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Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V

Portability
87
Imaging
33
Features
29
Overall
31
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Sony H20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 38-380mm (F3.5-4.4) lens
  • 250g - 107 x 69 x 47mm
  • Released May 2009
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Replaced the Sony HX30V
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Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Sony H20 versus Sony HX50V, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Sony. There exists a substantial gap between the resolutions of the H20 (10MP) and HX50V (20MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The H20 was announced 5 years prior to the HX50V and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a in depth comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the H20 matches up versus the HX50V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H20 over the Sony HX50V

 H20 HX50V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony H20

 HX50V H20 
ReleasedApril 2013May 2009More recent by 48 months
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H20 and Sony HX50V

 H20 HX50V 
Focus manually Very accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and measurements. The Sony H20 features outside measurements of 107mm x 69mm x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs) while the Sony HX50V has proportions of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are working with at that time. Here is a front view size comparison of the H20 versus the HX50V.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the H20 and HX50V is 87 and 89 respectively.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to picture the gap between sensor measurements just by checking a spec sheet. The photograph here should provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the H20 and HX50V.

As you can see, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You can count on the Sony HX50V to give more detail with its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will allow you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The older H20 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H20 Portrait photography details
Sony HX50V Portrait photography details
27
you can focus manually
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
51
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
features face detection focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H20
Street photography with Sony HX50V
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition (250g)
62
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (272g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H20
Sports photography with Sony HX50V
26
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
58
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
great battery power (400 CIPA)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H20 Travel photography information
Sony HX50V Travel photography information
51
flash built-in
great zoom (380mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (250g)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
71
great battery power (400 per charge)
lighter than competitors in class (272 grams)
MP count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H20
Landscape photography with Sony HX50V
36
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor resolution low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
does not have Timelapse function
54
you can focus manually
pretty wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20MP)
great battery power (400 CIPA)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5 )
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H20 Vlogging factors
Sony HX50V Vlogging factors
23
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (38mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone port
more heavy than competition (250g)
34
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (272 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5 )
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic jack
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Sony H20 vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H20 and Sony HX50V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-05-14 2013-04-24
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 3648 x 2736 5184 x 2920
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max boosted ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-380mm (10.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-4.4 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focusing distance 2cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology - XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 7.10 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 250 grams (0.55 lbs) 272 grams (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 107 x 69 x 47mm (4.2" x 2.7" x 1.9") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
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 life - 400 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch cost $249 $439