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Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V

Portability
69
Imaging
32
Features
25
Overall
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V front
Portability
91
Imaging
44
Features
63
Overall
51

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V 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
  • Revealed January 2009
Sony HX90V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.4) lens
  • 245g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Announced April 2015
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Overview

In this write-up, we will be comparing the Sony H50 and Sony HX90V, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both sold by Sony. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and HX90V (18MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The H50 was manufactured 7 years earlier than the HX90V which is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a step-by-step comparison, below is a short highlight of how the H50 grades against the HX90V with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony HX90V

 H50 HX90V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX90V over the Sony H50

 HX90V H50 
AnnouncedApril 2015January 2009Newer by 76 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony HX90V

 H50 HX90V 
Focus manually Very precise focusing
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will want to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Sony H50 enjoys external dimensions of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") having a weight of 547 grams (1.21 lbs) whilst the Sony HX90V has dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the H50 versus the HX90V.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the H50 and HX90V is 69 and 91 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to visualise the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by looking at a spec sheet. The pic below might offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the H50 and HX90V.

Clearly, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Sony HX90V to give more detail due to its extra 9 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs a little more aggressively. The more aged H50 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography details
Sony HX90V Portrait photography details
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has manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
46
you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (18MP)
supports face detect focus
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony HX90V
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
heavier than competitors in class (547 grams)
70
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (245g)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony H50 as a Sports photography camera
Sony HX90V as a Sports photography camera
32
excellent zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
57
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (360 CIPA)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 Travel photography factors
Sony HX90V Travel photography factors
44
has built in flash
long zoom (465mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (547 grams)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
76
better than average battery pack (360 per charge)
lighter than competition in class (245g)
megapixel count decent (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
lack of Timelapse function
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography factors
Sony HX90V Landscape photography factors
34
has manual focus
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
53
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (18MP)
better than average battery pack (360 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony H50
Vlogging with Sony HX90V
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has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not good (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.7)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
doesn't have external mic support
heavier than competitors in class (547g)
75
really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (245 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of microphone support
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Sony H50 vs Sony HX90V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony HX90V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-01-15 2015-04-14
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - 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 9 megapixels 18 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 31-465mm (15.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/2.7-4.5 f/3.5-6.4
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 638k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.5x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 9.10 m 5.40 m (with Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, flash on, slow sync, flash off, rear sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance 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 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format - AVCHD, XAVC S
Microphone support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 547 grams (1.21 pounds) 245 grams (0.54 pounds)
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 Overall 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 - 360 shots
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $80 $440