Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II

Samsung HZ50W front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II front

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Key Specs

Samsung HZ50W
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-676mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 426g - 116 x 83 x 91mm
  • Revealed May 2010
  • Other Name is WB5500
Sony RX10 II
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-200mm (F2.8) lens
  • 813g - 129 x 88 x 102mm
  • Introduced June 2015
  • Succeeded the Sony RX10
  • Renewed by Sony RX10 III
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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Overview

On this page, we will be looking at the Samsung HZ50W versus Sony RX10 II, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Large Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Samsung and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the HZ50W (14MP) and RX10 II (20MP) and the HZ50W (1/2.3") and RX10 II (1") have totally different sensor size.

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The HZ50W was brought out 6 years earlier than the RX10 II and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have the same body design (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before we go right into a more detailed comparison, here is a quick summary of how the HZ50W matches up against the RX10 II in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

Photography Glossary

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ50W over the Sony RX10 II

 HZ50W RX10 II 

Reasons to pick Sony RX10 II over the Samsung HZ50W

 RX10 II HZ50W 
IntroducedJune 2015May 2010More recent by 62 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution1229k230kClearer screen (+999k dot)

Common features in the Samsung HZ50W and Sony RX10 II

 HZ50W RX10 II 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen size
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Samsung HZ50W provides outer measurements 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 RX10 II has dimensions of 129mm x 88mm x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0") having a weight of 813 grams (1.79 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are using during that time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the HZ50W and the RX10 II.

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the HZ50W and RX10 II is 70 and 58 respectively.

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II top view buttons comparison

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to visualise the difference between sensor measurements only by looking at technical specs. The photograph below might provide you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the HZ50W and RX10 II.

As you have seen, both of the cameras have different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The HZ50W because of its tinier sensor will make getting shallower DOF more difficult and the Sony RX10 II will resolve extra detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older HZ50W is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Samsung HZ50W
Portrait photography with Sony RX10 II
focusing manually
good megapixels (14MP)
supports RAW formats
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Street photography info
Sony RX10 II Street photography info
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
environment sealing
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Sports Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Sports photography information
Sony RX10 II Sports photography information
long zoom range (26-676mm 26.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
quiet shutter (1/32,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
environment sealing
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Travel photography factors
Sony RX10 II Travel photography factors
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
quite wide (26mm)
great reach (676mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
does not have selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
environment sealing
good resolution (20MP)
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
no Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Landscape photography features
Sony RX10 II Landscape photography features
focusing manually
quite wide (26mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse recording
focusing manually
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ50W Vlogging details
Sony RX10 II Vlogging details
quite wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of microphone port
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic jack
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Samsung HZ50W vs Sony RX10 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ50W and Sony RX10 II
 Samsung HZ50WSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model Samsung HZ50W Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Alternate name WB5500 -
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2010-05-03 2015-06-10
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4320 x 3240 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Max boosted ISO 6400 25600
Minimum native ISO 64 125
RAW files
Minimum boosted ISO - 64
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 25
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-676mm (26.0x) 24-200mm (8.3x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.0 f/2.8
Macro focus distance 10cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.7
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 1,229 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Slowest shutter speed 16 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Maximum quiet shutter speed - 1/32000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 14.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.60 m 10.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, fill-flash, slow sync, rear sync, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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) 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p) ,1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 3840x2160
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 426 grams (0.94 lbs) 813 grams (1.79 lbs)
Physical dimensions 116 x 83 x 91mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6") 129 x 88 x 102mm (5.1" x 3.5" x 4.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 70
DXO Color Depth score not tested 23.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.6
DXO Low light score not tested 531
Battery life - 400 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-11A NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double) Yes (2 or 10 sec, continuous)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $250 $998