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Sony H20 vs Sony H50

Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Revealed May 2009
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
  • Introduced January 2009
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Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Sony H20 vs Sony H50, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both designed by Sony. The image resolution of the H20 (10MP) and the H50 (9MP) is very close and both cameras provide the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The H20 was revealed 4 months after the H50 so they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the H20 grades vs the H50 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Sony H50

 H20 H50 

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H20

 H50 H20 

Common features in the Sony H20 and Sony H50

 H20 H50 
IntroducedMay 2009January 2009Same age
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Display resolution230k230kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Sony H20 enjoys outer dimensions of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") having a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) and the Sony H50 has specifications of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

Check the Sony H20 vs Sony H50 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are using at the time. The following is a front view proportions comparison of the H20 vs the H50.

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the H20 and H50 is 87 and 69 respectively.

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its tough to imagine the contrast in sensor dimensions just by viewing specifications. The picture underneath might provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the H20 and H50.

To sum up, each of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You can expect to see the Sony H20 to provide you with greater detail because of its extra 1 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop pics more aggressively.

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H20 Portrait photography information
Sony H50 Portrait photography information
27
manual focus
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
27
has manual focus
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (9MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony H20 as a Street photography camera
Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
heavier than average (250 grams)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
heavier than average (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H20 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
26
has image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
32
excellent zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames per second)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H20 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
51
has built in flash
very long zoom (380mm)
missing Time Lapse function
heavier than average (250 grams)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
44
built-in flash
great reach (465mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (547 grams)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H20 Landscape photography info
Sony H50 Landscape photography info
36
manual focus
decent sized screen (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
34
has manual focus
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H20 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H50 as a Vlogging camera
23
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic port
heavier than average (250 grams)
19
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
lack of mic jack
heavier than average (547 grams)
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Sony H20 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H20 and Sony H50
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-05-14 2009-01-15
Body design 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 10MP 9MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-380mm (10.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Max aperture f/3.5-4.4 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focusing distance 2cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.10 m 9.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 gr (0.55 lbs) 547 gr (1.21 lbs)
Physical dimensions 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") 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 ID NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $249 $80