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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
46
Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Launched September 2012
  • Old Model is Leica V-Lux 3
  • Updated by Leica V-Lux 5
Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-465mm (F2.7-4.5) lens
  • 547g - 116 x 81 x 86mm
  • Launched January 2009
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Leica and Sony. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but they feature the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was released 3 years later than the H50 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise view of how the V-Lux 4 scores versus the H50 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Sony H50

 V-Lux 4 H50 
LaunchedSeptember 2012January 2009More recent by 45 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 H50 V-Lux 4 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony H50

 V-Lux 4 H50 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Touch screen No Touch screen

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to lug around your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and size. The Leica V-Lux 4 has got outside measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") accompanied by a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Sony H50 has specifications of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") along with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

Analyze the Leica V-Lux 4 versus Sony H50 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Here is the front view sizing comparison of the V-Lux 4 compared to the H50.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the V-Lux 4 and H50 is 65 and 69 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to imagine the gap between sensor measurements simply by reading specifications. The visual underneath should provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the V-Lux 4 and H50.

Plainly, both the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You should expect the Leica V-Lux 4 to offer extra detail as a result of its extra 3MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The more recent V-Lux 4 should have an edge in sensor innovation.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography features
Sony H50 Portrait photography features
45
you can focus manually
has face detect focus
supports RAW formats
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
27
focusing manually
no external flash support
resolution not great (9MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Street photography details
Sony H50 Street photography details
57
screen articulates
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than average in class (588g)
43
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than others (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Sports photography details
Sony H50 Sports photography details
46
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
better than average battery pack (540 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
32
amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 frames per second)
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography advice
Sony H50 Travel photography advice
55
better than average battery pack (540 shots)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (588g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
44
flash built-in
long zoom (465mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than others (547 grams)
resolution not great (9MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Landscape photography with Sony H50
48
you can focus manually
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
better than average battery pack (540 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse mode
34
focusing manually
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging factors
Sony H50 Vlogging factors
63
quite wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone port
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than average in class (588g)
19
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than others (547 grams)
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Sony H50
 Leica V-Lux 4Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Company Leica Sony
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-09-17 2009-01-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m 9.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588 grams (1.30 lb) 547 grams (1.21 lb)
Dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 540 photos -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $899 $80