Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V vs Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Really small
Size
Mid size 108x64x38 mm
Great battery life
Battery life
400 shots
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
Light-weight
Weight
272 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Zoom
Great zoom
50x
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300. Explore our gallery of 22 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V.

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX300's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 30x
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Around 3x more zoom
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
9.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX50V

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Size
Much smaller
108x64x38 mm vs 130x93x103 mm
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4.7x smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 310 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Significantly lighter
272 g vs 650 g
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2.4x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 4.1"
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2.7x thinner
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$241.16 vs $274.99
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The best price we've seen is $34 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $329 - $430

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H400

              Super zoom

              $268 - $425

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $340 - $398

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $275

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              External flash No external flash support
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $212 - $248

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              External flash No external flash support

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