my take on sony HX50V
I have bought this camera for over a month and here are my comments :
1>I am attracted to this camera for its small size (which encouraged me to carry it daily ),30x long zoom ,manual controls and availability of a hot shoe and cheap price . Feature wise it is much improved from former model HX30V .
2> videos quality is quite good .It is far easier to hold steady by hand compared with a heavy DSLR and the electric zoom facilate smoother zoom action .The steadyshot works well . However as with most digital cameras the sound quality is just so-so and can be improved .An external microphone can be attached via hotshoe but this entails additonal costs and bulk .
3>Sony have eliminated the inconvenience of requiring users to select different playback modes for videos and stills.
4> the powerful zoom is a revelation
which enable far away objects such as birds, licence plates ,buildings names etc to be pulled in
5> However the biggest issues I noticed is the high noise and water color effect of the pictures even when ISO and zoom is relatively low and lighting conditions quite bright . The sensor of 1/2.3 inch is quite common for compacts and there are certainly better results from other models either from Sony or others.MY RX100 is streets ahead in picture quality .
Wonder if this can be improved by a firmware update should Sony decide to do it .
Any similiar experiences ?