Sony Announces Cyber-shot HX50V

Sony announced the world's most compact camera capable of 30X optical zoom, for the lot that hates the limited optical capabilities of pocketable point-and-shoots, yet doesn't want to complicate things with a DSLR, or a bulky fixed-lens setup. The new Cyber-shot HX50V measures just 111.7 mm x 66 mm x 30 mm (WxHxD), weighing 270 g, but packs a mean punch with its optics.

The Cyber-shot HX50V offers Super-Zoom, up to 30X optical, which can be pushed a few notches further, with digital zoom. The telescopic Steady-shot lens holds some impressive chops: 24-720 mm. The point-and-shooter tucks in a 20.4-megapixel Exmor R CMOS 1/2.3-inch sensor, backed by a Bionz processor. In combination with the lens, it features a sensitivity of ISO 12,800.

The camera also features a 3-inch touchscreen, the ability to record 1080p video at 60 frames per second, and a battery that's rated to offer up to 400 shots on a full charge. It features a multiple-interface top shoe, that lets you install a range of accessories, including flash, electronic viewfinders, and high-gain microphones. Its micro-terminal lets you pair it with a remote control.

Slated for May, the Cyber-shot HX50V from Sony is expected to be priced at $449.