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Nikon S31 vs Sony H50

Portability
90
Imaging
34
Features
18
Overall
27
Nikon Coolpix S31 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Nikon S31
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.9" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 29-87mm (F) lens
  • 185g - 105 x 65 x 42mm
  • Introduced June 2013
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
  • Released January 2009
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Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Overview

The following is a extensive assessment of the Nikon S31 versus Sony H50, one is a Waterproof and the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Nikon and Sony. The resolution of the S31 (10MP) and the H50 (9MP) is fairly close but the S31 (1/2.9") and H50 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizes.

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The S31 was revealed 4 years after the H50 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick overview of how the S31 scores against the H50 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S31 over the Sony H50

 S31 H50 
ReleasedJune 2013January 2009Newer by 54 months

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Nikon S31

 H50 S31 
Manual focus More exact focus
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Nikon S31 and Sony H50

 S31 H50 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera frequently, you have to factor in its weight and size. The Nikon S31 offers outside measurements of 105mm x 65mm x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7") along with a weight of 185 grams (0.41 lbs) and the Sony H50 has specifications 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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Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the S31 and H50 is 90 and 69 respectively.

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualize the difference in sensor dimensions merely by viewing technical specs. The picture here may offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the S31 and H50.

As you can tell, both of the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The S31 using its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field trickier and the Nikon S31 will render more detail because of its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The fresher S31 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S31
Portrait photography with Sony H50
20
manual focus not available
no manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.9")
has no RAW support
27
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
low resolution (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S31
Street photography with Sony H50
52
environment proof
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.9")
has no RAW support
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
more heavy than competitors in class (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S31 Sports photography information
Sony H50 Sports photography information
25
environment proof
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.9")
has no phase detect AF
32
incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
low resolution (9MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S31 Travel photography information
Sony H50 Travel photography information
59
environment proof
flash built-in
great maximum aperture (f)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (10MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (29mm)
44
has built in flash
long zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors in class (547g)
low resolution (9MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S31 Landscape photography information
Sony H50 Landscape photography information
30
great maximum aperture (f)
environment proof
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (29mm)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
sensor resolution low (10MP)
small sensor (1/2.9")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
34
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
low resolution (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S31
Vlogging with Sony H50
24
great maximum aperture (f)
wide angle not good (29mm)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low res video (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than competitors in class (547 grams)
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Nikon S31 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S31 and Sony H50
 Nikon Coolpix S31Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix S31 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Category Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-06-21 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.9" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 4.96 x 3.72mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 18.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 29-87mm (3.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus distance - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 7.3 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 9.10 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None 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 185 grams (0.41 lb) 547 grams (1.21 lb)
Physical dimensions 105 x 65 x 42mm (4.1" x 2.6" x 1.7") 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 260 photos -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL12 NP-BG1
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD / SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $90 $80