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Nikon B500 vs Sony H50

Portability
68
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix B500 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
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Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Nikon B500
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-900mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 541g - 114 x 78 x 95mm
  • Released February 2016
Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 31-465mm (F2.7-4.5) lens
  • 547g - 116 x 81 x 86mm
  • Revealed January 2009
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Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Overview

Below, we are comparing the Nikon B500 and Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. There is a crucial difference between the image resolutions of the B500 (16MP) and H50 (9MP) but they feature the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The B500 was launched 7 years later than the H50 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Nikon B500 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before getting in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the B500 matches up vs the H50 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B500 over the Sony H50

 B500 H50 
RevealedFebruary 2016January 2009More recent by 87 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Nikon B500

 H50 B500 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing

Common features in the Nikon B500 and Sony H50

 B500 H50 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera, you will have to think about its weight and size. The Nikon B500 offers external measurements of 114mm x 78mm x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") along with a weight of 541 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Sony H50 has specifications of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the B500 compared to the H50.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the B500 and H50 is 68 and 69 respectively.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements just by checking specs. The visual underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the B500 and H50.

All in all, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Nikon B500 to give you greater detail utilizing its extra 7 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The younger B500 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B500 Portrait photography advice
Sony H50 Portrait photography advice
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sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detection autofocus
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
27
manual focus
external flash not possible
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon B500
Street photography with Sony H50
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has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
more heavy than average (541 grams)
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than competitors (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B500 Sports photography features
Sony H50 Sports photography features
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long zoom range (23-900mm 39.1 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
great battery life (600 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B500 Travel photography information
Sony H50 Travel photography information
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great battery life (600 per charge)
supports bluetooth
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (23mm)
very long reach (900mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (541g)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
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built-in flash
long zoom (465mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (547 grams)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B500 Landscape photography advice
Sony H50 Landscape photography advice
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really wide (23mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
great battery life (600 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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manual focus
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B500 Vlogging features
Sony H50 Vlogging features
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really wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
more heavy than average (541g)
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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
no mic port
heavier than competitors (547g)
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Nikon B500 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B500 and Sony H50
 Nikon Coolpix B500Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix B500 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2016-02-23 2009-01-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-900mm (39.1x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 921k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.4 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 9.10 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 541 grams (1.19 pounds) 547 grams (1.21 pounds)
Dimensions 114 x 78 x 95mm (4.5" x 3.1" x 3.7") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 600 photographs -
Form of battery AA -
Battery model 4 x AA NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $300 $80