Sony H50 vs Sony A77

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 front
Sony SLT-A77 front

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 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 A77
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 50 - 16000 (Bump to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 732g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Revealed October 2011
  • Superseded the Sony A700
  • New Model is Sony A77 II
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Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Overview

The following is a comprehensive assessment of the Sony H50 vs Sony A77, former is a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Advanced DSLR and both are produced by Sony. There is a substantial difference among the image resolutions of the H50 (9MP) and A77 (24MP) and the H50 (1/2.3") and A77 (APS-C) boast different sensor dimensions.

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The H50 was launched 3 years before the A77 which is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony H50 being a Compact camera and the Sony A77 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before we go into a full comparison, here is a concise summation of how the H50 scores against the A77 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony H50 over the Sony A77

 H50 A77 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 over the Sony H50

 A77 H50 
RevealedOctober 2011January 2009Newer by 33 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Common features in the Sony H50 and Sony A77

 H50 A77 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen size3"3"Same screen sizing
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you're going to have to factor in its weight and size. The Sony H50 provides 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 A77 has specifications of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") with a weight of 732 grams (1.61 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is a front view scale comparison of the H50 compared to the A77.

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the H50 and A77 is 69 and 59 respectively.

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 top view buttons comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be hard to picture the gap in sensor dimensions merely by checking out specs. The image underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the H50 and A77.

As you can plainly see, both cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The H50 because of its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field trickier and the Sony A77 will provide extra detail utilizing its extra 15MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs way more aggressively. The more aged H50 will be behind in sensor tech.

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 sensor size comparison

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H50 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A77 Portrait photography highlights
has manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (9 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
you can focus manually
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detect autofocus
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony H50
Street photography with Sony A77
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than average (547g)
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H50
Sports photography with Sony A77
great zoom range (31-465mm 15.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
environment proofing
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low battery pack (470 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A77 as a Travel photography camera
has built in flash
long reach (465mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (547 grams)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
environment proofing
MP count good (24MP)
built-in flash
screen is selfie friendly
missing Timelapse mode
low battery pack (470 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H50 Landscape photography features
Sony A77 Landscape photography features
has manual focus
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
sensor resolution low (9MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
MP count good (24MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
environment proofing
low battery pack (470 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H50 Vlogging info
Sony A77 Vlogging info
image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (31mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
more heavy than average (547 grams)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes microphone socket
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Sony H50 vs Sony A77 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H50 and Sony A77
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50Sony SLT-A77
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 Sony SLT-A77
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced DSLR
Released 2009-01-15 2011-10-25
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 9MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3456 x 2592 6000 x 4000
Highest native ISO 3200 16000
Highest enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 80 50
RAW format
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 9 19
Cross focus points - 11
Lens mount fixed lens Sony/Minolta Alpha
Lens focal range 31-465mm (15.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.7-4.5 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Total lenses - 143
Focal length multiplier 5.8 1.5
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/4000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 9.10 m 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Front Curtain, Rear Curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize - 1/250s
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, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format - MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 547g (1.21 pounds) 732g (1.61 pounds)
Physical dimensions 116 x 81 x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 78
DXO Color Depth score not tested 24.0
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 13.2
DXO Low light score not tested 801
Battery life - 470 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-FM500H
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 Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Retail pricing $80 $900