Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Sony A100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 638g - 133 x 95 x 71mm
  • Announced July 2006
  • Replaced the Konica Minolta 5D
  • New Model is Sony A550
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Introduced April 2013
  • Superseded the Sony HX30V
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Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Overview

Here, we are matching up the Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V, former is a Entry-Level DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both built by Sony. There is a sizable difference between the image resolutions of the A100 (10MP) and HX50V (20MP) and the A100 (APS-C) and HX50V (1/2.3") offer different sensor dimensions.

Photography Glossary

The A100 was launched 7 years before the HX50V which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Sony A100 being a Compact SLR camera and the Sony HX50V being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the A100 scores against the HX50V in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A100 over the Sony HX50V

 A100 HX50V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony A100

 HX50V A100 
IntroducedApril 2013July 2006Newer by 81 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony A100 and Sony HX50V

 A100 HX50V 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera often, you'll need to consider its weight and volume. The Sony A100 provides exterior measurements of 133mm x 95mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") and a weight of 638 grams (1.41 lbs) while the Sony HX50V has sizing of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") with a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

Contrast the Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V in our brand new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is a front view scale comparison of the A100 versus the HX50V.

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the A100 and HX50V is 64 and 89 respectively.

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions purely by checking specs. The picture below might provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the A100 and HX50V.

All in all, both of those cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The A100 because of its larger sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony HX50V will resolve greater detail utilizing its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged A100 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony A100
Portrait photography with Sony HX50V
you can focus manually
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (10MP)
focusing manually
decent megapixels (20MP)
supports face detection focusing
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony A100 Street photography advice
Sony HX50V Street photography advice
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen does not articulate
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (272 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony A100 Sports photography information
Sony HX50V Sports photography information
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have liveview
slow frames per second (3.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (10MP)
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
great battery life (400 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony A100 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX50V as a Travel photography camera
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
low resolution sensor (10MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
great battery life (400 per charge)
lighter than others (272g)
decent megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
no Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A100
Landscape photography with Sony HX50V
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
screen is small (2.5 inches)
does not have liveview
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse mode
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
great battery life (400 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony A100
Vlogging with Sony HX50V
no video recording
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than others (272g)
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
screen isn't selfie friendly
no external microphone jack
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Sony A100 vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A100 and Sony HX50V
 Sony Alpha DSLR-A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Category Entry-Level DSLR Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2006-07-31 2013-04-24
Body design Compact SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 372.9mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3872 x 2592 5184 x 2920
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type Sony/Minolta Alpha fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture - f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focus range - 5cm
Number of lenses 143 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen tech - XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 95% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.55x -
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 3.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 seconds -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions - 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution None 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 638 grams (1.41 lbs) 272 grams (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 133 x 95 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 61 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.0 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 476 not tested
Battery life - 400 photographs
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-FM55H NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media Compact Flash (Type I or II) SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $1,000 $439