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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1

Portability
70
Imaging
37
Features
44
Overall
39
Samsung HZ50W front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 front
Portability
67
Imaging
32
Features
36
Overall
33

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Key Specs

Samsung HZ50W
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 426g - 116 x 83 x 91mm
  • Announced May 2010
  • Alternative Name is WB5500
Sony HX1
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1440 x 1080 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 544g - 115 x 83 x 92mm
  • Released April 2009
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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Samsung HZ50W versus Sony HX1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Samsung and Sony. There is a large difference between the image resolutions of the HZ50W (14MP) and HX1 (9MP) and the HZ50W (1/2.3") and HX1 (1/2.4") come with different sensor dimensions.

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The HZ50W was released 13 months later than the HX1 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. The two cameras come with the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the HZ50W matches up vs the HX1 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ50W over the Sony HX1

 HZ50W HX1 
ReleasedMay 2010April 2009More recent by 13 months

Reasons to pick Sony HX1 over the Samsung HZ50W

 HX1 HZ50W 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Samsung HZ50W and Sony HX1

 HZ50W HX1 
Manual focus Dial accurate focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Display resolution230k230kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch friendly display Missing Touch friendly display

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Physical Comparison

In case you're aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Samsung HZ50W has got exterior dimensions of 116mm x 83mm x 91mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") along with a weight of 426 grams (0.94 lbs) whilst the Sony HX1 has dimensions of 115mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6") and a weight of 544 grams (1.20 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Following is the front view scale comparison of the HZ50W compared to the HX1.

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability rating of the HZ50W and HX1 is 70 and 67 respectively.

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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is tough to picture the gap between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The photograph below may offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the HZ50W and HX1.

All in all, both of those cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The HZ50W featuring a larger sensor is going to make shooting bokeh simpler and the Samsung HZ50W will give you more detail as a result of its extra 5MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos much more aggressively. The fresher HZ50W should have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung HZ50W
Portrait photography with Sony HX1
46
focusing manually
MP count decent (14MP)
saves RAW formats
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
27
manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Samsung HZ50W
Street photography with Sony HX1
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
50
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than others in class (544g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung HZ50W
Sports photography with Sony HX1
48
great zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
36
great zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung HZ50W
Travel photography with Sony HX1
58
MP count decent (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (26mm)
long reach (676mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
48
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (544 grams)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung HZ50W as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX1 as a Landscape photography camera
51
focusing manually
really wide (26mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have Timelapse function
39
manual focus
quite wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
small sensor (1/2.4")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Vlogging features
Sony HX1 Vlogging features
24
really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have microphone socket
22
quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
video res low (1440 x 1080 pxls)
lack of external microphone socket
more heavy than others in class (544g)
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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony HX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ50W and Sony HX1
 Samsung HZ50WSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
General Information
Manufacturer Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung HZ50W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Also Known as WB5500 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-05-03 2009-04-22
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 9 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 64 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-676mm (26.0x) 28-560mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing range 10cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Features
Minimum shutter speed 16 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 9.20 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
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) 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1440x1080
Video data format H.264 H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 426 grams (0.94 lbs) 544 grams (1.20 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 83 x 91mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") 115 x 83 x 92mm (4.5" x 3.3" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 ID SLB-11A NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SC/SDHC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $250 $47,999