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Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V front
Portability
66
Imaging
42
Features
55
Overall
47

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V 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
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony HX200V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 27-810mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 583g - 122 x 87 x 93mm
  • Revealed May 2012
  • Succeeded the Sony HX100V
  • Refreshed by Sony HX300
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Overview

Following is a complete review of the Sony H50 versus Sony HX200V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are manufactured by Sony. There is a crucial difference among the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX200V (18MP) but they feature the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The H50 was revealed 4 years earlier than the HX200V which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Sony H50 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX200V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going through a detailed comparison, below is a quick overview of how the H50 matches up against the HX200V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX200V

 H50 HX200V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX200V over the Sony H50

 HX200V H50 
RevealedMay 2012January 2009More modern by 40 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution922k230kClearer display (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX200V

 H50 HX200V 
Manual focus Very accurate focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and size. The Sony H50 enjoys physical dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony HX200V has specifications of 122mm x 87mm x 93mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 3.7") along with a weight of 583 grams (1.29 lbs).

Take a look at the Sony H50 versus Sony HX200V in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you select during that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the H50 vs the HX200V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and HX200V is 69 and 66 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to imagine the contrast in sensor sizes purely by viewing technical specs. The image below will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the H50 and HX200V.

As you can tell, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You should anticipate the Sony HX200V to render extra detail because of its extra 9 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos far more aggressively. The more aged H50 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography highlights
Sony HX200V Portrait photography highlights
27
has manual focus
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
45
you can focus manually
good resolution (18MP)
features face detect focusing
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony HX200V
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
more heavy than competition (547g)
51
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
more heavy than competition (583 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony HX200V
32
great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
56
great zoom range (27-810mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18MP)
features tracking focus
great battery pack (450 CIPA)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H50
Travel photography with Sony HX200V
44
has built in flash
great reach (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (547 grams)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
57
great battery pack (450 shots)
good resolution (18MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (27mm)
great zoom (810mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (583g)
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography info
Sony HX200V Landscape photography info
34
has manual focus
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
50
you can focus manually
relatively wide (27mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (18 megapixels)
great battery pack (450 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony HX200V
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (547 grams)
27
relatively wide (27mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly display
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition (583 grams)
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX200V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX200V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-15 2012-05-11
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 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 9MP 18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3456 x 2592 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
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 mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 27-810mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 12.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547g (1.21 lb) 583g (1.29 lb)
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 life - 450 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
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/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $80 $480