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Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50

Portability
91
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37
Samsung HZ30W front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Samsung HZ30W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as WB600
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
  • Revealed January 2009
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Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Overview

In this article, we will be matching up the Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the HZ30W (12MP) and H50 (9MP) but they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The HZ30W was manufactured 13 months later than the H50 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the HZ30W scores versus the H50 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ30W over the Sony H50

 HZ30W H50 
RevealedJanuary 2010January 2009Fresher by 13 months

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Samsung HZ30W

 H50 HZ30W 

Common features in the Samsung HZ30W and Sony H50

 HZ30W H50 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera frequently, you'll need to factor its weight and measurements. The Samsung HZ30W features physical measurements of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs) while the Sony H50 has proportions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") along with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you select at that moment. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the HZ30W against the H50.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the HZ30W and H50 is 91 and 69 respectively.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's tough to picture the gap in sensor sizing only by viewing technical specs. The photograph below might provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the HZ30W and H50.

As you can tell, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Samsung HZ30W to result in greater detail due to its extra 3 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The more modern HZ30W should have an advantage with regard to sensor tech.

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Portrait photography highlights
Sony H50 Portrait photography highlights
29
has manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
27
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Street photography features
Sony H50 Street photography features
60
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (245 grams)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than competitors (547g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung HZ30W
Sports photography with Sony H50
42
long zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking focus
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
32
excellent zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (9MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Travel photography features
Sony H50 Travel photography features
63
lighter than competition in class (245g)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (360mm)
lack of Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
44
flash built-in
long zoom (465mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (547g)
megapixel count low (9MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Landscape photography details
Sony H50 Landscape photography details
43
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse function
34
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ30W Vlogging info
Sony H50 Vlogging info
30
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (245g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone socket
19
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
does not offer selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of mic support
heavier than competitors (547g)
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Samsung HZ30W vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ30W and Sony H50
 Samsung HZ30WSony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model Samsung HZ30W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Also called as WB600 -
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-01-19 2009-01-15
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-360mm (15.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus distance 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Min shutter speed 16 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m 9.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format H.264 -
Mic 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 245 gr (0.54 lbs) 547 gr (1.21 lbs)
Dimensions 107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") 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 model SLB-11A NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail price $280 $80