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Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V 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
  • Introduced January 2009
Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Launched February 2012
  • Replaced the Sony HX20V
  • Successor is Sony HX50V
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Sony H50 versus Sony HX30V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both sold by Sony. There exists a significant gap among the resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX30V (18MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The H50 was revealed 4 years before the HX30V and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the H50 grades against the HX30V when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

Photography Glossary
	
	

Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX30V

 H50 HX30V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Sony H50

 HX30V H50 
LaunchedFebruary 2012January 2009More recent by 37 months
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX30V

 H50 HX30V 
Focus manually More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to lug around your camera regularly, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Sony H50 has got outer measurements 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 HX30V has proportions of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") along with a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you use at the time. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the H50 versus the HX30V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and HX30V is 69 and 90 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's difficult to visualize the difference in sensor measurements merely by looking through technical specs. The visual underneath may give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the H50 and HX30V.

As you have seen, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You should count on the Sony HX30V to provide you with greater detail because of its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs much more aggressively. The older H50 will be behind when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography factors
Sony HX30V Portrait photography factors
27
has manual focus
no external flash support
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
45
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony HX30V
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
heavier than average in class (547 grams)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (254g)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony HX30V
32
incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
49
incredible zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
has tracking focus
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX30V as a Travel photography camera
44
flash built-in
very long zoom (465mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than average in class (547g)
megapixel count low (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
69
lighter than competition (254g)
decent sensor resolution (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (500mm)
missing Timelapse function
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography factors
Sony HX30V Landscape photography factors
34
has manual focus
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
50
manual focus
reasonably wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (18MP)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging information
Sony HX30V Vlogging information
19
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have mic socket
heavier than average in class (547g)
34
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (254 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone port
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX30V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX30V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2009-01-15 2012-02-28
Body design Compact Compact
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 9 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 3456 x 2592 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 31-465mm (15.0x) 25-500mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 7.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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 format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 547 grams (1.21 lbs) 254 grams (0.56 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 320 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 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/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $80 $420