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Sony H400 vs Sony H50

Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
41
Overall
43
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Key Specs

Sony H400
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-1550mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 628g - 130 x 95 x 122mm
  • Launched 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 H400 vs Sony H50 Overview

On this page, we are contrasting the Sony H400 versus Sony H50, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the H400 (20MP) and H50 (9MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H400 was launched 5 years later than the H50 and that is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras have different body design with the Sony H400 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony H50 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the H400 matches up vs the H50 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H400 over the Sony H50

 H400 H50 
LaunchedFebruary 2014January 2009More recent by 62 months
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H400

 H50 H400 
Manual focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Sony H400 and Sony H50

 H400 H50 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera regularly, you'll have to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony H400 has outer dimensions of 130mm x 95mm x 122mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.8") along with a weight of 628 grams (1.38 lbs) whilst the Sony H50 has dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs).

Analyze the Sony H400 versus Sony H50 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. Below is a front view overall size comparison of the H400 vs the H50.

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the H400 and H50 is 62 and 69 respectively.

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 top view buttons comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to envision the contrast in sensor measurements purely by seeing a spec sheet. The visual underneath will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the H400 and H50.

As you can see, each of the cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Sony H400 to show more detail utilizing its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will let you crop photos a bit more aggressively. The more recent H400 will have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 sensor size comparison

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H400 Portrait photography details
Sony H50 Portrait photography details
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good resolution (20MP)
has face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
27
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H400 as a Street photography camera
Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
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image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than competition in class (628 grams)
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
heavier than average (547 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H400 Sports photography info
Sony H50 Sports photography info
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amazing zoom range (25-1550mm 62.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20MP)
has tracking focus
max fps low (1.0 frames/s)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 fps)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H400
Travel photography with Sony H50
53
good resolution (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (1550mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (628g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
44
has built in flash
long zoom (465mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (547g)
low resolution sensor (9 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H400 Landscape photography advice
Sony H50 Landscape photography advice
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relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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you can focus manually
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
low resolution sensor (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H400
Vlogging with Sony H50
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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
does have mic jack
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not feature selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
heavier than competition in class (628 grams)
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than average (547 grams)
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Sony H400 vs Sony H50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H400 and Sony H50
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 9MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 3456 x 2592
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-1550mm (62.0x) 31-465mm (15.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/2.7-4.5
Macro focus range - 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 201k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 1.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 8.80 m 9.10 m
Flash options Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 X 720 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file 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 628 gr (1.38 pounds) 547 gr (1.21 pounds)
Physical 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 300 images -
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 Single Single
Launch cost $268 $80