News: Sony announced new Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V and Handycam HDR-GWP88

24 April 2013, Sony announced three new digital imaging products to cater to a wide range of photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Two caught my eye, got me reading more and as the post title state, they are the Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V and Handycam HDR-GWP88.
One is a 30x optical zoom compact and the other, a water and weather proof handycam.

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Cyber-Shot DSC-HX50V – RRP $699 (as stated on Sony site)

The DSC-HX50V is the world’s smallest and lightest camera, packed with a powerful 30x optical zoom and advanced features, but still able to fit snugly in one’s pocket.

Its 20.4 megapixel sensor and BIONZ processor ensures that vivid photos and full HD videos are taken, even in low-light situations. Built-in image stabilisation compensates for those shooting on the move.
Even at 30x zoom, the HX50V offers image stabilisation that is twice as effective as the Cyber-Shot HX200V.

Availability:
– Late May 2013

Handycam HDR-GWP88 – RRP $999 (as stated on Sony site)

The new Handycam HDR-GWP88 is ideal for those who love to travel and capture their adventures. And with a new self-recording button for self-portrait videos along with a built-in projector, you can now film yourself or your background in full HD and watch the videos wherever you are.

Waterproof up to 10 metres, shock-proof to five meters, freeze-proof down to -10°C and also dust-proof, the HDR-GWP88 is ready to take on those white water rapids, or that winter hike through the snow. Its professional grade wide angle 29.8mm high quality Sony G Lens and EXMOR R CMOS image sensor will capture colours even in low light conditions, and the Optical SteadyShot with Active mode will ensure shake-free telephoto shooting.

 

Availability:
– June 2013

Note:
Retail price of both models will be updated later, once I receive latest details.
Pricing added, as stated on Sony Singapore website, dated 31st May 2013.

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Personal thoughts:

Oops, rather late with this sharing, sorry… 😛

Well, it has been a while since a compact digital camera caught my eye.
Previous test / try out of the Sony TX10 and WX100 were good but can’t help feeling those two models still lack something to convince me.
As for the Sony NEX-5 experience, it got me wanting the Sony NEX-6 but had to shelf that, for bigger future plans.

Perhaps it’s time for me to consider an alternative, to bring along on upcoming trips.

As for the handycam, it would do well for the sporty / adventurous type and especially useful, during water fights (refer to Songkran).