As well as being compared against other compacts, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50 is also often compared to travel zooms and mirrorless. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W50's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W100) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S120 and the PowerShot IXUS 145)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W50 compared to other compact competitors include: it is slightly smaller (super compact (89×57×23 mm) vs compact (107×25×58 mm)), has a much longer battery life (390 shots vs 230 shots), is thinner (0.9" vs 2.3"), is slightly lighter (157 g vs 200 g) and is much less expensive ($269.16 vs $1,330.59).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (february 2006 vs august 2013).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
7 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 390 shots
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Heavier: 217 g vs 157 g

common strengths of the S120 and DSC-W50

  • Wide aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"

Konica Minolta DiMAGE G600

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1 year older

Significant advantages of the G600 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the G600 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Significantly thicker: 1.2" vs 0.9"
  • Significantly heavier: 235 g vs 157 g

common strengths of the G600 and DSC-W50

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×56×30 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)

Ricoh Caplio R5

Ricoh Caplio R5
6 months newer

Significant advantages of the R5 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the R5 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the R5 and DSC-W50

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (96×55×26 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.9"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W100
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much longer exposures: 30 seconds vs 1 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W100 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W100 and DSC-W50

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (94×61×25 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)

Ricoh GR Digital

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5 months older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Much longer exposures: 180 seconds vs 1 seconds
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much thicker: 2.3" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the GR Digital and DSC-W50

  • Wide aperture: f/2.4 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (107×25×58 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W30
similar age

Significant advantages of the DSC-W30 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W30 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the DSC-W30 and DSC-W50

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (90×59×23 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W50 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.4), has a much longer battery life (390 shots vs 230 shots) and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 25 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 9.8 MP).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80
10 years newer
$368

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and DSC-W50

  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 390 shots
  • Inexpensive: $364.99 vs $269.16

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

Canon PowerShot IXUS 145
8 years newer
$259

Significant advantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the IXUS 145 (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 390 shots
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the IXUS 145 and DSC-W50

  • Light weight: 127 g vs 157 g
  • Inexpensive: $259.16 vs $269.16

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
8 years newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX700 HS (vs the DSC-W50)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX700 HS and DSC-W50

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 390 shots
  • Inexpensive: $429.33 vs $269.16

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
5 years newer
$255

Significant advantages of the SX150 IS (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SX150 IS (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much shorter battery life: 110 shots vs 390 shots
  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX150 IS and DSC-W50

  • Inexpensive: $255.00 vs $269.16

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSC-W50 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.5"), is slightly lighter (157 g vs 276 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (5.9 MP vs 16 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
6 years newer
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the DSC-W50)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the DSC-W50)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5R and DSC-W50

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Super compact (89×57×23 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 157 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.9"