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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 16.2 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black) (2012 Model)

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  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 5X optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies
  • Picture Effect for more expressive photos
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 0.8 x 2 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B006K554DW
  • Item model number: DSCWX50/B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 20, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black

Product Description

Expand your visual horizons with the Sony DSC-WX50. Capture stunning images and Full HD 1080/60i video with its 16.2MP CMOS sensor and stabilized 5X optical/10X Clear Image zoom lens. View 3D stills and Sweep Panorama images on its 2.7" LCD, and use FaceDetection, Smile Shutter, and Natural Flash to improve portraits.<BR>

From the Manufacturer

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 16.2 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD

DSC_WX50
  • 16.2MP Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Clear Image Zoom captures realistic detailed images
  • Full HD 1080/60i with dual record of stills and movies1
  • Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps
  • Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies
  • 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode3
  • Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode for one shot landscapes in high resolution
  • Background Defocus highlights your subject like a DSLR
  • Picture Effect for more expressive photos
  • Superior Auto for dynamic pictures















Expand your visual horizons with the Sony DSC-WX50. Capture stunning images and Full HD 1080/60i video with its 16.2MP CMOS sensor and stabilized 5X optical/10X Clear Image zoom lens. Easily view 3D stills and Sweep Panorama images on its 2.7-inch LCD, and use Face Detection, Smile Shutter, and Natural Flash to improve portraits.


Key Features

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16.2 Megapixel Back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor

The Sony DSC-WX50 features a 16.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor that brings out the full resolving power of the camera’s lens to deliver extremely fast speed, high resolution, and stunning low-light sensitivity with improved image clarity and drastically reduced grain. In addition, the combined Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ image processor delivers extremely fast up to 10fps, Anti Motion Blur, Hand-held Twilight and 1080i movie modes.

Optical zoom plus Clear image zoom

Most digital zooms use electronic cropping to get closer to the subject, resulting in unsharp images. With Clear Image Zoom the powerful processor compares patterns found in adjacent pixels and creates new pixels to match selected patterns, resulting in more realistic, higher-quality images. Clear Image Zoom doubles optical zoom for closer photos.

Full HD 1080/60i

Record crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60i in 1080 AVCHD video.1 This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time.

Capture the decisive moment with up to 10fps

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Capture full 16.2 megapixel resolution images at up to 10 frames per second, helping to ensure that the decisive moment is captured such as the soccer ball flying into the goal. In addition, a mechanical shutter helps reduce distortion when continuously shooting moving subjects.

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode

Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies even while walking. Camera-shake compensation using Optical SteadyShot/Active Mode has been improved with the addition of new electronic image stabilization.Now it’s easier than ever to obtain sharp, blur-free movies even when zooming in unsteady situations, such as shooting with one hand while walking.

3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama mode3

Produce awe-inspiring images with 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama capabilities.3 Photos will take on a new dimension of creative capabilities for viewing the world in a whole new way.

Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode

With Intelligent Sweep Panorama HR mode just press the shutter, pan the landscape and let the camera do the rest. It automatically links together each frame to produce a high resolution panoramic image providing the ability to zoom in on small details. This model even detects faces and moving subjects to stitch intelligently different widths to help avoid subject distortion.

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Background Defocus

DSLR photographs are often beautiful because they blur the background, putting the emphasis on the subject. Now our point-and-shoot cameras can deliver this signature DSLR benefit. The system takes two shots, identifies the background and applies a defocused background keeping the subject crisp and clear.

Picture Effect for more expressive photos

Picture Effect adds a new level of expression to photos, making ordinary landscapes and portraits come to life by heightening mood and emphasizing certain attributes. Select camera models have up to nine different effects.

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Superior Auto mode

Get cleaner, more dynamic pictures and fewer missed shots. The DSC-WX50 automatically recognizes the correct scene mode, then quickly shoots and combines up to six shots to produce images with greater clarity, optimum dynamic range using backlight correction HDR technology and lower image noise using 6 shots layering technology. Superior Auto intelligently detects 33 scenes for still images and movies, making it easy to get the best shot. 

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Face Detection technology

Face Detection technology recognizes faces and optimizes camera settings for both video and still images, so faces are captured more clearly and skin tones look more natural.


Smile Shutter technology

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Smile Shutter technology captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply press the Smile Shutter button and the camera does the rest. You can also select adult and child priority and indicate the degree of Smile Detection sensitivity. Intelligent Scene Recognition can now be used together with Smile Shutter mode when the Intelligent Auto mode is on. This means that beautiful smiles can be captured with settings optimized for the particular scene, even in difficult conditions such as twilight and backlighting.

Anti-blink Function

It’s frustrating to capture the perfect shot, only to review it later and discover subjects blinked during the photo. The Anti-blink function works to help counter blinking and squinting. When the camera is set to Soft Snap, the Anti-blink function captures two images, recording only the photo with less squinting. If a blink is detected in other shooting modes, a warning will be displayed after you take the shot.

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Soft Skin mode

Portrait subjects will love the results. Soft Skin mode recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode

Intelligent Scene Recognition (iSCN) Mode automatically detects 33 different types of scenes and, within just 1/30th of a second, selects the appropriate camera settings. iSCN has two modes: Auto and Advanced. In Auto Mode, the camera takes a single shot using the optimal settings. In Advanced Mode, the camera takes a photo with the optimal settings and, if in difficult lighting (low light or back light) immediately takes a second photo with another optimized setting so you can choose which to keep.

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Natural Flash

Conventional point-and-shoot camera flash shots just don't capture colors the way the eye sees them. Natural Flash mode takes a reference shot without flash and then uses that reference to correct the color, for far more lifelike images.

Motion Detection

Motion Detection, along with Face Motion Detection adjusts ISO sensitivity and increases the shutter speed when movement is detected, reducing blur in moving subjects and faces.

Sweep Multi Angle mode

In Sweep Multi Angle mode, the DSC-WX50 takes 15 images at different angles as it sweeps across the scene. By tilting the camera during playback, the camera’s Gyro Sensor detects motion and displays the image in a 3D-like view on the camera’s LCD.

1. Records in 29 minute segments
2. Requires HDTV and HDMI cable sold separately
3. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold separately.

Customer Reviews

Image Quality: 91% positive
"The pictures are very nice, the video slightly less so. "
Ease of Use: 97% positive
"Easy to use, easy to navigate menus, and takes great pictures. "
Amy Newman SmithRead full review
Features: 94% positive
"All the features are excellent. "
Juan SantamariaRead full review
Video Quality: 98% positive
"When taking video it is crisp, clean and smooth, the audio is fantastic for a compact camera. "
Value: 89% positive
"Worth the price and works great. "
Zoom: 86% positive
"Resolution at zoom was pretty good as well. "

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

102 of 105 people found the following review helpful By mle991 on April 5, 2012
Color Name: Black
***NOTE (4/24/12):

The charging port for this camera uses a micro usb port, so if you are on the go or in the car you can just charge up the camera in the car with your car charger for your phone. Hope this is useful information for everyone :)

***

This camera is straight out fantastic. I have been using it for about 2 and half weeks now and it takes really crisp and sharp pictures. Although sometimes the pictures don't come out great but that is to be expected. This camera looks exactly like the previous model the WX9, i think the only difference is the screen size and the better digital zoom on this camera (WX50). Outside in the sunlight this camera performs flawlessly and the shutter speed is really fast with very little shutter lag. If you use the regular auto mode it tends to be faster at taking a pic and processing it right away, but if your use the auto plus mode the pictures comes out better but it takes about 1-2 second to process but it is well worth it and it is fast to move to a next shot right away.

I absolutely love the sweep panoramic feature, it is one of the main reasons that I wanted to get a sony cybershot camera and because I have previously owned the cybershot T70 camera which was fantastic as well. Another feature that I like is the background de-focus mode. It creates images that resembles a DSLR with the bokeh and blurred background. Although it is not perfect everytime but it is consistent meaning about 8-10 shots would be perfect with the blurred background and the other two shots would be blurred too much or too little or just in the wrong place. I used a DSLR as my main camera but when I travel or go out with friends I like to bring along a smaller camera for the convinence.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By lindguini on January 3, 2013
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
PROS: Small size, low light capability, special features
CONS: Lens wobble during video zooming, image noise above ISO 200

I've been searching for a point-and-shoot camera that can rival my six year-old Fuji F30. The F30 set the standard for low noise, low-light photo quality in small-sensor cameras and its performance has been difficult to beat --and I've tried, and purchased, several cameras since the Fuji. The Sony Exmor R sensor appears to be the low-light performer I've been looking for and so I purchased and tested both the Sony WX50 and the Sony WX150 for comparison.

The specs for the Sony WX50 and WX150 are virtually identical except for the optical zoom range (5X Carl Zeiss lens vs 10X Sony G lens) and sensor size (16MP vs 18MP). I fully expected the WX50 with its 5X lens and 16MP sensor to have a slight edge in image quality due to simpler optics and fewer megapixels in the Exmor R sensor. What I discovered was exactly the opposite.

I took several photos of the same low-light scene using each camera set to ISO 200, 400, 800, and 1600 in the widest angle setting (no zoom). When reviewed at 1:1, the WX50 photos showed considerable noise at ISO 400 and above (800 and 1600 were nearly unacceptable) whereas the WX150 was extremely noise-free even at 800 (with 1600 being quite impressive). The WX150's images were even slightly better than my trusty Fuji F30 --finally! There was no comparison --the WX150 lens/sensor combination provides noticeably clearer, lower-noise images at high ISO than the WX50. The WX150 has better shadow detail and clarity despite its longer zoom range (usually a compromise) and higher MP (higher MP sensors are usually noisier).
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful By samboy on May 15, 2012
Color Name: Silver
This camera has a showstopper issue:-

Occasionally the camera will not turn on correctly.
The green LED will light up, but the lens will not come out and there is no power to the LCD screen.
The camera will not respond to any button (green LED remains lit) and one is forced to remove the battery and reinsert it to get the camera functioning again.

I was able to consistently reproduce this issue (3 times) by attempting to power on the camera every day. Typically the issue would happen on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day. If the camera does power on correctly, then it seems to keep doing so until you put it away for a while.

The main reason for purchasing this camera was to have something on hand that you could quickly take photos with. If the camera doesn't power on correctly then your photo opportunity is probably gone by the time you "fix" the problem by reinserting the battery (along with the fact that the battery compartment doesn't look engineered with this amount of use mind).

Given that two other reviewers have also encountered this problem; I would recommend that would be buyers hold off any purchase for now........

I have sent my camera into Sony service and will update this review with any new findings...........

Other than that, this small camera is really nice; takes great video and reasonable pictures for the couple of weeks I had the camera in my possession.

Update 30-May-2012
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Sony repair center called 23-May-2012 and explained that they could not reproduce the problem. I let them know that they needed to leave it off for a day, turn it on etc and usually after 3-4 days they will see the issue.
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