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Sony H50 vs Sony H90

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90 front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
35
Overall
37

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Key Specs

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
  • Released January 2009
Sony H90
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 222g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Revealed February 2012
Photography Glossary

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Sony H50 and Sony H90, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are sold by Sony. There exists a huge gap among the sensor resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and H90 (16MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The H50 was revealed 4 years earlier than the H90 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before going straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a brief view of how the H50 scores against the H90 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony H90

 H50 H90 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony H90 over the Sony H50

 H90 H50 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2009More modern by 37 months
Screen resolution461k230kClearer screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony H90

 H50 H90 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Sony H50 has 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) and the Sony H90 has specifications of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") and a weight of 222 grams (0.49 lbs).

Check out the Sony H50 and Sony H90 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you choose at that time. Below is a front view dimensions comparison of the H50 vs the H90.

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the H50 and H90 is 69 and 91 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to see the contrast in sensor sizes purely by researching specs. The picture underneath may give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the H50 and H90.

All in all, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Sony H90 to result in extra detail because of its extra 7 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots a bit more aggressively. The more aged H50 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony H50
Portrait photography with Sony H90
27
manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
36
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 Street photography features
Sony H90 Street photography features
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than average in class (547 grams)
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (222 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 Sports photography factors
Sony H90 Sports photography factors
32
amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
44
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
features tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography factors
Sony H90 Travel photography factors
44
built-in flash
great zoom (465mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (547g)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
69
lighter than competitors in class (222 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
missing Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony H90 as a Landscape photography camera
34
manual focus
screen size is decent (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
does not have Timelapse recording
44
fairly wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging advice
Sony H90 Vlogging advice
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than average in class (547g)
32
fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
lighter than competitors in class (222g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone jack
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Sony H50 vs Sony H90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony H90
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-01-15 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - 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
Full resolution 3456 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 461k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - ClearPhoto TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.10 m 3.70 m
Flash options 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)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format - MPEG-4
Microphone 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 547g (1.21 lb) 222g (0.49 lb)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 105 x 60 x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 - 290 photos
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
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 1 1
Retail cost $80 $230