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Sony H300 vs Sony H50

Portability
63
Imaging
45
Features
37
Overall
41
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Sony H300
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-875mm (F3-5.9) lens
  • 590g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Released February 2014
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
  • Launched January 2009
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Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Overview

Its time to look a little more in depth at the Sony H300 vs Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both offered by Sony. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the H300 (20MP) and H50 (9MP) but they come with the exact same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The H300 was manufactured 5 years later than the H50 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both the cameras come with different body type with the Sony H300 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before we go through a detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the H300 scores against the H50 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H300 over the Sony H50

 H300 H50 
LaunchedFebruary 2014January 2009More recent by 62 months
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H300

 H50 H300 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Sony H300 and Sony H50

 H300 H50 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither provides Touch friendly display

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony H300 provides physical measurements of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") accompanied by a weight of 590 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Sony H50 has dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

See the Sony H300 vs Sony H50 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view scale comparison of the H300 and the H50.

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the H300 and H50 is 63 and 69 respectively.

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is hard to envision the contrast in sensor measurements only by researching a spec sheet. The graphic below may give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the H300 and H50.

Clearly, the 2 cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Sony H300 to provide you with more detail due to its extra 11MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics much more aggressively. The newer H300 will have an edge with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony H300
Portrait photography with Sony H50
40
decent megapixels (20MP)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
27
focusing manually
no external flash support
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H300 Street photography info
Sony H50 Street photography info
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
more heavy than others in class (590 grams)
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than average in class (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H300 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
50
great zoom range (25-875mm 35.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
supports tracking focus
good battery power (350 CIPA)
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
32
incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (9MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H300 Travel photography factors
Sony H50 Travel photography factors
56
good battery power (350 per charge)
decent megapixels (20MP)
flash built-in
really wide (25mm)
long zoom (875mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (590 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
44
flash built-in
great zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than average in class (547 grams)
megapixel count low (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H300
Landscape photography with Sony H50
47
really wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
good battery power (350 shots)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Timelapse mode
34
focusing manually
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
megapixel count low (9MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H300 as a Vlogging camera
Sony H50 as a Vlogging camera
24
really wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone port
more heavy than others in class (590 grams)
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external mic jack
heavier than average in class (547 grams)
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Sony H300 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H300 and Sony H50
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-02-13 2009-01-15
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Bionz(R) -
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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 5152 x 3864 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-875mm (35.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Highest aperture f/3-5.9 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus range - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201k dot -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 8.80 m 9.10 m
Flash modes Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 590 gr (1.30 lb) 547 gr (1.21 lb)
Dimensions 130 x 95 x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 shots -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model - NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (Off, 10 sec, 2 sec, portrait1, portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $249 $80