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Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V

Portability
93
Imaging
39
Features
31
Overall
35
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Sony H70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 194g - 102 x 58 x 29mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Expand to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Revealed April 2013
  • Older Model is Sony HX30V
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Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Overview

Here is a thorough analysis of the Sony H70 and Sony HX50V, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the H70 (16MP) and the HX50V (20MP) is relatively close and both cameras offer the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The H70 was unveiled 3 years prior to the HX50V and that is a fairly large gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick summary of how the H70 matches up versus the HX50V in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony H70 over the Sony HX50V

 H70 HX50V 

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony H70

 HX50V H70 
RevealedApril 2013January 2011Fresher by 27 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Screen resolution921k230kCrisper screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Sony H70 and Sony HX50V

 H70 HX50V 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen sizing
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera regularly, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Sony H70 comes with outside dimensions of 102mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 194 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Sony HX50V has specifications of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") along with a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are using during that time. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the H70 versus the HX50V.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the H70 and HX50V is 93 and 89 respectively.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to visualise the gap in sensor sizing only by viewing specifications. The graphic underneath should give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the H70 and HX50V.

To sum up, both the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Sony HX50V to result in extra detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots more aggressively. The older H70 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony H70 Portrait photography factors
Sony HX50V Portrait photography factors
30
MP count good (16MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
51
focusing manually
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
supports face detection autofocus
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony H70 Street photography factors
Sony HX50V Street photography factors
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (272 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony H70 Sports photography information
Sony HX50V Sports photography information
36
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
low fps (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
58
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (400 shots)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony H70 Travel photography details
Sony HX50V Travel photography details
67
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
no Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
71
better than average battery pack (400 CIPA)
lighter than competition (272g)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Sony H70 Landscape photography information
Sony HX50V Landscape photography information
43
quite wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16MP)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
54
focusing manually
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
better than average battery pack (400 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony H70 as a Vlogging camera
Sony HX50V as a Vlogging camera
29
quite wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic jack
34
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (272g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5 )
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic support
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Sony H70 vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony H70 and Sony HX50V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-01-06 2013-04-24
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by BIONZ -
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 5184 x 2920
Max native ISO 3200 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-250mm (10.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.5 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology Clear Photo LCD XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30s 30s
Max shutter speed 1/1600s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 3.60 m 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
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 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected 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 194 gr (0.43 lbs) 272 gr (0.60 lbs)
Physical dimensions 102 x 58 x 29mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
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 - 400 photos
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $199 $439