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Sony H50 vs Sony H55

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Key Specs

Sony H50
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • 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
Sony H55
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 29mm
  • Introduced June 2010
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Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Overview

On this page, we will be comparing the Sony H50 and Sony H55, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both created by Sony. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and H55 (14MP) but both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The H50 was brought out 17 months prior to the H55 which makes them a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving right into a more detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the H50 grades versus the H55 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H55

 H50 H55 
Manually focus Very exact focusing

Reasons to pick Sony H55 over the Sony H50

 H55 H50 
IntroducedJune 2010January 2009Newer by 17 months

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony H55

 H50 H55 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Screen resolution230k230kExact same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony H50 provides outside measurements of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") having a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony H55 has dimensions of 103mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have chosen at the time. The following is a front view dimension comparison of the H50 against the H55.

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the H50 and H55 is 69 and 92 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions only by looking through specifications. The pic underneath will provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the H50 and H55.

To sum up, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Sony H55 to result in more detail having its extra 5MP. Higher resolution will let you crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged H50 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography info
Sony H55 Portrait photography info
27
has manual focus
can't use external flash
low MP (9MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
28
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
Sony H55 as a Street photography camera
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than average (547 grams)
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
Sony H55 as a Sports photography camera
32
great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography features
Sony H55 Travel photography features
44
built-in flash
great reach (465mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than average (547g)
low MP (9 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
67
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H50
Landscape photography with Sony H55
34
has manual focus
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
low MP (9MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse mode
42
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging information
Sony H55 Vlogging information
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
heavier than average (547g)
28
pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone socket
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Sony H50 vs Sony H55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony H55
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2009-01-15 2010-06-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 9 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 3.80 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Slow Syncro, Off
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format - MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547 grams (1.21 pounds) 200 grams (0.44 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 103 x 58 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 model NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $80 $235