HX50: What kind of photo quality

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HX50: What kind of photo quality
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I recently bought a Sony HX50. Like the camera, amazing zoom, good quality build, good features, fine stabilization. My question is: my shots look very good, but what is the general thought about the HX50 as far as quality of photo, is this too small of a sensor to produce quality shots? I need to figure out if it is a keeper- Many thanks, Krocket

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In reply to Krocket, 11 months ago

Best doesn't really matter
Best for you, does.

There are better point and shoots, with less zoom. (Like the RX100 and RX1) There are bigger bridge cameras with even more zoom..(like the HX300) but a pro sports photog wouldn't be caught dead using either..and would instead invest thousand$$$ on big DSLr gear.

The best camera is the one you have with you. It sounds like you are happy with the results and ergnomics and price, so it sounds like you made a good decision...

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In reply to notime, 11 months ago

Best doesn't really matter
Best for you, does.

There are better point and shoots, with less zoom. (Like the RX100 and RX1) There are bigger bridge cameras with even more zoom..(like the HX300) but a pro sports photog wouldn't be caught dead using either..and would instead invest thousand$$$ on big DSLr gear.

The best camera is the one you have with you. It sounds like you are happy with the results and ergnomics and price, so it sounds like you made a good decision...

Inexperienced users magnify the image on their computer screen to view small areas of an image and complain that the enlarged area looks smeared or has watercolor effects due to fewer color variations. The compelling reason for this specific type of camera is the combination of superzoom lens and pocket size. No current way to offer both features without a small sensor and thus image quality will indeed suffer compared to larger sensor cameras which lack superzoom or require much larger size and cost much more as well.

If you want tiny size and superzoom, you have a superb choice with the HX or WX models. If image quality is of paramount importance, the RX, NEX, or alpha family of Sony cameras will deliver higher image quality and give up a great deal in adding size, cost, and less versatility.

Choose your camera based on intended usage. "Different horses for different courses".....

Larry

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I've owned all sorts of cameras over the years that produced technically better shots than the HX50

However, to get these shots it involved hauling around a serious amount of big and heavy equipment that I don't care to carry much when out and about these days.

The photo's that I have taken so far are more than good enough for my needs, as I am not expecting the very highest IQ available ever. Just having all that telephoto power available for capturing 'the moment' is where this camera is 'really at' as far as I am concerned.

If you like what it does then surely it's a keeper, isn't it ?

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Krocket wrote:

I recently bought a Sony HX50. Like the camera, amazing zoom, good quality build, good features, fine stabilization. My question is: my shots look very good, but what is the general thought about the HX50 as far as quality of photo, is this too small of a sensor to produce quality shots? I need to figure out if it is a keeper- Many thanks, Krocket

If you think the shots look good but are concerned about what others think, it depends what kind of audience you are trying to impress.

Joe Public is unlikely to tell the difference - even less so if displayed on something like an ipad.

Forum members with the critical eye of Sherlock Holmes will think the photos look "ok", but it wont impress them to any large degree.

Then it depends on your skill level in shooting and in pp.

Do you really need that much zoom?  Do you really need a pocket camera?

Do you really need top image quality?

You cant have it all unfortunately.  You need to compromise.  For me, the HX50V is a good compromise.

If you want better IQ and less zoom, look at the Nikon P7700.  If it needs to be pocketable, look at the Panasonic LF1.

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See, that's what is great about this forum-I asked a question, and right away got some very intelligent, thoughtful answers. Many good points, thanks to all, I like the results of the Hx50, so I'll probably be keeping it, and it'll go with me to Greece and Italy in October. Kind regards to all that gave me words of wisdom! - Krocket

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Krocket wrote:

See, that's what is great about this forum-I asked a question, and right away got some very intelligent, thoughtful answers. Many good points, thanks to all, I like the results of the Hx50, so I'll probably be keeping it, and it'll go with me to Greece and Italy in October. Kind regards to all that gave me words of wisdom! - Krocket

Greece and Italy will be great.   In Greece,  try to stop by Santorini. It is spectacular.  The HX50 has an excellent hires panorama mode or you can carefully align and shoot manually and stitch later.   Here's a shot from Hong Kong with the HX50V,  manually.

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Krocket wrote:

See, that's what is great about this forum-I asked a question, and right away got some very intelligent, thoughtful answers. Many good points, thanks to all, I like the results of the Hx50, so I'll probably be keeping it, and it'll go with me to Greece and Italy in October. Kind regards to all that gave me words of wisdom! - Krocket

Good choice! Enjoy the trip & make sure to share!

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Hi Krocket.

I have found the HX50v a delight to use but you need to factor your end goals with respect to the camera's capability. If you are happy with 8x10 photos (maybe a bit more), then its image quality is fine for me. As there is no raw, you have to be more exacting of your exposures or bracket a bit more to get the look you want. I find the jpegs not too flexible to post processing.

But given these limitations, I'm very happy with the camera's versatility. Here are some of my recent island photos...

Alex

Sunrise at Bantayan Island

This crab was about 5 inches across and some 15 ft away from me. The Hx50's zoom came in handy to catch this fellow perched on a pole. Did not realise they could climb!

Flying over an extinct volcano

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In reply to ibasco, 11 months ago

Very nice. What settings did you use for the sunset?

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navydad wrote:

Very nice. What settings did you use for the sunset sunrise?

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Ibasco-

Phillipome Airlines Airbus A319 from Manilla to Busan?

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In reply to navydad, 11 months ago

Thanks Navydad. I used 1/1250 f6.3 at iso 80.

In reality, I moved the camera around to look for an exposure that gave the desired look, locked it in with half pressing the shutter, then recomposing for the final picture.  I really like how using the LCD allows you to pre-visualise what you want

Alex

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Hi RM3,

I was on a PAL Airbus 320-200 from Cebu to Manila

Alex

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Nice shots, Alex.

And not forgetting, you also get a pocket 30x zoom 1080p60 video camera thrown in!

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ibasco wrote:

Hi RM3,

I was on a PAL Airbus 320-200 from Cebu to Manila

Alex

Hi Alex,

Just having some silly fun by Googling the registration # from the top of the wing and it sent me here: http://www.flightradar24.com/data/airplanes/rp-c8610

I mistakenly wrote A319 when I meant A320. I used the EXIF data from your photo to get the date and time but screwed that up too!

RM3

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