Photographers who crave plenty of zoom generally look at superzoom cameras that are bigger than your average point-and-shoot, with giant lens barrels and SLR-like features. The HX50V isn't your typical superzoom trapped in the body of an SLR-wannabe though, as it's a compact camera with 30x zoom.
Design and features
In the hand, the HX50V feels very well-built, with a sturdy external construction and textured grips. The lens element, which cleverly hides 30x optical zoom, doesn't protrude too far from the front of the camera. It's a Sony G lens, which opens up to a maximum of f/3.5-6.3 from one wide-angle extreme (24mm equivalent) to the other (720mm).
Behind the lens sits a 1/2.3-inch Exmor R CMOS sensor at 20.4 megapixels. The 3-inch LCD screen is bright and clear, boasting a resolution of 921,600 dots, which makes it easy to see in outdoor situations. The brightness level can also be tweaked according to personal preference.