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Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50

Portability
95
Imaging
36
Features
34
Overall
35
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Panasonic FX90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.5-5.9) lens
  • 149g - 102 x 56 x 22mm
  • Released August 2011
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
  • Launched January 2009
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Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic FX90 versus Sony H50, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Panasonic and Sony. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the FX90 (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The FX90 was introduced 2 years after the H50 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a comprehensive comparison, below is a concise view of how the FX90 scores vs the H50 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FX90 over the Sony H50

 FX90 H50 
LaunchedAugust 2011January 2009Newer by 32 months
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Panasonic FX90

 H50 FX90 
Manually focus Dial precise focus

Common features in the Panasonic FX90 and Sony H50

 FX90 H50 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to travel with your camera often, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic FX90 enjoys outside measurements of 102mm x 56mm x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Sony H50 has dimensions 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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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. Below is the front view scale comparison of the FX90 compared to the H50.

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the FX90 and H50 is 95 and 69 respectively.

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's difficult to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions just by seeing specifications. The pic below will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the FX90 and H50.

Plainly, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic FX90 to produce greater detail using its extra 3 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more modern FX90 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Portrait photography factors
Sony H50 Portrait photography factors
21
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
27
manual focus
no external flash support
MP count low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Street photography information
Sony H50 Street photography information
62
image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus by touch
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
43
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Sports photography advice
Sony H50 Sports photography advice
30
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
slow frames per second (4.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (200 per charge)
no phase detect AF
32
amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FX90 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
60
offers focus by touch
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse function
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f2.5)
44
has built in flash
great reach (465mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (547 grams)
MP count low (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Landscape photography advice
Sony H50 Landscape photography advice
36
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
lack of manual exposure
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse function
34
manual focus
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FX90 Vlogging highlights
Sony H50 Vlogging highlights
34
pretty wide (24mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone port
19
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external mic jack
heavier than competition in class (547g)
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Panasonic FX90 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FX90 and Sony H50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Sony
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-08-26 2009-01-15
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 23 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/2.5-5.9 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 4.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 5.90 m 9.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Max video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD -
Mic input
Headphone input
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 149 grams (0.33 pounds) 547 grams (1.21 pounds)
Dimensions 102 x 56 x 22mm (4.0" x 2.2" x 0.9") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 pictures -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Launch cost $227 $80