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Sony Cyber-shot HX50V designed for enthusiasts (pictures)

While still a 30x zoom point-and-shoot at heart, the HX50V has some features that advanced users (or those looking to become advanced) will appreciate.

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Sony Cyber-shot HX50V

The follow-up to the popular and generally excellent HX30V, the HX50V gets a new 30x, f3.5-6.3, 24-720mm lens in a body that's basically the same dimensions and weight as its predecessor: 4.4 inches wide by 2.6 inches high by 1.2 inches deep and approximately 9.6 ounces.
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More megapixels

Behind the lens is a new 20-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor.
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3-inch LCD

On back is a 3-inch LCD with a 921K-dot resolution. Controls are similar to the HX30V, but the custom function button has been relocated from the top to the back and there's a new dial on top.
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Exposure compensation dial

Joining the mode dial on top is one for quickly adjusting exposure compensation. Also, while past models only had full manual and program auto modes, the HX50V has shutter speed priority and aperture priority modes.
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New flash

The HX50V's flash can be angled back to be used as a bounce flash.
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Multi Interface Shoe

New to the line is a Multi Interface Shoe that can be used with an add-on flash unit.
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Stereo mic

Or you can pop on a mic for your movie shoots (the camera can record in 1080p at 60fps in AVCHD or in MP4 format at 1,440x1,080-dot resolution at 30fps)...
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Electronic viewfinder

...Or even an electronic viewfinder. And, as you can see on the side of the body, the camera has built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

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