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Sony H55 vs Sony RX100

Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Sony H55
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 29mm
  • Announced June 2010
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 240g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Launched August 2012
  • Renewed by Sony RX100 II
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Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Sony H55 vs Sony RX100, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Large Sensor Compact and both of them are manufactured by Sony. There is a sizeable difference among the resolutions of the H55 (14MP) and RX100 (20MP) and the H55 (1/2.3") and RX100 (1") boast different sensor measurements.

Photography Glossary

The H55 was released 3 years prior to the RX100 and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras have different body design with the Sony H55 being a Compact camera and the Sony RX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise summation of how the H55 scores versus the RX100 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H55 over the Sony RX100

 H55 RX100 

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Sony H55

 RX100 H55 
LaunchedAugust 2012June 2010Fresher by 26 months
Manually focus Dial exact focusing
Screen resolution1229k230kCrisper screen (+999k dot)

Common features in the Sony H55 and Sony RX100

 H55 RX100 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you need to take into account its weight and size. The Sony H55 has got outside measurements of 103mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs) while the Sony RX100 has specifications of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the H55 compared to the RX100.

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the H55 and RX100 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualize the gap in sensor sizing only by checking out technical specs. The visual below will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the H55 and RX100.

As you have seen, both the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The H55 because of its smaller sensor is going to make achieving shallower DOF tougher and the Sony RX100 will provide extra detail as a result of its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will let you crop shots more aggressively. The older H55 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H55 Portrait photography features
Sony RX100 Portrait photography features
28
decent MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
64
has manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000s)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes face detect autofocus
exports RAW files
external flash not possible
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Street Comparison

Sony H55 Street photography information
Sony RX100 Street photography information
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
79
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is nice (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than others (240g)
very good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony H55
Sports photography with Sony RX100
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
includes tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H55 Travel photography highlights
Sony RX100 Travel photography highlights
67
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
long reach (250mm)
does not have Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
79
lighter than others (240 grams)
good MP (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H55 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Landscape photography camera
42
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
74
has manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20MP)
sensor size is nice (1")
very good high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H55 Vlogging details
Sony RX100 Vlogging details
28
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external microphone port
38
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f1.8)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others (240g)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have microphone port
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Sony H55 vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H55 and Sony RX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Category Small Sensor Compact Large Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-06-16 2012-08-28
Body design Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 5472 x 3648
Maximum native ISO 3200 25600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 25
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus range 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech - WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/1600 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.80 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Slow Syncro, Off Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash sync - 1/2000 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 200 gr (0.44 lbs) 240 gr (0.53 lbs)
Physical dimensions 103 x 58 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") 102 x 58 x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 66
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.4
DXO Low light score not tested 390
Other
Battery life - 330 images
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Price at launch $235 $448