Measuring 108 x 64 x 38mm, it’s fitted with a 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor with the same Bionz processor found in the HX300 superzoom. A 24-720mm f/3.5-6.3 equivalent lens with optical image stabilisation also features.
Built in Wi-Fi allows for wireless picture sharing when in range of a network connection, pushing snaps to a PC or TV, while nine different filter effects and a 1080p/50 movie capture option can also be used. Panorama modes can also be used, while manual control dials and interface hotshoe give experienced photographers full control over settings and optional peripherals.
Shooting in JPEG only (no RAW), the camera’s battery life is good for 400 shots, which is very respectable for a compact.
Launching at the beginning of May, expect to pay around £350 when the HX50 launches. An additional FDA-EV1MK electronic viewfinder, first released with the Cyber-shot RX1 full-frame compact, will cost also be available for £330.