If you are in the market for a nice compact camera you may want to hold out for a little while. Sony just announced the new Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V compact super zoom camera that boast 30x optical zoom while weighing in at only 9.6 oz.

Personally I am fine with carrying my DSLR around and have no need for a compact camera. That said, this seems to be a really nice little camera that I could see being perfect for family trips or vacations where a DSLR would be more trouble than its worth. This new Sony camera is expected to come in around $450 and should be available in May.

Release Video

To learn more about the camera checkout this video they put together to highlight it and its features.


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What do you guys think? Is this worth the $450 price tag? Will you be getting one for your non DSLR photography needs? Let us know in a comment below.

The new Sony e-mount based QX1 will get all of the headlines, but Sony also announced another addition to their QX lineup, the new QX30. It builds on the same ideas as the original QX10 and QX100, but in this version, the powerzoom lens has a 30x optical zoom.


The QX30 fits nicely into the current QX lineup right between the QX10 and QX100 with a 25-75mm equivalent lens in front of a 1/23-in 20.4 megapixel sensor. Basically, other than the new 25-75mm equivalent lens (30x optical zoom), the new QX30 is identical to the QX10 and QX100.

Sony QX30 Specs

  • 1/2.3” (7.82mm) 20.4 Megapixel sensor
  • ISO 80-12800
  • 1/6000-4 second shutter speed
  • 10fps continuous shooting mode
  • Sony G lens, 11 elements in 10 groups
  • 25-75mm focal range
  • f3.5-6.3 maximum aperture
  • 5-200cm minimum focusing distance
  • NFC and Wi-Fi connectivity


The new QX30 will come in at just $348, keeping it in line with the rest of the QX models, positioning it below most DSLR cameras, while offering better image quality than most point and shoots or smart phones.

You can now pre-order the QX30 over on B&H, shipping is expected towards the end of September.


What are your thoughts on this new QX30 camera/lens? Do you see this as a nice addition to Sony’s current QX lineup? Leave a comment below!