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Sony H50 vs Sony HX80

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
29
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 front
Portability
91
Imaging
44
Features
60
Overall
50

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 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 HX80
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 245g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Announced March 2016
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Overview

Lets look a bit more closely at the Sony H50 vs Sony HX80, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both built by Sony. There exists a noticeable gap between the sensor resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX80 (18MP) but both cameras offer the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The H50 was released 8 years earlier than the HX80 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a detailed comparison, here is a short view of how the H50 grades against the HX80 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX80

 H50 HX80 
Focus manually Very precise focusing

Reasons to pick Sony HX80 over the Sony H50

 HX80 H50 
AnnouncedMarch 2016January 2009Fresher by 86 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kSharper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX80

 H50 HX80 
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Sony H50 provides 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) whilst the Sony HX80 has measurements of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you use at that moment. Here is a front view sizing comparison of the H50 compared to the HX80.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the H50 and HX80 is 69 and 91 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very difficult to envision the contrast between sensor sizing simply by reviewing a spec sheet. The photograph here should give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the H50 and HX80.

Clearly, both cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can expect the Sony HX80 to offer you more detail as a result of its extra 9MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots way more aggressively. The older H50 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography info
Sony HX80 Portrait photography info
27
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
39
good MP (18MP)
offers face detection focus
no manual focus
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony HX80
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than others in class (547g)
70
screen tilts
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (245g)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony HX80
32
amazing zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
resolution not great (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
57
incredible zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
good battery power (390 per charge)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony H50
Travel photography with Sony HX80
44
built-in flash
long zoom (465mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others in class (547 grams)
resolution not great (9MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
76
good battery power (390 CIPA)
lighter than competitors (245 grams)
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
fairly wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony HX80 as a Landscape photography camera
34
you can focus manually
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
resolution not great (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
49
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
good battery power (390 per charge)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony HX80
19
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external microphone jack
more heavy than others in class (547 grams)
75
fairly wide (24mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (245 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not have external mic port
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX80
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-01-15 2016-03-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Bionz X
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 9 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 3456 x 2592 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Highest boosted ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, on, slow sync, off, rear sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 8 fps 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 547 grams (1.21 lb) 245 grams (0.54 lb)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" 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 - 390 photographs
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Retail cost $80 $368