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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V

Portability
90
Imaging
42
Features
50
Overall
45
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Key Specs

Sony HX30V
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-500mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 254g - 107 x 62 x 35mm
  • Revealed February 2012
  • Old Model is Sony HX20V
  • Newer Model is Sony HX50V
Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5 - 6.3) lens
  • 272g - 108 x 64 x 38mm
  • Released April 2013
  • Previous Model is Sony HX30V
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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Overview

The following is a comprehensive analysis of the Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the HX30V (18MP) and the HX50V (20MP) is relatively comparable and they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The HX30V was introduced 14 months prior to the HX50V which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a short introduction of how the HX30V scores against the HX50V in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX30V over the Sony HX50V

 HX30V HX50V 
Screen resolution922k921kCrisper screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony HX30V

 HX50V HX30V 
ReleasedApril 2013February 2012Newer by 14 months

Common features in the Sony HX30V and Sony HX50V

 HX30V HX50V 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to travel with your camera often, you need to think about its weight and proportions. The Sony HX30V has external measurements of 107mm x 62mm x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") and a weight of 254 grams (0.56 lbs) whilst the Sony HX50V has measurements of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you use at the time. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the HX30V against the HX50V.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the HX30V and HX50V is 90 and 89 respectively.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V top view buttons comparison

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its tough to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions only by seeing specifications. The pic below will offer you a far better sense of the sensor measurements in the HX30V and HX50V.

Plainly, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You should count on the Sony HX50V to provide extra detail using its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged HX30V will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V sensor size comparison

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony HX30V
Portrait photography with Sony HX50V
45
manual focus
resolution is good (18 megapixels)
includes face detect focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
51
you can focus manually
MP count good (20MP)
supports face detect focus
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Sony HX30V Street photography details
Sony HX50V Street photography details
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (254g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (272g)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sony HX30V Sports photography info
Sony HX50V Sports photography info
49
excellent zoom range (25-500mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
includes tracking focus
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
58
long zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
great battery pack (400 shots)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX30V as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX50V as a Travel photography camera
69
lighter than competitors (254g)
resolution is good (18MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (25mm)
long zoom (500mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
71
great battery pack (400 shots)
lighter than competitors (272 grams)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
long zoom (720mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
does not have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX30V Landscape photography features
Sony HX50V Landscape photography features
50
manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (18MP)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse recording
54
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (20 megapixels)
great battery pack (400 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX30V Vlogging details
Sony HX50V Vlogging details
34
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (254 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
34
fairly wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (272g)
slow max aperture (f3.5 )
does not have a selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic socket
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Sony HX30V vs Sony HX50V Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX30V and Sony HX50V
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30VSony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2012-02-28 2013-04-24
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor BIONZ -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 18MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4896 x 3672 5184 x 2920
Max native ISO 12800 3200
Max enhanced ISO - 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-500mm (20.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/3.5 - 6.3
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 922k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD XtraFine LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.10 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 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 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 254 grams (0.56 pounds) 272 grams (0.60 pounds)
Dimensions 107 x 62 x 35mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.4") 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 320 shots 400 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BG1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Price at release $420 $439