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Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V front
Portability
62
Imaging
45
Features
60
Overall
51

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V 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 HX400V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 660g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Previous Model is Sony HX300
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Overview

The following is a in-depth overview of the Sony H50 versus Sony HX400V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX400V (20MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The H50 was unveiled 6 years before the HX400V which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Sony H50 being a Compact camera and the Sony HX400V being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before we go straight into a complete comparison, below is a short introduction of how the H50 grades versus the HX400V in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX400V

 H50 HX400V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX400V over the Sony H50

 HX400V H50 
ReleasedFebruary 2014January 2009Newer by 61 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX400V

 H50 HX400V 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to travel with your camera often, you need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony H50 has exterior dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") and a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) and the Sony HX400V has dimensions of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") accompanied by a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

Check out the Sony H50 versus Sony HX400V in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have chosen during that time. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the H50 versus the HX400V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and HX400V is 69 and 62 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very tough to visualise the contrast in sensor dimensions simply by going through technical specs. The picture here should offer you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the H50 and HX400V.

As you can tell, both of those cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Sony HX400V to show extra detail having an extra 11 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also enable you to crop shots far more aggressively. The more aged H50 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography highlights
Sony HX400V Portrait photography highlights
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you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
51
manual focus
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
features face detection focus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 Street photography features
Sony HX400V Street photography features
43
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competitors (547g)
50
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competitors in class (660 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 Sports photography highlights
Sony HX400V Sports photography highlights
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great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
55
long zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography factors
Sony HX400V Travel photography factors
44
flash built-in
very long reach (465mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (547 grams)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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megapixel count good (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
long zoom (1200mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competitors in class (660g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX400V Landscape photography highlights
34
you can focus manually
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
low megapixels (9 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
49
manual focus
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (20MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony HX400V
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image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
does not have microphone socket
more heavy than competitors (547 grams)
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relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
more heavy than competitors in class (660 grams)
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX400V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX400V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-01-15 2014-02-12
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
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 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/2.8-6.3
Macro focus range 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 8.50 m (ISO Auto)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Flash Off / Autoflash / Fill-flash / Slow Sync. / Advanced Flash / Rear Sync. / Wireless (with optional compliant flash)
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 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video file 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547 gr (1.21 lbs) 660 gr (1.46 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
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 - 300 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media 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 $448