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Nikon L840 vs Sony H50

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Succeeded the Nikon L830
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
  • Introduced January 2009
Photography Glossary

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Overview

Here, we are analyzing the Nikon L840 vs Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the L840 (16MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The L840 was launched 6 years later than the H50 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras feature different body design with the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight to a full comparison, here is a quick view of how the L840 matches up vs the H50 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Sony H50

 L840 H50 
IntroducedFebruary 2015January 2009More recent by 74 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k230kSharper display (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Nikon L840

 H50 L840 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Sony H50

 L840 H50 
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither features Touch friendly display

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to think about its weight and proportions. The Nikon L840 enjoys physical dimensions of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") and a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) while the Sony H50 has measurements of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are using at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the L840 against the H50.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L840 and H50 is 67 and 69 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very tough to picture the gap in sensor measurements merely by seeing a spec sheet. The photograph below may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the L840 and H50.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Nikon L840 to produce greater detail utilizing its extra 7 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer L840 should have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L840 Portrait photography advice
Sony H50 Portrait photography advice
36
decent MP (16MP)
features face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
27
you can focus manually
no external flash support
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon L840
Street photography with Sony H50
51
tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than competition (538 grams)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
heavier than others in class (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 Sports photography info
Sony H50 Sports photography info
51
amazing zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
better than average battery power (590 shots)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
32
long zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 Travel photography features
Sony H50 Travel photography features
57
better than average battery power (590 shots)
decent MP (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (23mm)
great zoom (855mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (538g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.0)
44
has built in flash
long zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (547 grams)
resolution not great (9MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L840
Landscape photography with Sony H50
43
really wide (23mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
better than average battery power (590 shots)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
34
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
resolution not great (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging highlights
Sony H50 Vlogging highlights
27
really wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
missing mic socket
heavier than competition (538 grams)
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket
heavier than others in class (547 grams)
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Nikon L840 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Sony H50
 Nikon Coolpix L840Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix L840 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2015-02-10 2009-01-15
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type 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 16MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-855mm (37.2x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in 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
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 538g (1.19 pounds) 547g (1.21 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 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 590 shots -
Battery type AA -
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SC/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $400 $80