Sony Cyber-shot HX50V is World’s Smallest and Lightest 30x Optical Zoom Camera

The newest Sony child in this TLC reality show-worthy family is the Sony Cyber-shot HX50, a tiny, pocket-sized camera that packs a pretty fair punch in the quality photography department.

Any camera that isn’t a DSLR is going to have a tougher and tougher time justifying its existence in the face of smartphones. The HX50 sets about doing this by offering 30x optical zoom, which should allow for the kind of quality landscape shots that smartphones still have a hard time taking with appreciable quality in the details. Besides the zoom, the camera will feature a 20.4 MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor. The size – 4.4” x 2.6” x 1.2” – keeps the camera lightweight and pocket-friendly.

The HX50 also has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization (which also works for videos) and a Bionz processor, which, combined with that optical zoom, should result in high-resolution photographs in a wide range of lighting conditions. There are also slightly more advanced settings that more seasoned photographers can play with, like exposure compensation and five-blade aperture. There’s also a little dock to which you can attach an external microphone or flash. It’s capable of taking HD video, and there is built-in Wi-Fi support.

The Sony Cyber-shot HX50 will be available sometime in May, and will be priced at $450.