Sony H50 summary
Sony H50 is Sony's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally announced on January of 2009. It features a 9 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3456 x 2592.
The H50 places at #242 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & over all #1153 out of 1453 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try our Smart camera search to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
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Sony H50 family
The Sony H50 is part of a family of products. You can read the full range below.
Sony H50 Gallery
You can check the H50 from different angles in the gallery below.
Sony H50 Pros and Cons
Below is a shortlist of benefits and drawbacks of the Sony H50 based on criterias that are typically considered crucial in a camera.
Sony H50 Sensor specifications
The sensor spec on the Sony H50 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 3456 x 2592 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor has 9MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 3200. Sadly, RAW format is not saved so you have less room to maneuver in post.
The graphic below displays the H50's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The H50 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Sony H50 dimensions
Sony H50 is 1.21 pounds (547 gr / 19.29 oz) & has exterior measurements of 116mm x 81mm x 86mm (4.6" x 3.2" x 3.4"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Sony H50 is more heavy when compared to various competitors.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Listed below is a pic of the Sony H50 with a soda so you can get a feel for its scale.
The top view below will show the button layout on the H50.
Sony H50 Lens specifications
The H50 comes with a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 31-465mm making it a 15.0 x zoom which is amazing and is going to make it easier to zoom right in.
At the widest 31mm, it has an aperture of f2.7 which will be kind of slow and not ideal for low light conditions and you may struggle to get good bokeh. You will also need to increase the ISO producing noisy pictures. For the tele end, 465mm is fantastic zoom and comes to f4.5 making it really sluggish and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.
Sony H50 Connectivity
The H50 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You are able to copy photos and usually change camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Many applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Sony H50 Video specifications
The max video resolution on the Sony H50 is 640 x 480 and you can shoot in format. 480p is awful for today's standards. You should shoot for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not have a microphone and headphone socket so you have little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look into an alternative camera in case you require decent sound for your video clips.
Sony H50 Weather Sealing
Sony H50 does not include environment proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.
Sony H50 Display and Viewfinder
The Sony H50 features a 3 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Sadly the display is not a touch screen.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The View Finder details for Sony H50 are as follows:
- ViewFinder Electronic
For bright outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are pretty useful.
Sony H50 Shutter specifications
Sony H50 is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000s.
Sony H50 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Sony H50 has only integrated flash lacking external flash support.
Sony H50 Autofocus specifications
Sony H50 has just Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.
The Sensor features 9 focus points to pick from. Sony H50 includes manual focusing when required for low light scenarios or you need more precise focusing control.
Sony H50 Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with the maximum (600) battery life for this group of cameras.
Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras which have the strongest battery life:
Sony H50 for different categories of photography
The following chart provides a summary of the Sony H50 for different categories of photography. To learn more, check out the specific section below.
Sony H50 as a Portrait photography camera
The Sony H50 has a points tally of 27 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not acceptable to use for portraits. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & flexibility to work with off-camera flash.
Sony H50 Street photography info
Coming in at a subpar points tally of 43, the Sony H50 is just not acceptable to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of picture quality plus portability.
Sony H50 Sports photography factors
A subpar sports photography score of 33 suggests the Sony H50 is just not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs great focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Sony H50 as a Travel photography camera
Portability is really important when buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Sony H50 gets a subpar 44 as a travelling camera which is just not acceptable to take on your holidays.
Sony H50 as a Landscape photography camera
If you find yourself looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Sony H50 with it's subpar score of 35 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable in the current market.
Sony H50 Vlogging highlights
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving screen, microphone port and preferably IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Sony H50 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 19.
Sony H50 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the H50, here is a number of the highest rated cameras which fall under the category of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart just below shows you an overview of the H50 compared to it's top ranking rivals suggested previously.
Here are a few more cameras you might check out as alternative options. To see a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.