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Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V 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
  • Announced January 2009
Sony HX7V
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 208g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed July 2011
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V Overview

Following is a complete assessment of the Sony H50 versus Sony HX7V, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both manufactured by Sony. There exists a huge gap between the sensor resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX7V (16MP) but they possess the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The H50 was launched 3 years prior to the HX7V which is quite a significant gap as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a full comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the H50 matches up against the HX7V when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX7V

 H50 HX7V 
Focus manually Very precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony HX7V over the Sony H50

 HX7V H50 
RevealedJuly 2011January 2009More modern by 30 months
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX7V

 H50 HX7V 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V 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 features outside dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") along with a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony HX7V has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Analyze the Sony H50 versus Sony HX7V in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that moment. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the H50 versus the HX7V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and HX7V is 69 and 92 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's tough to visualize the gap between sensor sizes merely by looking at technical specs. The image underneath will give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the H50 and HX7V.

As you can tell, the two cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Sony HX7V to give you extra detail utilizing its extra 7 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged H50 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony H50
Portrait photography with Sony HX7V
27
focusing manually
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (9MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
30
good MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony H50 as a Street photography camera
Sony HX7V as a Street photography camera
43
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (547g)
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 Sports photography features
Sony HX7V Sports photography features
32
incredible zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography details
Sony HX7V Travel photography details
44
built-in flash
great zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
67
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
long zoom (250mm)
missing Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX7V as a Landscape photography camera
34
focusing manually
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
42
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony HX7V
19
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
slow max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (547 grams)
32
quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
missing external microphone socket
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX7V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX7V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2009-01-15 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) 25-250mm (10.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - XtraFine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.10 m 4.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB 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 (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 lbs) 208 grams (0.46 lbs)
Dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1")
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 model NP-BG1 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $80 $499