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Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100

Portability
89
Imaging
45
Features
57
Overall
49
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 front
Portability
91
Imaging
50
Features
68
Overall
57

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Key Specs

Sony HX50V
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise 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
  • Replaced the Sony HX30V
Sony RX100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-100mm (F1.8-4.9) lens
  • 240g - 102 x 58 x 36mm
  • Released August 2012
  • Newer Model is Sony RX100 II
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Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Sony HX50V versus Sony RX100, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Large Sensor Compact and they are both produced by Sony. The resolution of the HX50V (20MP) and the RX100 (20MP) is very close but the HX50V (1/2.3") and RX100 (1") possess totally different sensor sizes.

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The HX50V was announced 8 months later than the RX100 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras come with different body type with the Sony HX50V being a Compact camera and the Sony RX100 being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before getting straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a brief overview of how the HX50V scores vs the RX100 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony HX50V over the Sony RX100

 HX50V RX100 
ReleasedApril 2013August 2012More recent by 8 months

Reasons to pick Sony RX100 over the Sony HX50V

 RX100 HX50V 
Display resolution1229k921kClearer display (+308k dot)

Common features in the Sony HX50V and Sony RX100

 HX50V RX100 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to lug around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony HX50V enjoys outside dimensions of 108mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") and a weight of 272 grams (0.60 lbs) while the Sony RX100 has proportions of 102mm x 58mm x 36mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.4") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the HX50V against the RX100.

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the HX50V and RX100 is 89 and 91 respectively.

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 top view buttons comparison

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements merely by viewing specifications. The visual here will help give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the HX50V and RX100.

Plainly, both of those cameras have got the exact same megapixel count but not the same sensor measurements. The HX50V has the smaller sensor which should make achieving shallower depth of field tougher. The fresher HX50V is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 sensor size comparison

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony HX50V Portrait photography details
Sony RX100 Portrait photography details
51
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
features face detect focus
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
64
manual focus
flash sync speed is above average (1/2,000 seconds)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
sensor size is good (1")
includes face detection focus
exports RAW files
no external flash support
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Street Comparison

Sony HX50V Street photography details
Sony RX100 Street photography details
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (272 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
79
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor size is good (1")
exports RAW files
lighter than average (240g)
great ISO range (25,600)
no articulating screen
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Sony HX50V
Sports photography with Sony RX100
58
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20MP)
features tracking focus
great battery pack (400 per charge)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
65
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
includes tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony HX50V Travel photography information
Sony RX100 Travel photography information
71
great battery pack (400 CIPA)
lighter than competition in class (272 grams)
good megapixels (20MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
great zoom (720mm)
no Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5 )
79
lighter than average (240 grams)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Sony HX50V as a Landscape photography camera
Sony RX100 as a Landscape photography camera
54
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (20 megapixels)
great battery pack (400 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5 )
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Timelapse function
74
manual focus
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
sensor size is good (1")
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW files
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony HX50V as a Vlogging camera
Sony RX100 as a Vlogging camera
34
relatively wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (272g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5 )
display isn't selfie friendly
no microphone port
38
rather wide (28mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than average (240g)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone support
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Sony HX50V vs Sony RX100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony HX50V and Sony RX100
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50VSony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Large Sensor Compact
Released 2013-04-24 2012-08-28
Physical type Compact Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS 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 20MP 20MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5184 x 2920 5472 x 3648
Max native ISO 3200 25600
Max boosted ISO 12800 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 25
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 28-100mm (3.6x)
Highest aperture f/3.5 - 6.3 f/1.8-4.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 921k dots 1,229k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen tech XtraFine LCD display WhiteMagic TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 10.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Sync, Advanced Flash Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 272g (0.60 lbs) 240g (0.53 lbs)
Dimensions 108 x 64 x 38mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.5") 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 400 images 330 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-BX1 NP-BX1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $439 $448