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Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V front
Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
46
Overall
43

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V 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
  • Launched January 2009
Sony HX10V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-400mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 234g - 105 x 60 x 34mm
  • Revealed February 2012
  • Updated by Sony HX20V
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Overview

Below is a comprehensive assessment of the Sony H50 and Sony HX10V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are designed by Sony. There is a big difference between the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX10V (18MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The H50 was announced 4 years prior to the HX10V and that is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the H50 grades against the HX10V with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX10V

 H50 HX10V 
Manually focus Dial exact focus

Reasons to pick Sony HX10V over the Sony H50

 HX10V H50 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2009More recent by 37 months
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX10V

 H50 HX10V 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera often, you should consider its weight and size. The Sony H50 comes with physical dimensions 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 HX10V has specifications of 105mm x 60mm x 34mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") along with a weight of 234 grams (0.52 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the H50 against the HX10V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the H50 and HX10V is 69 and 91 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to imagine the difference between sensor measurements just by looking at specifications. The photograph below will provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the H50 and HX10V.

Plainly, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You should expect the Sony HX10V to resolve more detail with its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs much more aggressively. The older H50 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony H50
Portrait photography with Sony HX10V
27
you can focus manually
can't use external flash
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
38
MP count good (18MP)
provides face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX10V as a Street photography camera
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image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (234g)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony HX10V
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amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (2.0 frames per second)
MP count low (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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long zoom range (24-400mm 16.7 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18MP)
provides tracking autofocus
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H50
Travel photography with Sony HX10V
44
built-in flash
great reach (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
MP count low (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
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lighter than competitors in class (234 grams)
MP count good (18 megapixels)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great zoom (400mm)
missing Timelapse recording
does not have a selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography features
Sony HX10V Landscape photography features
34
you can focus manually
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
MP count low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
45
fairly wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (18MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging info
Sony HX10V Vlogging info
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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (234g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly display
missing external microphone socket
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX10V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX10V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-01-15 2012-02-28
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
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 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-400mm (16.7x)
Largest aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 5.30 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 lb) 234 grams (0.52 lb)
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 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 life - 320 pictures
Battery type - 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 feature
Storage type Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail cost $80 $616