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Sony H50 vs Sony H70

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 front
Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
31
Overall
35

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 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
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony H70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Released January 2011
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Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Sony H50 vs Sony H70, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are produced by Sony. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and H70 (16MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The H50 was brought out 24 months before the H70 making them a generation apart from each other. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a short summary of how the H50 matches up vs the H70 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H70

 H50 H70 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony H70 over the Sony H50

 H70 H50 
ReleasedJanuary 2011January 2009More recent by 24 months

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony H70

 H50 H70 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly display Absent Touch friendly display

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor its weight and measurements. The Sony H50 offers external dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") along with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) while the Sony H70 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs).

Contrast the Sony H50 vs Sony H70 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is a front view dimension comparison of the H50 vs the H70.

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the H50 and H70 is 69 and 93 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its difficult to picture the gap in sensor measurements just by seeing specs. The photograph here might provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the H50 and H70.

All in all, both cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Sony H70 to produce greater detail having its extra 7MP. Greater resolution will help you crop photos way more aggressively. The older H50 will be behind in sensor tech.

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony H50
Portrait photography with Sony H70
27
focusing manually
cannot use external flash
low MP (9MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
30
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 Street photography factors
Sony H70 Street photography factors
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
57
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 Sports photography info
Sony H70 Sports photography info
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great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low MP (9 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
36
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography details
Sony H70 Travel photography details
44
flash built-in
great reach (465mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
low MP (9 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
67
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography advice
Sony H70 Landscape photography advice
34
focusing manually
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
low MP (9MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
43
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony H70
19
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
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rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
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Sony H50 vs Sony H70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony H70
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-15 2011-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type 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 range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech - Clear Photo LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 3.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance 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 format - MPEG-4
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547g (1.21 pounds) 194g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" 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, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
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 pricing $80 $199