files end up read only and can’t delete or format card via USB access.

The flash is almost a killer for good tabletop photography. For hot shoe to be hot the flash must be in up position providing surprise influence, hot spots, etc. I cut and taped a reflector with black tape backing to reflect light up to mix with the other strobe light at the ceiling.

Yea, but can’t just black tape the little flash head. It will burn itself up after a few dozen shots.

Camera mounted on a left hand grip arrangement now. It’s really light and quick to use to photo archive a large antique rifle collection, shooting about 12 exposure per item. I’ll see if it holds up for 7,000+ exposures. Backup camera is reliable Canon G9.

9:03 pm - Saturday, November 15, 2014