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Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V

Portability
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Imaging
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Features
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Overall
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V front
Portability
66
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V 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
  • Announced January 2009
Sony HX100V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 577g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Released October 2011
  • Newer Model is Sony HX200V
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Overview

Let's take a deeper look at the Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both produced by Sony. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX100V (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The H50 was introduced 3 years prior to the HX100V and that is quite a sizable gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Sony H50 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX100V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go through a thorough comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the H50 scores against the HX100V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX100V

 H50 HX100V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX100V over the Sony H50

 HX100V H50 
ReleasedOctober 2011January 2009More recent by 33 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX100V

 H50 HX100V 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen sizing
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera regularly, you have to consider its weight and size. The Sony H50 comes with external measurements of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony HX100V has specifications of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") with a weight of 577 grams (1.27 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have during that time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the H50 vs the HX100V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and HX100V is 69 and 66 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it's hard to visualise the gap between sensor measurements just by reading through technical specs. The photograph below will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the H50 and HX100V.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Sony HX100V to resolve extra detail using its extra 7MP. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively. The older H50 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography information
Sony HX100V Portrait photography information
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manual focus
no external flash support
MP count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX100V as a Street photography camera
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
heavier than competition (547g)
50
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition in class (577 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 Sports photography details
Sony HX100V Sports photography details
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incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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amazing zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography factors
Sony HX100V Travel photography factors
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flash built-in
long zoom (465mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition (547g)
MP count low (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
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megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (27mm)
very long zoom (810mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (577g)
does not posses selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony H50
Landscape photography with Sony HX100V
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manual focus
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
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manual focus
quite wide (27mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging highlights
Sony HX100V Vlogging highlights
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
heavier than competition (547g)
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quite wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
missing mic support
heavier than competition in class (577g)
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX100V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX100V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-01-15 2011-10-21
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 9 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3456 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 27-810mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus range 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - XtraFine LCD display with TruBlack technology
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.10 m 12.70 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure 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 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547 grams (1.21 pounds) 577 grams (1.27 pounds)
Dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 122 x 87 x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7")
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-FH50
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
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $80 $429