• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 250.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-H55 advantages over Sony DSC-HX7V

  • Less expensive
    $249 vs $300 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories

Sony DSC-HX7V advantages over Sony DSC-H55

  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • 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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Review Excerpt

  • Full HD video; Built-in GPS; iSweep Panorama; High-resolution LCD; Fast AF and burst mode.

  • Heavy noise suppression obscures fine detail; Superior Auto wasn't; Movie Record button hard to reach.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon S8000

Sony DSC-H55
Nikon S8000
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSC-HX7V
Nikon S8000
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S8100

Sony DSC-H55
Nikon S8100
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
Sony DSC-HX7V
Nikon S8100
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
  • $227
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony DSC-H70

Sony DSC-H55
Sony DSC-H70
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
Sony DSC-HX7V
Sony DSC-H70
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm T300

Sony DSC-H55
Fujifilm T300
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Sony DSC-HX7V
Fujifilm T300
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $169
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon 510 HS

Sony DSC-H55
Canon 510 HS
  • $204
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony DSC-HX7V
Canon 510 HS
  • $294
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $318
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Touchscreen
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