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Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V 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
  • Announced January 2009
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Superseded the Sony HX30V
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Overview

Let's look more closely at the Sony H50 and Sony HX50V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are offered by Sony. There is a sizeable difference between the resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX50V (20MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The H50 was introduced 5 years earlier than the HX50V and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summation of how the H50 matches up vs the HX50V in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX50V

 H50 HX50V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony H50

 HX50V H50 
ReleasedApril 2013January 2009More recent by 52 months
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX50V

 H50 HX50V 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to lug around your camera frequently, you are going to need to think about its weight and volume. The Sony H50 has external measurements of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") accompanied by a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) and the Sony HX50V has sizing of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

Take a look at the Sony H50 and Sony HX50V in the all new Camera with 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 have chosen at the time. The following is a front view measurements comparison of the H50 against the HX50V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the H50 and HX50V is 69 and 89 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to visualize the gap between sensor measurements just by reviewing specs. The photograph here will give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the H50 and HX50V.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit different resolution. You should expect the Sony HX50V to offer you more detail using its extra 11MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop photographs more aggressively. The older H50 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography info
Sony HX50V Portrait photography info
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focusing manually
can't use external flash
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
51
focusing manually
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony HX50V
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than others in class (547g)
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (272g)
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony HX50V
32
incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max fps very slow (2.0 frames per second)
low MP (9MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
58
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20MP)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery (400 per charge)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography factors
Sony HX50V Travel photography factors
44
flash built-in
long reach (465mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than others in class (547 grams)
low MP (9MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
71
better than average battery (400 per charge)
lighter than competition in class (272 grams)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography advice
Sony HX50V Landscape photography advice
34
focusing manually
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
low MP (9 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
54
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
better than average battery (400 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5 )
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX50V as a Vlogging camera
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built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not fantastic (31mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have microphone support
more heavy than others in class (547g)
34
really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (272 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5 )
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of external mic jack
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX50V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-01-15 2013-04-24
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 9MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 5184 x 2920
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
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 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
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 gr (1.21 pounds) 272 gr (0.60 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
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 - 400 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
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
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $80 $439