• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 9.1 megapixels
  • 31.00mm - 465.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 14.7 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 133.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-H50 advantages over Canon SD990 IS

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • More telephoto lens reach
    465 mm vs 133 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Wider angle lens
    31 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.6 fps vs 1.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon SD990 IS advantages over Sony DSC-H50

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Fast startup
    ~1.70 vs 3.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Thinner
    27 mm vs 86 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    160g vs 442g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.7 vs 9.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S8100fd

Sony DSC-H50
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
Canon SD990 IS
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Nikon P80

Sony DSC-H50
Nikon P80
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
Canon SD990 IS
Nikon P80
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Wider angle lens

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FX150

Sony DSC-H50
Panasonic DMC-FX150
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $400
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Canon SD990 IS
Panasonic DMC-FX150
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • Shoots 24p video

Compared to Nikon S710

Sony DSC-H50
Nikon S710
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Canon SD990 IS
Nikon S710
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $380
  • 1/1.72 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Olympus SP-565UZ

Sony DSC-H50
Olympus SP-565UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer exposure
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Hot shoe
Canon SD990 IS
Olympus SP-565UZ
  • $400
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More telephoto lens reach
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